Lighten the sugar load from processed foods and soda drinks
Excess sugar may result in a number of significant metabolic processes that through off homeostasis. The following is an abstraction of some of sugar's metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.
1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
2. Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
3. Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
4. Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance.
5. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties, and
crankiness in children.
6. Sugar can adversely affect children's school grades.
7. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
8. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
9. Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
10. Sugar can cause kidney damage.
11. Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
12. Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
13. Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
14. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
15. Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum.
16. Sugar can cause colon cancer, with an increased risk in women.
17. Sugar can be a risk factor in gall bladder cancer.
18. Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
19. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
20. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which can
narrow blood vessels.
21. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
22. Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
23. Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
24. Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
25. Sugar can promote tooth decay.
26. Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
27. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative
28. Sugar can cause a raw, inflamed intestinal tract in persons with gastric or
29. Sugar can cause arthritis.
30. Sugar can cause asthma.
31. Sugar can cause candidiasis (yeast infection).
32. Sugar can lead to the formation of gallstones.
33. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
34. Sugar can cause ischemic heart disease.
35. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
36. Sugar can exacerbate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
37. Sugar can indirectly cause hemorrhoids.
38. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
39. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraception users.
40. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
41. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
42. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
43. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
44. Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
45. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
46. Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
47. Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
48. Sugar can change the structure of protein causing interference with protein
49. Sugar causes food allergies.
50. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
51. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
52. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
53. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
54. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.
55. Sugar can cause cataracts.
56. Sugar can cause emphysema.
57. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
58. Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
59. Sugar lowers the enzymes' ability to function.
60. Sugar can cause loss of tissue elasticity and function.
61. Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
62. Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
63. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the
64. Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
65. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
66. Sugar can cause constipation.
67. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).
68. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
69. Sugar can cause hypertension.
70. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
71. Sugar can cause an increase in delat, alpha and theta brain waves, which can
alter the mind's ability to think clearly.
72. Sugar can cause depression.
73. Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets
compared to low sugar diets.
74. Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.
75. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
76. Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood
77. Sugar can increase the risk of Alzheimer Disease.
78. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
Artificial sweeteners trigger a hunger response that causes you to eat more. Genetically Modified Organisms GMOs are suspect because they can be made to be sweeter and contain harmful molecules without increasing nutritional value to compensate. Insecticides and other protective sprays can get past the skin or be brought through the stem.
The correct way to get your sugar is from fresh whole organic fruits and vegetables using correct serving sizes. They are a little more expensive but you benefit because they are nutrient dense so get better nutrition by eating smaller portions.
Learn which foods are high and low on the sugar index. High are simple sugars that are digested quickly. They can create a flood of sugar in your blood stream which gets converted to fat if it is not used right away. Low are complex sugars that are digested slowly.
There are supplements that contain the majority of nutrients that our bodies use to create normal blood sugar levels. (See our section on Blood Sugar Supplements
for more information about supplements that promote healthy blood sugar levels.