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12 Amazing Things Will Happen When You Stop Drinking Soft Drinks

12 Amazing Things Will Happen When You Stop Drinking Soft Drinks

Soft drinks have been around for decades. They’re a staple drink at parties, restaurants, and in many homes. Unfortunately, soft drinks are extremely bad for your health and they’re highly addictive. Not only do soft drinks contain caffeine, but are usually full of sugar. Even diet soft drinks, although have sweeteners instead, are incredibly unhealthy.

In fact, they’re so bad for you, that they wreak havoc on your entire body, but if you can kick the craving and give up soft drinks for good, amazing things will happen.

1. You will enjoy your food more.

Soft drinks have so much sugar in them that they overwhelm your taste buds, and diet soft drinks are even worse. Most sweeteners are 400 to 8000 times sweeter than sugar! In fact, they are so sweet that they actually alter the sweet receptors in your brain, making you crave sugar even more! By giving up soft drinks, your taste buds will go back to normal and food will once again be flavorful.

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2. You decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Drinking soft drinks regularly will increase your chance of developing type 2 diabetes by 26% according to a study in Diabetes Care done in 2010. In fact, diet soft drinks aren’t any better. The same study found that drinking two-thirds of a diet soft drink before a meal prepared the pancreas to release insulin. By giving up soft drinks, you’ll decrease your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

3. You will lose weight easier.

The easiest way to lose weight is to stop drinking soft drinks. A single 12-ounce can has 39 grams of sugar, and 90 calories! Switching to water will save you an serious amount of calories and sugar throughout your lifetime. Even a diet soft drink, although has zero calories, causes insulin to be released, increasing the amount of belly fat you have.

4. You will be helping out your kidneys.

Studies have found that giving up soft drinks can help save your kidneys from risk of disease and failure. When you drink soft drinks, you are also at a higher risk or developing kidney stones according to a 2013 study.

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5. You will have a healthier heart.

A 2012 Harvard University study found that soft drinks, among other sugary drinks, increased risk of chronic heart disease. Consuming soft drinks raises your blood pressure. To improve your heart health and decrease your blood pressure, stop drinking soft drinks!

6. You will have a whiter smile.

According to a 2013 study, drinking a lot of soft drinks will corrode your teeth so much that it’s comparable to a meth abuser! Needless to say, soft drinks ruin your teeth. The citric acid in soda eats away at tooth enamel, which increases risk of cavities and yellowing. For a whiter, healthier smile, stay away from soft drinks!

7. You will be smarter.

Quitting soft drinks can make you smarter because consuming sugar for a long period of time can have a negative effect on your brain. Once you quit, you will be able to think more clearly, focus easier and improve your memory. If you think you’re safe by drinking diet soft drinks, you’re wrong. Chemicals found in aspartame may alter brain chemicals and nerve signals, and cause headaches, anxiety, and insomnia.

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8. You will use the bathroom less.

Soft drinks are a diuretic and bladder irritant. That means, you will need to pee more often. Soft drinks also irritate your bladder, and can intensify bladder infections and urinary tract infections.

9. You will improve your immune system.

Diet soft drinks are especially bad for you because artificial sweeteners affect your healthy gut bacteria, which can affect your blood sugar levels, weight management, and illness contraction. The acidity in all soft drinks is also bad for your digestive system.

10. You will have more energy.

Just like with coffee, soft drinks have caffeine, which is why a lot of people drink it – they want that pick me up. However, drinking too much caffeine only makes you more tired!

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11. You will have healthier bones.

Studies have shown there is a link between soft drinks and osteoporosis. A study done in 2014 actually found that consuming soft drinks regularly increased the chance of hip fractures for postmenopausal women by 14%.

12. You will live longer.

By giving up soft drinks you will improve your health overall, and potentially increase your lifespan!

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Featured photo credit: Dean Hochman via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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