More Reasons to Skip the Acid Drinks

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-06-12 11:42:01 -0500
Started 2011-11-14 11:47:40 -0600

I got this info from a friend of mine who works in the medical profession. Some of it I knew, but some was quite a surprise.
Four Drinks that cause acid reflux

Most everyone has heard the saying, "You are what you eat."
We are also what we DRINK.
But most of us don't think about the effects of what we drink. It's almost as if since we don't have to "chew" drinks, they don't count.
But they do…
What you drink can have a much larger impact on your health than all the food in the world.

Take soda — the number one beverage of choice for millions.
Soda has SO much phosphoric acid in it that it takes 32 8oz. glasses of water to neutralize the acid in just 1 12oz. can of soda.
That's a LOT of acid, wouldn't you say?
The phosphoric acid from the soda throws your stomach into turmoil, which wrecks your digestion and leads to or worsens ulcers.
Soda also causes or makes worse acid reflux, GERD, hiatal hernia and gastritis.
"Life begins here" with Coke?
It's more like death begins here!
Here's another dark side of soda that you probably aren't aware of: The acid and high fructose corn syrup in soda are food for the harmful bacteria in your gut. This bacteria chow down and multiply like crazy, and can eventually crowd out your beneficial bacteria.
And let's not forget the obvious — (regular) soda is nothing but empty calories. It packs between 140 - 165 calories in a single 12 oz. can, which in turn packs the pounds on YOU.
OK, I can hear your thoughts…But don't even think that diet soda is any better. It's not. It contains just as much acid as regular soda, and I could write an encyclopedia on the harmful effects of aspartame. But that's for another day.
Let's take a look at the other 3 drinks to avoid.

Starbucks-a-holics alert
Now you may be asking, "What about my cup of joe?"
Well, tell me…do you ever take antacids — either OTC or prescription? If so, and you're a coffee drinker, it's one of the biggest reasons why!
Coffee is LOADED with acid, being second only to soda in acidity.
It also acts as a diuretic, which removes fluids from your body (dehydrates) and can constipate you.
Built-up wastes in your colon from being constipated help to create the perfect breeding ground for more dangerous bacteria to multiply.

What about cocktails?
I know you're probably chewing your nails about this one…
As far as alcohol goes, moderate alcohol consumption (1-2 glasses, 3-4 times per week) can be tolerated by your body reasonably well.
Good news, huh? Whew!
However, more excessive alcohol use creates a tremendous amount of acid in your body. Plus, alcohol can reduce your intestines' ability to contract and move wastes, which can lead to harmful bacteria overgrowth and disease.
So don't overdo it if you want painless digestion.

Water, water everywhere
Now, you might be more health conscious and drink lots of water — good for you. But keep in mind the kind of water you're drinking.
You see, ordinary tap water typically contains chlorine…
Lots of it.
Chlorinated water not only kills the beneficial bacteria in your gut, but it also contains carcinogens (cancer causers) called trihalomethanes.
Trihalomethanes accumulate in the tissues of your body and cause cell mutation (unusual changes) and hamper immune function.
And according to the U.S. Council Of Environmental Quality, "Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine."

Clearly, what we drink is of utmost importance.
Limiting and avoiding soda, coffee, excessive alcohol and chlorinated tap water is vitally important, especially if you have one or more current health problems.
But for many people, this simply isn't going to happen…
These beverages are not going to be eliminated or reduced — no way, no how.
Or even if you do successfully stay away from those drinks, if you've been indulging in them for quite some time, chances are excellent that you've got some hefty amounts of harmful bacteria in your gut.
So in either case, it's important to help counteract the effect of these beverages and encourage a healthy flora balance in your system.
Otherwise, you will suffer the consequences. The piper will be paid. It's just a matter of time.

19 replies

4mouseketeers 2014-06-09 13:00:29 -0500 Report

After reading this I am wondering about the tea I am drinking. I use regular water out of the tap. I boil it with the tea bags but does boiling remove the harmful chemicals. There are those of us who can not afford to pay $ for a filter for our water. Sometimes I buy bottled water but it costs money, too.
What to do???

jayabee52 2014-06-09 13:36:32 -0500 Report

It depends on the chemical. Boiling does remove the clorine however flouride is not removed by boiling ~

4mouseketeers 2014-06-09 14:01:14 -0500 Report

Another question on the water issue - my son is in a nursing home (he is schizoaffective & I have guardianship). If he drinks water he must either purchase a bottle for $1.50 or drink tap water. He chooses to drink Mtn Dew (I know..). I guess I have taken so much freedom from him already I hate to take away one of the only pleasures he has left.

4mouseketeers 2014-06-09 13:55:26 -0500 Report

But fluoride is good, right??
And how long should one boil the water to remove chlorine or whatever is floating around in it that is bad??

GabbyPA 2014-06-12 11:42:01 -0500 Report

I am not a fan of drinking fluoride. Have you ever read the toothpaste not ingest.

The other thing you can do it distill your water, but it takes some work. That is capturing the steam that boiling water creates and capturing it into a separate container. The steam is pure water without the heavier chemicals in it. BUT it also removes all minerals that might be good for you. It's kind of a catch 22

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-11-19 08:34:15 -0600 Report

Wow, this is excellent. I have gastritis and the first thing my doctor told me was to lose the diet soda, and then cut way, way back on coffee.

GabbyPA 2011-11-19 17:41:35 -0600 Report

I kind of freaked out on the acid in the sodas. YIKES, I like water but to have to drink 256 oz of water to clear out a 12 oz soda???wow.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-14 18:39:37 -0600 Report

I'm glad i buy bottled filtered water. I hope that's what it is! You never know these days. We have well water and i cannot stand the mineral taste of the water!
I stay away from the city water as much as possible because i heard of all the pharmasticals(sp?) in the water! We just can't win!

RebC 2011-11-14 15:46:35 -0600 Report

Great. I don't drink really much of anything besides water, milk, and an occasional soda, so I thought that was great. But apparently I am killing all the good bacteria I've got going on in my stomach, and becoming a cancer risk by drinking tap water. I thought I was doing so great… LOL

Set apart
Set apart 2011-11-14 12:37:59 -0600 Report

I really like this, but as a new T1 for a couple of months I feel like I've had to give up so much and with the holidays coming up as a newcomer to this I'm already feeling the pressure of all the temptations. I do want to take care of myself though. So how can I do this okay I promise to give up diet cokes I drink maybe 1 or 2 a week. The coffee well that's another story I will try to cut down (I usually have 2-3 cups in the morning). I was so happy cuz I had just found sugar fee pepperiment mocha creamer. I really get crazy with all of this. How do we find a balance while still enjoying a cup of coffee?

GabbyPA 2011-11-14 12:42:02 -0600 Report

Decaf will help a LOT. That removes a lot of the acids. The trick is to find one thing to drop out of, and do that. Then add another as you go. Don't try to do it all at once, it will make you crazy for sure!

Set apart
Set apart 2011-11-14 13:15:29 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby, okay next time I buy coffee how about I buy the one with half and half and start there? I need to feel like I'm drinking the real thing, plus the withdrawals will cause headaches. I've gone without coffee- headache whew!

GabbyPA 2011-11-14 13:21:15 -0600 Report

That's what my mom did for her to get weaned. I can drink it either way, the flavor doesn't matter to me. But I tell you, if I am drinking caffeinated coffee, I get heart burn so fast. So ease into it. There are good things about coffee too such as the antioxidants in it. So there just has to be a balance.

I drink decaf tea and herb teas as well. I just kind of dumped the caffeine.

pixsidust 2011-11-14 12:16:33 -0600 Report

I do have some acid reflux. I do not drink but maybe 4-5 sodas per year, never alcohol, 2-3 cups of coffee per week at the very most but copious tap water. Its a dilemma because I have read where bottled water is bad for our Ecosystem and the Mfg of the plastic as well. Does anyone know if a filtration system removes the chlorine? My Aunt has one by Pur that makes her water taste like soap. What is the best solution? I take Probiotic Acidophilus daily. Does that help with the flora? Yet I guess I need to address the chlorine issue. Any ideas please I am all ears! Thanks!

GabbyPA 2011-11-14 12:31:22 -0600 Report

We have a whole house filter that helps remove all that crummy stuff. It is amazing how much better our water is than the city water that feeds our home. I would also check into the ones that work on your faucet as well, to see what they filter out. Anything is better than nothing.

pixsidust 2011-11-14 12:47:28 -0600 Report

What brand of water filter? Does it use charcoal? I think you are right, at least get something to filter what we drink!

GabbyPA 2011-11-14 12:52:19 -0600 Report

Check on the boxes of the Pur, Filtrete, Britta and such filters. See what is removed when they are used. Before we got the one for the whole house, we used to use Pur. Our refrigerator has a Pur Frigedaire in it as well, so our ice is double clean.
We have stainless steel water bottles that we take with us. We don't have to buy expensive bottled water and deal with the plastic either.

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