At Chiropractic Central we are about an Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well philosophy. Sugar can have a dramatically negative impact on our health.
Can you imagine a life without sugar? It can be difficult and be challenging to give up sugar as not only is it delicious and addictive but it is almost found everywhere. Sugar can be found naturally in foods such as in milk (lactose) and fruit (fructose). Sugar is also disguised in packaging as sucrose, glucose, corn syrup, maltose, raw sugar, cane sugar, fruit juice concentrate and molasses.
Sugar is everywhere and letting go of the sweet stuff may seem impossible or simply too hard or challenging.
Here are some ways to make giving up sugar – or having less of the sweet stuff a bit easier:
Know how sugar affects your body
Reducing your sugar intake is a lot easier if you know what sugar does to your body. Fructose is addictive. Some studies claim that fructose is more addicted than cocaine and heroin. Fructose has no corresponding “we’re full now, stop eating” switch. Instead, it forces us to eat more and keep eating without getting satiated and drives our ghrelin levels to increase, which ultimately makes us feel hungrier.
Overconsumption of sugar leads to severe health conditions. Every day, 247 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes. Additionally, one in five is diagnosed with diabetes.
Know what to look for
Overconsumption of sugar can also leave you feeling tired, nauseous, bloated, constipated and constantly craving for your next sugar fix. Seek help if you suffer from the following:
- Constant sugar cravings
- Energy highs and lows
- Mood irregularities
- Weight gain or inability to lose excess fat
- Intolerance to alcohol and fatty foods
- Redness and inflammation
- Hormone imbalances
- Fertility issues
- Digestive complaints – bloating, heaviness, reflux, constipation/diarrhoea
Symptoms and side effects
On average, Australians are known for eating twice as much sugar as recommended. Too much sugar can lead to:
- Insulin resistance
- Type II diabetes
- Weight gain and obesity
- Heart disease
- Chronic inflammation
- Liver stress and fatty liver
- Mood irregularities and fatigue
- Sleeping issues
- Drives inflammation
- Directly depletes your white blood cells – leads to recurring colds/ flu, allergies, eczema, psoriasis and immune dysfunction
Men need approximately 8 teaspoons of sugar per day and women need six teaspoons of sugar. The World Health Organisation recommends that sugar should make up no more than 10% of our diet.
Add these to your daily diet to help reduce your sugar intake:
- Vegetable and fruit (most fruits and legumes contain small amounts of naturally-occurring sugars – but don’t worry, these sugars are not harmful)
- Herbs and spices
- Increase your water intake
- Switch to dark chocolate
There are so many benefits to cutting down and reducing your sugar intake. Some benefits include increased energy, better digestion, weight loss, stable mood, healthy teeth, healthier brain function and more stable mental health.
Additionally, if you have acne-prone skin, letting go of sugar may be the key to having clear skin.
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