Sugar and Your Health
The Effects of Sugar on Your Health
The side effects of sugar should convince you to become aware of what you are eating. Sugar consumption in the United States is at an all-time high. The average American eats about eighty pounds of it per year! For some of us, that is more than half of our body weight per year!
One pound of sugar is roughly 2500 calories, or just less than a pound in our body. If you eliminated sugar, you could lose up to 23 pounds in one year! We can find it in cakes and candy bars, but it is also found in other processed foods like whole grain bread, salad dressings, fruit juice and sports drinks which we usually believe are healthy for us.
The following is a list of the effects sugar has in our bodies:
- Suppress your Immune system (one teaspoon will weaken the immune system for up to four hours, 12 teaspoons, the amount in most sodas will paralyze your white blood cells for up to 4 hours)
- Interferes with Calcium absorption which will cause/worsen osteoporosis (Our country is the leading consumer of milk and Calcium supplements, but also has the highest amount of osteoporosis. The solution is not in milk or calcium, but our Standard American Diet (SAD).)
- Can produce significant rise in Total Cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL(bad cholesterol) and decrease HDL(good cholesterol). This net effect on LDL,HDL and especially Triglycerides can cause heart disease
- Feeds cancer cells by creating an acidic environment which is connected with breast, ovarian, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach cancers
- Can cause autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, asthma, MS, Lupus (Most Autoimmune diseases are due to inflammation or acidic conditions within the body) Are you concerned about the side effects of sugar yet?
- Can cause can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children (Sugar is a major contributing factor to ADD and ADHD Can cause gallstones, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, increase systolic blood pressure, and lower Vitamin E levels (an important antioxidant)
- Can cause gallstones, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, increase systolic blood pressure, and lower Vitamin E levels (an important antioxidant)
- Causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, therefore increasing the aging process in the skin and the inability to maintain muscle mass and a healthy body composition
- Can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body
- Can cause premature aging
- Greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (systemic yeast infections) Candida can be responsible for food and environmental sensitivities, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue and a host of other conditions.
- Can weaken eyesight
Some simple ways to cut back on the side effects of sugar is to avoid candy, cakes, soda and cookies. Also taking steps to decrease all processed foods in your diet is beneficial because sugar can be added in the most unsuspecting places. Drink more water, eat more whole fruits and vegetables, nut and seeds, beans and legumes. Read labels, another name for sugar is high fructose corn syrup; many labels will list both in their ingredients. site info . Remember the side effects of sugar go beyond decaying teeth, your physiology can be negatively affected and so can your health.
At Colorado Center for Health and Nutrition, we perform thorough blood chemistry evaluations to determine which organs or body systems have been affected by your lifestyle and eating habits. Then we can tailor a program to fit your needs and to address your condition. Talk to Dr. Kim Bruno to develop an eating strategy that is beneficial to you and your long term health!
In good health,
Dr. Kim Bruno