We all know that soda isn’t good for us, but what about diet soda? Many people make the switch believing that sugar is the main culprit, not knowing there is a bigger, more corrosive problem lurking behind the lid of your favorite fizzy beverage.

Diet soda tends to fly under the radar as it does not contain sugar like regular soda, but that does not mean it is healthy.  Even in moderation, diet soda can have devastating consequences on your digestion and kidneys.

This problem has largely gone unnoticed, but with more brands investing more into diet varieties, Male Health Facts thought it was high time we looked at the bigger picture.  Could it be that diet soda is worse than regular soda?  Could diet soda be causing a health epidemic?

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Diet Soda Is Acidic

You might think that all the chemicals that replicate sugar are your only concern but diet sodas are acidic.  The pH level of soda is approximately 2.5 (testing ranges from 2.3 to 3.5 but a pH of 2.5 is commonly cited for the most popular brand name cola).

Clean water has a pH of 7 and our blood needs to maintain a pH balance of between 7.35 and 7.45 for cellular processes to function properly.  When your blood has a pH below 7.35, it is considered too acidic and blood acidosis is associated with many health problems and diseases.

Studies have shown that consuming approximately one can of soda (350 ml) increases the acid level in the stomach for a period of 53.5 minutes. Just drinking one can of soda a day would subject your stomach to over 19,500 more minutes of acid exposure every year. Most people who drink sodas, however, drink more than a single can a day.

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Soda Causes Digestive Stress

When you understand how many chemicals and acid is in diet soda, it should come as no surprise that it can wreak havoc on your digestive track.  By the time the acid works its way into your gut, it is as low as 2.5 on the pH scale.  This is lower than an acid you would use to clean your stove!

This is extremely corrosive and kills off the good bacteria that line your gut.  Once these bacteria die, bad bacteria can infest your colon and cause inflammation or even colon cancer.  As the number of diagnoses escalate, one might assume it has to do with our love of diet soda.

Soda Linked to Kidney Failure

As if losing your digestive health wasn’t bad enough, drinking diet soda can also cause long-term problems with your kidneys.  Shocking new research from Osaka University in Japan found that as little as two cans of soda a day can impair kidney function.

The acid in the diet soda weakens the kidneys, and prevents them from being able to breakdown and remove toxins from the blood.  Diet soda is a Frankenstein mesh of flavors and additives that make up for the lack of natural flavoring.  These infiltrate the body in ways that were never intended for the body to experience.

The diet soda drinkers experienced a drop in their glomerular filtration rate (an important measure of the kidney’s function). With age, the glomerular filtration rate tends to decline a bit. However, in diet soda drinkers, the rate of decline was 3 times as much as for men who did not drink diet sodas.

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So the next time you reach for a diet soda, think twice.  If you must have a fizzy drink, consider a regular soda or choose a lighter option such as sparkling water that has a better pH balance.  However, once you get over your soda addiction, we promise you won’t remember what you are missing!

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