Soda consumption has more than quadrupled in the last 40 years. The average American consumes five cans of soda each day. A typical serving of a soft drink once was 8 ounces, today a small is 12 ounces and a large soft drink is 32 ounces.
Soda is not a replacement for water. Water makes up about 70 percent of our body composition. Pure water is what we need to replenish our body's requirements. Water transports substances throughout the body. It helps to regulate body temperature and remove wastes from the body. Water is also needed for the digestive process.
Approximately 73 percent of all Americans are chronically dehydrated. Signs of dehydration of just 2 percent can result in fatigue and fuzzy thinking. A loss of 4 percent results in a decrease of muscle strength and endurance. A loss of 10 percent results in weakness and decreased tolerance for heat. Finally, a loss of 20 percent can result in coma or death.
Here are some interesting facts about soda you may want to keep in mind: 1. The sugar in soda can increase insulin levels in the blood, which over time can lead to type 2 diabetes, as well as high blood pressure, heart disease and weight gain. Consuming just one can of soda a day can increase your weight by 18 pounds per year.
2. Phosphoric acid found in many types of soda inhibits the proper absorption of calcium causing bones to become week and teeth to become soft. Is it any wonder the incidence of osteoporosis continues to increase in America? Additionally, Americans have the highest incidence of osteoporosis in the world.