Your body can’t tell the difference between added sugar and natural sugar, but it will react to an unhealthy dose, regardless of the source.
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Eleven signs that you are going overboard with sugar consumption:
1. Older looking skin
Dry, wrinkled or sagging skin at a premature age
2. Depression, anxiety or moodiness
3. Increased blood pressure
4. Visceral fat accumulation
That’s the unhealthy kind of fat that concentrates around the center of your body
5. Cavities and dental infections
Yes! You can actually prevent 90% of your cavities by avoiding excess sugars (this includes simple carbs)
6. Frequent thirst
It’s one of your body’s strategies for lowering your blood sugar
Either trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
8. Frequent infections
Of the skin, bladder, or upper respiratory infections
9. Erectile dysfunction
Yup! No kidding.
Especially adult acne
11. Irritable bowel symptoms
Diarrhea, cramping, bloating
It’s easy to go overboard simply because you are naturally predisposed to crave sugar – that’s because the environment in which your human body evolved was one in which sugar was scarce. The rare times when the trees were filled with ripe fruits (or you came across a beehive) – you had better get as much as possible because you were unlikely to get to binge on sweets again for a whole year. That’s why your pancreas can produce extra insulin when blood sugar is high – but it has not evolved to be doing that on a daily basis!!!
Did you know that the recommended upper limit for daily sugar intake is between 25 and 37g per day (if you are an adult) and 9-10g per day (if you are a child)? Well, it turns out that the average consumption is 93g/day for adults and 101g/day for children! Studies have shown that consuming sugar in excess actually depresses your immune system in real time.
No wonder we are so susceptible to viral infections and chronic diseases! But it’s not your fault!! It’s really difficult to avoid sugar when it is inserted into more than 80% of products sold at any supermarket. And even more so, when we have been conditioned to believe that sugary desserts and sweet beverages are essential to all celebrations…and how often do we celebrate per year? As often as we can! Celebrating is a fantastic thing to do. We just need to take sugar off the list of invitees for the next few parties.
Smart strategies for cutting back on sugar (after the New Year’s celebrations):
- Avoid all fruit juices – even 100% fruit juice – if it wasn’t freshly squeezed and doesn’t include the pulp, it is almost just as bad as a can of coke.
- Go completely sugar-free for 6 to 8 weeks at least twice per year. Your taste buds will change, your pancreas will enjoy a much-needed rest, and your sugar cravings will completely go away. But before you do this, remember that getting more of the good stuff is always more important than cutting out the bad stuff. So please only do this if you already have a nutrient-rich diet.
- Choose whole fruits (fresh or frozen is fine) over top of dried fruits, canned, baked or otherwise processed fruits.
- Choose desserts that are grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and sweetened with honey, dates or maple syrup. Trust me, there are some fantastic desserts out there! You just have to hunt them down.
- Read the list of ingredients on every packaged food before you buy or open it. Be aware that sugar has more than 65 names! Download this PDF with the 65 Names given to Sugar so that you can spot the villain.
- Get to know your emotional hunger so that you can give it the type of treatment it really wants rather than the quick-fix treats it’s used to getting.
The more scientists learn about epi-genetics (the study of how your genes turn on or off certain pre-dispositions based on lifestyle choices and environmental influences), the more certainty we have that the choices you make now, will truly influence your healthspan.
Wishing you a New Year filled with vibrant energy, new adventures and good health,
Ginny Santos, your holistic coach.
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A love note from your future self:
Imagine what it feels like to be free from health complaints, aches and pains. Can you imagine that?
Imagining what it feels like to have more energy and more confidence in your ability to extend your healthspan, is the first step towards creating a shift. Thanks for believing in yourself.
Love, from your future self.
*The 11 signs that you are eating too much sugar were inspired by the work of Dr. Ken Berry MD
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