You don’t REALLY believe soda is “bad for your health,” do you?
This may sound like a joke, but I’m being sincere.
While it may not be a flat out lie that soda is “bad for your health,” such a phrase certainly does not reveal the complete truth about sodas.
Many health experts are quick to share that sodas are “sugary, sweetened beverages” and they “contain excess calories.” It is often noted that these calories from sugary drinks are quick to turn to fat in the body.
And while all of this is true, I’m afraid it’s only a glimpse into the true detriment of sodas on our health.
I realize you may already know that soda isn’t good for your health, but the truth is I see SO MANY PEOPLE drinking sodas that I believe it’s worth mentioning anyway.
“The average American drinks more than 53 gallons of carbonated soft drinks each year, more than any other beverage, including milk, beer, coffee or water!” - Jeff Primack
Whether you personally are a soda drinker or not, I strongly encourage you to read the entirety of this email. You may be able to provide information and encouragement to a friend or family member who is struggling with a soft drink addiction.
I want to begin by taking a look at the pH of the blood…
As I have mentioned in past emails and blog posts (such as The Connection Between Minerals and pH Balance), in order for life to exist, the blood must remain at a pH of 7.4 on the pH scale. This is slightly above 7.0, which is neutral. If the pH of our blood deviates from 7.4 in the slightest, life cannot exist.
While our blood must remain at a pH of 7.4 for life to exist, sodas have a pH of anywhere between 2.8 and 3.4.
But to fully understand the severity of this number, we need a better understanding of how the pH scale works. You see, a pH of 7.0 is neutral, and while it may initially appear that a substance with a pH of 6.0 is only slightly more acidic than something with a pH of 7.0, this is simply not true. A substance with a pH of 6.0 is actually ten times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 7.
The pattern continues and a substance with a pH of 5 is 100 times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 7. Likewise, a substance with a pH of 4 is 1,000 times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 7.
This means a soda with a pH of 2.8 – 3.4 is roughly 10,000 times more acidic than water, which has a pH of 7.
Soda is known to be great for removing rust, cleaning the toilet bowl and even killing mice. Seriously! If you don’t believe me, Google it! It’s been said that it takes 32 glasses of water to neutralize the acidity of one soda. Just imagine the detriment it’s causing your body. Actually, let me tell you about the detriment it’s causing your body…
When you consume a substance as acidic as soda, the body is forced to compensate for such acidity. To compensate, the body’s alkaline minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and iron) are stripped from the body and moved to the bloodstream.
In the words of Jeff Primack, author of Conquering Any Disease, “Your blood pH must remain precisely at 7.4 or you will die in a few minutes. So why haven’t all the diet soda drinkers passed away yet? The body has an intelligence. In order to maintain that ideal range for the blood pH of 7.4, our bodies will leach calcium (which is alkaline) right out of our bones and teeth to correct an overly acidic condition. Can you say osteoporosis?”
When I talk about the detriments and the acidity of soda, I’m talking about everything from Classic Coca-Cola to Diet Pepsi to Dr. Pepper, Big Red, and even Grape Soda and Sprite. ALL carbonated sodas contain phosphoric acid and carbonic acid, which are the two ingredients that form the rust-cleaning, mice-killing pH of 2.8.
I want to leave you with one final thought. My father passed away on June 28, 2015 from a brain tumor. Lying in his hospital bed, reflecting back on his life, he told my mom and I plainly that not drinking sodas would have been one of the easiest and most beneficial things he could have done for his health. “You have to tell them,” he said. He was talking about soda and the terrible affects they had on his health.
Unfortunately, he was not aware of the information I am sharing with you today until it was already too late – he was already dying.
I am begging you to not wait until it’s too late to give up soda - TODAY is the day!
Plus, I encourage you to share this information with someone you love. I understand it’s not always easy to challenge and/or bring attention to someone’s “not-so-healthy” lifestyle habits, but sometimes doing so is the best way to truly love them.
For more information about the importance of a proper pH level in the bloodstream, refer to my blog post The Connection Between Minerals and pH Balance.
Having a proper pH in the body is one of the greatest things you can do for your health. After all, disease does not exist in an alkaline environment.
Call me today to schedule a live blood cell screening to see how acidic or alkaline your body is. Plus, I’d be happy to help you make some very easy and very beneficial changes to your diet. Your body will thank you in the future!
Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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