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Woman Died from Drinking Too Much Soda at Age 30

A woman in New Zealand died from drinking too much soda in 2010, said a New Zealand coroner, the BBC News reported . It was reported she drank up to 10 liters a day.

At the time of her death, a pathologist found Harris had hypokalemia, or a lack of potassium in the blood. Soda robs the body of potassium. The actual cause of death was said to be cardiac arrhythmia where the heart beats too fast.

According to a Fox news report, the woman was addicted to soda. She would go into withdrawal, including shaking. It was said that one of the woman's children was born without enamel on the child's teeth because of the mother's addiction. The woman herself had all of her teeth removed from the decay the sugar caused.

The woman's soft drink company of choice, for its part, has said that "grossly excessive ingestion of any food product, including water" could be harmful. "We believe that all foods and beverages can have a place in a balanced and sensible diet combined with an active lifestyle," the statement added.

According to this article, one person who knew her stated that they believed it was just a soft drink, like water. They didn't think it could kill her, which is ironic because that's what most people believe about sodas. Sure the soft drink company had a point that anything over done can be harmful to your health, but what they failed to point out is that sugar is addictive. The average person doesn't drink themselves to death by age 30, but the addictive nature of sugar in general causes people to disregard any health issues they may face as a result of their sugar addiction.

The addictive properties of sugar is something I talk about in my book, Common Sense Biblical Approach to Health and Fitness.

"You might be surprised to learn that in one study, rats given sugar water showed behavior like that of drug addicts. When the sugar had been taken away from them, the rats had signs of drug withdrawal, such as teeth-chattering and the shakes.

Sugar and the taste of sweets stimulate the brain by activating beta endorphin receptor sites according to one study. These are the same chemicals activated by heroin and morphine. "

We tend to overlook the dangers of sugar and processed foods because they taste good and we think we have to have it. Don't be blinded to the truth, if you think you have to have junk food to make it, then you are addicted, but you don't have to stay addicted. My book Common Sense Biblical Approach to Health and Fitness is all about living a healthy lifestyle, and shows that it is indeed biblical to do so, as well. Kick the junk food habit, and live the life God intended you to live.

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