THE AFFECTS OF SODA ON YOUR SKIN
Many working adults (or really just adults in general) consume some sort of caffeine to get a little boost throughout the day. I would also say, more teachers than not also consume caffeine at some point in their day to re-energize. According to the CDC in 2011-2014 (most current stat), 5 in 10 adults drank a sugar-sweetened beverage on a given day. This does not necessarily mean a soda, the drink could be coffee with sugar, juice, an energy drink, etc.
For this post though, I will be focusing on consuming soda and the affect on one's skin. Because as much as I love Diet Coke (and really, who doesn't?), I also know my skin doesn't love it.
The main issue with soda is the sugar content. While many "diet" sodas do not contain sugar, they do contain other artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. Artificial sweeteners can cause high insulin levels and are a primary cause of hormonal imbalances and skin disorders, such as acne according to the Boldape website. Here are some other ways drinking soda can negatively impact your skin:
Accelerates skin aging
A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco found that people who drank more soda had shortened telomeres. Without getting too detailed, this causes a lack of cell regeneration ultimately leading to faster aging. Also, drinking too much soda can increase glycation in the body. Too much glycation can break down elastin and collagen in the skin (yikes! sagging skin and potential wrinkles!).
Exacerbates problematic skin conditions
Soda can also cause inflammatory reactions in the body. This can then lead to skin issues such as eczema and cystic acne (one of the most severe forms of acne and the most difficult to treat).Drinking soda can cause flare-ups in either of these skin conditions.
Enlarges pores and increases oil production
Sugar in soda can also increase testosterone levels in the body. Affects of increased testosterone levels can be causing pores to enlarge and oil production to increase. Testosterone can also result in acne, particularly blackheads and whiteheads which occur when excess oil and skin cells block pores. Lastly, testosterone can also cause dehydration. This can leave the skin looking dull, dry, and can even cause dark under eye circles to form. Dehydration can also take away the natural plumpness of the skin, making one appear older and more tired. Existing wrinkles and fine lines can also deepen due to dehydration.
With all this being said, drink a diet coke when you want but be mindful of the affects! I am conscious to limit my caffeine intake to twice a week, including coffee and sodas. I make a point to not buy soda when grocery shopping so I won't even have the option when I am at home. Coffee is a little more difficult for me to not have everyday because for one- I wake up at 4:30 a.m. everyday, two- I work with teenagers everyday, three- my classroom is always freezing, and four- I just love coffee. If I liked black coffee, and I don't, then I wouldn't really have an issue with drinking it everyday. So all you black coffee drinkers, I'm jealous of you!
Here are some alternatives that I use to drinking soda and coffee:
- Water! Always more water...I try everyday before lunch time to drink at least 30 ounces (that's how much my Yeti holds) and then try to drink one more round of 30 ounces by the end of the day.
- Infused water, my favorite infuser water bottle can be found here and some of my favorite infused water recipes can be found here
- Flavored sparkling water, I would say this is my go-to if I get bored of drinking plain ol' water
- Smoothies, I have one every morning for breakfast! My go-to is raspberries, a banana, a small amount of Justin's Peanut Butter, vanilla almond milk, and ice. I make my smoothies using this