Lately diet soda and related soft drinks have been generating lots of buzz and debate over whether or not it will make you fat.
Scientists at Purdue University in Indiana discovered that rats who were fed a diet consisting of artificially sweetened liquids ate more than rats fed a diet of natural high calorie sweeteners.
This news caused a huge scientific debate which still continues to rage. Whether diet soft drinks cause weight gain or not, the reasons why it might are also a big question.
It's because people who drink the reduced caloric soft drinks are still sneaking Reese Peanut Butter cups or it is because somehow diet drinks alters the body's chemical composition? Or maybe there are other reasons that are still being studied.
Some researchers, as reported by Dr. Mercola.com, came to the conclusion that an inability to distinguish calorie intake was brought on by artificial sweeteners which would explain weight gain issues.
While the scientists ponder those fat questions about diet soda, I will pose an even more important question. Can drinking diet soft drinks cause your hair to fall out?
No, I don't have a lab full of scientists that can validate or debunk my theory about diet pop related strand shedding. However, I can share what I have learned about hair over the past fifteen years.
One well-known cause of hair loss, for men, women and children appears to be directly linked to the foods and liquids consumed.
Even more importantly hair loss studies done over the years have shown links to accelerated strand shedding for people with diets that include a high concentration of caffeine, alcohol and sugar.
Another key suspect in hair loss is extended consumption of food and drink laced with artificial sweeteners.
Diet Beverages Include Hair Loss Generating Artificial Sweeteners
How could diet drinks or foods sweetened with artificial sweeteners impact the numbers of hair in your brush every day? To simply a complicated explanation of how the human body processes food, suffice it to say that ingested artificial sweeteners have to be eventually filtered through the liver.
The liver is the main organ that performs detoxification of the human body. Everything taken into the body has an impact on the liver which controls the filtering out of toxins. This includes diet drinks.
Artificial sweeteners added to food or drink has been known to cause a variety of physical reactions.
Diet soft drinks may also potentially change the cell structure, metabolic and circulatory rate of the body. If and when this happens, hair shedding may be triggered or if already an issue, it may accelerate.
Liver malfunction from high toxic filtering of the artificial sweetener particles has definitely been linked to hair loss. Whether diet cola has a direct bearing or not is still up for ongoing debate.
Asparateme, Splenda, Sucralose, Saccharine & Other Sweeteners
Diet beverages are often chock full of artificial sweeteners such as asparatame, splenda, sucralose (sucralose is made when chlorine is added to sugar) and saccharine which has been believed to attack the body at the cellular levels, clog the liver and even block some kinds of medications such as antidepressants, hormones, insulin, vaccines, Coumadin and various other drugs.
Aspartame is a dipeptide that is composed of phenylalanine and aspartic acid linked by a methyl ester bond.
According to aspartame supporters, the methyl ester bond is not absorbed and is completely hydrolyzed in the intestines to yield the two constituent amino acids and free methanol.
Opponents suggest that the phenylalanine and methanol so released are still dangerous.
They believe that the ongoing consumption of artificial sweetened drinks may cause metabolic acidosis and neurotoxicity.
It should also be noted that it is known by supporters of natural pesticide methods that asparatame can be used as an effective insect poison and is very successful in dealing with unwanted ants.
It's also documented that people with an uncommon genetic disorder called phenylketonuria should not ever consume asparatame sweetener because long term studies show that people with this condition can't metabolize one of asparateme's ingredients.
Note: To read more about both the Pros and Cons of Asparateme do a search on Goggle.com and enter the word asparatame.
Artificial Sweeteners - Real Or Fake Danger
Depending on what you read, on or off the Internet, the health and hair loss concerns linked to artificial sweeteners may be real of not.
While a group of concerned holistic physicians and practioners have been working hard to inform the public of the dangers of artificial sweeteners and their impact on hair loss and other health dangers, the industry behind the production of these products cry foul.
The bottom line should always be to do your own research both off and on the Web and make your own decisions based on what is happening with your own hair, skin and body.
Regardless of what the "experts" say, if you have a diet high in artificially sweetened products and have been troubled by excessive shedding of hair, skin breakouts or other mysterious health challenges, consider doing your own nutritional testing.
Start carefully reading all the labels on anything you consume and make a conscious effort to stop eating or drinking anything with artificial sweeteners for at least a period of one month. Pay close attention to the effect on your body, hair and skin. Based on the results, make your own decisions about whether artificial sweeteners impact your hair or not.
What To Drink Instead
Hair responds well to increased circulation and energy levels in the body. Boost your energy naturally and you will be able to boost hair follicle production and stop unnecessary shedding.
If poor liver function is often the cause of falling hair, eat and drinks foods that support the liver and counterbalance the absorption of diet drinks or other foods that may be causing challenges.
Listed below are some drinks that are good for your body, liver and kidneys. If you buy the drinks from a store or vendor, be sure to read the label and make sure they are free of any type of artificial ingredients or sugars.
1. Water - Essential for preventing dehydration which is a factor in accelerated shedding. Studies are finding that filtered waters may even be better.
When possible, select water sources that are known to be free of excessive chemicals. Evian and Fiji water have consistently been given the green light as good water sources.
2. Green Tea - Research shows that green tea boosts the rate at which your body burns calories when it is digesting food Consider sipping six to eight ounces of green tea with breakfast and as an afternoon boost.
3. Fresh Lemon In Hot Water - Squeeze 1/2 organic (when possible) lemon in 8 ounces of hot water first thing in the morning when you get up.
Let the lemon drink cool enough to drink comfortably. Be sure to drink with a straw to protect delicate teeth enamel.
When you drink this hot lemon drink first thing in the morning this will help detox your liver.
4. Limes - Squeeze 1/2 organic (when possible) green lime in 8 ounces of hot water first thing in the morning when you get up. Let the lime drink cool enough to drink comfortably. Be sure to drink with a straw to protect teeth enamel. When you drink this first thing in the morning this will help cleanse and detox your kidneys.
5. Herbal Teas - Drink organic horsetail for strength and nettles for softness and shine. When possible purchase teas at a reputable health food store and always read the labels.
6. Rosemary Tea - When steeped in hot water allows for maximum absorption by the body. Rosemary is good for supporting the maintenance and growth of healthy hair and skin.
7. Whole Vegetable Juices - Fresh organic vegetable, including freshly juiced organic carrot and green juices offer many great nutritional support for the hair, skin and body.
8. Fresh Organic Apple Juice - Apple juice serves as an excellent means of providing essential nutritional fluids to the body.
Research has shown that apples are a rich source of antioxidants which are important for healthy hair and skin.
Cornell University researchers reported in the journal Nature in 2000 that one apple packs more cancer-fighting antioxidant capability than a 1,500-milligram dose of vitamin C.
Does drinking diet colas and artificially sweetened drinks cause your hair to fall out? The experts are divided on the answer but various studies indicate that the human body's natural metabolic processes are disrupted when diet drinks are consumed on an regular basis.
It's also well-known that the liver, when taxed with processing toxins, can trigger or accelerate hair shedding.
Whether you suspect that your consumption of diet drinks is causing hair shedding or not, don't take what I say as the final word. Always take the time to do your research and come to an informed opinion about your own body, health and hair.
To talk more about hair loss or other hair related information be sure to visit the HairBoutique.com Hair Talk Forums dedicated to hair loss.
- Revised Publication Date: 02/21/12