Diet Coke Side Effects!

Hopefully you have read in my story the Diet Coke side effects that I experienced during my nearly 10 year addiction. If you haven’t please stop and read my two pages on the left side navigation and then come back to this post to find out why I experienced them.

The internet is full of stories, articles, posts, and comments about Diet Coke side effects and to be honest side effects of drinking regular soda’s or other unhealthy drinks as well. Do a quick search on Google for Diet Coke Side effects and you will see all the different places you can go to view information. There are also two sides to this story because you will find those who share their addiction and what they have experienced and then you will find those that are opposed to the notion that the ingredients in Diet and other drinks are perfectly fine for you and they have had no problem. I am not here to sway you one way or another, what I am here to share is MY own experience and what my Diet Coke side effects were. If you read my story, you will remember that I struggled with this addiction for nearly 10 years. It was not an addiction that was planned; it happened over time and all of a sudden, at age 40, I noticed things happening that had not happened before. Let me list just a few of the symptoms that I experienced:

Constant headaches

Almost weekly Migraines

Joint pain in both my knees

Stiff neck

Overly dry skin and hair

What my wife would call memory loss (of course I think this is a normal guy thing)

Extreme fatigue

Lack of concentration

Sure, you can probably explain away most all of these to other things, but how my story ends is proof to me that my Diet Coke side effects were caused by my large consumption over a long period of time.

I believe that Aspartame is one of the ingredients that can cause the side effects that I list above, plus many others. Aspartame is used in many food products, including gum, and yes, it is approved by the FDA, but I think, as you investigate for yourself, you will find enough evidence to agree that there is something to all the claims of health problems associated with it. Caffeine, processed sugars, other artificial sweeteners and other harmful stimulants also can play a roll in affecting people’s health. Diet drinks are linked to many health situations including diabetes, obesity, blood pressure problems and a whole host of other concerns reported by folks around the globe.

Does everyone experience these problems, certainly not, but if folks play out their lives similar to mine, the long term affects of consuming so much of these harmful products might just end them up one day like I was, wondering why I felt so terrible at only age 40.

If you read my last page on how I accidentally broke my addiction to Diet Coke, you hopefully have realized that there are healthy alternatives out there. In 5 days my addiction was gone and during that time and up until today, I have not had one withdrawal symptom. Do I believe that the ingredients in diet sodas are harmful over time, you bet I do, I experienced it. I will also tell you that since my addiction was busted; I have not had one headache, not one migraine, no more joint pain in my knees or neck, no more fatigue, not one Diet Coke side effect that I struggled with for so long has remained. That is the reason I believe all the negative things out there about Aspartame and artificial sweeteners, Caffeine, processed sugars and stimulants, to me they are all true.

If you are like I was and found it hard to quit on my own, check out my link for A.C.T. on the right side navigation. You can’t find a healthier replacement for your addiction, and all at a price that you won’t find anywhere else, and maybe, just maybe you will experience what I did, a life changing event. If you don’t have an addiction but are looking for more energy and vitality, A.C.T. is that product.

If you are ready to break that diet drink addiction, give Drink ACT a try, I think you will start to see a much healthier life begin to form!!  Email me, wittmc@msn.com if you have any questions, I’d be glad to help out.

Mike Witt

Diet Coke Drinker No More!

70 comments

  1. sarah d says:

    I have been drinking diet coke for the last 7years and before that i drank normal coke for 8 years. It is such a deadly drink. I am only realising now the extreme effects it has had on my health. i have always been slim but my stomach bulges as there is so much gas in the drinks. I have had several kidney stones which are immensely painful and I look tired, withdrawn and depressed, i also feel tired, and at times low. My sex drive has almost vanished. I find it hard to focus and I always have awkward sleeping patterns. All this is due to diet coke and even though its not proven it is, I have quit several times before and felt a change each time. This time I am quitting for good as I know that I wnt be young for much longer and dont want to regret that I have not lived a healthy happy life. diet coke does ruin your health and even ruins your life if you consume it in large quantities. but its a shame that it took me this long to realise how much it affects every part of my mind and body. Quit Now if you can

  2. Jennifer says:

    I stopped drinking all diet soda products about a week ago. I watched the movie “Hungry for Change” and it scared the heck out of me. It is available on NETFLIX and I suggest watching it, it really opened my eyes. Thank you for this website, I have found a lot of helpful information on here.

  3. Stacie says:

    Its not just diet coke or diet sodas. I drink one, maybe two diet drinks a day but in the morning, I drink about 4-5 cups of coffee that each cup gets a little sweet n low in which contains aspartame. There have been many published reports warning about the dangers of aspartame. My aunt died from breast cancer and her oncologists said her addiction to one of the major diet drinks most likely caused her breast cancer. Since reading the the article, I have quit sweet n low and diet drinks. I drink water now. The withdrawal sucks but its only temporary. A little chocolate (and I mean like one “fun sized” candy bar for I am diabetic) will each the caffeine withdrawal headache. Good luck everyone.

  4. Manny says:

    Hi there, I have been drinking Diet Coke for the past 12 or 13 years, most of the time up to a 12 pack a day, on and off i started to feel my right hand and forearm numbed, mostly while driving or when having my arm on an upright position, for the past 3 years it got worst, when I go to bed I start to feel my right arm numbed and my my right hand and fingers tickling and some times a little pain, after a couple of hours of falling asleep the pain going from my right elbow thru my arm to my fingers was unbearable, I compare the pain to that of a leg cramp only that this pain would not go away until I get up and start moving around, regardless of the position I sleep on, as soon as I go to sleep the pain comes back, I went to see the 2 different doctors, both ran several tests but they did not find what was causing that pain, on the side, I always feel tired, no energy, both my knees hurt all the time, lately I have been feeling this pain on my shoulders and my left wrist, up until a week ago, I decided to quit drinking Diet Coke on account of my wife bugging me about the side effects and MAGIC, the very first night I was able to sleep without the right arm pain, it has been only a week and I’ve got results already, no pain whatsoever, THANKS FOR READING I hope this is useful for you.

  5. Bob Womack says:

    I have been drinking diet A&W ROOTBEER for over 25 years now. I have constant queeziness, and sometimes full blown nausea daily. I feel bloated all of the time now, with stomach pain. If I eat anything fried or high in spices, I get extremely nauseas and sick within 30 minutes. I am meserable at 61 years old. At times, I wonder how much longer I can survive like this. I am also extremely fatigued, have trouble breathing, and frequently feel constant bubbling and bowell sounds coming from my abdomen.

  6. Becky says:

    Diet Coke has been a mainstay on my diet for many years. I, like others I have read about, suffer from horrible migraines (averaging 10 or more a month), very severe Restless Leg Syndrome, knee pain and I have developed a bad skin condition due to very dry skin. Also, I had bad sinus trouble and would always cough pflem (yuck-sorry). I have other symptons as well, but chalk some of them up to my age (54). I decided to cut DC out of my life about 6 weeks ago. AMAZINGLY, I have had only 2 MINOR headaches in the last month, I have eliminated my daily meds for RLS completely!!!, my sinuses are clear and my knees are not nearly as bad as they were. I am now hoping my dry skin condition will improve.
    I ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE THE ELIMINATION OF DC FROM MY DIET IMPROVED THESE CONDITIONS! Oh! And it only took about 3 days of craving before I completely forgot about the stuff! No more colas for me – of any kind!

  7. george wilson says:

    I HAVE BEEN DRINKING DIET COKE FOR 7 YEARS AND HAVE ENDED UP WITH A TERRIBLE ADDICTION. I HAVE BEEN COKE FREE FOR ABOUT A WEEK NOW AND DETERMINED NEVER TO DRINK IT AGAIN. I WAS DRINKING BETWEEN 6 AND 8 LITRES A DAY DRINKING VERY LITTLE WATER IF ANY, I REALISED THIS WAS SERIOUSLY EFFECTING MY HEALTH. I ALREADY FEEL BETTER ALTHOUGHT ITS EARLY DAYS AND I HAVE BEEN TEMPTED TO DRINK IT AGAIN AS THE HEADACHES IM HAVING ARE TERRIBLE. ONCE UPON A TIME I WOULD OF LAUGHED AT SOMEONE IF THEY SAID THEY HAD A COLA ADDICTION BUT NOT NOW, IT HAPPENED TO ME OVER TIME AND IT WASNT UNTIL A YEAR OR SO LATER I REALISED I WAS DRINKING FAR TOO MUCH. ITS LEFT ME VERY UNHEALTHY AND WILL PROBILY TAKE ME A WHILE TO GET 100% BETTER. DIET COKE IS A EVIL BLOODY DRINK AND I WOULD RECOMEND CAUTION WHEN DRINKING.

  8. Julie says:

    I am a diet coke addict. However, the last 3 weeks I’ve started having non-stop migraines with auras – of which I’ve never had before. Finally figured out that it’s directly related to my increase in d. cokes – I have been drinking at least 6 a day for over a decade. Lately, it was up to min. 8/day, plus equal in my coffee/tea. Yesterday, I switched to regular sugar in my coffee, and had 2 diet cokes. Today, I will be buying a 6 pack of regular coke as a “test”. I’m done w/ diet coke forever.
    My question is will drinking regular coke eliminate the aspartime problems? I am not interested in drinking more than 2 a day (calories). ?????????

  9. Kathy says:

    I just quit Diet coke almost yesterday. I did slip and downed a half warm can one of my kids left on the table. I have been drinking DC for 15 years. I would drink about ten cans a day on average. I rarely drank water except for some short lived periods through the last 15 years. I am 68 days clean and sober from meth and any other drug that I might get offered. I’m 55 and luckily very healthy by luck. I do have dry hair, dry skin, mysterious itching in legs and feet at bed time. My dry skin has improved dramatically since I quit the meth. My sanity is also returning. So I have come to realize I was using DC like a drug. I am hoping it is to blame for my stuborn belly fat and I am suspiicious it was sabatoging my dieting. I believe DC is harmless in moderation like most legal and approved sunstances. But being an addict and doing things in an addict way I am sure it wasn’t doing me any good. I look forward to losing weight now, possibly looking less wrinkled and whatever good comes from not being dehydrated.

  10. Saba says:

    I will not say that I am addicted to diet coke but I always feel fresh and filled when I drink dc but after reading all these comments about knee and elbows pain, feeling lazy all day long, yawning and other feelings like that as I am also have all these feelings so now I will try to quit dc for good. Well I am drinking maximum 2 drinks a day but anyway I will stop now as I am going to be 40 soon and I don’t want to be sick.

  11. Joe says:

    Consumption of diet coke is equivalent to regular coke. The ingredients in the diet coke is ”fake” as it gives similar to same taste of the regular drinks. Stimulants in the diet drinks make people eat more and have sporadic negative health conditions of which the fatigue and overeating take the first place. After I quit drinking diet coke I started to feel like I could wrap my head around daily tasks. Diet drinks stimulate the brain in a negative way which causes grand scale distraction from focus factors. I know quitting diet coke cold turkey might be a challenging thing but the benefits of giving up on it made my life better than it used to be. I really do not think there is an alternative to diet coke or diet dr peppers etc.. The best and the only alternative I can tally is pure water. Water doesn’t have any stimulants inside except for the city contaminants which can be alleviated by buying filtered or purified water. I simply recommend everyone drinking just water. Coffee is also a great reason for obesity and one cup of coffee has triple more stimulants than a diet coke. So quitting diet coke and loading up on coffee is an extreme mistake ever to be made. I quit drinking coffee and diet coke and i feel way better than how i used to be .

  12. Douglas says:

    Jazzie, you have just described everything that I go thru, I just quit my DC addiction 17 days ago and already my knees feel better, I feel more calm. I hope my foggy brain and light sensitivity go away!!. I do not want to drink another soda of any kind as long as I live!. Its Pure POISON, I cannot believe how well I feel, Im 43 very active and to have robbed myself of my quality of life for so long is foolish. The addiction is very real and with so few options out there for anything other than high fructose beverages or Diet drinks that contain poison, Im gonna learn to just Choose water. Good luck to all who have made the life changing decision to stop.

  13. Rachel says:

    My boyfriend crank diet soda for 20 years, every single day. He experienced stomach pains in the morning along with many other symptoms. He’s been soda free for over 6 months now and is starting to feel better. I recently (5 months ago) quit my vice too: alcohol. Which, surprisingly, after speaking with my boyfriend I realize has a lot of the same withdraw symptoms. Mine were obviously more emotional, but that just goes to show you soda is no laughing matter.

  14. Jazzie says:

    I am addicted to diet coke and didn’t realize how powerful it was until recently I quit. I accidently stumbled upon my Diet Coke addiction and it’s long term health problems because I felt so bad all of the time and wanted try something that might help me to feel better, so in an attempt to “cleanse” my system, I went on water only diet for my fluid intake. I do not know how I ever got in the horrid habit of drinking no fluids except DC but for 10 years I drank very little water and a lot of diet coke. Sometimes I would be thirsty and if I had no DC available I would simply not drink anything. I knew I was dehydrated but I was set it my ways. Anyhow, I feel like my body is still recovering from the damage but I already feel quite a lot better. These are some of the nasty physical and emotional symptoms I experienced while giving Coca Cola Corporation MY DOLLARS in exchange for a product that made me SICK : Migraines, dry skin, high cholesterol, stubborn belly fat, severe acute chronic fatigue, insomnia, chronic sleep disruption, day time yawning (constantly), over all poor sense of wellbeing, acid reflux and heartburn, shortness of breath, joint pain especially in knees and elbows, (I am quite young and used to be super fit. After DC I would climb the 6 flights of stairs to my condo and be completely out of breath!!! Even worse, I had no energy or will in me left to workout. All I ever felt like doing was laying on the sofa watching tv!), acid reflux at night, heartburn, memory loss, tingling in hands and arms, itchy feet at night, depression, anxiety, increased sweats and random intense sweat spells, constipation, spotting between the monthly, hopelessness at times, brain fog, now I am pre diabetic in the beginning of adrenal failure. My liver readings are extremely elevated and I am getting brown spots on my face and hands because of it (age spots/liver spots!!!) In no way do I believe all of my issues are caused by diet coke, now I am sure my problems began there and then had a chain reaction and the health dominos began to fall. How do I know diet coke is to blame? I haven’t changed a bit of me except for the switching of DC to water. Already my blood labs have improved a bit, I have more energy, I have no signs of diabetes, I have lost 6 pound, my sex drive has resurfaced, I already feel 8 years younger! I quite seriously will never touch DC again, though I do still suffer withdrawals thus craving the vile liquid chemical concoction called Diet Coke.

  15. Kelly says:

    I have recently quit Diet Coke, well its only been two and one half days. I guess I can be called a hard corps because of the amount I drank 4+ litres per day. I decided to stop because of the aspertame. I hope all of the improved health effects kick in soon. I never thought of this as an addiction, untill I stopped that is. Wish me luck.

  16. Joanina says:

    I started drinking diet coke at 40 and have drank it for 20 yrs and I found out on the Dr Phip show that it was good for Schizophrenia and nerologic factors of mental illness. For me it is good because I suffer from depression ans Schizophrenia and I didn’t know that until then. I don’t want to drink it and rather quit but I want to be happy so I do until I can find something betteror they make something that wil keep me happy and bubbably yours.
    Joanina

  17. Michael says:

    I was drinking about 1 litre of Diet Coke a day most days. Recently I started to get this feeling of extreme fatigue and having read some of the comments I cut out diet coke completely. I drank 1 cup of coffee a day to avoid too harsh caffeine withdrawals.

    After 2 weeks the fatigue has gone but I feel 110% better it is quite extraordinary. I realise that a litre was a lot but even so I did not think that stopping would be so dramatic!!!

  18. Amy says:

    Hi Mike,
    My brother has been hooked on coke for years, but since being diagnosed as diabetic he has for the last 2 years plus been hooked on diet coke. he is always ill, has no physical strength, and its apparent how much this is affecting him. How do we help him, when he refuses to admit he has a problem?

  19. I LIKE YOUR EXPERIENCE AND I TOO WOULD LOVE TO BE LIBERATED FROM THIS ADDICTION OF COLA PRODUCTS. SEND ME HOW TO LEAVE IT TO THE VERY END. THANK YOU .

  20. Symphony Laskowski says:

    After reading all the comments and what side effects Aspartame can have on some people I now want to quit drinking diet drinks. I drink it because regular soda bloats my stomach and I also get stomach aches. When I drink diet I don’t get that effect. I’m addicted to the taste. I don’t drink it regularly just every now and then. I’m a middle age woman and experiencing fatigue and thinning hair, so now I don’t know if it’s a combination of both. Funny

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