The Startling Risks of Soft Drink Consumption (A Series) – Part 5: Caffeine: Adrenal Exhaustion, Loss of Fluids, PMS

Caffeine, an addictive stimulant found in around 70 percent of soft drinks and in particularly large amounts in diet sodas, stimulates the adrenal gland without providing  the nourishment it needs. Caffeine in large amounts can even lead to adrenal exhaustion, especially in children. It also upsets the normal balance of neuro chemistry in the developing brains of children.

Caffeine is a mild diuretic, which means it causes your body to lose water. It can also cause hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating and sleeplessness. Tests at John Hopkins University School of Medicine showed that women consuming at least one cup of a caffeine-containing beverage per day, such as coffee, tea or soft drinks, were more prone to PMS. Plus, the more caffeine they consumed, the more severe their PMS symptoms. Source: Food: Your Miracle Medicine: How Food Can Prevent and Cure over 100 Symptoms and Problems by Jean Carper.  (To be continued)