Are soft drinks really bad for your health? Well, let the statistics speak…
Studies have shown that:
▪️taking even as little as one can of soft drink per day puts you at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes (1);
▪️soft drinks are often associated with a high risk of cancer, especially pancreatic cancer (2)
▪️people who take soft drinks (sugar-sweetened beverages) consistently gain more weight than people who don’t (3)
▪️many studies suggest that sugar affects your brain like hard drugs. Therefore, the more soft drinks you consume, the more addicted you may become to them. (4)
and so on.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT I HAVE A SOFT DRINK HABIT?
Drinking several cans or bottles of soft drinks a day is a fierce habit for some people. You know that you have a soft drink habit when you find yourself going to a store at 10 p.m. because your refrigerator is out of soft drinks. You might also have a serious habit if you can never get by a single day without taking a bottle or can of soda.
4 STEPS TO BREAKING YOUR HABIT OF TAKING SOFT DRINKS
According to health experts, if you want to stop drinking so much soft drinks, you have to take four steps:
1. Make Up Your Mind — to give up soft drinks. Even if you just trying to reduce your intake of soft drinks, it would take a firm commitment to make it happen.
2. Make a Small Decrease at a Time — This is a suggestion by Dr. Paul Rozin, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania. According to him, “Just make a small decrease at a time, like one sugared soda a day.”
3. Go Caffeine-Free. Health experts believe that caffeine (which is mildly addictive) is part of the reason why taking soft drinks is such a hard habit to break. Look for caffeine-free soft drinks. If you’re addicted to the caffeine in soft drinks, you’re actually working towards eliminating two habits — the soft drink habit and the caffeine habit. It could take a few weeks for the craving to die off completely.
4. Store Up Alternatives. If you can keep a lot of tasty non-soda drinks at home or at your workplace. This makes it easier for you to stop soda intake sooner than later.
SOME HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO SOFT DRINKS INCLUDE —
- ▪️ Water
- ▪️ Tiger nut drink
- ▪️ Fresh smoothies
- ▪️ Fresh fruit juice
- ▪️ Green Tea or Black Tea
- ▪️ Soy milk
- ▪️ Skimmed milk
As a final note, keeping a bottle of chilled water in your car or on your desk at work would go a long way in helping you get into the water-drinking habit and overcome your soft drink habit.