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This List Proves Why You Shouldn’t Drink Coke, But Use It Instead

This List Proves Why You Shouldn’t Drink Coke, But Use It Instead

Coke isn’t the best thing to ingest on a daily basis. It’s usually the first thing I recommend cutting out of your diet (along with other sodas) if you’re trying to lose weight (all that sugar adds up), and as such I haven’t imbibed it regularly for at least six years now. That doesn’t mean it’s useless! Below you’ll find a list containing Coke’s harmful effects, as well as a collection of all of the ways you can use it to better your life!

How Coke Harms You

1. Cavities galore!

The sugar and acid in Coke breaks down the enamel on your teeth, and over time that can lead to lots of expensive dental work. You can sort of alleviate this by brushing your teeth a lot, but it’s better to just hedge your bets and drink water instead.

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2. It increases your chance of getting diabetes.

The food you eat is already so full of sugars (read: carbohydrates) that pouring some Coca-Cola on top of that is just overkill. Indeed, within just twenty minutes of ingesting the stuff, your blood sugar will spike and your body will have to work extra hard to deal with it.

3. Say goodbye to your metabolism.

I used to see commercials of athletes drinking soda after a workout all of the time, which in hindsight disgusts me. Sorry, but all that does is shutdown your metabolism before it has a chance to burn the fat off your body. Put down the Coke and grab some water instead!

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4. Your kidneys won’t like you anymore.

If you think you can get out of this by drinking Diet Coke instead, well, I have some bad news. Turns out the artificial sweeteners in that do more damage to your kidneys than you’d probably like.

5. The long term effects of aspartame are ominous at best.

Much remains unknown about the long term effects of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, though several studies seem to indicate that it can cause a number of diseases. So, no matter which Coke you choose, you’re doing something detrimental to your body.

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6. It might mess with your reproductive capabilities.

Continued and frequent consumption of Coca-Cola might lead to defects in your reproductive system, mostly due to all of the chemicals contained within the fizzy drink. In moderation this probably won’t be an issue, but heavy Coke drinkers might want to make a note of this.

What You Can Do With Coke Instead

So, if you shouldn’t drink it, what’s it good for? Read on…

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1. Dissolve the grime off of old pennies.

2. Clean the grout lining your tiles, bathtub, etc.

3. Place one of your kid’s baby teeth in a cup of coke and see how long it takes to dissolve.

4. Get those nasty layers of burnt food off your frying pan.

5. Kill insects (it’s all in the acid).

6. Get rid of oil stains on your driveway; just pour some Coke on it, wait, and spray it away with a hose.

7. Remove marker stains from your carpet. Just dab some Coke on it and use a damp and soapy rag on the afflicted area.

8. Clean out your car’s engine.

9. Get stains out of your toilet bowl.

10. Add it to your fertilizer to grow healthier plants.

11. Cook your food in it; Coke + some other seasonings = a decent steak, apparently.

12. Craft a custom barbeque sauce; just mix Coke and ketchup for some sweet ribs or chicken.

13. Mix it with your lotion for silky skin (I need to test this one).

14. Remove paint from a metal surface; simply soak a rag in Coke and let it sit on the painted surface for a while.

15. Make your laundry smell better; just pour it over your unfortunately scented clothes before starting a wash cycle.

16. Use it as a wasp repellent; put some in a container and place it a decent distance away from wherever your picnic/outdoor event is.

17. Unnaturally age your documents; apply to paper, pat dry, and wait.

18. Pour it on a jellyfish sting to reduce the amount of excruciating pain you’re in. I bet Spongebob wishes he knew about this one.

19. Remove the rust from a nail or screw that just won’t budge.

20. Use it as a de-greaser.

Huh…after all that, I’m suddenly even less inclined to drink soda than I was before. Looks like they should be selling Coke next to Windex at your local Home Depot! Do you have any secret uses for Coke that are unrelated to drinking it? Share below!

Featured photo credit: Coke Can/ Allen via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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