A recent study by researchers at the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio points to a links between obesity, artificial sweeteners and diet sodas. In summary, a group of 474 adults were measured for waistline circumference, height and weight. The group self-reported on diet soda consumption and results were adjusted for diabetes status, age, and activity levels. What they found:
- Those who reported drinking diet sodas saw a 70% increase in waistline circumference than those who did not drink diet sodas.
- Those who consumed two or more diet sodas a day saw a 500% increase in waistline circumference compared to non-diet soda drinkers.
Increased belly fat and waist-to-hip ratios are strong risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Another study, also from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (presented at the recent American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions) indicated that consumption of aspartame, a common artificial sweetener in diet sodas, resulted in higher fasting glucose levels in mice. Elevated fasting glucose levels indicate pre-diabetes or diabetes.
Drink Water Instead
In her latest podcast, T Thorn Coyle and her guest, Miss Maya discuss the importance of water for practitioners of the psychic arts and magical spiritualities. Not only does water have conductive properties, it is also the element commonly associated with the West – the direction of the underworld and the emotions. Modern magical teachers point to the importance of feeling, rather than thinking your way to successful magical practice.
Do your health and your spiritual practice a favor – drink more water!