I'm pretty sure it was the pop. Maybe not as a single cause, but certainly as an exacerbating factor. I've never had such direct, fast results from one diet change. At first I only stopped drinking Cola, and kept on with stuff like Ginger Ale from time-to-time... but any of it tended to ramp up the digestive discomfort.
Now word comes from the International Journal of Clinical Practice that Cola can cause muscle problems:
We are consuming more soft drinks than ever before and a number of health issues have already been identified including tooth problems, bone demineralisation and the development of metabolic syndrome and diabetesâ€ says Dr Moses Elisaf from the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Ioannina, Greece.
â€œEvidence is increasing to suggest that excessive cola consumption can also lead to hypokalaemia, in which the blood potassium levels fall, causing an adverse effectÂ on vital muscle functions.
I like the taste of many sodas. And I like the tingly feeling. It just ain't worth the trouble, though.