What is all that fuss about sugar? Here is the bitter truth about it: we are killing ourselves by consuming a lot of hidden sugar. The average healthy digestive system can digest and eliminate from two to four teaspoons of sugar daily.
The average American consumes roughly 22 teaspoons of sugar every day, which amounts to 152 pounds of it a year. This is the main cause of our obesity epidemic and the chronic diseases. On the other hand, kids consume an even bigger amount – about 34 teaspoons a day.
This makes nearly one in four teenagers pre-diabetic or diabetic. The science is beyond question that sugar is one of the main causes of heart disease, cancer, dementia, type-2 diabetes, depression, and even acne, infertility, and impotence.
THE MAIN HEALTH RISKS OF SUGAR
Refined sugar can be considered a drug. Sugar is a highly addictive substance. Scientists have actually discovered it’s up to eight times more addictive than cocaine! Brain scans reveal the pleasure and reward centers light-up in the exact same way when people consume cocaine as they do sugar. When we eat sugar, our blood sugar level goes up, causing insulin to be released.
This is what we call a “sugar high”, which is followed by a “sugar crash”, which results in us craving more sugar, making the cycle go on and on. Sugar affects our mood as well. First it gives us a false surge of energy, than we feel lethargic again.
It has no nutritional value. Sugar contains no fiber, no minerals, no proteins, no fats, no enzymes, only empty calories. During the refining process, 64 food elements are destroyed. All the potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphate, and sulfate are removed.
The A, D, and B, vitamins are destroyed. Amino acids, vital enzymes, unsaturated fats, and all fiber are gone. To a lesser or greater degree, all refined sweeteners such as corn syrup, maple syrup, etc., undergo similar destructive processes.
It leads to obesity. Whenever we eat foods with high sugar content and fill our body with more fuel than it needs, our liver’s storage capacity is exceeded. The excess sugar is converted by the liver into fatty acids and returned to the bloodstream, where fat is taken throughout our body and stored to different regions of the body.
It robs our cells of vital nutrients and causes caries. When we eat refined carbohydrate like sugar, our body must borrow calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from healthy cells to metabolize the incomplete food. These vital nutrients are taken from various parts of the body to make use of the sugar.
This results in an over-acidic condition, and the body uses more minerals to correct the imbalance. If the body is lacking the nutrients used to metabolize sugar, it will not be able to properly handle and rid itself of the poisonous wastes, caused these wastes to accumulate in the brain and the nervous system. This speeds up cellular death.
The teeth and the bones are affected because so much calcium is used to neutralize the effects of sugar. The bones may become osteoporotic due to the withdrawn calcium. Likewise, the teeth can lose their components until decay occurs and hastens their loss.
It causes diabetes. Diabetes is caused by the failure of the pancreas to produce adequate insulin when the blood sugar rises. The body is in a state of shock from the rapid rise in the blood sugar level. The pancreas eventually wears out from overwork, which leads to diabetes.
It may be one the major risks for gallstone disease. Gallstones are composed of fats and calcium. Sugar can upset all of the minerals, and one of the minerals, calcium, can become toxic or nonfunctioning, depositing itself anywhere in the body, including the gallbladder.
It feeds cancer cells. Researchers tell us that cancer cells thrive on sugar. Sugar “feeds” cancer cells. Many doctors tell their patients to abstain from sugar because this literally starves cancer cells.
We need to break the addictive cycle of carb and sugar that robs us of our health. We would like to show you how you can enjoy addiction-reversing foods without cravings and deprivation with these 10 ideas. It will only take you 10 days or less.
1. Make a decision to detox
Knowing all the harmful effects of sugar should give you a strong incentive to stop consuming it gradually.
2. Be a cold turkey
A true physiological addiction can be only handled by stopping it completely. It is necessary to reset your body’s neurotransmitters and hormones. You should reject all forms of sugar, flour products, artificial sweeteners and foods with hydrogenated fats. Eat whole, fresh foods instead.
3. Turn to protein power
Consuming protein at every meal is the main factor for balancing blood sugar and insulin and for cutting food cravings. You can start the day with eggs or a protein shake and you should also use nuts, seeds, legumes, fish, chicken or grass-fed meat for protein at every meal.
4. Eat the right carbs in desired quantities
You can eat an unlimited amount of the non-starchy vegetables. Some of the vegetables in this group are: greens, cauliflower, kale, collards, asparagus, green beans, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, fennel, eggplant, and artichokes. Avoid potatoes, sweet potatoes, grains and beans, winter squash and beets just for 10 days, especially if you want to lose weight.
5. Fight sugar with healthy fat. Some sources of good fats are in olive oil, coconut butter, nuts and seeds, avocados, and fish. Good fats make you full, regulate your blood sugar, and fuel the cells. Have good fats at every meal and snack nuts and seeds.
6. Be prepared for emergencies. Always have an emergency food pack at hand when your blood sugar is dropping. You can consume: nuts and pumpkin seeds, a can of sardines or unsweetened dried fruit.
7. Exchange distress for de-stress
Hormones go crazy if you are under stress. Levels of cortisol go up, causing a feeling of hunger and belly fat storage. Taking deep breaths has been shown to activate a special nerve that shifts your metabolism from fat storage to fat burning and to relieve the stress state. You can try taking five slow deep breaths before every meal. It will surely help you.
8. Douse inflammation
Studies show that inflammation triggers pre-diabetes, sugar imbalances and insulin resistance. Avoid the most common source of inflammatory foods other than sugar, flour and trans fats – gluten and dairy. We often crave the foods we are allergic to. You should give up gluten and dairy for 10 days. You will experience relief from cravings, your energy will be renewed and many of the common symptoms of inflammation will disappear in just 2 or 3 days.
9. Get enough sleep
Your body wants more energy of you do not sleep, which makes you go toward quickly absorbed sugars. In a human study, college students were deprived of just two hours of the recommended eight hours of sleep. This led to a rise in hunger hormones and big cravings for refined carbs.
10. Don’t drink your calories
Taking any form of liquid sugar calories means overloading your liver with sugar. This turns off a fat storage in the liver, which leads to belly fat accumulation. One can of soda a day increases a kid’s chance of being obese by 60 percent and a woman’s chance of type 2 diabetes by 80 percent.