WHY SHOULD I GIVE UP SUGAR AND GO SUGAR FREE ?  

FIRST OFF - WHAT IS SO BAD ABOUT SUGAR? 

You may be wondering why you should think of going sugar free?

 

Added sugar is without doubt the single worst ingredient in the modern diet.

 

Many nutrition experts say that excess sugar is a primary cause of obesity and heart disease, the biggest killer of Americans with the UK not far behind.

 

It can have all sorts of harmful effects on the human metabolism and can contribute to all sorts of diseases. 

Here’s the thing, while sugar contributes to a lot of calories, it contains absolutely ZERO nutrients. These are EMPTY calories - it is not a FOOD GROUP. 

When we eat sugary treats, the sugar can even pull minerals from the body during digestion and it then causes a hormone rush, which results in a never ending feedback loop encouraging the body to crave more of the sweet stuff.

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS SUGAR? 

When we eat sugar it gets broken down into two simple sugars, glucose and fructose.

Glucose is found in every living cell on the planet and it's what gives living cells their energy. Any cell in our body can process glucose.

Fructose is a different story altogether as there is actually no physiological need for it at all, and more importantly it can ONLY be metabolised by the liver. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE EAT SUGAR?

 

When we eat added sugar in treats or even pasta sauce, we overload the liver, forcing it to turn the fructose into fat.

 

And there is SO much fructose in the added sugar diets in our Western civilisation, that we are constantly overloading and putting stress on our livers, which can lead to a fatty liver and all sorts of other serious problems.

Here are some of the benefits of cutting down or giving up sugar. 

 

  • Weight Loss

  • More energy    

  • A clearer head

  • Better skin

  • More restful sleep

  • A greater sense of wellbeing

  • Decreased likelihood of diabetes

  • A better memory

  • Fewer mood swings

  • Freedom from an addiction

  • Increased concentration

  • Decreased likelihood  of suffering from a  whole range of possible  future illnesses including  heart disease and stroke

You can read about all of the health benefits of quitting sugar here.

WHAT ARE THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF TOO MUCH SUGAR? 

 

Even if we don’t understand the full biological effects that occur after eating a slice of cake or a bar of chocolate, we all recognise the feeling we get afterwards, and it’s not good. 

When we overdose our bloodstream with glucose, eventually our insulin stops working as it should, and this insulin resistance is thought to be the main cause of many diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and especially type 2 diabetes.

In the long term, it may take years for sugar to start to affect your adrenal glands or your pancreas and it may take a good while before it starts to throw your whole endocrine system out of kilter, or begins the onset of Diabetes Type 2. 

But unfortunately this is what an excessive intake of sugar will eventually do.

 

SO REMIND ME AGAIN WHY I SHOULD CONSIDER A SUGAR DETOX? 

Sugar is this stuff that we are all hooked on, that gives the body nothing but empty calories.

 

And in return, sugar gives us:

  • Energy slumps.

  • Mood swings.

  • Bad teeth and gums.

  • Diabetes, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.

  • Candida.

  • A trigger for overeating.

  • Increased PMS symptoms.

  • Increased anxiety and irritability.

  • Increased chronic fatigue. 

  • Damage to the adrenal glands, liver and pancreas.

  • A significant or contributory cause of heart disease, arteriosclerosis, depression, senility, mental illness,hypertension and even cancer.

So, that’s why sugar you should cut down on your sugar!

If you would like to break the cycle of sugar addiction and get back in control of your eating habits sign up to my 21 Day Sugar Detox Program here.

info(at)makemesugarfree.com

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