We live in a rush-rush, “just-do-it” world, with Type-A personalities and over-achievers constantly looking for an edge and pushing ever harder to reach their idea of “success.”
With only so many hours in a day, many people turn to soda to help get them work longer hours and squeeze more out of their workday.
When the 9-to-5 crowd heads home for the day, the Type-A’s are just catching their second wind. But as that second wind gets more elusive, many turn to soda that’s loaded with sugar, caffeine, and/or artificial chemicals to get through those extra hours.
It’s all about pushing harder, working later, and people embracing “the grind.”
This approach is slowly killing them: less and less sleep makes them too tired to exercise, and cascades into overall neglect of their health.
Eventually, the accumulated effects make it tough even to stay awake at your desk. And for what? To show your Facebook friends that you’re super busy, so you must be super successful?
There are many healthy changes you can make to reduce the stress of long hours and make your life a bit easier. Since you can’t always avoid long hours at work, we want you to know that constantly drinking sugary and/or “diet” sodas to make it through the day (and night) is NOT the way to do it.
Why? Check it out below and see what you think – then let us know whether you agree.
Here are five reasons that sugary and diet sodas are not the answer to working longer hours:
1. Caffeine Keeps You Up Long After You Needed to be Up
The average can of soda has about 40mg of caffeine. One of the most common recommendations for appropriate sleep is to avoid caffeine close to bedtime. The effects of caffeine can linger even when you consume it earlier in the afternoon. One study found that consuming caffeine 6 hours before bedtime reduced total sleep time by 1 hour.
If you’re pounding soda throughout the evening just to stay up and work longer, you won’t be able to just put your head on the pillow and go to sleep when you’re done. The accumulated caffeine will make it hard for you to get some ZZZ’s – and make for unrestful sleep.
2. Sugar Rush = Sugar Crash
While you may get an initial sugar rush that gives you a little boost, after about 60 minutes you’ll have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish, but the caffeine will keep you up so you will be irritable, sluggish – and awake. Not a good combo.
The carryover into the next day adds to your fatigue, making you less effective at your job and making it harder to concentrate during your regular hours. Too much sugar is a performance killer.
3. All of That Sugar Increases Your Risk for Diabetes
Sugary drinks are also believed to promote inflammation, which is an immune-system response involved in insulin resistance, a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes. The World Health Organization recommends that your sugar intake be 5% of your daily calorie intake. For an adult with a normal body mass index (BMI), that works out to about 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men – 25 grams or 36 grams – of sugar each day.
One average 12-oz. can of regular soda has about 40 grams of sugar – more than your recommended sugar intake for an entire day! Drinking multiple cans throughout the day just to keep up with your workload will considerably increase your risk for diabetes.
Not good. Those increased risk factors can also lead to missing work and decreased productivity – negating the extra hours you’re trying to work – and making you sick in the process.
4. Pounding “Diet” Sodas Is Also harmful for Your Health
I know what some of you are thinking: “No problem. I’m safe because I drink diet soda to avoid the excess sugar and calories.” Think again.
Don’t fall into the trap of trusting “diet” soda. Scientific studies have shown that diet soda (like regular soda) increases your risk for Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Another study showed that daily diet soda drinkers have an increased risk for stroke and other vascular events.
And in what may be the biggest surprise of all, a Yale study showed that diet soda drinkers actually GAIN weight over time. How wrong is that?
Rather than increasing your risk for these nasty healthy consequences, it’s better to drink water or natural low-calorie alternatives when you’re burning the midnight oil.
5. The Unpronounceable Ingredients in Soda Aren’t Good for You
When you drink most sugary or diet sodas, you’re putting unpronounceable ingredients in your body. Brominated Vegetable Oil? Sodium Benzoate? Sodium Hexametaphosphate? Ever hear of those?
How about Calcium Disodium EDTA? You know, the preservative made with formaldehyde? Yes, formaldehyde. Let that sink in a minute. It may be that Big Soda figures that since you’re already killing yourself with those long work hours, they might as well give you a head start on the embalming process. . .
If all of these reasons don’t change your mind about grabbing that extra soda out of the fridge, a Harvard of 43,000 men showed that drinking even one can of sugary soda a day raises the risk of heart disease by 20%.
A Better Way: Healthier AND Delicious
There’s got to be a better way. We all know that water is the healthiest option, and carbonated water at least gives you that fizz – even if it lacks the flavor and sweetness you crave.
We understand the desire to reach for something that’s delicious AND better-for-you. And now you can.
Instead of grabbing a sugary or “diet” soda to get through your work day, consider Luma Soda as a delicious option that won’t compromise your health. With only 4 grams of sugar (instead of 40g) and no artificial ingredients, Luma is naturally sweetened with monk fruit and just a touch of honey. You CAN have the best of both worlds – and kick butt at work, too!