What happens to your body after you drink a soft drink?

On the John Tesh Radio Show this morning, Mr. Tesh discussed the effects that drinking a single can of Coke can have on your body. I was mesmerized. I couldn’t find the topic on his website, but I did find the following source that I think he might have also been using. If this isn’t enough to make a person stop drinking the stuff, I don’t know what is. And, yes, that includes me.

Here’s what happens after you drink a can of soda/soft drink/pop…

  • 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 flavor 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, and your liver responds by dumping more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness.
  • 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
  • >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds with 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 have also now literally pissed 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 having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

Scary, huh?


Author: Brian

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3 thoughts on “What happens to your body after you drink a soft drink?”

  1. I’m done too. I haven’t had one since hearing this yesterday morning, and I woke up with a splitting headache. Guess who’s going to be really grouchy and irritable the next few days? =)

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