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By: palmpartners | Published on: 18th March, 2015.
that could totally be Sprite®
By Cheryl Steinberg
Soft drinks are highly popular, highly addictive, and highly bad for you. I get it, there are just some times when a cold, sugary drink sparkling over ice is where it’s at. However, if you care about your health in the slightest, continue reading. Soda is basically the worst thing for you (there are other things but, for all intents and purposes, let’s focus on soda for now).
A common ingredient in soft drinks is something called sodium benzoate, which is a preservative also found in packaged foods. Preservatives like this one increase your sodium intake drastically and reduce your body’s potassium availability, a process that has been associated with the development of asthma.
Asthma costs our healthcare system approximately $18 billion annually. Eleven Americans die each day due to asthma.
#2. Wrecks your kidneys
Soda pop also contains phosphoric acid, which has been linked to kidney stones and other kidney-related issues. And if you’re male, Caucasian, and overweight, your chances of developing kidney stones are greatly increased.
Kidney stones increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease. People who have developed one stone are approximately 50% more likely to develop another within 5 to 7 years.
#3. Wrecks your bones
Another downfall of phosphoric acid is that it affects bones. A high phosphate diet is associated with bone-breakdown and the development of osteoporosis. That’s because, when the phosphorus leaves your system through urination, it takes with it calcium, an essential mineral for bones and other parts of the body.
Women make up 80% of people with osteoporosis and, therefore, men make up the remaining 20%.
#4. Wrecks your blood sugar
The amount of sugar and sugar by-products in sodas is astounding. And the process can be broken down as such:
20 minutes after drinking a soda – blood sugar spikes, causing your body to dump insulin. Your body, in turn, converts this excess insulin into fat…yay!
40 minutes after drinking a soda – caffeine absorption is complete. Blood pressure rises, pupils dilate, and your liver dumps even more sugar into your bloodstream.
45 minutes after drinking a soda – dopamine production in the brain increases, igniting the brain’s pleasure center. This is exactly how drugs like heroin work, by the by.
Problematic blood sugar levels, insulin issues (i.e. diabetes – see #6) and weight issues (see #5).
#5. Wrecks your weight
Obesity has long been associated with soft drink intake and it’s not just a myth. Researchers say that the relationship between drinking soda and overall body weight is so strong that they can even estimate that for every one soda consumed, the risk of becoming obese increases by 1.6 times.
42% of breast and colon cancer cases involve an obese patient
30% of people requiring gall bladder surgery are obese
#6. Wrecks your pancreas
People who drink soda have an 80% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes – which is the kind that gets worse over time and may require medications, if not at first, later on in life.
It’s estimated that, for every $10 spent on healthcare, $1 goes to diabetes.
#7. Wrecks your heart
Heart disease is yet another way in which sodas negatively impact your health. Most soft drinks – if not all – contain high fructose corn syrup (another way of saying ‘sugar’), which has been associated with a condition known as metabolic syndrome. This condition increases your risk for heart disease (and diabetes).
In 2006, alone, more than 1 in 4 deaths was due to cardiovascular disease.
#8. Wrecks your endocrine system
BPA (bisphenyl-A) is a known cancer-causing chemical that is used to coat the insides of soda cans and bottles (as well as plastic baby bottles and plastic water bottles) and, besides the whole cancer thing, it can also negatively impact your endocrine system, causing such repercussions as reproductive abnormalities and premature puberty.
The high sugar and acidity of soft drinks takes their toll on your teeth; these two culprits easily dissolve tooth enamel – something you can never get back once it’s gone.
Enamel erosion leads to tooth decay. When this scourge reaches the base of the tooth, the tooth’s nerve, and root, infection can set in and an abscess can form, leaving you vulnerable to an infection of the brain and/or heart.
#10. Wrecks your skin
Sodium benzoate (See #1) is also associated with skin problems, namely, recurring rash and eczema.
Your complexion will be not-so-nice.
So, if you think you have a soda pop addiction, there are healthy ways to address it without substituting other, equally as unhealthy things. Likewise, if you’re struggling with something even more damaging to your health and well-being, like a substance abuse disorder, there are ways to get off the junk and back on track. To do this, however, the person who struggles will need more intensive support and therapy. And that’s where we come in. Palm Partners is an accredited drug and alcohol treatment facility and program that offers specially-designed, individually-tailored treatment to those suffering with alcohol and/or drug abuse. Please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 today.
So you have probably heard us go on and on about the dangerous health effects alcohol has on the body. But did you know that alcohol can affect your appearance too? If you thought only meth took out its intensity on your face, think again. While your teeth may not be falling out of your head due to meth mouth, alcohol can do some damage. And admit it, when you were using, you thought you looked hot. Didn’t we all?
This is our series Your Face on Drugs and if you are like me, in this case, it is ok for you to “be so vain”.
Your Face on Drugs: Alcohol
We are going to go ahead and get some of the worst of it out of the way as quickly as we can. When it comes to the way you look and alcohol, plain and simple, alcohol makes you fat. In fact, a pint of 4% beer or two double gin and tonics equals around the same amount of calories as one burger. Not just that but you get severe hunger after a long night of drinking as long as you aren’t throwing up and its usually not a piece of fruit you reach for. All of this can add on the pounds, ruining not only your physical appearance but also depriving your body of nutritious foods and feeding it empty calories.
And you don’t have to drink for a long time to cause your pants to be snug in the morning. A few nights of heavy drinking can cause bloating. Alcohol depletes the body of water and the kidneys have to kick into overdrive. This effect comes into play by causing bloat in your face and pretty much all over your body. Because your body is being robbed of all its fluids and electrolytes it stores the water you ingest which causes tissues to swell making you look like a kind of chipmunk.
So picture this, you have been drinking for a while. You wake up one morning to get ready for work and all of a sudden your pants are a little tight and your shirt doesn’t fit as well, the buttons are stretching at the clasps. You walk over to the mirror to look at your face and…it is red and your eyes are blood shot, your skin is dull, you look haggard and your hair is stripped and has no shine.
Yeah, let’s start with the redness in the face: Alcohol ruins not only your figure but also your skin. Drinking alcohol is one of the main culprits of rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and often pustules on the cheeks and nose. Drinking alcohol can cause a surge in the condition. But don’t think you are off the hook if you don’t have rosacea. People who don’t have the disorder run the risk of unwanted, PERMANENT, redness. Alcohol not only increases blood flow and dilates tiny blood vessels that are closest to the outer layer of your skin, it sometimes does it in such volume that they burst. This causes unsightly and sometimes permanent broken capillaries on the face.
YOUR FUTURE SKIN IS BEING HARMED TOO! If you ever woken up so thirsty after a night of drinking it is because alcoholic beverages dehydrate your body. Alcohol does this by hindering the production of vasopressin (anti-diuretic hormones). So alcohol literally forces your kidneys to work over time to remove excess water from your system and leaves your organs parched and dry. And guess what organ is the largest? Yes, your skin. Skin that is dry from the inside out not only wrinkles more quickly than nice moist skin but it can take on a pale kind of gray look to it too. This is a condition that gets worse too due to the fact that alcohol depletes your poor body of vitamin A which is an antioxidant needed for cell renewal and turnover.
Your eyes: Just like alcohol causes broken capillaries on your face it also irritates and enlarges the tiny blood vessels on the surface of your eye causing the “bloodshot” appearance. But that isn’t that big of a deal right? You aren’t that vain to where you’d care about a few red lines? Well would you care about blindness? Because excessive drinking robs the body of some nutrients required to maintain eye health, it can lead to a condition that is known as alcoholic optic neuritis, which impairs eyesight and over time can result in blindness.
Now about that hair: In the same way that alcohol dehydrates your skin it also dehydrates your hair. Dry hair equals weak hair and weak or brittle hair is more prone to split ends. Excessive alcohol use can also cause a zinc deficiency in the body, which has been shown to cause hair loss. So if you think split ends can be fixed, thin or even no hair can’t.
So the end result is you look in the mirror and you see a face red with broken blood vessels, sunken eyes, dull skin with no glow, dull hair with split ends, dried and falling out, bloated face, arms, legs, and pants that are too snug.
If I may be so bold to say: That is not hot.
So the next time your vanity keeps you do from anything maybe use that same vanity to keep yourself from drinking. Because alcohol affects you on the outside as much as it does on the inside. Value yourself and the beauty you possess. If you are sober be thankful you aren’t putting yourself this through this anymore and if you drink may I suggest allowing not drinking to allow yourself to be your most healthy and well, attractive.
If you or your loved one is in need of alcohol addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.
By: Cheryl Steinberg | Published on: 19th August, 2013.
You might think it’s easy to spot someone with an eating disorder when, in reality you can’t tell whether or not someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them. The fact is, most eating disorders don’t fit neatly into diagnostic boxes.
1 in 200 American adults will develop anorexia nervosa in their lifetime, and at least 1 in 20 (1 in 10 teen girls) will struggle with some form of eating disorder that doesn’t meet full diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. A generalized eating disorder is described by restriction of food, binging on food and/or purging.
Almost anorexic is a category used to describe the vast majority of people who struggle with food and body image problems and who can relate to an “anorexic mindset,” meaning that they strive to be extremely thin and are obsessed with controlling their eating habits.
Although people who struggle with anorexia nervosa have a low body weight, the majority of people with eating disorders are of a normal weight or even overweight.
Health Risks Associated with Almost Anorexia
Just like with anorexia nervosa, the long-term health risks of almost anorexic include heart problems, osteoporosis, mental health issues (i.e. anxiety and depression), and even death.
Similarly, the mortality rate of among those who are almost anorexic is similar to that of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5), eating disorders such as almost anorexic currently fall under the diagnosis of Other Specific Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). Another term currently used is Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS; in DSM-IV). It is important to note that OSFED and EDNOS are, in fact, eating disorders. However, a diagnosis of OSFED or EDNOS, such as almost anorexic is nonetheless as serious as a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, bulimia and/or binge eating disorder; it just means that the person’s condition doesn’t meet the strict criteria for these already-documented eating disorders.
A New Diagnosis
Previous and current ways of diagnosing eating disorders result in many people being told that they basically have a vague eating problem. With the new diagnosis, conditions such as almost anorexia are now being recognized by the medical community and treatment is available. The benefits of the new criteria for diagnosing eating disorders could have more impact than just a more precise diagnosis – the revised guidelines could also mean that insurance companies will begin to pay for more patients’ treatment.
New research suggests that many of the same techniques, such as family-based treatment and cognitive-behavioral therapy, are useful for the treatment of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can provide relief for those who are almost anorexic.
People with eating disorders have a hard time getting health insurance to cover the treatment of their conditions. As it stands now, only 23 states in the U.S. have laws that require insurers to provide the same level of coverage for eating disorders that they do for physical illnesses and conditions.
Even in states with those laws, the “majority of people diagnosed with EDNOS were denied insurance coverage because they didn’t “fit into” standard categories such as anorexia and bulimia. Treatment for eating disorders costs around $30,000 a month and that doesn’t include the cost of treatment for secondary health conditions associated with almost anorexia.
Obesity is a chronic disease that affects many people. To lose weight in the long term, a person must modify their diet and engage in regular physical exercise. However, some people may require additional treatment, which is why weight loss drugs are sometimes used. Prescription weight-loss medications should be used only by patients who are at increased medical risk because of their weight. They should not be used for “cosmetic” weight loss. In addition, patients should have previously tried to lose weight through diet and physical activity. The common drugs used to lose weight work by either decreasing appetite or blocking the absorption of calories.
Common Drugs Used to Lose Weight: Over the counter medications
Diet pills, potions, and concoctions purchased over the counter or ordered on line are unlikely to be effective and are not necessarily safe or capable of delivering on what they promise.
Over-the-counter diet pills may not appear to be dangerous, but they can still cause harm. They may be loaded with caffeine and diuretics that can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.
The FDA does not give supplements the same scrutiny as prescription medications. These common drugs used to lose weight can be harmful and most are ineffective.
Common Drugs Used to Lose Weight: Prescription medications
Sometimes as a last resort, physicians will prescribe prescription medications to help someone lose weight. Not all of these medications are FDA approved for weight loss, and sometimes their use can have serious side effects.
Common drugs used to lose weight are only approved for those with:
1. A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above
2. A BMI of 27 and above with an obesity related condition like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or dyslipidemia.
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of weight in relation to height that helps medical professionals determine if your weight puts you at risk for an obesity related illness. A BMI of 18.5-24.9 is considered healthy. A BMI of 25-30 is considered overweight. BMI over 30 is considered obese.
Common drugs used to lose weight should always be combined with a healthy diet and regular physical activity. Here is a list of common drugs used to lose weight:
Phentermine: Phentermine is approved by the FDA for weight loss in a short-term (up to 12 weeks) capacity. It is an appetite suppressant. Common side effects include increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, insomnia, and nervousness.
Diethylproprion: Diethylproprion is also approved by the FDA for short term use in weight loss. It is an appetite suppressant, and common side effects include dizziness, headache, sleeplessness, and nervousness.
Phendimetrazine: Another FDA approved weight loss medication for short-term use. It is also an appetite suppressant and common side effects include sleeplessness and nervousness.
Orlistat: Orlistat is FDA approved for long term use (up to one year). It is a lipase, so it blocks the absorption of calories from food. Common side effects include GI issues like cramping, diarrhea, oily spotting. In rare cases , severe liver injury have been reported.
Non-FDA approved prescription medications that are sometimes prescribed for weight loss include bupropion and topiramate. When these medications are prescribed for weight loss it is considered an “off label” use of the drug.
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By: Jacqueline Palmer | Published on: 14th September, 2012.
In the News: NY Bans Sale on Soda over 16 oz.
Soda has got to be one of the worst culprits in our fight against obesity. About half of Americans drink soda every day at 2.6 glasses a day. There’s about 10 teaspoons of sugar in a can of coke and we’re only supposed to have 12 teaspoons of sugar in an entire 24 hour period. We live in a fast-food nation and there’s no surprise in the fact that we overindulge in foods that are no good for our health.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on big sodas back in the spring of 2012 and yesterday the New York City Board of Health rolled it out at restaurants, concessions stands and other eateries. Bloomberg has also banned public smoking in certain areas, and banned transfat in restaurants. Some restaurants and beverage companies are not happy with his most recent proposal stating the board has exaggerated sodas role in obesity. Only one of the board members did not participate in voting, claiming the information is not comprehensive enough.
It’s a good step forward in getting our eating habits back on track and for us adults it might be a bit harder to adjust to but we should think about our children. I don’t like that it’s taken this long to get our governments to make the necessary changes, however it sets a good example for the future of the future of this nation. I do see where this can be unfair in a business sense because the sale of large sodas would directly impact certain industries but not others. For example, the ban will hurt a movie theatre’s profit but not that of a corner store or supermarket that are allowed to sell large sodas. This is definitely not the last we’ll hear from this.