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Why Do Sugary Drinks Act as Diuretics?

Jan 6, 2017 | Nutrition Articles | 0 comments

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.

About the Author:

Mishabae Mahoney is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Licensed Massage therapist, Certified Yoga Therapy Practitioner, and Registered Yoga Instructor and the owner of Deeper Balance: Integrative Healing Arts, a private practice where she offers a holistic approach to creating optimal health. Her interest in food as the path to self – healing led her on a journey through many different diets and lifestyles such as Raw Foods, Vegan and Vegetarian, Macrobiotic, Ayurvedic Nutrition and ultimately to the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program. After graduating NTA, she began to integrate Nutritional Therapy into her work and found that her clients were experiencing deeper and lasting results no matter what modality she was working with. Mishabae continues to take a comprehensive approach with her clients and believes firmly that a properly prepared nutrient dense diet and pure clean water is the foundation upon which a healthy body, mind and spirt rests. Mishabae is committed to empowering people with the tools and information needed to restore hope as well as health. This mission lends its passion to her role as an Instructor.