Previously, we discussed how sugar is found in nearly all pre-package foods and creating more awareness of how much sugar we consume.
Here are a few examples of how sugar affects our health.
Our immune system. Our bodies are constantly fighting off bacteria, viruses and cancer cells. A major supplement needed in our body to help fight these off is Vitamin C. Since glucose and Vitamin C have similar structures, they compete with eachother. Therefore, the more sugar we consume, the slower our body becomes at fighting off dis-ease. This allows us to "catch colds" more often. I find it interesting that cancer is becoming more widespread and we are consuming more sugar than ever before.
Hypoglycemia, also known as "low blood sugar". Common symptoms include anxiety, bad mood, depression, shakiness, drowsiness, and confusion. When our blood sugar plummits, we reach for something that will bring it up quickly. An hour and a half later, you are back in the same position. These mood swings can be detrimental and cause long term damage and eventually lead to type 2 diabetes.
Yeast infections also known as Candida Albicans. Consuming sugar greatly contributes to the overgrowth of candida. Many of the symptoms are also similar to hypoglycemia.
How often do our children get diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? The cure is not a pill, it is a better diet including healthy fats, more protein and less sugar.
HDL and LDL cholesterol. This is the good/bad cholesterol. We have all heard that fat causes heart disease when actually sugar is the real cause of heart disease. Our bodies need healthy fats and cholesterol for healthy immune function.
Did I mention weight gain? Of course we all know that sugar is an empty calorie and if we consume too much, it will be stored as fat.
These are just a few reasons why we should limit or even consider avoiding sugar. I think these are serious enough to contemplate and to begin making changes to the way we eat.
For more information regarding sugar, I suggest reading "Sugar Shock!" by Connie Bennet and "Your Body Knows Best" by Ann Louise Gittleman.