You think, I’m avoiding sugar, so a diet drink must be OK. Think again. Not only do diet sodas and other non-carbonated diet drinks and foods increase your risk for weight gain, they are toxic to your entire body.

They’re called “Artificial” Sweeteners for a Reason

Sugar is not a healthy part of our diet. The main reason being that it is not natural. Sugar is a refined and processed substance, which leads to the “bad” fat. So why would an artificial sweetener be any better for our body? It’s not. In fact, it’s worse.
Aspartame (Nutrasweet) and sucralose (Splenda) are the two main chemical sweeteners used in “diet” foods and drinks. Many people suffer from side effects from ingesting these products, but aren’t aware that they are the cause. Even back in 1995, there was a list of over 90 different health side effects attributed to aspartame. The complaints were submitted to the FDA by the Department of Health and Human Services, that long ago.

What’s it Hurting?

Aspartame side effects can be both physical and/or psychological. Ear ringing, blurred vision, forgetfulness, muscle weakness, and fatigue are just a few of the 92 listed effects. Where a real frightening dilemma lies is when an illness is misdiagnosed, but it’s actually aspartame poisoning.
One source claims that the compound may mimic or even trigger such diseases as: Lyme, Epstein-Barr, Grave’s, Alzheimer’s, Fibromyalgia, and a host of others.
As for Splenda, its use has been linked to leukemia. This year a study was published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. Its findings prompted The Center For Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to downgrade Splenda’s use from “caution” to “avoid.”

Messing with Your Metabolism and Your Mind

Artificial sweeteners are linked with creating several metabolic disorders. Insulin resistance, high blood pressure, elevated fats in the bloodstream, and abdominal obesity are results of messing with your body by using diet products.
Both sucralose and aspartame derange your gut microbiome. The microbiota in your gut become altered, creating an imbalance. This imbalance impairs proper digestion as well as serotonin levels.
The disruption of healthy digestion and impairment of glucose intolerance actually makes the body crave sugar. The body’s ability to count calories is disturbed, allowing weight gain. One study pointed out that those who drank aspartame-sweetened beverages had a 67% increased risk for developing type-2 diabetes.
As we know, 80-90% of our serotonin (the “feel-good” hormone) lives in our gut. Mess with the gut, and you mess with the mind. A 2014 study noted that depression increased in those who consumed artificially sweetened drinks. Over 250,000 participants were surveyed for 10 years. Four cans of diet soda per day created a 30% higher risk of depression.
And if this doesn’t scare you enough, there’s more…
Don’t leave your diet soda, diet iced tea, or zero-calorie sweet water in your car or in the sun—anywhere it can heat up to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The breakdown of the compound creates free methanol. Once in your body, methanol converts into formic acid and formaldehyde. These are toxins that destroy your brain cells and create other neurological disorders. (And even if you don’t heat up your drink, how do you know where that case of diet cola was stored before you bought it?)

Making Yourself Better

By drinking and eating products with sucralose and aspartame, you are making yourself sick. The best way to make yourself better is to stop using them. That’s a terrific start.
You may have sugar cravings. Try not to feed them because once you do, they demand more and more. Some suggest eating a piece of fruit as a form of natural sugar. Others claim eating something sour can reduce the craving.
In time, you may want to try a healthy, slow detoxification—perhaps one that focuses on mostly vegetables, legumes, nuts, good fats, and lean proteins. Once you rebalance your digestive system, your cravings should disappear, and you will no longer be poisoning your body from foods if you stick to a healthy regimen. For helpful tips on proper nutrition and health care for you and your family, check out