I have to admit I’m not surprised to hear diet soda may cause strokes. Diet soda has always been at the top of the bad boy list for me. I’m a huge supporter of all things natural. To me, it just makes sense not to put artificial anything into my body. Your body is all natural. Therefore, best sustained by natural things. That’s just a logical conclusion as far as I’m concerned. Now that diet soda, invented to assuage another health risk (obesity) has been found to increase the risk of stroke in those who imbibe, I’m even more likely to turn it down.
How much stroke risk is involved in drinking diet soda? A new study shows drinking diet soda increases stroke risk by a whopping 61%. What causes the high risk associated with diet soda? Although the sodium in fizzy drinks is a partial culprit, the study showed that people who drank diet soda in particular were at higher risk than those who drank regular soda. This would certainly suggest an ingredient found only in diet soda is largely responsible.
Is it OK to drink just a little diet soda? Is it really worth the risk? For most of us, the taste of diet soda is anything but appealing. Now that we know regular diet soda consumption causes an increased risk of stroke, you would think it would be even less appealing. Of course, some people do actually enjoy the taste of diet soda. Since the risk of stroke increases with diet soda consumption, maybe it’s time to learn to love something a little healthier.
What else can you drink when cutting calories? Of course, the healthiest thing for your body is water. It’s pure, natural and calorie free. Your body is almost entirely made up of water. You need water for every function of the body. It’s designed for good health. Need a little more flavor? Try adding a splash of lemon or lime to your water or sipping some antioxidant rich green or white tea. It’s good for you. It won’t increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke. In fact, it just might reverse that risk.
What else decrease your risk of stroke? If you’re a long time diet soda drinker you may be concerned about decreasing your stroke risk. Doing so is a matter of common sense. Doctors have been giving the same advice for many years. Eat a healthy, low fat, low sodium diet, like the one described here. Keep moving by getting regular exercise. Lastly, drink plenty of water to keep your system cleansed and lubricated. Now we can add something else to the list. Stay away from diet soda.
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