Healthy Living Tip #5: Sugar

Healthy living tip #5: Avoid Sugar. Diabetes, immune system suppression, depression, and weight gain are all linked to sugar consumption.

Sugar is everywhere in the Standard American Diet (SAD). Processed foods are packed with unnecessary sugars including high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Sugary treats and drinks are so prevalent in the SAD that most children are addicted to sugar before their second birthday.

You must stop and seriously consider the effects all of this sugar is having on your health.

Here are 3 serious health effects that sugar has on your health.

1. Diabetes

According to theAmerican Diabetes Association consumption of sugary drinks such a juices and soda are linked to developing type 2 diabetes. The ADA also recommends avoiding sugary drinks to prevent the onset of type-2 diabetes. Just one 12-ounce can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar.  

Think diabetes can’t happen to you despite the soda you can’t seem to resist. No one is immune to the effects of a high sugar diet. Diabetes can be crippling and fatal when left uncontrolled. I think we can all agree that we would rather be walking around in our 50s and 60s rather than wheel chair bound due to the effects of diabetes simply because we couldn’t stop drinking juices and sodas.

2. Damages Your Immune System

Sugar suppresses your immune system, specifically the production of phagocytes within hours of consumption. Phagocytes are the cells in your immune system that surround and breakdown foreign material in your body. Suppressing these cells allows bacteria and pathogens to invade your body and cause you to fall ill.

There is no coincidence that cold and flu season occurs during the time of year when we consume the greatest amount of sugary treats and desserts.

Sugar also interferes with the transport of vitamin C through our bodies thus allowing our bodies to fall ill easier. Vitamin C is needed in the production of phagocytes as well as to neutralize cancer causing free radicals that float around in our bodies. Insulin transports vitamin C as well as sugar in our bodies. If insulin is too busy with the sugar molecules then the Vitamin C is left unable to do its very important job of keeping our bodies healthy.

3. Weight Gain

According to this WebMD article eating less sugar allows for weight loss and eating a high amount of sugar causes weight gain. Sugar is addicting plain and simple. When you have one piece or one bite of a sugary treat you want more. And more. And more. And the cycle continues until you are sick, walk away, or run out of treats.

Why are we doing this to our body for the quick “drug high” caused by sugar consumption? Break the addiction, detox your body of sugars, and start on your road to a healthier life. A sweet treat is not worth all of the negative effects it has on our bodies.

Please know that this is not exhaustive and I want to encourage you to do your own research into the additional negative health effects sugar has on your health.

You are invited to join me for the other healthy living tips in my 31 day series. 

 

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