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We all know that drinking soda can expand your waistline.
But, as it turns out, it can wreak havoc on your skin too.
“When it comes to getting healthy, youthful-looking skin, what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your skin,” says Dr. Anthony Puopolo, a clinical advisor to Nava MD. “I tell my patients, soda is one of the worst things you can drink.”
But — why is soda so bad for your skin?
Well, besides lacking in essential vitamins and nutrients, the average can of pop has more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar (the kind of sugar that doesn’t occur naturally in fruits and dairy). And consuming too much sugar can cause glycation, a process that interferes with your natural supply of elastin and collagen, making your skin more likely to wrinkle and crease.
Diet sodas are hardly a healthy alternative. These drinks are made with aspartame, a chemical sweetener that’s been linked to weight gain, migraine headaches, and other serious health issues.
Fortunately, soda lovers can get all the crisp sparkling goodness of classic soda without the drawbacks.
We created a homemade soda recipe that will help you ditch your traditional cola for good.
Not only is this recipe free of added sugar and aspartame, it’s also packed with Vitamin C — a must for healthy hair growth. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect your skin from free radicals, molecules that contribute to premature aging. It also helps your body produce collagen, a structural protein that slows the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Plus, because this homemade soda recipe is mostly water, it can help with hydration — a must for healthy skin.
Dr. Puopolo says he’s “all for” healthy soda alternatives like this one. “This is definitely worth trying,” he said. “When you eat the right foods — and avoid the bad stuff — you will absolutely see a difference in your skin.”
This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.
Consult a healthcare professional or call a doctor in the case of a medical emergency