Why Do Sugary Drinks Act as Diuretics?
Your body needs more water to process sugars and will pull water away from other places in your body to break down the sugar. Soda, fruit juice, and herbal tea with sugar are all examples of drinks that can act as diuretics. Also, remember that sugar is a toxin. When you eat or drink too much sugar, your body has to dilute that sugar to keep it from harming your body. This means that water is pulled from all parts of your body (even the brain) to balance the large amount of sugar in your bloodstream. Part of the diuretic effect comes from the body getting rid of excess sugars by dumping them into urine to be excreted. Note that one of the signs of hyperglycemia or diabetes is excessive thirst and the need to urinate often, which leads to dehydration. And finally, there is a concept regarding Blood Sugar Regulation as follows: Never before in the history of humankind have we had an emergency need to lower blood sugar. While the human body runs on glucose, the organs of blood sugar regulation were never meant to handle a ton of simple sugars running around in the blood. The body’s efforts to process excess sugars that we eat or drink and the consistent need to lower blood sugar contribute to chronic low-level dehydration.