The First 60 Minutes: Effects of Coca Cola on Your Body
It’s widely known, especially among us in the Health Naturally community that sugary drinks such as Coca Cola are extremely unhealthy, but it’s been a bit of a mystery as to what it does to our body once consumed.
Thanks to Niraj Naik at The Renegade Pharmacist, we have the answer to that question. The brains behind website has brought to light what a refreshing can of Coke does to our body within the first hour of consumption. If you’re still drinking Coke, Pepsi or any similar product, well, you’ve been warned.
First 10 minutes
10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavour, allowing you to keep it down.
20 minutes in
Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
40 minutes in
Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
45 minutes in
Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centres of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
60 minutes in
The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
After 60 minutes
The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.
When Naik worked as a community pharmacist, he says he was able to successfully wean people off longterm medication – particularly for health issues such as high blood pressure and/or diabetes.
“Many of them would consume fizzy drinks on a daily basis,” he says. “A few, on several medications, would consume between two and three cans a day. In one case a guy was on every heart drug under the sun and taking big doses.”
Naik analyzed the patient’s diet and found that he was drinking up to 15 cups of coffee a day with 2/3 spoonfuls of sugar in each cup.
“I was even more shocked to find out his doctor had not asked him about what he ate or drank and just stuck him on strong meds for life,” he says.
So, the pharmacist created his own system to help patients overcome their conditions.
“My first piece of advice to them would be to do a simple swap,” he explains, “replacing fizzy drinks with water and fresh lemon or lime juice.
“In many cases just doing this would have a dramatic effect on their health.
“This indicates to me that fizzy drinks and sugar are big issues relating to blood pressure and metabolic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”