5 serious health benefits of quitting sugar
So many of us have a strong addiction to sugar. It is scientific fact that sugar is as addictive as cocaine (here & here) releasing dopamine in the brain and giving us a feeling of pleasure. So quitting is not as easy as it seems.
I was one of those junkies, having a big sweet tooth and finding it hard to resist especially my morning and afternoon cake and also desserts. Knowing sugar provides empty calories, no nutrients and is increasing my risk of developing many health conditions has helped me wean myself off this horrid stuff and it certainly has helped my energy and wellbeing.
Not only is sugar empty calories, it causes weight gain through various mechanisms creating a vicious cycle of hormones which lead to uncontrollable cravings. By quitting sugar calorie intake will reduce dramatically and you won’t feel that uncontrollable hunger which will result in losing weight naturally and healthily.
But losing weight is not the only benefit from quitting sugar, here are
5 serious health benefits that your body will love you for when you Quit Sugar
1. Losing your Energy Slumps
Do you find yourself reaching for a coffee and cake, coke or “something” to kick start your energy at that mid morning or afternoon slump? While we think that sugar hit is what saves us, it is actually what cases the energy slump in the first place.
When you eat a meal high in sugar or high gi carb your blood sugar is spiked so high that your body needs to pump in the hormone insulin to fix this dangerous level, however the body often over adjusts causing the low blood sugar levels to drop too rapidly and too low (i.e. brain fog and tiredness). Consequently (stress) hormones are pumped out to correct this low level and these hormones create the uncontrollable cravings to eat something with quick energy. Sugar makes you crave more sugar and high gi carbs (link here). Quitting sugar will give your body more level energy throughout the day, making those slumps and uncontrollable cravings a thing of the past.
2. Reducing your risk of Cancer
It is well documented that cancer feeds of sugar. All cancer cells produce energy by fermenting glucose (sugar), they can only use sugars for energy. Sugar causes inflammation which is thought to play a role in cancer and other inflammatory diseases. Studies show excess sugars appear to increase the risk of breast cancer and metastasis to the lungs. Keeping blood glucose levels low can starve the cancer cells of energy. Link here and here
3. Reducing your risk of Diabetes
As sugar intake is likely a leading cause of diabetes. After years of spiking your blood sugar by over consumption of sugar and high gi carbs our cells become resistant to insulin, the body produces more insulin to hammer the glucose out of the blood and into the cells. Once you become insulin resistant you have a 90% of becoming diabetic. Keeping blood levels at an even range will lower risk of developing Diabetes. Links here
4. Reducing your risk of Heart Disease
For many years fat was blamed for heart disease, this has been proven to be a lie created by the sugar industry scandal (more info here). It has now been shown that that consuming too much sugar could significantly increase your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. High Sugar intake raises bad cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and insulin levels which increase risk of developing heart attacks, strokes and other serious coronary conditions. Reducing sugar intake will reduce your risk of dying from heart disease. Link here
…. your brain in particular will love you for this one:
5. Reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s
High glucose levels in the blood can damage proteins in cells through a reaction called glycation. In Alzheimer’s these abnormal proteins aggregate to form plaques and tangles in the brain which progressively damage the brain and lead to severe cognitive decline. Research link here
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