18 Sep The Negative Effects of Sugar on the Body
My Mom died a couple of weeks ago after a 10 year journey with Alzheimer’s. The disease stole so much from her sweet, precious life. Memory loss is truly heartbreaking. Chances are you know someone who has also walked this path, because Alzheimer’s along with many other chronic diseases are at an all-time high.
While grieving the slow loss of my Momma, I started reading and listening to everything I could find, about how to protect myself from this awful disease. I have learned SO much about sugar and it’s link to chronic diseases. If only my Mom knew this, I truly believe she could have prevented Alzheimer’s. I hope you will protect yourself before it is too late.
When you eat too much sugar, you create high blood insulin levels. If this happens too often, your body becomes damaged. In other words, every time you have more than your allotted share of sugar each day, you are putting yourself at risk. Unfortunately, you will probably not know it until years later. By then, it may be too late.
Remember, all of the sugar you eat, from processed carbs (think Wheat Thins and potato chips), to sugary treats (like boxed cookies and brownies) and YES, even natural sugar in fruit (apples, strawberries and bananas) count. ALL sugars, both natural and refined are included in your individual sugar “total” at the end of each day.
Note: Sugar actually can be used strategically for competitive athletes and fitness buffs. If that sounds like you, work with a nutrition specialist to help you create a plan to improve your performance and your health.
The Modern American Diet has slowly removed nutrients and healthy fats from our foods. These changes are making us sick…and fat. The rates of obesity and depression have increased, while our brains are shrinking. The food industry has increased sugar sales throughout the world, while the rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity have steadily increased with it. Oh, and guess what? You may not even know that you are eating sugar, because it is HIDDEN in almost everything.
Stop and think about what you are eating on a daily basis. Consider tweaking some of those items to see if you feel a difference. Start small. Try to change one new thing at a time. Remember it’s the many little decisions that make the BIGGEST difference. Ask yourself if the food is nutrient rich. The quality and quantity of the sugar should be a factor in your decision. Is it whole foods, with natural sugar or is it a processed dessert with refined sugars? Try to choose wisely.
If you want to get healthier, start feeling and looking better, aim to increase the whole foods you eat, while reducing the sugar. This is not easy, it takes time and self control, but your health depends on it. I look forward to sharing some of my strategies and healthy recipes in the weeks and months ahead. Let me know what changes you are making for yourself in the comment box below. I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
Dedicated to my loving Mom,
Helen Marie Knoblock.
With all my love.
Taubes, G. (2016) The Case Against Sugar. New York City: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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