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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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Bloated Belly

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