Why should we avoid sugar?
Sugar, in its many forms, is an increasingly common ingredient in processed foods. In fact, many of us eat the equivalent of 53 heaping teaspoons of white sugar every day! Many experts now agree that reducing sugar intake is an essential ingredient for natural health.
Sugar contributes to a whole host of negative health effects – and we’re not just talking about tooth decay here, but sickness, disease, and even cancer. Cutting sugar from your diet can prevent these adverse effects, contributing to not only a smaller waistline but a longer, better quality of life.
1. SUGAR IS ADDICTIVE
Like drugs, sugar stimulates the release of dopamine, a “feel-good” chemical in the brain. As we consume sugar, our bodies create more dopamine receptors that lead us to crave more sugar, resulting in a vicious cycle of sugar consumption.
2. SUGAR DAMAGES YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
By lowering the efficiency of white blood cells for hours at a time after consumption, sugar compromises the immune system and hinders our ability to fight disease and infection.
3. SUGAR ROBS YOUR BODY OF ESSENTIAL MINERALS
Besides being empty calories with no value in nutrition, sugar actually robs your body of essential minerals. Sugar causes essential minerals like sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium to be leached from the body. This can weaken the teeth and bones, causing tooth decay and diseases like osteoporosis.
4. SUGAR CAN LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CANCER
There is an old saying: “Cancer loves sugar.” Consuming too much sugar causes our bodies to produce excessive amounts of insulin, which encourages the growth of cells – a good thing for healthy cells, but not cancerous cells. Excessive sugar intake has been linked to increased risk for breast, colon, pancreatic, colorectal, and endometrial cancer.
5. CONSUMPTION OF SUGAR IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE LIVER
Refined sugar is half glucose and half fructose. The liver is the only organ that can metabolize fructose. When too much fructose enters the liver, it gets turned into fat that can build up over time and ultimately lead to disease.
6. YOUR SKIN WILL BE SMOOTH
Cutting out sugar can’t turn back time, but it can make you age more slowly. Sugar creates new molecules (AGEs) that attack the fibers in collagen and elastin — the proteins that make your skin so smooth and firm. Studies suggest that sugar may also increase your risk of developing acne.
An easy way to maintain glowing, youthful-looking skin is simply to cut down on sugar. A diet rich in vitamin C also helps boost collagen production instead of breaking it down.