Back in my younger days I, like all my friends, enjoyed drinking cans of soda. Some days I’d drink maybe only one or two cans, others more and others none at all. There was no real pattern to it and I guess that’s the way life is. In those days, I had no idea that these drinks were doing a lot of harm to my body and would, in later years affect my health. I guess that even if you had told me that back then, I would not have listened!
Ah, the arrogance and know-it-all stubbornness of being young!
But as I grew older, I started to notice things that I didn’t much like. It was in my early 30s that I started suffering attacks of gout and a visit to my doctor confirmed I also had the early stages rheumatoid arthritis. I was overweight by around 30 pounds but being fairly active until the gout happened, I never really gave it much thought.
I Needed to Lose Weight
The doctor told me that there was no cure for the arthritis I had, but I could make things easier on my joints if I lost some weight. I’ll be honest, my diet was pretty awful too, but one of the easiest things to give up back then was soda and all kinds of fizzy and sugary, flavored drinks. I decided it was a good idea and I went for it.
Without the convenience of cans of soda to quench my thirst when I was out of the house, I had to get used to drinking bottled water. I soon figured out it was cheaper to buy a refillable sports drink container and just fill it from the tap!
Did it Work?
Well, to cut a long story short, I did lose weight. Over the course of the first month, I dropped 10 pounds just through not drinking all that fizzy junk. I stayed off soda after that. And to this day, I have almost never touched the stuff.
It didn’t cure my problem with arthritis nor did it stop the painful and debilitating gout attacks happening. But it was certainly a step in the right direction. For the record, it would be another year or so before I found out how to control gout and rheumatoid arthritis, but that will have to be the topic for another article.