Carbonated Drinks During and After Exercise may Lead to Kidney Injury

Updated at: Jan 28, 2019
Carbonated Drinks During and After Exercise may Lead to Kidney Injury

A lot of people depend on carbonated drinks to get instant energy. But do you know these drinks can harm your kidneys as well? 

Varsha Vats
LatestWritten by: Varsha VatsPublished at: Jan 28, 2019

Consumption of carbonated drinks before, after and during the workout is very common. People often consume these drinks to get instant energy after the workout when they are completely drained. According to a latest study, carbonated beverages can lead to kidney damage. 

The study was published in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. It clearly stated that drinking soda after exercise is very harmful and should be completely avoided. “The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that consuming a soft drink (i.e., high fructose, caffeinated beverage) during and following exercise in the heat elevates biomarkers of acute kidney injury (AKI) in humans,” the study mentioned.

After the complete research, the results showed that regular consumption of carbonated drinks before, during or after the workout can lead to kidney damage.

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Drinking soda or other carbonated drinks will not only disturb the proper functioning of the kidneys but will also lead to high blood pressure and diabetes. Consuming at least two carbonated drinks per day leads to proteinuria, which is an excess presence of protein in the urine which leads to kidney damage.

Carbonated drinks and soda contain phosphoric acid in large quantity, which leads to kidney stones and strains in the kidneys. The presence of sodium and artificial sweeteners in such drinks also makes the condition worse.

To avoid any possible damage to your kidneys you can choose some healthy alternates which can refresh you and provide you the required energy. Freshwater is the healthiest option but there are other options as well which you can try.

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Some healthy alternate may include:

Sugar-free juices: Artificial juices contain a lot of sugar and less nutritional value. You should choose fresh juice and do not add sugar to it.

Smoothies: You can prepare different smoothies with the fruit of your choice. It is another healthy and tasty option which you can drink.

Coconut water: It is the best natural source which will keep you hydrated for a long time.

Fresh lime water: You can squeeze a lemon into a glass of water and drink it for a refreshing start.

Green tea: It is extremely healthy and will also provide you with other health benefits as well.

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