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Does Your Body Have These Changes After You Drink A Can Of Coke?

Does Your Body Have These Changes After You Drink A Can Of Coke?

An infographic titled What Happens One Hour After Drinking a Can of Coke? created by former pharmacist Niraj Naik and published on the blog The Renegade Pharmacist rapidly went viral. The infographic was praised and criticized, which prompted us to research the statements to validate whether they are accurate. Keep reading if you seek practical advice about the effects of Coke or other cola drinks on your health.

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    What Happens One Hour After Drinking a Can of Coke – Infographic | The Renegade Pharmacist

    The First 10 Minutes After Drinking Coke

    STATEMENT: Naik claims that a coca cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar and that phosphoric acid prevents us from vomiting after drinking it.

    TRUE AND FALSE: According to the Coca-Cola website, a 12 fl oz can contains 39 grams of sugar, which is approximately 10 teaspoons. This statement is factual. Phosphoric acid is added to Coke to give it a tangy flavor. Nonetheless, the flavoring does not prevent vomiting. This claim is exaggerated. For example, many brands of orange, grape, and apple juices also contain 10 teaspoons of sugar without the phosphoric acid and we can easily chug a 12-ounce juice drink without vomiting.

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    CAUTION: Phosphoric acid, which is a substance found in Coke and other cola drinks, is a controversial ingredient. It is highly acidic and linked to low bone mineral density (BMD) in older women. It is a substance that should be limited in those who are worried about low BMD.

    After 20 Minutes

    STATEMENT: Naik claims that blood sugar spikes cause insulin to burst. As a result, the liver turns the sugar into fat.

    TRUE AND FALSE: According to Livestrong, if sugar calories are not used as energy immediately after they are consumed, they are converted into body fat. Keep in mind that sodas in the US such as Coke contain fructose, which is more prone to be stored as body fat than other types of sugar.

    The good news is, it is possible to burn the 140 calories that a 12-ounce Coke contains. Burning 140 calories varies person-to-person by gender, age, height, and weight. For example, a 25-year-old woman who weighs roughly 130 pounds can burn these calories by jogging approximately 20 minutes. You can calculate your own burn rate by using a Calorie Burn Calculator.

    CAUTION: According to the University of Rochester, sugary soft drinks add calories to your diet and raise insulin levels, which results in visceral fat (fat within the abdominal cavity). Too much visceral fat can raise certain blood proteins and result in metabolic syndrome.

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    After 40 Minutes

    STATEMENT: Naik claims that the caffeine causes your blood pressure to rise, more sugar to be dumped into your bloodstream, and your pupils to dilate.

    TRUE AND FALSE: According to this study, caffeine causes a temporary increase in blood pressure. Coffee was primarily researched and it contains more caffeine than cola drinks; however, a raise in blood pressure is a legitimate concern for some. For example, the researchers concluded that caffeine might be harmful to those with hypertension.

    There is a debate about whether caffeine in Coke contributes to increased sugar dumped into your bloodstream if you are a healthy adult. Yet, according to WebMD, those with type 2 diabetes can have clinically significant blood-sugar elevations as a result of caffeine use.

    According to Livestrong, caffeine interacts with adenosine receptors in the brain and adrenaline (epinephrine) increases. Because of the increased adrenaline (“fight or flight” hormone), your pupils dilate after caffeine ingestion.

    CAUTION: According to WebMD, for those with type 2 diabetes, caffeine can interfere with glucose control.

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    After 45 Minutes

    STATEMENT: Naik claims that your body ups your dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – much like the drug heroin.

    TRUE AND FALSE: It cannot be denied that caffeine is addictive and it improves mood, but caffeine represents a minimal risk (even when abused) when compared to other stimulant drugs, according to Pharmacological Reviews.

    CAUTION: Again, according to Pharmacological Reviews, a small number of people are more prone to compulsive caffeine use and might have problems reducing or eliminating it.

    After 60 Minutes

    STATEMENT: At 60 minutes, Naik claims that you will experience a sugar crash and the diuretic properties come into play (you will urinate). He warns that important nutrients are robbed from your body.

    TRUE: It is well known that caffeine is a diuretic, which causes increased urination. Cola drinks such as Coke might seem to quench your thirst, but ultimately they cause you to lose fluid.

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    Moreover, there appears to be a connection between soda and osteoporosis, which indicates there could be calcium loss as a result of this tasty drink. According to WebMD, researchers at Tufts University found that women who drank three or more colas a day had almost a 4% lower BMD in the hip (with calcium and vitamin D intake controlled).

    And last of all, many can experience a sugar crash after eating high carbohydrate meals, high sugar foods, and high sugar beverages, such as Coke. Typically, you can feel nervousness, headaches, dizziness, and a variety of other symptoms. Reactive Hypoglycemia is the technical term and it is real for some people. WebMD recommends that you avoid or limit sugary foods and drinks to prevent reactive hypoglycemia from occurring.

    CAUTION: What Naik does not mention is caffeine’s half-life is about six hours. This means, if you ingest 200 mg of caffeine at 6:00 PM with dinner, half of that caffeine is still in your system at midnight.

    Conclusion

    It’s common knowledge that too much sugar is harmful to our health and waistline, but how much is too much?

    For reference, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that we should reduce the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of our total energy intake. Take these guidelines into consideration: a 30-year-old woman who exercises moderately each day should limit her sugar intake to approximately 25 grams. Consider that energy intake varies depending on many factors. If you want to calculate your personal total energy expenditure, use this calculator.

    As for caffeine intake, the Mayo Clinic indicates that up to 400 milligrams of caffeine appears to be safe for most healthy adults, which equals 4 cups of brewed coffee or 10 cans of Coke.

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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