During the summer months, we are always being told to stay hydrated and for good reason; we now know that a lack of water can lead to dehydration and therefore kidney damage. However, we also now know that the ever-more popular beverage, soda, can actually make this problem worse. Whilst many people buy soft drinks and energy drinks in order to quench their thirst, the opposite is actually happening which can lead to a number of health problems.
How is This So?
Soda is often packed full of sugar with the main additions being fructose and glucose; we know what effects this can have on our sugar levels but it also does something else. When coupled with caffeine, they do not replace the fluids that we lose when we sweat.
"While caffeine will make you urinate more often, sugar will just make us need more fluid so we end up even more dehydrated than before." Says Stu White from HDX Fit.
With this in mind, a lack of fluid in the body can lead to some serious issues with one of the most prominent being the kidneys. If a human body is low on fluids, it increases the risk of kidney stones because too many minerals settle in the urine. If the weather is hot and you're sweating significantly, you need fluids to replace what has left and soda and energy drinks just aren't doing what we all think it is.
Currently, dehydration is one of, if not the, main cause of kidneys stones because we aren't drinking enough water.
Most health authorities suggest drinking eight glasses of water per day, or two litres, because this is the best way to replenish what has left via sweat and urine. Water is a completely natural liquid that will do the job required, whereas soda does very little as far as dehydration goes.
What Does This Mean?
For many people who have been studying kidney health, this is definitely a step in the wrong direction as it highlights a beverage that a high percentage of the population enjoys.
In the future, could we see a shift in the market as we begin to label the dangers of drinking soda when dehydrated? Will the industry be forced into letting their customers know this fact or is the soda industry too profitable to see any changes being made? Whatever happens, one thing is for certain - as long as we continue to drink soft drinks to remove dehydration, we continue to damage our kidneys.
For those who grew up on fizzy drinks, this will come as concerning news and many will look to change their ways immediately. If you have any doubts, stick to drinking water and you will be putting yourself in the best possible position to stay healthy! And when you need a little flavor or need to replenish electrolytes, give HDX Hydration Mix a try - you wont regret it!