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Carbonated beverages may be hurting your kidneys

Carbonated sugar based drinks are amongst the unhealthiest beverages you can consume. Even the diet versions of these beverages are loaded with chemicals that adversely affect various organs. Studies highlight the potential negative effects that soft drinks and sugar can have on kidney health. Doctors have done studies and found that diet soda too can actually cause kidney failure and permanent kidney damage.

Effect of Soda on Kidney
In one study, researchers found that consuming at least two carbonated beverages per day is linked with proteinuria – or increased excretion of protein in the urine, which is a hallmark of kidney dysfunction. Drinking soda or other carbonated beverages each day may lead to hypertension and diabetes, which can cause kidney failure, reduced kidney function and kidney stones. Be it a cola, non-cola, diet soda or any other sugar-sweetened carbonated beverage, these beverages can increase your risk of serious health issues.
Another study conducted in rats found that moderate fructose intake increases the kidney’s sensitivity to a protein (angiotensin II). Since kidneys regulate salt balance, this leads to increased salt re-absorption by cells in the kidneys.

Major ingredients responsible for negative effects on the kidney

• Soda contains high levels of phosphoric acid. Phosphoric acid gives food a tangy taste and beverages the acidic taste we’ve come to associate sodas with. Phosphoric acid is closely linked with the development of kidney stones and other renal problems and strains the kidneys. The consumption of this acid on regular basis can lead to impairment in kidney function.
• One reason doctors believe this occurs is because diet sodas contains high levels of sodium.
• It is also believed that the artificial sweeteners that are used in all diet sodas are to blame for kidney damage too.

Options to replace soda:

• Consider drinking more water and less soda.
• Lemonade (non-carbonated) is healthier and an easily available option to replace soda.
• Buttermilk is a good replacement to soda.
• Fruit juice (without added sugar) is also a refreshing beverage to accompany your meal.
• Coconut water is a light and refreshing beverage.

Soda is not evil, but regular soda drinkers seem to have a lot of health problems which is now even supported by various studies, so sodas are best avoided.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Think Before You Drink!

You stay away from the most obvious signs of sugar in your food,. Avoid desserts, don’t take sugar in your tea/coffee. But sometimes you ignore the not so obvious forms of sugar that might be harming you. To start the damage control right away here are a few ways how sugar is finding way to your system.

Carbonated Drink (Cr/freedigital)

Cola drinks(Regular and diet): The cola drinks are soda and added sweeteners and artificial colors present in it. The soda present in it increases the level of co2 in the body which results in the reduction of anti-oxidants in the body. It contains a high amount of sugar in it which is not good for the health (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Healthy Movie Snacks

You can’t help but eat something at the movie theater. It’s like a ritual. You just have to!

There are plenty of options, but if you’re trying to eat healthy, its like a calorie mine field. We recommend grabbing a bite before a movie so you aren’t stuck with the limited healthy option at the movies. If you just need to get something even though you are not hungry, get a bottle of water, or a diet soda. You know water can help you lose weight? read here how.

Photo- Popcorn at the movies

But, if you really just need to eat something, go for a serving of nuts- they’ve got protein, heart healthy fats and plenty of antioxdants. If not that, then go for the un-buttered popcorn. It is not the healthiest option but its definitely healthier than that a sugar filled bag of candy, the super-calorie nachos with cheese sauce or the mammoth sized soda servings. Some movie theaters have whole wheat sandwiches, so that’s a healthy option.

And remember your mom taught you to share- that’ll help you get slim. Sharing what you eat is a smart way of cutting those calories. No, stop digging into your buddy’s food!

It’s not easy to skip all that calorie laden deliciousness at the movies, but just think about how tough it is to burn off those extra calories! You know, its not worth it.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo