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.Taking in too much added sugar from highly marketed sugary foods and drinks displaces healthier foods in the diet. Chuck Norris
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 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.
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