Even the best of us find it hard not to give in to a carbonated beverage from time to time, but just what is going on inside of those who consume them every day? Well, that in itself isn’t an easy question to answer.

Now, for some carbonated beverages are things like sodas but not all carbonated beverages fall into the same category. They even make carbonated waters that a lot of people seem to like. This in itself really makes pinning down what happens to a person’s body a bit more complex when you really think about it. That being because those who drink soda every single day are not going to have the same effects as someone who drinks carbonated water, sure there will be some same/similar things, but there will also be some big differences.

Fox News wrote as follows on what happens to your body ‘after drinking soda’:

Crack, fizz, gulp: Within the first ten to 15 minutes of that cola, your intestines mainline that sugar to your blood, spiking levels of glucose—blood sugar. That’s a lot of quick energy, and to manage the onslaught, multiple organs in your body kick into overdrive, so you can process that sugar.

Your pancreas releases insulin to help transport the sugar (which is a carbohydrate) to your muscles for energy. But that soda contains much more sugar than your muscles need. “When an individual drinks a 20-ounce soda, they are getting an entire meal’s worth of carbohydrates through liquid,” explains Meltem Zeytinoglu, MD, MBA, an endocrinologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine. “In most cases, this soda is consumed in addition to a meal, so the additional carbohydrates will need to be processed. This extra sugar, instead of being stored in muscle tissue, gets converted to fat in the liver.”

Your kidney also comes into play by getting rid of excess sugar through your urine. That means your body loses water, which, along with the diuretic effect of the caffeine in the soda, increases your risk of dehydration. The sugar and caffeine in soda is “quite the unhealthy combination,” says Dr. Zeytinoglu.

Studies throughout the years have according to Scripps.org linked soft drinks (sodas) with lower bone mineral density and things of that nature. While carbonated beverages can help improve your digestion, they can also leave you feeling quite bloated. This also on top of any tooth issues you may come down with because of artificial sweeteners that tend to be present in these kinds of products.

Honestly, with this kind of thing, there are positives and negatives, and it is really all about moderation. If you drink soda constantly, chances are you’re seeing more and more of the negatives but if you’re someone who drinks mostly water and opts for carbonated water here and there, you’re probably much better off. To learn more on this topic take a look at the video below. It goes over what happens if you drink soda every day and brings a lot of interesting points forth.

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