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The 9 Top Reasons to Kick Your Sugar Craving to the Curb
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Posted on 5th January 2015 in Boosting Immunity, Herbal Remedies, Medidation, Organic Foods, Teas
Sugar is one of the hardest addictions to overcome, and one of the hardest ingredients to avoid. Even if you dont eat cakes, desserts, fizzy drinks or sweets, you will find plenty of sugar contained in bread, savory ready meals, some low fat slimming meals, health bars, fresh fruit and some vegetables. And sugar is just as harmful to your health as drinking alcohol or smoking, as little as 2 sugary drinks a day can send your sugar levels skyrocketing and even lead to liver disease, diabetes or cardiac failure. Dr Mercola warns us that nearly 200,000 deaths a year can be attributed to sugary drinks alone!
It all sounds like the kind of scary stuff that happens to other people, but before you brush it away as scaremongering take a closer look at some of the top reasons why you should give up sugar today!
Studies show that too much sugar can affect your heart due to a rise in blood glucose level. When this happens, your blood vessels stop working as efficiently, posing a risk for heart disease. In fact people who consume 25% or more of their daily calories from sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease than those who got 7-10% of calories from sugar.
Heart rate and blood pressure are affected when there is too much sugar in the blood stream as water movement between cells becomes affected.
Because You Want to Stay Slim and Trim
Sugar is a carbohydrate that offers a quick boost of energy to the body but if it is not used up shortly after consumption it will cause a spike in blood sugar levels and cause more insulin to be released to remove it from the blood and transport it to the liver where it is turned into tryglycerides that will ultimately be stored in fat cells.
Hundreds of studies have shown the connection between fructose and obesity, fatty liver disease (not caused by alcoholism) and type 2 diabetes.
Even if you’re taking in enough vitamin C, excess sugar in your blood stream can prevent vitamin C from doing its job, thus lowering your immune system’s resistance to fight off illness and disease.
Sugar doesn’t offer any vitamins or minerals – but it often comes along with processed and chemical-engineered ingredients, which are taxing on your body.
Because You Want to Have Strong, Healthy Teeth
It’s no myth – your teeth will begin to rot over time with an excess diet of sugary foods and drinks.
Sugar is acidic and as it clings to the enamel on your teeth it will strip it of calcium, causing decay.
But what can you do if you have a sweet tooth? Often you will be advised to use artificial sweeteners as a substitute for sugar or honey in your tea or coffee but sweeteners can cause other health issues so it is not advisable. Instead consider drinking herbal teas which are normally sweeter, or having a slice of lemon instead of milk and for coffee take it black with some cardamon or vanilla.
To Be as Healthy as Possible
It is a popular belief that sugar causes hyperactivity in children but direct research is inconclusive. However, it is known that sugar has a negative effect on the Adrenal Glands which themselves have been shown to be significant in ADHD. The associated difficulties in concentration can have a devastating effect on a childs education.
In a 2002 study by Westover and Marangall a significant correlation between sugar and depression was observed. And It is well documented elsewhere that frequent changes in blood-sugar levels (called glycemic variability) affect mood.
In 2015 the British Journal of Sports Medicine bust the myth that exercise balances diet and showed how bad diet will jeopardize a healthy body (no matter how much exercise you’re getting!).
Simple sugars always lead to an energy crash an hour to two hours later as insulin spikes and initiates a rapid glucose uptake and subsequent crash. Symptoms of confusion and difficulty concentrating on daily tasks, anxiety, lightheaded-ness, fatigue, headache and irritability follow.
Avoid candy, chips (which contain a fair amount of sugar as well as salt), soda, cookies and cake to optimize your energy and keep it level.
Focus on foods that are rich in nutrients and offer slow release carbohydrate such as pears, apricots and bananas.
To Feel Sexier For Your Partner
Sugar speeds up the degradation of elastin and collagen in the skin which means that it actively ages you.
Cutting out sugar from your diet will help you to slim down and you will feel healthier and have more energy.
Becoming healthier inside and out will improve your confidence, which shows to your partner.
As a Way to Boost Your Brain Power
Eating sugar gets you hyper initially, but has the power to shut down your brain a few hours later. Mental alertness is governed by two brain chemicals, epinephrine and dopamine which are both made from an amino acid called tyrosine. If you’re engaged in sustained mental activity, you need to replace the tyrosine — and it comes from proteins, not carbohydrates.
A sugar rush slows endorphins in the brain, which when released can improve your happiness.
You Make Healthy Living a Top Priority
A strong healthy body is 80 percent nutrition, 20 percent exercise.
Excess sugar causes a release of dopamine, which is a hormone that gives off the sensation of pleasure. The more sugar you eat, the more your brain craves that pleasure chemical.
However, sugar always causes a crash, when both your blood sugar and dopamine level bottom out. To truly feel your best, avoid added sugar entirely.
While avoiding sugar entirely isn’t realistic for many people, eating it in moderation is. Pay attention to added sugar in the foods and drinks you consume, and learn to pick and choose what’s worth eating and what’s not for your long-term health. When you total up how much sugar you eat in a day now, you’ll no doubt be surprised by the high number! Let that shock carry you through as you cut you sugar here and there until it is at the recommended daily maximum of no more than 25 grams.
British Journal of Sports Medicine April 22, 2015
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