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Depression linked to Soft Drinks

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If, as the song says, ?I?d like to buy the world a coke? – think again.

There are many reasons to avoid sodas and other soft drinks: high refined sugar levels, extreme acidity, toxic ingredients The National Institute of Health says that the regular consumption of soda, especially those containing artificial sweeteners, can lead to depression. Now, according to a new study by the National Institute of Health, we can now add another reason to the list – the regular consumption of soda, especially those that contained artificial sweeteners, can lead to depression.

Researchers monitored test subjects consumption of soft drinks, teas, and coffees for a year. Ten years later the results showed that individuals who drank four or more sodas daily were 30 percent likelier to suffer depression than those who didn’t drink soda. Those that drank diet soda were even more likely to suffer from depression than those drinking regular soda.

Coffee drinkers, however, were found to be 10 percent less likely to have depression than those who didn’t drink coffee; suggesting that cutting down on sweetened diet drinks and replacing them with unsweetened coffee may lower the risk of depression.

Research in Europe and Asia has been even more negative about soft drinks. In Japan, researchers found that women who drink soda had increased risk of strokes by 80 percent. A separate study in Sweden found that soft drinks increased the risk of prostate cancer by 40 percent.

Why the difference?? Maybe it?s the water. In any case, cutting down on sweetened soft drinks and drinking more bottled water and fruit juices couldn?t hurt. ?A professional Home Care Nurse can monitor their patient?s diet and intake of unhealthy foods and drinks as part of their treatment and care.

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