Updated: Oct 22, 2019
Are you aware that Sugar can lead to health problems like weight gain, Inflammation, lowered immunity, blood sugar problems, candida, adrenalfatigue and diabetes most importantly, are you aware of a “Sugar Hangover” ? If you consume sugar, pay close attention to how you feel, even the natural sugars in fruit can affect your body.Here are some things to watch for; Fuzzy thinking or foggy mind, Fatigue or sleepiness after meals Gas, bloating or extended stomach after meals Headache Joint pain Constipation Diarrhea Afternoon Slump Skin problems White coating on tongue Feeling of tongue swelling Allergy symptoms Mood swings (anger, sadness, lack of willpower, depression, etc.) Does any of this sound familiar? You may find your reactions are similar to how you feel after consuming too much alcohol. That is because …Too much sugar, just like too much alcohol, affects your kidneys, liver, stomach, small intestines, brain, and nervous system which explains some of what is happening in your body. Dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, gastrointestinal disturbances and disruption of sleep are some of the results.If you are aware of the symptoms of candida, they too carry a similarity.Candida floods your body with a toxic by-product called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde produces similar symptoms to an alcohol hangover.This serious toxin is poisonous to your tissues, is not easily eliminated and accumulates in your brain, spinal cord and muscles. Keeping in mind that your heart and intestines are muscles, you may now understand why you have symptoms of brain fog, muscle weakness and even pain.And guess what feeds candida? SUGAR! Unfortunately, the typical Australian diet has so much hidden sugar, that the average Australian is often unknowingly consuming approximately over double the recommended amount of sugar daily.
The World Health Organisation recommends our sugar consumption should only make up 5% of our total daily calorie intake, which equates to about 25g or six teaspoons per day. The Australian Health Survey found that in 2011-2012, Australians were consuming an average of 60g of sugars each day, or the equivalent of 14 teaspoons of white sugar. New ABS data reveals how much sugar Australians really consume Susie Burrell APRIL 28, 2016
Put simply, that is too much sugar for the human body to effectively digest.Here’s what happens in your body after you eat sugar and processed foods;Refined sugars enter your bloodstream.Blood sugar levels rise.Your pancreas is pressured to release insulin (a hormone that helps sugars get into your cells).The insulin helps to use up the sugar rapidly, so blood sugar crashes.Your body goes into a sugar low or hypoglycemia.More hormones are released to deal with the sugar low and return your body to a balanced state. This actually causes a stress response in your body.These hormones squeeze sugar from your; Liver Brain Affecting MoodTeeth Joints Skin Liver Heart Kidney Sexual organs Pancreas When you eat excess sugar, the extra insulin in your bloodstream can affect your arteries, part of your body’s circulatory system. It causes their walls to grow faster than normal and get tense, which adds stress to your heart and damages it over time Too much sugar causes your body to go on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs followed by your moods. Even the occasional indulgence can send you on a roller coaster ride. Also, sugar is often hidden in foods combined with grains or protein in processed foods and desserts. This creates a slimy substance coating your intestinal walls, preventing vital nutrients from being absorbed. Stop the Cravings? Every cell in the body, has a memory and it passes this memory to new cells as they replace the old ones, muscles cells remember their tension, brain cells remember how to react - fight or flight, ect - and so it is with taste cells (cells within the digestive system), they remember what you last ate, which means you crave more because it’s what your body remembers. If you stop eating sugar for 4 – 5 days, your body stops asking for it.How do we make it through the 4 – 5 days? Often it feels like we don’t have the willpower, setting up the emotional roller coaster of guilt and bad feelings.This is where working with a Wellness coach can assist.Become the Conductor of your Life, Take Control today……...Brain; Eating sugar gives your brain a huge surge of a feel-good chemical called dopamine, which explains why you’re more likely to crave a chocolate bar at 3 p.m. than an apple or a carrot. Because whole foods like fruits and veggies don’t cause the brain to release as much dopamine, (the sugar that is received from the good stuff does not product the high the body is looking for), your brain starts to need more and more sugar to get that same feeling of pleasure, as in the chocolate bar. Sadly just as we reward a pet or even our children with food, your brain also sees sugar as a reward, which makes you keep wanting more of it. If you often eat a lot of sugar, you're reinforcing that reward, which can make it tough to break the habit. Mood; The occasional chocolate or biscuit can give you a quick burst of energy (or “sugar high”) by raising your blood sugar levels fast. When your levels drop as your cells absorb the sugar, you may feel jittery and anxious (a.k.a. the dreaded “sugar crash”). But if you’re reaching into the biscuit jar too often, sugar starts to have an effect on your mood beyond that 3 p.m. slump. Studies have linked a high sugar intake to a greater risk of many major health issues in adulthood. Teeth; I hate to admit it, your mother was right: Lollies can rot your teeth. Bacteria that cause cavities love to eat sugar lingering in your mouth after you eat something sweet. Joints; If you have joint pain, here’s more reason to lay off the Sugary food and drinks: eating lollies, chocolates, drinking soft drink etc has been shown to worsen joint pain because of the inflammation they cause in the body. Plus, studies show that sugar consumption can increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, Obesity, Heart disease, various forms of cancer, Immune disorders and more.Skin; Another side effect of inflammation, it may make your skin age faster. Sugar attaches to proteins or fats in your bloodstream, and creates harmful molecules called “AGEs,” or advanced glycation end products. This process is called glycation. It has a major effect on the metabolic health. These molecules do exactly what they sound like they do, age your skin. They have been shown to damage collagen and elastin in your skin -- protein fibers that keep your skin firm and youthful. The result? Wrinkles and saggy skin. Not to mention high levels of “AGEs” are associated with the majority of chronic diseases seen today, including but not limited to heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, Alzheimer's, arthritis, kidney failure and high blood pressure, among othersLiver; An abundance of added sugar may cause your liver to become resistant to insulin, a major playing in a condition known as Metabolic Syndrome X, referring to an important hormone that helps turn sugar in your bloodstream into energy. Individuals with this syndrome have higher risk of Coronary Artery Disease, Stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Understand the Sugar desire ...
Why do you get a rush when you eat a midday chocolate or biscuits? The sugar in it is a ‘simple carbohydrate’ and is quickly turned into glucose in your bloodstream giving your blood sugar levels a spike. Simple carbs are also found in fruits, veggies, and dairy products however these have fiber and protein as well and this slows the process, so the sugar spike doesn’t occur. Your body needs to move glucose out of the bloodstream and into your cells for energy. To do this, your pancreas makes insulin, a hormone. As a result, your blood sugar level may have a sudden drop. This rapid change in blood sugar leaves you feeling wiped out and shaky and searching for more sweet sugar to regain that "high". So that midday sugary treat has set you up for more bad eating.Even though it may not be recognized as an actual addiction - sugary foods can be used in ways that aren't healthy. Some signs: You crave sugar, lose control, and eat more than you planned, does this sound like anything else you hear about? Alcohol, drugs or even caffeine. All giving the body a reward of some kind, though not a positive reward.
But I don’t eat Sweet Foods …...
Think you don't have a sweet tooth, but crave bagels, chips, or french fries? These starchy foods are complex carbs that the body breaks down into simple sugars. Eaten without better foods, starches can make blood sugar surge and crash like sugar. White rice and white flour do this. Highly refined starches like white bread, pretzels, crackers, and pasta are worst. Sugar can hide in foods where you least expect it. Although they don't seem sweet, ketchup, barbecue sauce, and pasta sauce can have loads of sugar. So can reduced-fat salad dressings, bread, baked beans, and some flavored coffees. Even cigarettes as stated by the US Food and Drug Administration ‘Chemicals in every Cigarette”.
Retrain Your Taste Buds
You can train your taste buds to enjoy things that aren't sweet. Try cutting out one sweet food from your diet each week. Start putting less sugar in your coffee. Include brushing your tongue as part of your oral hygiene routine, your taste will improve, since they will not have that coating of smelly, yucky tasting bacterial film.
Find Good-for-You Sweets
Try fresh berries or pureed fruit on oatmeal instead of sugar. Explore fruit that's dried, frozen, or canned (be careful of the added sugar). A glass of milk or yogurt can help.
Let Protein Help
Eating protein is an easy way to curb sugar cravings. High-protein foods digest more slowly, keeping you feeling full for longer. Protein doesn't make your blood sugar spike the way refined carbs and sugars do. Pick proteins like lean chicken, yogurt, eggs, nuts, or seeds.
Fill Up on Good Fiber
Fiber helps fight a sugar itch in many ways. First, it keeps you full. High-fiber foods also give you more energy. Because they don't raise your blood sugar, there's no crash after. Choose fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Or smear some peanut butter on an apple for a protein/fiber combo.
Sugar by Any Other Name
You don't always see the word "sugar" on a food label. It sometimes goes by another name, like these: Agave nectar Brown rice syrup High-fructose corn syrup Dextrose, Evaporated cane juice, Glucose, Lactose, Malt syrup, Molasses, Sucrose Watch out for items that list any form of sugar in the first few ingredients, or have more than 4 total grams of sugar.