I found an interesting article by writer Wade Meredith. She explains the alarming response to your insides after drinking Cola.
When somebody drinks a Coke this is what happens…
· In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavour allowing you to keep it down.
· 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment).
· 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
· 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centres of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
· >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
· >60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
· >60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, urinated away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.
I hope this encourages people to stick to water. I get a lot of questions about cordial drinks and whether they are allowed in your recommended daily water intake. Cordials contain sugar or sugar substitutes such as Aspartame that can cause you to feel bloated and discourage real food consumption. Other symptoms can include everything from menstrual changes, weight gain, headaches, severe depression, insomnia and anxiety attacks.
Flavoured mineral water always crops up in conversations too. Whenever we drink water with additives, flavourings and sweeteners (this includes cordials) our overworked liver must spend time and energy to filter and remove the additives. Only then can we use the water the drink is contained in. Carbonated water isn’t any better either; phosphorus levels added through the carbonation process strips the body of calcium.