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Mother Could Not Believe What Her Favorite Soft Drink Did To Her Health

A young, busy mom was always looking for an energy boost, so she took to drinking a popular energy drink. Before she knew it, she became addicted, and her consumption increased over four years. She was rushed to the hospital one day only to discover just how badly her soft drink habit had affected her body.

Mary Allwood, a 26-year-old mom from the U.K., but into the habit of drinking up to 20 cans of Red Bull per day. Red Bull is a soft drink that claims to give you a boost of energy due to its high sugar and caffeine content. What Allwood was drinking was the equivalent of 16 cups of coffee and 17 candy bars.

With three kids, reaching for the Red Bull started innocently enough. She was just looking for a little bit of energy after her first child was born. Within a few months, she was so hooked that she was drinking practically a case per day. She began chugging the energy drinks as soon as she woke up.

"I'd drink the first one in three sips, and then try and make the second one last longer," she admitted to the Daily Mail. "I would go to the supermarket and get ten multipacks at a time. I'd tell the person at the till that I had a restaurant and I was buying them for that reason."

Allwood's weight shot up from a size 16 to a size 24. She started getting heart palpitations, but she ignored them.

"I needed it and I didn't care at the time what damage it was doing to me. If I didn't get my fix I would be miserable and grumpy and it just wasn't an option - I would make sure I got it," she said.

Then the young mother began getting symptoms she could no longer ignore. She started having debilitating pain in her side and she was rushed to the hospital. When doctors examined her, they thought she was an alcoholic because of the damage to her liver.

It was twice the size it should have been and had two fibrous lumps.

"They said my liver looked the same as someone who was an alcoholic and that's when I said I drank at least 12 Red Bulls a day," Allwood reports. "They looked at me in disgust."

Allwood was so shocked to learn what the drinks had done to her body that she decided she needed to make a change. She gave up Red Bull and began drinking water. She started a meal-replacement diet.

It took a while for her to get used to the change. She experienced shaking, mood swings and other withdrawal symptoms, but she finally kicked the habit.

"I'll never go back to how I was now," she says.

Allwood lost the weight she gained and her liver has returned to normal. She thinks that Red Bull should be treated like beer or cigarettes. She thinks warnings should be placed on the labels and rules about how it's treated should change.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Daily Mail, YouTube, Max Pixel, Pixabay, Jiju Kurian Punnoose/Wikimedia

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