Your Body On Soda

I know we all like a soda here or there. Heck, even the most hardcore bodybuilders have some diet soda when they are trying to get lean. Did you ever stop to actually think about what happens after you drink a soda and what it does to your body?


When you  look at what makes up a regular soda you’ll see thinks like phosphoric acid that pulls important minerals away from your bones and has been linked to kidney disease. Research has shown that two more more sodas per day has doubled the likelihood of kidney disease.

Then there’s the aspartame that may cause various forms of cancer in dosages close to what is recommended for humans. Not sure how people can say “drink it you’re fine”.

What about the caffeine? Clearly one of the best performance enhancing supplements that we have but since it works on a receptor basis, the more you drink the more you need. 1 can today, 2 cans 5 days from now, 3 cans 8 days from now. All for the same effect as the first can.  So what actually happens to your body when you ingest a soda?

Here’s a breakdown (provided by the nutrition research center) of what happens from the time you finish a can…

First 10 minutes- About 10 teaspoons of sugar quickly enters your system. You won’t notice this,however, because companies add phosphoric acid that hides the flavor so you can actually stand it.

15-20 minutes later– Your blood sugar spikes rapidly and you know how all of this insulin floating around your body. You have no choice of to store most of it as bodyfat.

40 minutes later- Your body has now absorbed all of your caffeine. Your blood pressure is rising and your liver has no choice but to drop more sugar into your bloodstream. Your brain is blocked y the caffeine so you don’t get drowsy.

45 minutes later– Your body will increase its dopamine production to stimulate the pleasure center in your brain. This is the same way that heroin works.

Over 1 hour later- The phosphoric acid from the soda connects with the calcium, magnesium and zinc in your intestine, which will boost your metabolism. The high dosages of sugar and sweeteners will cause you to excrete calcium.

Over 1 hour later- The diuretic aspects of soda have finally begun. The calcium, magnesium and zinc that we mentioned before that WAS going to be used to improve your health in addition to the electrolytes and water in your body will now be forced out of your body during your next bathroom break.

Over 1 hour later- You’ll start to feel a hunger crash and may get tired or sluggish. You also are now dehydrated and void of various precious nutrients that could of made you feel better.

Want to me to get you another one?

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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  1. Ryan
    9 years ago

    I never knew that. It actually makes me think twice about all the soda that I drink. What about diet sodas during a diet though. You bring it up and I’ve seen it online.

    I like the new site layout.


  2. Great post on the effects of soda! I think I’m going to have to go back to my goal of staying completely off after reading this!

  3. Luke
    9 years ago

    Great info big Jimmy.

  4. admin
    9 years ago

    It only makes sense. Plus when you look at the research on aspartame you see that you’ll likely have an increased desire to eat more. Not worth it.

    BTW, How do I add a picture to my gravator?

  5. chris buck
    9 years ago

    Great info (as always) Jimmy,

    I’ll stick to the water !!


    Chris 🙂

  6. admin
    9 years ago

    I used to be in favor of having diet soda while I diet but once I started looking into what makes it up, I had to get away from it. No calories yes, but the sweeteners in it will cause you to eat more. Not what you want on a diet.

  7. admin
    9 years ago

    Water and green tea with coffee here and there for me my friend. What else do you guys drink?

  8. Erica
    9 years ago

    Nice article Jimmy. I drink Crystal Light as well as green tea and water. Is that ok?

  9. Sarah
    9 years ago

    Hey Jimmy,
    Good article..I don’t drink a lot of pop myself because of the sugar as it sabotages a good diet but I am going to forward this to my son who drinks tons of it…I don’t buy it for him…he buys his own and hopefully after reading this he will cut way back 🙂

  10. admin
    9 years ago

    Sabotage is a good word for what soda does. Happy I might be able to help your son. How old is he?

  11. Todd Lowder
    9 years ago

    Nice work Jimmy! Nothing good is going to happen when you ingest some thing with sooooo many ingredients!
    Todd Lowder

  12. Rick
    9 years ago

    Reading this makes me glad that I quit drinking soft drinks. In the past 2 months I have only had 2 small drinks of Diet Coke. I knew there were more reasons to stop other than being tired of the taste. I had read a few articles stating that even diet sodas were not good for you, but I had not read the details until now. About 6 weeks ago I bought a 52 ounce Bubba Keg; I fill it with water and drink 3 to 4 of them a day. I had always tried to drink at least a gallon of water a day, but I never really gauged it until now.

  13. Steve Long
    9 years ago

    I haven’t had a soda for years. I drink mainly water and milk, but I’ll have a little orange juice every once in a while also.

  14. Stephen
    9 years ago

    At the time I made the conscious choice not to put processed sugar into my body (Oct/07), my soda intake was close to 2L/day. Going cold turkey certainly was difficult, but within three months, my overall bodyweight dropped from 216 to 165. Granted I was eating cleaner as well, the difference it has made in my life has been huge. The energy I have to workout is amazing! Without processed sugars, and a solid commitment to fitness and nutrition, I am 182Lbs @ 6.25% BF. My preference now is iron over alluminum – everyday. Appreciate the post Jimmy. Thanks.

  15. alexzep
    9 years ago

    Good stuff Jimmy. I like how you focus on overall health instead of just building muscle in the short term. I used to drink a lot of diet soda and after having the worst headaches of my life, I started to read about aspartame and now wouldn’t have another diet soda as long as I live.

  16. Nickie Hoare
    9 years ago

    Great article of pure facts. Glad that I never drink sweetened drinks and will continue to not do so!!!

  17. Maria
    9 years ago

    Thanks for this terrific breakdown. I don’t drink soda myself but I know tons of people who do. I’ll definitely pass this on.

  18. Matt
    9 years ago

    Hey Jimmy –

    One of my friends from college used to drink soda ALL the time and he was extremely overweight – he started working out more and switched to diet soda (still not great, but he needed the soda) and lost TONS of weight – just by drinking diet. Its not good for you, but its really amazing to see what it actually does to your body. Thanks for the great info!

  19. Lynn
    9 years ago

    This is to those who are asking about Aspartame. It does, for a fact, cause migraine headaches and/or stomach upset in many individuals. I am one of those who get the migraines. Crystal Light, and other \"diet\" type drinks often contain aspartame.

  20. admin
    9 years ago

    Yes it does. Everytime I consume it I feel the need to binge it as well.

  21. Cletus McMurtry
    9 years ago

    I read your article called “Your Body on Soda” 14 May 2009. That’s pretty much what happens if your soda contained sugar, however most soda’s do not contain sugar, they use (HFCS)high fruitose corn sweetener. With sugar your body will increase the level of insulin and that will help burn some of the sugar, But with HFCS, it does not increase the level of insulin, because of it’s chemical nature, none of it will be burnt and all of it will be stored as fat. Pepsi just came out with what’s called Pepsi throwback, which acturally uses sugar again, but it didn’t seem to last long. Not a lot of marketing. If you noticed at about the time soda companies switched to HFCS is also about the time that American’s started gaining weight.

  22. Joseph
    8 years ago

    Hey Jimmy,

    I read that it is ok to put a little sugar into your body after workouts, such as maybe a little soda, because it helps transport the other nutrients that you put into your body to the muscles. Is this true?

  23. Chris
    8 years ago

    A couple years ago I attended a pain clinic for a time. A neurologist told me that “aspartame is a neurotoxin.” That got my attention! I was drinking on average six 24 oz. bottles of diet Mountain Dew per day. After a long struggle, I was able to get free of the stuff and the best thing that happened was that I no longer exhibited some Tourette’s Syndrome- like tics that I didn’t even realize I’d developed. This has convinced me to be extremely careful about the chemicals I put in my body, and I would not recommend sodas to anybody.

  24. Anjelah
    8 years ago

    What you do not know will kill you! I will pass this as well as your site on to family and friends. I’m new to your site and must say it is very informative. Appreciate ya!

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