Can you believe we are in March. So many people who made it a resolution to get healthy and more active have already stopped. Don’t be one of them. Keep going!! You will be so glad you did. I am so proud of all the readers that joined in for the No sugar challenge. It’s been great hearing from you. Many say this is the hardest thing they have ever done but as pounds fall off and more energy comes they are so glad they took on the challenge. BE good to you!!
Jennifer is a friend and I feel blessed she wrote this wonderful article for my readers. Thank you Jennifer.
Sugar is hiding in almost all processed foods, including savory choices like soups or salad dressings, and most people don’t really give much thought to the consequences. Perhaps if the facts about excessive sugar consumption were more well known, the public would give sources of excess sugar in their diets a little more consideration.
Fact #1: Sugar Makes You Age
According to many expert scientists, excessive sugar consumption actually accelerates the aging process. If that’s not reason enough to cut down on sugar consumption, what is? The accelerated aging is caused by multiple factors including heightened insulin levels, chronic inflammation, glycation and others.
Fact #2: Sugar Lowers Immune Function
The immune system is suppressed immediately after high sugar consumption, which gives nasties such as colds and flu the opportunity to gain a foothold while the body isn’t at its peak. It is no small irony that the most sugar laden months of the year are at the beginning of cold and flu season.
Fact #3: High Sugar Consumption Raises Insulin Levels
Whenever an individual consumes sugar, the body secretes insulin to help metabolize the substance. This is fine and natural, but when individuals constantly introduce sugar into their systems, more and more insulin must be produced. The body soon develops insulin resistance and diabetes is the result.
Fact #4: Sugar Lowers Levels of Human Growth Hormone in the Body
Human growth hormone is responsible for staving off the aging process and keeping the body young, muscular and lean. Sugar directly suppresses the levels of human growth hormone secreted in the body.
Fact #5: Sugar Causes Glycation
Glycation is when a sugar molecule binds with a protein or fat molecule, creating a new molecule that is like a free radical on steroids. These nasty things are called Advanced Glycation End products, or AGE for short. AGEs live up to their name, rapidly aging the body. The damage caused by AGEs is irreparable.
Fact #6: Sugar Causes Chronic Inflammation
Inflammation isn’t always a bad thing, and is actually a very important part of the body’s healing process. Chronic inflammation is another matter entirely, and is the root of many diseases associated with excessive sugar consumption including rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. The key to lasting health and youth is the reduction of excessive inflammation in the body.
Is Sugar Always Bad?
With all of these facts in mind, many will feel that sugar should be avoided altogether. This isn’t necessary; sugar should simply be consumed in balance. The WHO advises keeping sugar consumption under 50 grams per day, not including naturally occurring sugars in fruits and vegetables. That means that normal sugar consumption on a daily basis is more than fine for those concerned about maintaining long term health.
This guest article was contributed by Jennifer Bell from Health Training Guide. Jennifer is a freelance writer and mother of 2 based in Los Angeles, CA. Check out her site. to learn more about clinical laboratory technologist and technician training and other exciting health careers.
Last year at this time I started a NO sugar challenge with many other readers of my web site. The first few days are rough but by day 3 I started feeling better each day. By day 5 I feel really good and felt sugar was out of my system. I had great energy and loved no feeding my addiction. I learned that using my journal to my feelings was what worked best for me. Bought a few from Ross and they are full now. I found that by the end of the holiday I was yet again struggling with Sugar so I felt again doing the 21 day challenge and getting off sugar all together is what I need to do. Do join in. Take the quiz and prepare for a few hard days followed by many wonderful days. WE can do this and trust me it’s worth it.
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