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Put your soda down (part one of two)

Soda disrupts the human body’s capable biological, chemical abilities and efficiencies

Published: Monday, October 3, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07

The reasons why people choose sodas are numerous. Personally, I would grab a soda out of convenience — out of tendency — complying to a decent price range. I used to think how obtuse it would be to order a value meal from fast-food restaurants and ask for water in place of a soft drink. Gradually, that mentality had to change and my reasoning was not related to wellness.

Growing up knowing (just by word-of-mouth) if you wanted every advantage in a competitive sport, one of the first things you had to do was to get rid of sodas.

Nobody ever stated why they had a generalized preoccupation with soda abstinence, yet they figured it had something to do with "sugars" and something else to do with "bad."  Turns out, the advantages to ebbing away from soft drinks are more than just a right thing to do.

Although they are sweet, sparkling and tasty, sodas are worthless for your body.

If at this moment you are "obeying your thirst," "doing the dew" or "opening happiness," consider the aftermath of soda consumption.


Sodas eliminate calcium from our bodies: From the countless hours of advertisements (usually in the form of some animated character), we are reminded that "calcium builds strong bones."  However, we disrupt the biology of bone strengthening by ingesting excess levels of phosphorus (as phosphoric acid) from sodas. In our lower intestine, phosphoric acid binds with the calcium and evacuates the bind via urinary excretion.

By consuming sodas, we deplete our bodies of calcium, thus reducing the strength of our bones, increasing our chances (long-term) of osteoporosis and bone fracture.

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body (in the form of bones and teeth) and theoretically, if we continue to wreak havoc on these anatomical structures, we will become a pile of gelatinous goo. Do me a favor: The next time you see a soda commercial, think, "phosphorus deteriorates strong bones" (and stay tuned for the slam dunk/high-five finish because drinking soda and playing sports go hand-in-hand).

High phosphorus-to-calcium ratios are also linked to kidney disease and kidney stones.


Sodas damage our cells: In the pH spectrum, there are three types of classifications: acids, neutral and base solutions. The lower the pH, the more closely associated to an acid. Of the 1-14 quantifiable measurements of a pH level, sodas average a pH of 2.5, making them highly acidic (and equivalent in acidity to vinegar).The significance is that anything acid comes into contact with, it oxidizes. Oxidation also causes pear slices to turn brown, metal to rust and fish to become fetid — representing a change in cellular makeup. Although our bodies can metabolize oxygen efficiently, one to two percent of the cells are damaged in the process.

But as we consume soda, the oxidation is accelerated in our systems and continuously damages our cells.

This is why there are these things called, antioxidants. Antioxidants balance oxidation in our bodies.


Sodas destroy tooth enamels: We're traveling back in time for a second. It's seventh grade and you've just convinced your adolescent self to do their science fair experiment on tooth decay. You learn that with a pH level of 5.3, the hardest and most highly mineralized substance in the body (the tooth enamel) starts to dissolve. As we consume acids regularly, we temporarily soften the tooth's surface, since your saliva (whose job is to neutralize acids) can't respond fast enough.  What if we had no saliva at all?

Well, you may not have had YouTube back then, but let's test that hypothesis with this video here.

My goodness! In addition to the music, I'm overwhelmed. So what? You'll brush your teeth, right? In their weakened state after an ice-cold soda, teeth are more susceptible to toothbrush abrasion, so you will only accelerate tooth decay, not prevent it. Wait an hour before brushing your teeth or swish with water to neutralize the acids.

Otherwise, "Hello, heightened sensitivity, discoloration and increased transparency!" For more information on pH levels of your favorite soda, visit here.

The diet-soda debate: We generally choose diet drinks for one reason — to make a conscientious decision directed to our well-being. There are several notions that challenge this "well-being" aspect. But in particular, no study has ever shown diet soda to be useful in shedding pounds


From publications and other studies, in my next blog post, I plan to reveal in full detail the truth about diet sodas and also what the U.S. government has proposed in the past to control the overwhelming consumption of soda.

Joey Roberts is currently the 800 meter school record holder of Texas A&M's track team. Upon achieving his bachelor of science in civil engineering in May 2012, Joey plans to explore a master's and doctorate's degree in environmental engineering.  As an avid runner, Joey is passionate about his wellness, which sparked developments in his personal attitude, fitness, and diet.

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