Nutrition Beauty

Not so sweet

Not so sweet

Nikki Gray


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Sugar

Sorry all you people with a sweet tooth, it's true; sugar is the biggest health, beauty and happiness sabotage in my opinion and just as unhealthy and addicting as cigarettes, alcohol and certain drugs. And many health experts would agree with me. I'm talking about "added" sugar. Not fruit sugar, not honey. I'm talking cupcakes, candy and any added, refined sugar

SUGAR ON THE BRAIN

It has been proven consumption of sugar can cause depression, anxiety and panic attacks.

Sugar is very detrimental to people with A.D.D. and ADHD. 

It can cause a foggy feeling in your brain and make it harder for you to concentrate.

In many people it causes irritability and mood swings.

HOW SUGAR AFFECTS YOUR BODY & HEALTH

Sugar causes inflammation in the body and is highly acidic.

Sugar promotes cellulite.

Sugar causes cavities to form as well as gum disease.

When blood sugar levels are high it can lead to dehydration.

Sugar and refined carbs cause what is known as "carb face". It is when the face becomes puffy/bloated and is caused by the inflammatory affects of sugar. Also sugar causes allergies in some people, making their eyes and face swollen.

Sugar can cause digestive issues.

Consuming refined sugar regularly increases your risk of infection including recurring yeast infections in women.

A diet high in sugar can cause candida overgrowth. This can lead to the candida breaking down your intestinal wall and penetrating the bloodstream releasing toxic byproducts in the body and cause leaky gut syndrome. Probiotics and foods high in beneficial bacteria can help fight a candida overgrowth. 

Foods high in refined sugar can exacerbate constipation.

As most people know, sugar causes type 2 diabetes. 26 million Americans have diabetes. 90-95% of those cases are type 2 diabetes. It is a serious, chronic disease that can lead to many other health problems including blindness, nerve damage, hardening of the arteries, heart attack, and if someone with type 2 diabetes doesn't get the proper care and take preventative measures, it can lead to death. The great news is you can prevent getting type 2 diabetes with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Also studies have shown increasing your chromium intake can reduce your chances of developing diabetes as well.

Consuming large amounts of sugar chronically raises insulin levels in the blood and selectively deposits energy from foods into fat cells. 

Sugar causes fatigue and tiredness. A crash after the "sugar high". This is because insulin skyrockets when you consume a large amount of sugar like a piece of pie. It then comes crashing down even lower than it was before you had the pie.

When you eat something high in sugar the sudden insulin level spike has shown to cause a burst of inflammation throughout your body.

Research shows added sugars increase your risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol which increases your risk of heart disease.

Studies show high levels of sugar in your bloodstream can turn off the gene that controls your sex hormones and create a lowered libido. The hormonal issues linked with sugar can lead to acne, infertility, uterine cancer and polycystic ovaries.

Consuming refined sugar can lead to a fatty liver and is detrimental to liver, kidney and pancreas health

Studies show cancer feeds off sugar and refined sugar has been called a cancer fertilizer.

It weakens your immune system. 

SUGAR AND YOUR SKIN

Consuming sugar can exacerbate skin conditions like rosacea, psoriasis and acne.

A high sugar diet damages collagen and can cause your skin to become less supple and resilient .

Glycation is when sugar attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called AGEs(advanced glycation end products). The more sugar you eat the more AGEs you develop. This damages both collagen and elastin leading to wrinkles, sagging skin and loss of skin's radiance. A high sugar diet can also reduce your skin's ability to protect itself from free radicals.

Yes, sugar ages you. The good thing is, most of the time it is reversed when you cut sugar out of your diet. I've seen clients look 15 years younger within a month of cutting it out and that's no exaggeration. I normally stay away from sugar but I admit every once in awhile my cheat day will turn in to a cheat week or two. After being back on sugar for a bit I notice dark circles under my eyes, my skin is incredibly dry and I actually look a bit older and less vibrant. I'm also a lot more cranky and not in as good of a mood when I eat sugar for more than a day. My body is much more toned when I don't eat sugar and my stomach; completely flat. When I eat sugar I am more bloated and my stomach muscles are nowhere to be found. I've had clients cut out sugar and their cellulite disappears along with their unwanted pounds.

READY TO BE SUGAR FREE?

There are many supplements that can help you to not crave sugar. Quitting sugar can be as tough as quitting cigarettes. It's a good idea to load up on your vitamins and replenish your body so you don't have strong cravings. Many people who crave junk food are actually low on vitamins and or minerals. Nutritional deficiencies are a major factor in cravings and will power. 

B vitamins are very important and being low on them can intensify sugar cravings. 

Chromium picolinate helps regulate blood sugar and eliminate sugar cravings. It has been shown to promote weight loss as well. Some health experts believe chromium deficiency leads to type 2 diabetes.

Magnesium. Studies have shown a magnesium deficiency to cause sugar cravings.

Krill oil enhances insulin sensitivity. Another plus it can help heal dry, damaged skin and it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It also fights free radicals and can help rid your body of excess toxins.

L-tryptophan enhances serotonin levels in your brain and reduces sugar cravings. Supplement form is usually called 5-HTP. Some food sources include: avocados, milk, pumpkin seeds, bananas, spinach, halibut, salmon, chicken and turkey.

Nikki Gray CNC