Aspartame the Neurotoxin?!
I often suggest to many of our practice members that they need to increase their daily water intake.
Most Americans are severely dehydrated! We don’t realize this until our lips get chapped or skin dries out and those indicators are very late indicators of dehydration. The main issue is dehydration at the cellular level.
The response i received from one person (who was 68 years of age) was “I was listening to some doctors on the radio show and they said that water is contained in many soft drinks so i can add that into my daily intake, i typically go through 4-5 diet sodas a DAY!”
2 problems with that statement that jumped out to me:
1. Yes there is technically water in soda, diet sodas and juices. BUT, there are also large amounts of sodium, sugar or sugar substitutes, and other additives in ALL of those drinks. These substances have numerous effects on the physiological systems of the body, but most profoundly is the diuretic effect, or the ability of those chemicals to cause you to pass most of that water through your system without reaping the benefits.
2. Most people are willing to trust someone they have never met, sometimes never seen, over specialists in which THEY voluntarily came in for help.
The second problem is the most disturbing because it shows how we will constantly find studies that fit or justify the reasons why we live the way we live. This deters us from truly understanding facts and allowing us to make healthy changes in our lifestyle.
My rule of thumb is one i have adapted from world renowned nutritionist Marion Nestle: “If it’s not natural, don’t put it in your body!”
Aspartame has a lot of research showing its negative effects. It also has a lot of research claiming it isn’t harmful at all. Which are we supposed to believe? In this day and age our access to information is endless, making it all the more important to know where the research you are reading and depending your health on is being produced. Better question, WHO is producing that research? Something we touched in our “Supplements” post is the idea of biased research.
Example: Hershey Co. sells chocolate. Hershey Co. makes money when they sell chocolate. Hershey Co. commissions private research on that “shows” how eating chocolate is beneficial for you. Hershey Co’s new “affiliate”(whom they finance) fails to mention that it is the cacao bean that actually harnesses the health benefits it claims in its research.
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