Are you drinking Coca Cola right now?
If so, you are one of 9 billion people doing the same today. And that just Coke. We’re not including other soft drinks, like the massive Pepsico products and a myriad other smaller ones.
The word is certainly spreading about soft drinks and their health issues, but soft drinks like Coke, Pepsi, and other sodas have retained millions of people. The only conclusion – given the totally damning health evidence, has to be that they (and you!) are addicted to them.
Around one in two Americans still drink soda on a daily basis.
Not just one glass, or can. They consume an average of 2.6 glasses per day.
But the Americans don’t hold the crown as soda squaffers.
Mexicans drink more than any other country in the world at roughly 163 litres (or 36 gallons) per person, every year.
So I wonder.. is there a connection between the 70,000 Mexicans who die every year and soda consumption?
(The number is probably much higher, since many people are not diagnosed, or may die of heart disease, strokes or cancer—all diseases that often stem from diabetes and soft drink consumption).
We already know from a vast number of studies that soda consumption in the Western world definitively relates to the steep increase in newly diagnosed diabetes patients as well. The difference, however, is that in western countries, the offending beverages are mostly sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, a seriously nasty and sneaky form of sweetener, (yes, more dangerous than regular sucrose, the commonly used sweetener in other countries). Any large amount of sugar is extremely hazardous to the body, but high fructose corn syrup is even worse than regular sucrose. It is particularly bad for the liver and for our blood sugar levels.
No matter what we choose, bad things happen within minutes of drinking a sugary soft drink:
- In just a few minutes, 10-12 teaspoons of sugar body-slam your system.
In a weird way, its formulation protects you from your body vomiting up this potent and toxic mix of sugar. Drink designers realised the problem and added phosphoric acid, carbonation, and other artificial flavours to mute its unacceptable vomit-prone sugary taste.
- Within 20 minutes, sugar in your blood surges to phenomenal levels, with an accompanying insulin response. Sensinga survival threat, your liver responds like a hero. To save you from all that sugar in your bloodstream it attempts to convert the sugar to fat cells. In the case of corn syrup, this is liver response is bordering on a death threat response. Naturally, our body has to suddenly store all that fat, so with no ability to do so immediately, it puts in the ‘wait lane’ AKA your blood stream. (Most people, told they have high triglycerides are never told what ‘triglycerides’ are? Imagine if your doctor cut the jargon and simply said, you have lumps of fat in your veins!) Eventually this fat gets stored on the body, or in the liver, and suddenly you are a target for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
It’s also, naturally enough, a primary causative factor in obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even many cancers.
- In a half hour, your body starts absorbing all the caffeine in the soda.
Your pupils dilate, your heart rate increases, you feel temporarily energized as your blood pressure rises, and your liver, in response to the caffeine, dumps even more sugar into the bloodstream. Insulin goes back up, you get hungry and that sugar gets stored as more fat.
- In ¾ of an hour, dopamine (a ‘feel-good’ hormone) is released, stimulating the pleasure centre of the brain.
Yes, just like heroin. And equally addictive. Imagine for a minute again, your doctor looking hard at you and telling you that you are a junkie. And you knowing it is true. This is right where the cognitive dissonance happens. A comfortable belief ( A few sodas can’t hurt me) clashes head on with science (You are an addict.) Why do so many people still drink the stuff?
It’s not logical. Neither is addiction. Can you see your cognitive dissonance at work?
- Within In an hour…
of squaffing that soda, the phosphoric acid in the soda binds onto usable calcium, magnesium and zinc in your digestive system. Here’s the in-body reason a soda drinker needs alkaline minerals. Every glass or can of soda grabs our available alkalis. Now you can’t put those essential minerals to use as they were intended. They attach to the phosphoric acid and pass from the body in the form of pee. About now you’ll probably want to visit the little room. Not because you have an excess of healthy water to your body’s needs. It’s caused by the caffeine. So if you decided on drinking a soda to quench your thirst, you’ll pee more than that away. You end up even thirstier and more dehydrated.. just how the drink designers wanted you to be.
- An hour later, caffeine and sugar hit has worn off,
and your mood and addiction starts showing up again in your familiar up and down mood swings. You are hungrier, tired, irritable, and sluggish.
- Even just one soda a day has massive consequences to your health. Not unlike the free hit of heroin the dealer offers our kids. He knows what we know. One is enough.
Let’s look now beyond the addiction process. Let’s look at what evryday users can expect.
Obesity and Diabetes ‘One a day?’
The Nurse’s Health Study monitored 90,000 women for 8 years. This huge study discovered that one soda a day added about 10 pounds of fat in 4 years.
One a day also doubles your chances of type 2 diabetes. Given that your odds of becoming a diabetic are now one out of three, I’m guessing that there’s a possibility that if you really love yourself and your family, there’s a choice to be made!
Excessive sugar intake actually dumbs you down. A 2002 UCLA study discovered how. A brain chemical called “brain derived neurotrophic factor” or BDNF, makes it harder for you to remember, and even harder to learn. A supporting study from University of Copenhagen linked low BDNF levels to depression and dementia.
BDNF levels are also connected to insulin resistance, which kickstarts not only diabetes, but also puts you into the high risk zone for Alzheimer’s disease.
This last problem seems like some sort of Frankensteinian creation. Imagine the glee from shareholders in soda companies when they learned that continual sugar consumption dulls the brain’s mechanism for knowing when to stop, making you definitely more susceptible to weight gain and obesity.
(According to a 2010 study from the University of Minnesota)
Bacon doesn’t cause heart attacks. Soda causes them. We now know a strong correlation between soda and heart disease is a real thing. One recent studies from Harvard (2012), concluded that just one can of soda a day increased heart disease by 20%. Yes, we have said that this risk can be associated with the increased risk of high blood sugar, and diabetes, but heart disease and stroke risk also increase significantly. Another study from the University of Miami showed that those who had a daily diet soda habit had a 61% increased risk of “cardiovascular event,” including heart attack and stroke, than those who drank no soda — even when factors such as smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption and diet were controlled.
Drink soda, or other sugary beverages, and you’ll certainly score high on the scorecard for cancer risk, especially gallbladder and bile ducts around the liver, according to a Swedish study. The study suggests that obesity, and elevated blood sugar levels also increase the risk of malignancies. We know already that many cancers feed on sugar, so.. once again, the answer to the problem stares us in the face.
One particularly nasty, fastmoving and painful form of cancer is cancer of the pancreas. It’s also tied in with drinking a soda or two a day. Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C studied and concluded that risk of pancreatic cancer increases by about 87%, according.
As we said earlier, sSoda drinking is also one of the biggest causes of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide recently concuded that soda consumption is also strongly related to COPD and increases risk of asthma attacks.
Soda Bones and Meth User’s Teeth
- A 2006 study published in the Academy of General Dentistry journal found that drinking soda is nearly as harmful for your teeth as drinking battery acid and the damage is comparable to what happens to a meth user’s teeth.We all know that sugar leads to tooth decay, but what about the phosphoric acid? It’s far worse! Look it up and you’ll discover it’s also used in cleaners for toilet bowls, grout, tile, automobile rims, and some general-purpose cleaners/degreasers.Look up how you should handle it and you’ll find this: Eye/face protection: wear tight-fitting government approved safety goggles (NIOSH or EN 166).
- Skin protection: Nitrile-rubber gloves are recommended for all handling conditions. Inspect gloves prior to usage for tears, holes, weak spots. Contaminated gloves should be disposed of according to all laws and regulations.
- Body protection: complete chemical-protective suit recommendation is dependent upon concentration and amount of phosphoric acid to be handled.
- Respiratory protection: use full-face air-purifying respirators with multi-purpose or type ABEK respirator cartridges as a backup to the engineering controls and when proper risk assessment recommends its usage.
To prevent exposure, the CDC recommends taking serious precautions to prevent the generation of mists, avoiding potentially hazardous exposure to eyes, skin, and nasal passageways. The CDC also recommends no eating, drinking, or smoking when handling phosphoric acid to avoid the possibility of ingestion.
..and we drink the stuff!
It’s a double whammy.
Citric acid and phosphoric acid added to offset the sweet taste of the large amounts of sugar, and they actually corrode tooth enamel, supporting the corrosion happening from the sugar. right alongside the sugar. The Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center, says that soft drinks are among the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay.
“Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel, contributing to the formation of cavities. In extreme cases, softer enamel combined with improper brushing, grinding of the teeth or other conditions can lead to tooth loss.”
As we discussed earlier, phosphoric acid binds to calcium, magnesium and zinc—all vital bone and teeth minerals. It co-opts them, removing them from the body, making them useless for bone and tooth material.
The acid doesn’t just erode the outer surfaces of tooth enamel. It eats away at the inherent structure of teeth and bone, causing massive tooth decay, and osteoporosis as well.
Are you still reading? It only gets worse so how about making a decision? I speak from deep experience.
In high school I decided to be some sort of hero who could quaff a whole bottle of Coke art morning recess, lunch and afternoon recess. My teeth became so bad that I had them all removed. My happy smile isn’t mine. Not only that, I discovered some 5 years ago that my other legacy of my brief heroism was advanced osteoporosis.
An change of diet or a change of mind?
Soda consumption, to me, is the ‘gatekeeper’ of a whole fortress of ideas about what we can ‘get away with’ in our diet.
I can suggest a simple change from soda to good healthy water, and I would be totally justified. But if our overall diet is still high in sugar – and carbs, which quickly convert to sugar in our body to give us that sugar hit when we stop drinking Coke) then you’re still an addict.
I read many ‘experts’ suggesting reducing sugar. All I can say is ‘Good Luck”.
And I also understand that an addict cannot think outside of his or her addiction and so I have concluded that most people won’t take this advice unless they are really in some form of pain. What a terrible idea! To actually consciously degrade your own health through an addictive habit, and to be able to read a page like this and continue degrading your health because you are ‘not too bad’.. yet.
So I’m telling you the ‘bad’/good news. The ‘bad’ news is that the only certainty of recovery from your degrading addiction is to go cold turkey. The good news is the same. So it’s your attitude and whether you trust what I say that will ultimately determine whether you have the courage to drop the sweeties.
I can say this only because that is what I did. And my life is so much better because of it. At age seventy I do not have the luxury of another decade in which to think about getting well.
Ian is the inventor of the UltraStream, the world’s first natural water ionizer and hydrogen infusing water system.
In 4 of 6 patients with IGT, intake of molecular hydrogen-rich water normalized the oral glucose tolerance test.
As you know we’re keeping up with all the new published studies on the beneficial effects of molecular hydrogen, similar to that produced by our UltraStream. This study looks great for the future of H2 for diabetes.
Supplementation of hydrogen-Rich Water improves lipid and glucose metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance.
Kajiyama S1, Hasegawa G, Asano M, Hosoda H, Fukui M, Nakamura N, Kitawaki J, Imai S, Nakano K, Ohta M, Adachi T, Obayashi H, Yoshikawa T.
Oxidative stress is recognized widely as being associated with various disorders including diabetes, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. It is well established that hydrogen has a reducing action. We therefore investigated the effects of hydrogen-rich water intake on lipid and glucose metabolism in patients with either type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). We performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study in 30 patients with T2DM controlled by diet and exercise therapy and 6 patients with IGT. The patients consumed either 900 mL/d of hydrogen-rich pure water or 900 mL of placebo pure water for 8 weeks, with a 12-week washout period. Several biomarkers of oxidative stress, insulin resistance, and glucose metabolism, assessed by an oral glucose tolerance test, were evaluated at baseline and at 8 weeks. Intake of hydrogen-rich water was associated with significant decreases in the levels of modified low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (ie, modifications that increase the net negative charge of LDL), small dense LDL, and urinary 8-isoprostanes by 15.5% (P < .01), 5.7% (P < .05), and 6.6% (P < .05), respectively. Hydrogen-rich water intake was also associated with a trend of decreased serum concentrations of oxidized LDL and free fatty acids, and increased plasma levels of adiponectin and extracellular-superoxide dismutase. In 4 of 6 patients with IGT, intake of hydrogen-rich water normalized the oral glucose tolerance test.
In conclusion, these results suggest that supplementation with hydrogen-rich water may have a beneficial role in prevention of T2DM and insulin resistance.
This report came in just yesterday on the possible danger of taking Warfarin.
“Emergency physicians might want to check to see if patients with diabetes who come into the hospital after falls or other events are taking warfarin. People who take this common drug for type 2 diabetes may be at risk for serious drug interactions if they add the blood thinner to the mix. Researchers report that patients who take a class of diabetes drug called sulfonylureas experienced a higher incidence of hospitalizations and emergency department visits for falls, confusion, hypoglycemia, and insulin shock.”
Here’s that link again.
It interested me because I remembered Sang Whang, author of Reverse Aging discovering alkaline ionized water after being prescribed warfarin. He subsequently gave up all medications (Not that we are recommending this, mind!)
“A team from the University of California in Los Angeles found that warfarin intensifies the effects of the sulfonylureas and cause blood sugar levels to plummet. The effect is that patients seem drunk, light-headed, and confused – and at risk for falls and injuries as well as insulin shock.”
And only now, after 14 years on the water ourselves, have we learned that what was most likely to be supporting Sang Whang’s successful move away from his prescribed medications was the molecular hydrogen in the water.
Erica Whisson, our inhouse naturopath, collaborated with biochemist Tyler LeBaron, principal of the Molecular Hydration Foundation to produce this condensed introduction to the benefits of H2. In it you’ll find reference and links to scientific studies on the effects of molecular hydrogen on diabetes.
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Ian: I don’t know about you but here at AlkaWay I get a LOT of health related emails. Some I look at, some I don’t, usually depending on how ‘salesey’ they are. Today I received one that I’m going to copy some parts from. Here goes:
“It’s no exaggeration to state that diabetes is a colossal health epidemic in the United States.
In their 2014 National Report, the CDC estimates that 29.1 million people have diabetes, which represents an alarming 9.3% of the US population. Here’s the scariest statistic, though: they also estimate that 40% of people between the ages of 40 and 74 have prediabetes—and that many of these cases are undiagnosed.
And thanks to an established mainstream diet replete with sugar, simple carbohydrates, and other food choices that send blood sugar through the roof, this number is sure to keep increasing steadily.
The unfortunate truth is that you don’t even need to be gorging yourself on sugar and processed junk food to be at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Many cases occur in healthy individuals who have simply worn away their pancreas’s insulin sensitivity with years of slight overconsumption of insulin-spiking foods and beverages.
You could already be prediabetic without even knowing it. Symptoms include fatigue, erratic energy levels, high blood pressure, and accumulated belly fat.
If these sound like symptoms that are fairly normal for most individuals, that’s because, sadly, the development of insulin resistance or diabetes is becoming more the rule than the exception.
But you can protect yourself…
The good news is that, despite the frightening rate at which Type 2 diabetes is spreading, it is easily preventable and reversible.
It all starts with keeping a clean, healthy diet that’s high in healthy fats and vegetables, and low in insulin-spiking foods like fruit, bread and grains, and sugary treats.
While everyone’s optimal dietary needs will differ slightly, there’s one food that anyone looking to prevent or reverse diabetes should integrate into their diet immediately—turmeric.
This incredible root is a true diabetes-fighting superstar; recent studies have shown that turmeric extract is 100% effective at preventing Type 2 diabetes.
That’s not a typo—250 mg of turmeric extract taken daily over a nine-month period prevented every single one of the prediabetic study participants from becoming diabetic.
Furthermore, this same regimen also improved the overall function of beta-cells (which produce insulin in the pancreas) and significantly decreased markers of inflammation throughout the body (which contributes to great disease resistance and overall well-being).
Turmeric can even be used to heal and balance the numerous complications of diabetes, including liver dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, cataracts, kidney dysfunction, obesity, and neuropathy.
Prevent and overcome diabetes naturally
Turmeric extracts, coupled with a healthy diet and active lifestyle, represent an ideal solution to our prediabetes and diabetes epidemic. Diabetes medications are dangerous and ineffective, and are only designed to “manage” symptoms until invasive surgeries, amputations, and other costly interventions become necessary.
Remember: Big Pharma doesn’t actually want you to prevent or
get rid of your diabetes…because then they would lose you as a customer.
We’ve got a long way to go before doctors start handing out turmeric extracts in lieu of diabetic drugs, though. For now, it’s up to you to take the initiative. Turmeric is easily obtainable and affordable—and there’s hardly anyone who can’t benefit greatly from it in some way.”
So… why would you take 250 mg of Turmeric daily when you can get H2 directly? just a thought.
Molecular Hydrogen (H2) has already been studied in depth and found to be an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. But what about diabetes and obesity?
The development of type 2 diabetes is linked to increased oxidative stress (free radical damage). A study using diabetic mice found that giving them H2 water improved obesity and diabetes parameters.
Scientists divided mice into two groups; one that received hydrogen rich water, and one group that didn’t. The mice were allowed to eat and drink as much food and water as they wanted.
Ah, what a life!
Long term drinking of hydrogen rich water, which for these mice meant 3 months, controlled fat and body weights, and it also alleviated fatty liver. (Fatty liver, if left untreated, can develop into cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer). There was also an improvement in the levels of blood sugar, insulin and triglycerides; three of the big ones when it comes to the development of metabolic syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease. The study also found that H2 accumulates in liver glycogen and there was an increase in the levels of FGF21, a liver hormone the enhances use of fatty acids and glucose..
The organs and muscles of the body use glucose as fuel. Carbohydrates, protein and fats need to be converted to glucose to be used. Glycogen is the form in which glucose is stored in both muscles and the liver. From the liver, glycogen can be released to be used as energy by organs and muscles in the body when required. H2 accumulates in liver glycogen stores after being consumed via Hydrogen Rich Water. This means that H2 is available to be used as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory when required by the body.
As liver glycogen is the form in which glucose is stored for use by every organ and muscle in the body when required, when glucose is needed by any part of the body, that organ or muscle is also receiving H2. So therefore the body’s antioxidant mechanisms are improved and this decreases the free radical damage to the body. As free radical damage is one of the main contributing factors to the development of diabetes it is thought that this increase in antioxidant functions in the body can impede the development of diabetes. The mice receiving H2 water had lover levels of the molecules that indicate free radical damage; in fact the H2 mice had levels of these molecules that were almost the same as non-diabetic mice.
For weight watchers in general, here’s the big one.
The group of mice drinking hydrogen rich water had less body fat than those drinking normal water. Scientists suggest that this reduction in weight gain is because H2 stimulates energy production and the increase in energy produced means less is stored as fat.
One of the mechanisms they found for this was an increase in the hormone FGF21, which is a hormone released from the liver that enhances the use of fatty acids and glucose for fuel and results in improved insulin sensitivity and glucose clearance. This indicates not only increased energy production and lower fat storage, but also lower levels of blood glucose and triglyceride levels.
To measure energy consumption scientists measure the oxygen an animal inhales and the carbon dioxide it exhales. The difference between the two shows how much energy is being produced. The mice on the Hydrogen rich water produced more energy than the normal water mice; this was with no discernable increase in movement.
For diabetics there is also good news. In diabetic mice, the consumption of Hydrogen Rich Water improved diabetic parameters. We need to be careful in extrapolating from animal studies to humans. However, there have now been numerous human studies showing that H2 can reduce oxidative stress and blood parameters in patients with diabetes. The theory is that drinking hydrogen rich water improves blood parameters and body weight in diabetics and people with insulin resistance by increasing FGF21 and energy consumption. Of course, it warrants further investigation – but if it is true…
Hydrogen rich water can be accessed by a number of methods. An electronic water ionizer will deliver low levels of H2 with the water using electrolysis. A natural water ionizer will deliver up to 4 times the amount at far less cost. A new tablet will deliver even more by dissolving in water. Stay tuned.
- Hepatic FGF21: Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21) A liver hormone the enhances use of fatty acids and glucose.
- Energy Metabolism: The conversion of nutrients into fuel to be used by the body.
- db/db Mice: Mice with diabetes.
- Liver glycogen: Form in which glucose is stored in the liver. It can then be released into the blood stream to supply muscles and organs with energy when required
- Fatty acid: form in which fats circulate in the blood and are stored in the liver.
The obviously real stories we get from Diabetes sufferers makes us all wonder exactly HOW the water might have a hand in the change. Bill Young, a contributor to our Hydrogen water group, posits:
” It is my understanding that H2 water does help the islet cells recover their insulin creation functions thru its antioxidant properties. Inflammation attacks and damages the islets and impairs or disables them. I believe this is why I have been able to reduce the insulin dosage of some of my Type 1 diabetic clients. Of course there is also the autoimmune aspect that affects many T1 diabetics sometimes initiated by gluten intolerance. Avoiding gluten and consuming cultured and fermented foods may also help certain T1 diabetics. Looking forward to what the experts have to say on this topic.”
Ian: Amen, Bill!
Sherry Brescia sent me this excellent post about the best soda.
“I have a talent for hitting the grocery store at the precise moment when it’s mobbed, the lines are a mile long and there are cashiers in training.
Recently as I waited in a L-O-N-G, slow line to pay for my groceries, I began doing one of my favorite things.
Peeking in other people’s carts as they walked by.
Most times when I do this, what I see isn’t pretty–there are a LOT of people out there whose 4 food groups are Kraft, Frito-Lay, Campbell’s and Kellogg’s.
But recently my observations were especially disturbing…
Because every single cart I looked in had soda in it.
There could be hope for diabetics who are tired of giving themselves insulin injections on a daily basis.
Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are developing a system in which a single injection of nanoparticles could deliver insulin internally for days at a time – with a little help from pulses of ultrasound.
The biocompatible and biodegradable nanoparticles are made of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid), and contain a payload of insulin. Each particle has either a positively-charged chitosan coating, or a negatively-charged alginate coating. When the two types of particles are mixed together, these oppositely-charged coatings cause them to be drawn to each other by electrostatic force.