Tips on Quitting Sugar

May 28, 2018

Tips on Quitting Sugar

Sugar addiction is becoming an epidemic across the globe. It is one of the most widespread addictions on earth, affecting children, teenagers, and adults alike. It has become such a huge issue due to the easily accessible and readily available nature of the substance. Sugar is in almost everything you can consume nowadays, including soft drinks, chocolates, lollies, and cakes, as well as hidden in sauces, cereals, muesli bars, breads, milk, and pasta to name a few. Often food items that one would believe to be healthy actually contain high amounts of processed sugar. Excess sugar consumption can have extremely detrimental health effects some of which include: tooth decay, liver damage, adrenal gland and pancreas damage, insulin resistance, diabetes, cancer, obesity, anxiety, hypoglycaemia, loss of concentration, fatigue, mood swings, depression, high blood pressure, kidney stones, gallstones, headaches and migraines, gastrointestinal tract issues such as IBS, cataracts and other eye issues, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, degenerative neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, yeast infections, lower immune function, increased cell death, osteoporosis, skin conditions such as eczema and acne, increased risk of toxaemia during pregnancy, worsened ADHD symptoms, loss of tissue elasticity and function and therefore premature ag

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September 10, 2017

Sugar Addiction (3rd of 3post series)

SYMPTOMS OF SUGAR ADDICTION:

• Constantly craving sugary foods • Headaches/migraines • Anxiety • Depression • Constant and persistent fatigue • Loss of concentration • Dizziness • Mood swings • Muscle pains • Nausea • Chills • Weight gain and obesity • Always being hungry and constantly snacking • Eating more sugary food than intended • Inability to stop at “one” or eat small portions, often eating until you feel ill • Cravings for simple carbs such as bread and pasta • Cravings for meat or salty foods: This is because subconsciously your body is trying to balance itself and therefore creates cravings of opposing food types • Eating foods full of sugar even though you don’t really want to • Using sweets as a reward or as motivation • Inability to get through the day without a sugar hit • Shakiness or feelings of illness when you go without sugar • The need to consume more and more sugar every day to feel good or normal REFERENCES: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201404/adhd-and-refined-sugar https://www.additudemag.com/sugar-diet-nutrition-impact-adhd-symptoms/ https://www.understood.org/en/family/events-outings/holidays-celebrations/should-kids-with-adhd-avoid-eating-sugar http://untappedbrilliance.com/sugar-and-adhd/ http:/

August 27, 2017

Sugar Addiction (2nd of 3post series)

HEALTH IMPACTS OF SUGAR:

  • Contains no nutrients but plenty of empty calories: Added sugars such as sucrose contain no fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, just energy. When the majority of an individual’s diet consists of large amounts of sugars, this can cause nutrient deficiencies.
  • It is highly addictive: Studies on lab rats show that sugar is as addictive as heroin or cocaine.
  • Bad for your teeth: Sugar is detrimental to the health of your teeth because it provides an easily digestible energy source for the bad bacteria in the mouth.
  • Fructose from added sugars can damage your liver: The common form of sugar (sucrose) is made of two components: fructose and glucose. Our bodies do not produce fructose in significant amounts and it cannot be easily metabolized in large amounts. Eating small amounts, especially in fruits is hardly ever detrimental as the body converts fructose into glycogen and keep it stored in the liver until needed. When the liver is full of glycogen, eating large amounts of fructose overloads the liver and forces it to turn the fructose into fat, resulting in fatty liver and various other health problems.
  • Sugar can cause insulin resistance and therefore diabetes: Ins

August 20, 2017

Sugar Addiction (1st of 3post series)

What is sugar?

vasi - sugarSugar is the generic term for the sweet soluble carbohydrate obtained from various plants, particularly sugar cane and sugar beet, which is used in food. There are different classes of sugar, each derived from different sources. Simple sugars include glucose, fructose, and galactose. Glucose (C₆H₁₂O₆) originates in the blood as animals as blood sugar and is the most important energy source for cellular respiration. Fructose (C₆H₁₂O₆), also known as fruit sugar, is often found in many plants such as tree and vine fruits, flowers, berries, and most root vegetables. Galactose (C₆H₁₂O₆) is ingested in the form of lactose from dairy products, which then is converted to galactose and glucose via digestion. Each of these sugars has the same chemical formulae but a different arrangement of atoms. When fructose is bonded to glucose, we are left with sucrose (C₁₂H₂₂O₁₁), which is the common granulated form of sugar used in most prepared food and beverages. There are also some low-calorie substitutes for sugar (artificial sweeteners),