Did you ever see the movie Innerspace with Martin Short and Dennis Quaid? It’s a great classic movie. These guys get shrunk down and enter a person’s body, their ship flowing along with the red blood cells. You get to see some of what goes on in there; as someone who loves learning about the human body I found it fascinating. It’s also just a great flick.
Most of us don’t think about what’s going on in there as we go about our day to day life. But the things we do really do impact us, right away, for better or for worse.
I came across this description of what happens in your body after drinking a soda. Consider it a journey of sorts. Unfortunately, it’s not nearly as humorous as the movie.
What Happens To Your Body Within An Hour Of Drinking A Coke, According to the Nutrition Research Center
In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down. (By the way, phosphoric acid steals calcium from your bones. Hello, osteoporosis)
20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
>60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
>60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
>60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.
Of course, now your sluggishness and irritability causes you to consider…..having another one. Sound like fun?
Then again, after watching this classic commercial from 1971, those warm fuzzy feelings you will have are very convincing. It even makes me want to have one. Who wouldn’t want to join those happy folks? This is my earliest Coke memory.
And here’s how far they’ve come…
I’m not perfect. I’m not going to pretend that I never drink soda. But not every day, or even every week. If you drink this stuff on a regular basis….well, think about it.
By the way, this is what happens with a regular, sugar-filled soda. With a sugar-free “diet” soda, there’s a whole other bunch of bodily reactions to that poison. By the way, artificial sweeteners besides being poisonous, actually will cause you to eat more, usually causing you to gain weight, which defeats the probable reason you chose to drink a “diet” soda to begin with. But that’s a subject for another post :0
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