What happens actually when you drink a can of Coke? Most people probably don’t waste too many thoughts about it, but actually the fizzy brown soft drink has some pretty considerable effects on your body, which the “Renegade Pharmacist” Dr. West Conner has summarized on his blog:
After 40 minutes, the caffeine in the Cola has been completely absorbed by your body. Your pupils begin to dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver answers by throwing more sugar into your circulation. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, which is why you are no longer capable of becoming tired.
The phosphates acid binds the calcium, magnesium, and zinc to your lower intestine, boosting your metabolism some more. This is compounded by the huge dose of sugar and the artificial sweeteners that force the excretion of calcium through your urine.
The diuretic function of the caffeine begin to kick in. (It pretty much makes you run to the bathroom.) All the calcium, magnesium, and zinc that was meant for your bones is excreted, just like the sodium, electrolytes, and water.
After the high spirits have finally faded comes the sugar crash. You become irritable and sluggish. You have now rid yourself of all the water that was in the Cola. But not before enriching it with all the wonderful and important nutrients that were meant for your body. These could have supplied your metabolism with water or strengthened your bones or teeth. On top of that, your chance to develop diabetes, and have to wear an insulin pump like the one pictures above, has risen.
Many people don’t know what Coke can do to your body - and indeed daily. That is why it is so important that as many people as possible have access to this information. So share this with everyone that you know.