Have you ever thought about what exactly happens to your body after drinking a can of your favorite soda?
An infographic by The Renegade Pharmacist has surfaced that breaks down exactly what happens while you're drinking a can of Coke. It vividly describes every bodily response that occurs from the first sip, right through to 60 minutes after drinking the entire can.
Here's what happens to your body every 10 minutes as you're consuming the 'good' ol' fizzy stuff:
This is exactly what happens one hour after drinking a can of coke
This is exactly what happens one hour after drinking a can of Coke
In the first 10 minutes:
10 teaspoons of sugar enter your system aka 100% of your recommended daily intake. Your body doesn't immediately reject the sweetness overload because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
After 20 minutes of fizzy consumption, your blood sugar spikes and causes an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any and all the sugar it can get its hands on into fat.
Caffeine absorption is complete at this point. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and as a response your liver distributes more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing sleepiness and drowsiness.
Your body increases your dopamine production exhilarating the pleasure center of your brain. Note: This is exactly what happens to your nervous system when your body is on heroin.
You a get a further boost in your metabolism because the fizzy drink's phosphoric acid binds with calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine. The super large doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increase the urinary excretion of calcium.
The caffeine's diuretic properties percolate and make you want to use the bathroom. After using the bathroom, you have ejected the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that were initially meant for your bones. Sodium, electrolytes and water leave your body as well.
The frenzy within you settles down and your sugar crash commences. You may start feeling grouchy and and lifeless. At this point, you've omitted the water from the soda from your body.
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The key take away from this is that as you consume soda and it goes through your body, essential vitamins and minerals expel from your body. Aside from the effects soda causes internally, dark carbonated drinks also increase the likelihood of staining your teeth. While having just one can give you that momentary 'boost' you need, the amount of sugar a soda can contains is also well over your recommended daily intake.
So the next time you're thinking about grabbing a cold one, just remember that in the amount of time it takes you to finish the can, you're causing a lot more long-term damage than you think.
Take a look at the infographic and tell us what you think: