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Kicking the Diet Soda Habit

Posted on 22 August 2013 by Stefanie

Kicking the Diet Soda HabitWe have all heard heard that diet soda isn’t good for us, but we love it and just can’t seem to give it up!

There are many good reasons to stop drinking diet soda. Research from the University of Texas Health Science Center showed that people who consumed more than three diet sodas per day, on average, had almost double the risk of becoming overweight or obese over an eight year period than those who didn’t drink artificially sweetened beverages. A Harvard study found that women who regularly drank two or more diet sodas per day were at increased risk for kidney function decline. Also, the phosphorus in diet soda can deplete the body’s calcium. Aspartame, the artificial sweetener used in many diet sodas, appears to act as an excitotoxin (an agent that binds to nerve cell receptors, overstimulating and damaging cells). I’ve seen patients with jitters, insomnia and disordered thinking recover when they stopped drinking diet soda! Many experts, including me, consider aspartame addictive—so I am not surprised that you are having trouble giving it up.

To reduce cravings for diet soda, try supplementing with the amino acids phenylananine and tyrosine. Why this works: Aspartame contains phenylalanine…which the body converts to tyrosine…which is then converted to the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine (that’s one reason why you enjoy diet soda). When you take these amino acids directly, you get the same pleasing effects as you would from aspartame—but without diet soda’s negative effects.

Article Author: Hyla Cass M.D. is a physician practicing integrative medicine and psychiatry. She combines the best of natural medicine with modern science in her clinical practice and appears regularly on TV, radio, and has been quoted in many national magazines. A member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Health Sciences Institute and Taste for Life Magazine, she is also Associate Editor of Total Health Magazine, she has served on the boards of California Citizens for Health and the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). She graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, interned at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and completed a psychiatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA. She is the author of several popular books including: Natural Highs, 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, and Supplement your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition.

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University of Texas Health Science Center

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