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Old 04-24-2014, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Denver area
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I just got done drinking 15 2-liter sodas (both regular and diet) in the past week and I feel sick. Especially after reading articles that say high-fructose corn syrup may be the culprit behind my gout and fatty liver. I have also read that Splenda, which I thought was safe, contains chlorine and is harmful to my health.

So are there anything that is 100% safe? I know water is but I can not only drink water because my craving for soda goes through the roof after a few days so need long-term alternative.
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Soda stream seems way too expensive and constantly need to refill the carbonator.

What about Zevia soda flavored with Stevia or sports drinks like Gatorade/Propel? Aren't they much healthier alternatives?
If you are having serious health issues (and it sounds as if you are), and you are regularly drinking 15 2-liter sodas and you are asking for a long-term alternative then you must look at the long term expense as well.

How much are you currently spending on the sodas (let's say $1.50 per 2-liter bottle on average?) - multiplied by 15 is roughly $23/week or $100/month-ish. Not to mention the cost of your health issues in terms of meds and doctor visits etc. That isn't even taking into account that you yourself claim you feel sick. How is all of that impacting your quality of life?

Now, again, how expensive is that soda stream?
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:43 AM
 
Location: IL
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I bring La Croix to parties now so when the kids ask for a soda I offer them that. Also, after about 3 beers thats what I transfer to...most of the time.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Kanada 🍁
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I drink herbal teas,but mostly water with some squeezed lemon or lime. Sometimes I boil water and add grated ginger,let it steep and in summer I put it in the fridge. Very refreshing and even tasty with homemade raspberry syrup.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:54 AM
 
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water

I gave up soda 15 years ago. Best decision for my health.
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Mt. Lebanon
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Yes, water. Mineral water.
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:48 AM
 
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Water is best.

I like soda too but never was a huge drinker. I find a good semi-sweet champagne is a nice alternative. Just keep it to one glass at dinner though.
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Sunny Bay Area, CA
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I used to love my diet coke and coke zero, cold can with a straw, multiple times a day. I wasn't allowed to drink soda growing up so when I was on my own, soda was like some awesome gift from God.

Went through years of rationalizing to myself that it's diet, not regular and can't be that bad. I quit when I realized just how much worse the diet ones are! I had to wean myself off but it was no where near as hard as I thought it would be. I think because I just got to the point where I wanted to stop, for my health.

Now I am down to just water, I've cut out soda and all energy drinks. I've never liked coffee. I do drink hot green tea sometimes, just hot water and tea, no sweetener (I've never liked sweetened tea). But mostly just cold water.

Good luck! You'll be so happy later you did cut it out. You'll feel so much better, I promise you!
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:18 AM
 
Location: All Over
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First off soda isnt good for u but in moderation fine enjoy it. That said 15 in that period of time is insane. I gave up soda i still crave sonething carbindated tho so i do sparkling water with a lemon and lime in it. Not the same but fills that soda void. If u need more flavor try sanpellegrino i actually dilute it as i find it too strong in flavor. Dont keep soda around the house half the time i dont even want it or just want a s8p bit if its there ilo drink alot of it
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:44 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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I just got done drinking 15 2-liter sodas (both regular and diet) in the past week and I feel sick.

Are you surprised ?

Especially after reading articles that say high-fructose corn syrup may be the culprit behind my gout and fatty liver. I have also read that Splenda, which I thought was safe, contains chlorine and is harmful to my health.

I suggest you stop eating anything made with salt ...
Read up on Salt and find out what makes salt ...


So are there anything that is 100% safe? I know water is but I can not only drink water because my craving for soda goes through the roof after a few days so need long-term alternative.
Face up to reality.
It will take time, but you CAN get used to drinking just water !

You need to change your lifestyle rather then only finding an alternative to soft drinks!

Gout - caused by a diet high in certain high-purine foods (red meats or shellfish), obesity and excessive alcohol use, especially heavy beer consumption.
Fatty liver - If you are of Chinese decent, you've got a problem ! Akin to many American Indians, genetically not being able to handle alcohol !

If you have Gout, you may develop Fatty lever for the same reasons as stated above for Gout.
Change your diet, stop smoking if you do !

Get some blood tests done by a reputable Didactic Nutrition Specialist.
Then go from there.
You CAN do it !
How much is your health worth to you ?

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Old 04-24-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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You need to give up sodas and diet. Both are horrible for you and killers.

Get through one hour, then the next, then the next, then get through a day at a time.

I did this and at work had a Coke Zero and it was so sweet I could not stand it.
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