Saturday, December 23, 2017

Best Post #3 of 2017: 10 Reasons to Give Up Sugar

Taking in too much added sugar from highly marketed sugary foods and drinks displaces healthier foods in the diet. Chuck Norris
I know I feel so much better when I don't eat sugar. When I cut the sugar, my energy level increases! I also know that eating homemade meals and not prepackaged foods are a huge part of it. I used the Whole30 diet to remove the sugar from my diet. When I don't eat sugar I have a lot more energy. I'm waking up ready to go. I'm not feeling achy in the morning which is a huge improvement.

I think my determination is keeping the sugar dragon at bay. I'm not craving the bad things like peanut butter cookies or cinnamon rolls. I'm looking forward to chicken stir-fry, roast beef dinners and hearty, healthy meals that are satisfying.
  10 Reasons to Give Up Sugar - #autoimmunedisorders #autoimmunediseases #sugar

10 Ways in which eating too much sugar can affect your health

#1 Diabetes - New research has shown that sugar has a contributory effect to diabetes, beyond the calories that it contains.

#2 Impaired Learning and Memory - Before you drink your favorite juice or gulp down a sugary dessert, remember that added sugars from such beverages and food items are likely suspects for health complications including poor memory. Avoiding foods with added sugars will help you stay fit and keep your mind healthy.

#3 Tooth Decay - There is significant evidence that maintaining your intake of excess sugars at below 5% of your diet will help to avoid cavities.

#4 Depression - 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, depression, and fatigue.

#5 Heart Disease - Research has shown that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can raise blood pressure. A high-sugar diet may also stimulate the liver to dump more harmful fats into the bloodstream. Both factors are known to boost heart disease risk.

#6 Imbalanced Gut Flora - A recent study suggests sugar can promote the growth of bad bacteria in the gut. This could lead to irritation in the gut, which could even manifest itself as an autoimmune response (allergies and skin conditions are two milder problems). There’s even recent evidence suggesting depression is actually your body’s response to swelling in the gut.

#7 Obesity - People who are overweight or have obesity have added pressure on their body's ability to use insulin to properly control blood sugar levels, and are therefore more likely to develop diabetes.

#8 Increased Risk of Cancer - Sugar consumption had been linked to increased risk for ovarian cancer, esophageal cancer, and endometrial cancer, among others.

#9 High Cholesterol - Eating large amounts of added sugar more than tripled the risk of having low HDL, (the good cholesterol) which is a major risk factor for heart disease.

#10 Faster Aging - Prolonged periods of elevated blood sugar levels attack nerves, affects the elasticity of your skin, clouds your brain's thinking ability, decreases blood flow to your extremities, and causes your kidneys, among other organs, to work overtime.

In the video below you will see how going without sugar for thirty days made the participants feel.


Action Step: Share the benefits you have had when you cut sugar from your diet? Please leave your comments below.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Best Post #5 of 2017: 10 Benefits of Green Tea

I've decided to end the year with my top five blog posts of 2017.

This one didn't surprise me because we are all interested in foods and beverages that will help us live healthier lives. I use to drink green tea all of the time. Personally I've had to stop drinking anything but water. My body was not reacting right to anything other than water. I also stopped drinking it because the Sjogren's is killing my teeth and the tea has been staining them. Isn't that a pretty picture. For the rest of you who love your tea, enjoy this post!10 Health Benefits of Green Tea - #autoimmunedisorders #autoimmunediseases #greentea
Why should you drink green tea? I only drink water and green tea. I love a cup of warm tea. I don't add any sweeteners or any other flavors to it. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits.
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10 health benefits of green tea

1. Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter

Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work in harmony with caffeine to improve brain function.

2. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels

Green tea helps keep blood sugar levels stable in people who suffer from diabetes. The compounds polyphenols and polysaccharides present in green tea can be useful for both types of diabetes.

3. Reduces Cholesterol Levels

Green tea can effectively reduce bad cholesterol in the blood and improve the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

4. Promotes Oral Health

Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of cavities. The natural fluoride in green tea, polyphenols and catechins can effectively kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay, bad breath, cavities and various gum diseases. The oral benefits of green tea are lost when sugar, honey, or other sweeteners are added to the tea.

5. Helps Maintain Body Weight

Several studies have proven that a cup of green tea daily can reduce body fat, especially in the abdominal area. It can also significantly decrease body fat percentage, body weight and waist circumference.

6. Prevents Hair Loss

Green tea is packed with antioxidants that help prevent hair loss and can also promote hair re-growth. The polyphenol catechins in green tea help block DHT, which is the key factor for hair loss.

7. Fights Against Aging

The antioxidants, especially those known as polyphenols, in green tea help protect the skin from harmful free radicals. In fact, polyphenols help fight against various signs of aging, promote longevity, and treat skin diseases.

8. Lowers Blood Pressure

Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. It helps keep blood pressure down by repressing angiotensin, which leads to high blood pressure.

9. Reduces the Risk of Cancer

Multiple studies show that the numerous antioxidants in green tea may lower the risk of various types of cancer like breast, prostate, colorectal, pancreatic, esophageal, bladder, lung, and stomach cancer. In fact, the antioxidants in green tea are 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 24 times better than vitamin E.

10. Keeps Bones Strong

The high fluoride content in green tea helps maintain bone strength. Regular consumption of green tea is associated with a lower risk of osteoporotic fractures.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Best of #4: I Will Not Survive, I Will Thrive!

I'm counting down the top five blog posts of mine for 2017. Here is number four!

Survive or thrive, what's the difference? Surviving means, “to continue to live or exist,” while thrive can be defined as “to grow or develop well, to prosper or to flourish.”

I will keep a healthy mindset even though I am living with an autoimmune disorder. I will not give up on my dreams and I am not going to settle for an unfulfilled life because I have an autoimmune disorder. I know that one touch of God’s favor will set me up for a future of thriving. I will thrive today, tomorrow and in the coming weeks.

Do you have a surviving mentality or a thriving mentality with it comes to your autoimmune disorder? I have a thriving mentality. I told myself twenty years ago that my autoimmune disorder was not going to get me, but I was going to kick its butt. I don’t want to just survive, I want to thrive.

Surviving vs Thriving -

This is what a survival mindset looks like:

If I can just get to this weekend… If I can just make it to the first of the month… If I can just get to summer vacation… If I can just finish this project… If I can just beat this sickness… If I can just make this payment… If I can just get the kids through college… Living with a survival mentality will keep me from God’s best and being my best. I definitely don’t want that.

The word “thrive” means to grow vigorously, to prosper, to progress toward or reach a goal. You know how vigorously babies normally develop. The apostle Peter challenges us with the following, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). And we are promised that we will prosper when we go God’s way. “They shall prosper that love you” (Psalm 122:6).

I want to unpack these “thrive words” in the verses above:

  • Flourish - to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant
  • Prosper - to be successful or fortunate, especially in financial respects; thrive;
  • Blessed - divinely or supremely favored; fortunate: to be blessed with a strong, healthy body; blessed with an ability to find friends.
  • Favor - friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win the favor of the king.
  • Increase - to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to:
  • Success - the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals

5 Verses on Flourishing - brendamueller.com5 verses on Flourishing

  •  “If you accept my words and store up my commands within you…you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:1, 5).
  • “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25).
  •  “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3).
  •  “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord” (Proverbs 16:20).
  • “He who cherishes understanding prospers” (Proverbs 19:8).
5 Verses on Flourishing -

My Final Thought

I love these verses. These are thriving verses. They give us a look into our future because we have favor with God. I want you to meditate on them throughout your day and when you have a flare that raises its ugly head.

2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 (ERV)

17 We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles. 18 So we think about what we cannot see, not what we see. What we see lasts only a short time, and what we cannot see will last forever. Here is my version of this verse: 17 I have small troubles, flares and inflammation, for a while now, but these autoimmune issues are helping me gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory that is waiting for me is much greater than my autoimmune disorders. 18 I will think about what I cannot see, my new body free of illness, flares, inflammation, pains and aches, not what I can see, the scars, the rashes, the dry eyes. My autoimmune disorders lasts only a short time. They are a blip on the radar of eternity. What I cannot see, my new body, will last forever!

Action Steps:

Rewrite this verse to fit your “small troubles.” 17 I have small troubles, ________________________________, for a while now, but these ______________________________ are helping me gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory that is waiting for me is much greater than my _____________________________________. 18 I will think about what I cannot see, ___________________________________________, not what I can see, ____________________________________________. My _________________________________ lasts only a short time. It is a blip on the radar of eternity. What I cannot see, ________________________________________, will last forever!
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