If you are a reader of my blog, you are probably interested in having a leaner, more muscular body. That takes working out and eating right. But be careful how you quench your thirst! Carbonated sodas can hamper your quest for big guns and a six pack (pardon the pun.)
Published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, experts claim drinking too many soft drinks causes potassium levels to drop, leading to muscle weakness and cramps.
For the study, scientists looked at people who drank two to nine liters of cola per day. One participant, drinking as much as three liters a day, complained of fatigue and appetite loss, and blood tests revealed low potassium levels.
“We are consuming more soft drinks than ever before and a number of health issues have already been identified including tooth problems, bone demineralization and the development of metabolic syndrome and diabetes” says Dr Moses Elisaf from the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Ioannina, Greece.
“Evidence is increasing to suggest that excessive cola consumption can also lead to hypokalaemia, in which the blood potassium levels fall, causing an adverse effect on vital muscle functions.”
A research review carried out by Dr Elisaf and his colleagues has shown that symptoms can range from mild weakness to profound paralysis. Luckily all the patients studied made a rapid and full recovery after they stopped drinking cola and took oral or intravenous potassium.
Stick to drinking water during your workouts, and limit the consumption of carbonated soft drinks to optimize your health.
Yours in Health,
Your Lean Body Coach™