One of the first things people try to give up when they go on a “diet” is sugar. Guess what, even if you do not have issues with your weight, you need to get sugar out of your pantry, out of your food and out of your life! I've compiled a short list of some reasons why, but not all…
- is addictive
- sugar feeds cancer cells
- causes early signs of aging, yes it does, here's how
- can suppress your immune system (one teaspoon will weaken the immune system for up to four hours so imagine that the amount in a soda (usually about 12-20 teaspoons) will paralyze your white blood cells for up to 4 hours
- interferes with Calcium absorption which can lead to or worsen osteoporosis
- interferes with the absorption of magnesium, and protein as well
- contributes to gastrointestinal tract problems
- leads to an acidic digestive tract
- lowers vitamin E levels and leads to chromium deficiencies
- can produce significant rise in Total Cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL or bad cholesterol while also decreases HDL the good cholesterol.
- can cause heart disease from the effect on LDL,HDL and especially Triglycerides
- cause a decrease in emotional stability which could lead to depression or Alcoholism
- can cause autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, asthma, MS, Lupus. This is because many autoimmune diseases are a result of inflammation or acidic conditions in the body
- can lead to the formation of kidney stones and gallstones
- can cause can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children, because sugar is a major contributing factor to ADD and ADHD
- can cause gallstones, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, increase systolic blood pressure
- weakens the blood-brain barrier, which is responsible for keeping toxic chemicals out of the brain
- promotes excessive food intake
- can lead to obesity
- can lead to diabetes
- can lead to reactive hypoglycemia
- often causes headaches and migraines
- causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function
- can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body
- assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (basically, yeast infections) Candida overgrowth can be responsible for allergies, rashes, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue as well as many other conditions)
- leads to weakened eyesight
- lowers the ability of enzymes to function
- increases the body’s fluid retention also:
- due to fluid retention causes a puffy appearance in face especially, but also in hands, etc.
- worsens the symptoms of the menstrual cycle
- decreases testosterone production
- plays a role in the cause and the duration of acne
- can cause toxemia during pregnancy
- can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease
Did you know that you can still eat dessert while you give up sugar? It's true! Checkout some of my favorite recipes without sugar; such as my popular Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls. Also, check out some suggestions by Dr. Mark Hyman.
So many condiments on the supermarket shelves are full of sugar, but you can make your own sugar free condiments! Try my BBQ and ketchup! Sadly, even when many people try to eat better, their efforts are undermined by sauces and dressings. Check out my salad dressing recipes, too!
What is your favorite dessert, dish or food containing sugar that you are having a hard time giving up? Leave your comments below and I'll try to give you some help! If you are new to my website, you will want to Start Here.