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10 Reasons You Need A Sugar Detox Urgently

One of the most insidious ways the food industry poisons us is by dousing all sorts of foods with “added sugar.” By “added sugar,” I’m talking about any sweetener that doesn’t occur naturally in a food. It may seem innocent, but what added sugar does to the body is shocking.

Added sugar is one of the biggest harm to our current health crisis, and can be implicated in many cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer – but its detrimental effects can take years to surface. It’s the hidden link to so much pain and suffering our body is experiencing.Sugar is in practically every packaged food in the store and at restaurants.

Most recently, an industry front group funded by Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kellogg’s, was exposed for commissioning a scientific review that attacked health advice to eat less sugar. Perpetuating false nutrition and health information for the sole purpose of profits is absolutely ridiculous.

These very companies are all big offenders of adding sugar to their products. Should we all just keep eating sugar-laden foods because the junk food industry says it’s okay? Of course not.

So with these Ten sugar detox tips, now is the time to be our own health advocates by limiting the amount of added sugar in our diets for optimal health.

  1. You’ll shed some weight – and maybe a lot of it.
    Sugar makes you gain weight by adding empty calories to your diet and jacking up your blood sugar – two processes that form excess body fat. It also screws with your appetite. Ditching sugar is one of the fastest and most effective ways to lose weight!
  2. You’ll look years younger.
    Sugar destroys your skin and makes your skin wrinkle. In a process called glycation, sugar molecules attach to collagen and elastin, two proteins that keep skin looking young, and create Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs). AGEs weaken your skin’s support structure and lead to lines and wrinkles.
  3. You’ll stop harmful inflammation in your body.
    Refined sugars processed from cane, corn, such as table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are the baddest. so when you indulge in these sugars, you get no nutrition and your body becomes more acidic. These sugars causes more inflammation. When your body stays in a state of inflammation, you are at a greater risk of developing various chronic diseases ranging from cancer, to heart disease, to digestive disorders.
  4.  You’ll protect your liver from disease.
    Excessive sugar intake causes the liver to produce fat in a process called lipogenesis. This can lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (in which your liver fills with fat), putting you at risk for chronic diseases.
  5. You’ll spend  less time in the dentist chair.
    Continually exposing your teeth to sugary foods and drinks erodes away your teeth. The bacteria that is naturally in your mouth feeds off of sugars in your diet, producing acids that attack the enamel on your teeth and demineralizes them, eventually leading to cavities and tooth loss.
  6.  Your energy will soar.
    Added sugar makes your blood sugar go sky-high – a reaction followed immediately by plummeting blood sugar. That crash and burn triggers feelings of irritability, depression, and leaves you exhausted until you get your next sugar fix.
  7.  You’ll protect your brain power.
    A study conducted by the University of New South Wales concluded chronic sugar intake triggers changes to hippocampus the area of the brain, which is important for both memory and stress. Another UCLA study found a high sugar diet sabotages learning and memory ability. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study found that people who eat a lot of sugar have a much higher chance of cognitive decline as they age.
  8.  You’ll get sick less often.
    Sugar intake weakens your immune system, so you’re at a greater risk of coming down with something. Increased insulin levels from consuming sugar also tells the body to release cortisol – a hormone that further weakens your immunity.
  9.  You’ll be less likely to have a heart attack.
    A 2015 scientific review in Mayo Clinic Proceedings warns that refined sugar in the diet is a principal driver of heart disease. It’s now come to light that back in the 1960’s the sugar industry paid leading scientists to discredit claims about sugar and heart disease and to paint fat as the enemy instead. That is when the low-fat craze began, causing most people to correlate heart disease with excessive fat consumption. These dirty tactics played by the industry have literally destroyed the health of millions, and I’m so thankful that the truth about sugar and its role in heart disease is getting out!
  10.  You’ll develop a distaste for sugar – making cravings disappear.
    If you develop this habit to stay away from added sugar and practice it on a regular basis, you’ll be less likely to go overboard when presented and tempted with refined sugar desserts. Even more, you’ll naturally eat less sugar in the long run because your body is getting real nutrition from food that hasn’t been chemically altered. Eventually, you’ll develop a distaste for refined sugar and your desire for ultimate nutrition will become instinctive. What a wonderful habit to develop and keep for life!

It has become clear that sugar is an enemy that prevents us from achieving optimal health and the fit bodies we want. Isn’t it time to get added sugar out of your diet NOW?

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Cocacola Sued For Misleading Consumers

Coca-Cola Co and the American Beverage Association trade group were sued on Wednesday for allegedly misleading consumers about the health risk of consuming sugary beverages.

The case was filed in a federal court in Oakland, California, U.S.

The non-profit Praxis Project accused the defendants of downplaying the risks to boost sales, despite scientific evidence linking sugary beverages to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Praxis accused both defendants of using euphemisms such as “balance” and “calories in, calories out” to mislead consumers. It also accused Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage company, of trying to mislead the public into thinking the lack of exercise was the real cause of obesity.

“The notion that Coke’s products can be part of a healthy-diet is imprinted in the minds of millions of people and requires corrective-action,” Maia Kats, the Litigation Director Of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) which helped file the lawsuit, said.

However, Coca-Cola Spokesman, Kent Landers, described the lawsuit as “legally and factually meritless.

“We take our consumers and their health very seriously and have been on a journey to become a more credible and helpful partner in helping consumers to manage their sugar consumption.”

The American Beverage Association also described the accusations as “baseless”, noting that “together with members, we are working with health groups to reduce consumers’ caloric and sugar intake from beverages.”

Wednesday’s lawsuit seeks to stop misleading marketing and requires more consumer warnings, among other remedies.

Filed in the federal court in Oakland, California. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Inc pledged to bolster efforts to reduce added sugar in beverages.

Tips That Can Help You Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Since we began a fresh year, what new decision have you and I taken to have a better health? Is it to eat healthy? Or cut down on the amount of sugar we consume? Or to Reduce or cut down on alcohol? Whatever your decision or mine may be, we need to be 100% committed to it.

Talking about Sugar, If you recall, in this post  10 Healthiest foods , we listed some healthy foods you should start eating.  So in as much as we try to  eat healthy, we need to be careful with the amount of sugar we take into our body.

According to Lisa Dreyer a nutritionist she says “We’ve seen an increase in risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, simply by consuming just one to two sugar-sweetened beverages each day. The WHO recommends adults and children reduce their intake of added sugars to less than 10% of their daily energy intake — and says that reducing it to below 5% is even better. Managing sugar also means managing other aspects of your diet, including portion sizes.

But how can we regulate our sugar intake so we don’t go above our limit? Here are a few tips:

TIPS TO HELP YOU MANAGE SUGAR

  1. Look at the ingredients list, If sugar or any one of the following terms are listed high on the label, you want to avoid that food.
  2.  Gradually cut back [on sugar] and consume more protein and fiber-rich foods, It can actually help curb sugar cravings as well. When we consume protein and fiber, ”it slows the rise in blood sugar if we consume it with a sugar-containing food. It can help satisfy us and help us reduce our sugar intake as well. ” says Drayer.
  3. Here is an advice from my doctor; add vegetables to your daily meal, that way the amount of sugar in your meal would be less pronounced.

So cutting down on sugar is not impossible. But, like other aspects of dieting and nutrition, it requires a conscious effort to manage.

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3 Important Tips You Can Apply To Stop Sugar Free Drinks From Damaging Your Teeth, Doctor says

The human teeth is designed to do several things in our body as well add beauty to our smile. But when not given proper care, the countless of Sugar-free drinks produced may be as damaging to your teeth as those that contain the sweet stuff says Medical News Today

“Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your risk of dental decay, the chemical mix of acids in some foods and drinks can cause the equally damaging condition of dental erosion,” said Eric Reynolds, a professor at Melbourne Dental School.

According to the medical News Today, Sugar forms a plaque on the tooth surface that bacteria digest and covert to acid. This acid attacks teeth by dissolving outer layers of tooth enamel, it can expose the soft pulp inside the tooth by creating a hole inside the tooth. So to protect tooth decay, The following  3 steps can help to preserve our teeth health:

  •  Look for acidic additives such as cirtric acid and phosphoric acid in the ingredient list of sugar free products
  • After eating or drinking any acidic products, rinse your mouth with water then wait for an hour before brushing
  • Chew sugarless gum after drinking acidic beverages to increase saliva flow to neutralize the acid.

Reasons Why Sugar Is Toxic To Your Body

When expert warm against the dangers of consuming sugar and the health risk, most people think it means literally taking too many spoonful of sugar. But do you know that sugar comes to us in different forms like through  candies, ice cream and other desserts? The most troubling sugar of all isn’t the added sugar we consume on purpose; it’s the stuff we don’t even know we’re eating.   “Added sugars are sugars that are contributed during the processing or preparation of foods and beverages,”   Please note that the sugar naturally found in milk and dairy products, are naturally occurring fructose, the sugar that appears in fruit, don’t count.

Research have found out that a higher in take of sugar could mess up our body system. Naturally, once we take food that contains sugar, the body feels unsatisfied and seeks greater and greater doses of sugar in order for the flavor to register. That leads us to seek out candies and baked goods at the expense of real food.

This is so because our brain have a feel good hormone known as Oxytocin that make us feel satisfied immediately we consume sugary food. But ingredients that are used in foods to provide added sweetness and calories, from the much high fructose corn syrup to healthier-sounding ones like date syrup, cane sugar, and honey, are all considered added sugars.   So giving up added sugar has been shown to have several dramatic and rapid impacts on our health.

Moreso, cosumption of too much sugar significantly increases the levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterols), plus two proteins associated with elevated cholesterols and another compound, uric acid, that’s associated with diabetes and gout. So found a 2015 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 

3 Ways to Avoid That Holiday Sugar Overdose

The holiday season comes with lots of celebrations and  celebrations attract over indulgence of sugary foods, cookies, snack that are either made or received as gift from families, work mates or neighbours. This is usually part of long-standing family traditions and workplace customs that is unavoidable.

We all know the effect of over consumption of sugar in our body system. Not only can it lead to weight gain, but we put ourselves at greater risk of type 2 diabetes.  Instead of stuck in the miserable after effects of eating excess sugary foods, here are three ways to avoid that holiday sugar overdose,

1. Listen to your mind before eating or picking up that the plate

Take a breath, listen to your mind, and ask yourself if this is what your body needs to keep healthy?  Never panic that your neighbour might feel offended if you don’t share in the food or cookies. You may not find the perfect answer to give at the moment, but you have given yourself the chance to leave the sugar on the table.

2. Prepare yourself

If you’re the one in charge of the treats, look for ways to reduce the amount of sugar in your recipes. For example, many recipes can lose a quarter cup of sugar with little to no effect on taste or texture. You can also find inspiration at websites such as againstallgrain.com or chocolatecoveredkatie.com that offer healthful versions of dessert recipes.

3. Celebrate your efforts

You’ve put energy into taking charge of your health and not allow your cravings make you take overdose of sugar, so you deserve to acknowledge and appreciate that work with a positive statement about yourself or how you’d like to be. When you treat your body and mind with care, you are able to be more present with the people and situations around you and not allow the situation around overrule you good sense of judgement.

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