SUGAR – Oh let’s Count the ways #2

So you have heard it said…sugar is bad for you!!
While I totally agree and have seen some of the damage it can cause in my own health…let’s examine some ways it can ruin your health! 

#2 – SUGAR can SUPPRESS, the Immune System!  HOW???
We have heard that Sugar promotes inflammation.
 Is that a bad thing? Well…
Inflammation, which is part of the immune response, is not always a bad thing.
 But eating sugary foods can promote an overabundant
 inappropriate inflammation response that serves
AND sugar may actually promote aging
and sometimes disease.
Sugar suppresses the release of human growth hormone. 
Although the effects can be dramatic, hormone treatments are expensive and risky.
So I don’t personally want to have to resort to
Hormone Treatments to look younger!
 BUT to slow down the aging process,
you can definitely do what you can
 to protect and naturally enhance your body’s production of human growth hormone.

 Avoiding foods that are high in sugar !
Exercising, healthy eating, and
 avoiding undue stress also help.

Sugar raises insulin levels and promotes glycation
An influx of sugar into your body will have a fairly predictable result:

Your blood sugar levels will zoom up.

Shortly after, your pancreas will release a bunch of insulin.
 This helps to clear the sugar and try to use it for energy .
But when you eat a lot of sugar, you’re constantly calling for insulin, and that can backfire in a couple of ways. Ever hear of insulin dependent Diabetes?

Read Labels…avoid the HIGH sugar content treats! 
Do you have a difficult time doing that…call me!


SUGAR….oh lets count the way!

So you have heard it said…sugar is bad for you!! While I totally agree and have seen some of the damage it can cause in my own health…let’s examine some ways it can ruin your health! 

#1 –  Sugar can contribute to depression!  WOW you say…“REALLY”  I thought sugar made you feel good!  Get hyper and get excited and have that sugar buzz? We all know you don’t give a child too much sugar…right?

I found something about that…. “Food for the Brain” that offers this explanation..simple right?

Eating lots of sugar is going to give you sudden peaks and troughs in the amount of glucose in your blood; symptoms of this going on include fatigue, irritability, dizziness, insomnia, excessive sweating (especially at night), poor concentration and forgetfulness, excessive thirst, depression and crying spells, digestive disturbances and blurred vision.

Since the brain depends on an even supply of glucose it is no surprise to find that sugar has been implicated in aggressive behavior, anxiety, and depression, and fatigue.

Lots of refined sugar and refined carbohydrates (meaning white bread, pasta, rice and most processed foods,) is also linked with depression because these foods not only supply very little in the way of nutrients but they also use up the mood enhancing B vitamins; turning each teaspoon of sugar into energy needs B vitamins. In fact, a study of 3,456 middle-aged civil servants, published in British Journal of Psychiatry found that those who had a diet which contained a lot of processed foods had a 58% increased risk for depression, whereas those whose diet could be described as containing more whole foods had a 26% reduced risk for depression.

Sugar also diverts the supply of another nutrient involved in mood – chromium. 
This mineral is vital for keeping your blood sugar level stable because insulin, which clears glucose from the blood, can’t work properly without it.

SO NOW WHAT?  Can we break this sugar addiction in our lives, in our families lives?  What are some steps you can take to get this monkey off your back?

Here’s one step…READ LABELS!  Look at the many forms of sugar in the processed foods you buy. Did you know that the average person consumes about 1/4 lb of “ADDED” sugar daily? BUT, but I don’t drink soda, I don’t eat candy..I am not doing that!  Really….look at the labels on may of the foods you buy in a box…is the ratio of CARBOHYDRATES to SUGAR more than 20%…where is the “sugar”  – the label doesn’t say sugar!  

So does it say Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Fructose, barley malt, sucrose, molasses????? and oh my – what about the ever present High Fructose Corn Syrup!  Just add the sugars up!

OK so all I had was a Protein Bar…here’s one of my favorites…NOT!  Check out the sugar…and once you adjust the total carbs by subtracting the fiber…it becomes 19 Total Carbs, 14 of them from sugars…

TUNE in for more SUGAR BUSTER FACTS later!  And if you have any questions or would like to bust that habit…call me or shoot me a message.


So I got that question this week?  Or rather that comment…
I do hear things along this line often…
So first you have to really think about why you bought that! Was it a mind connection to an emotion?  
A throwback to your Girl Scout years
 and your love of “Thin Mints”
 And if you immediately question your choice..
thinking I should not drink this…
here’s a short reason why!

A little research from a temptation today! Let’s start with –
 it is 2 servings…most people drink the whole thing…
so in your mind double the calories and sugar…so that would be 48 gm of sugar = 12 teaspoons of sugar.
 And what is 
“processed with alkali” 
Processing chocolate with alkali is known as the
 “Dutch method.”
Take note: any chocolate product labeled “Dutch chocolate” is not making reference to the cocoa beans’ origin, but rather to this very processing technique!
The purpose of treating cocoa with an alkalizing agent?
 To remove its bitter taste and infuse it with a 
darker and more uniform color.
The trade-off?
Cocoa beans processed with alkali
 loses the flavonoids and antioxidants 
found in raw cocoa nibs or 
very dark chocolate (think 85% cocoa). 

So see how very important it is to read labels and
 know your ingredients…
can a little flavored milk hurt…you tell me
 Is it worth the immediate pleasure?
  Or are you ready to walk at a moderate pace for 1 hr…
YES –  1 hr to work that sugar off!  
Great decisions are the basis of health! 
 Can’t wait to share more!  

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