The Many Ways Sugar Harms Your Health
The amazing things sugar can do far surpass the momentary happiness on your tongue after consuming a mouth full of it on a fresh donut or in your morning coffee. Unfortunately, sugar can also throw off the body’s homeostasis and create many short-term and long-term problems. Excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences such as achy joints, acne, wrinkle, digestive problems, mood swings and a slew of metabolic affects.
In almost all parts of developed countries and third world countries as well, people are ingesting entirely too much sugar. So much that we are reprogramming our bodies’ digestive and other internal systems. Our insulin levels are going haywire and more and more people are developing type-2 diabetes. Even if when people are not afflicted with this form of diabetes, eating too much sugar has a profound effect on how our bodies operate from the inside out.
Below is a list of the damaging effects of SUGAR:
♦ Sugar Hinders Vitamin C Absorption
Vitamin C is a vital, powerful nutrient that, among many other things, helps our skin look great and our immune system strong. Excessive sugar intake inhibits the intake of Vitamin C and impairs defenses against infectious disease.
♦ Sugar Causes Collagen Breakdown
Over time, a loss of tissue elasticity and function occurs. The delicate connective tissue that keeps our skin toned and tight breaks down faster on a diet made up of excessive consumption. Think of collagen as your skin’s best defense against gravity.
♦Sugar Elevates Bad Cholesterol/Lowers Good Cholesterol
Sugar has been shown to elevate bad cholesterol and lower good HDL cholesterol. In fact, a recent study funded by the British Heart Association1 showed that people living with Type-2 diabetes had high levels of newly-discovered “ultra-bad” cholesterol called MGmin-LDL. This LDL cholesterol is a sticker that the garden-variety (already bad) LDL cholesterol. Stickier than regular LDL? That cannot be good.
♦Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body
It causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium.
♦Sugar can cause can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
♦ Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
♦Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.
♦ Sugar can weaken eyesight.
♦Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
♦ Sugar can cause saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease, and yeast infections
Sugar can cause saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease, and when consumed, greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections). Internally, it can cause gallstones, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, can contribute to the existence of varicose veins, osteoporosis, lower the body’s vitamin E levels, cause food allergies, interfere with the absorption of protein, exacerbate eczema in children and adults, and cause toxemia during pregnancy. There are so many more ways sugar negatively affects the body.
The take away:
Chose alternatives to sugary foods and eat natural, fresh, wholesome foods as much as possible.
Sources: healingdaily.com, naturalnews.com, eatingacademy.com, nytimes.com