Water vs Cola – Which Do You Drink?

Water versus Cola
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If you read last weeks blog post you’ll know exactly why I Don’t drink tap water, if you’ve not had a chance to read it yet then head over and have a quick look!

OK, so this week I thought I’d take a look at another popular drink Cola and compare that to drinking water – bottled water of cause 😉

Before I make a start I want to make it pretty clear here that I’m not singling out any particular brand here I’m just focusing on the soft drink Cola, regardless of which brand it might be.

So lets kick off by looking at good old water, H2O

First, or should I say ‘thirst’ of all let’s take a look at dehydration

  • Research has shown that 75% of the UK population are dehydrated
  • Thirst is often mistaken for hunger – next time you start to feel hungry, step away from the fridge or the vending machine and drink a glass of water, you might be presently surprised!
  • Mild dehydration can slow down your metabolism by up to 3%, again one of the reasons I instruct my clients to consume at least 3 litres of bottled water every day. The last thing you want on a weight loss journey is a slow metabolism right?
  • Lack of water is a major cause of daytime fatigue, if you’re constantly feeling tired during the day, check you’re taking in enough water
  • A mild level of dehydration (a loss of 1 to 2% of the body’s normal water content) can cause short term memory loss, trouble concentrating and difficulty focusing on things like printed pages and computer screens. Erm what was that I was meant to do?!?  …Oh yeah, have a drink of water!

Do you suffer from any kind of joint or back pain?

If the answer’s yes you might be interested to know that research has shown that drinking sufficient water and adequate hydration has shown to significantly ease joint and back pain for up to 80% of sufferers. The joint cartilage surfaces contains a high concentration of water and are a major part of lubricating the joint. Lack of water leads to less lubrication and more pain. If you have joint or back pain are you drinking enough water?

What about Midnight hunger pangs?

Well in a study by the University of Washington they found that drinking one glass of water late in the evening prevented midnight hunger pangs in almost all of the dieters in their study. So a glass of bottled water before bed should keep those hunger pangs away!

There’s heaps of other benefits too, for example research has revealed that drinking 5 glasses of water per day has been shown to decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, the risk of breast cancer by 79% and bladder cancer by 50%

Surprised at just what water can do?

So how much water should I drink?

Well you should look to drink one litre for every 50lbs of body weight, so let’s take a 10 stone person – that’s 140lbs so around 3 litres of bottled water a day.

Moving on to Cola …just for comparison!

First of all I’m not going to mention the sugar content in Cola or that the aspartame used in many ‘diet’ variants is linked to hundred’s of neurological disorders.

Or the fact that if you drink one can of the most popular brand every day, over the course of the year you’ll have consumed fifteen, yes 15kg or sugar!

No, that’s all for another day!

What we want to know are the other important facts about Cola…

  • Cola can be used to clean a toilet bowl say’s household hint guru Mary Ellen. Just pour a can around the bowl and leave for an hour or so then flush. The phosphoric acid in the cola will clean the stains from the surface of the china bowl!
  • Remove rust from chrome surfaces by using cola and a ball of aluminium foil (source – Joey Greene’s wackyuses.com)
  • It will clean the corrosion from car battery terminals
  • Use a cola soaked cloth to loosen a rusted bolt by applying it for several minutes (source – Mary Ellen)
  • Add a can of cola to a load of greasy laundry to loosen the grease stains from the clothes (source – Mary Ellen)
  • The trucks that carry the Cola syrup (the concentrate the makes the drink) for the leading manufacturer are required by law to display Hazardous Materials signs on the trucks as the concentrate is corrosive
  • The active ingredient in Cola is phosphoric acid, which leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis

There are other rumours on the internet that state US highway patrol officers use Cola to remove blood from the road after an accident. I’m still trying to find evidence that it’s true but all the same, after reading the points above would you still want to swap good old bottled water for Cola? I know I wouldn’t!

Speak soon,






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