Sugar…not as good as you think

Sugars

Sugars (Photo credit: QuintanaRoo)

I usually have many links with my posts, but only because I feel more information gives more power to make informed decisions.  I hope the supporting information provided below helps you to understand better why sugar is a danger to your diet.

Have you tried to stop consuming sugar or reduce your sugar intake? Wow, how challenging! I’ve been researching the effects of too much sugar in the diet and what I learned convinced me to stay away from it, but it is not easy.  What I learned is that sugar contributes to cancer, skin issues such as eczema and acne,  inflammation, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and so much more.

My reason for sugar consumption was for energy, you get that slump in the afternoon, visit the vending machine at work and yummy cookies, pop tarts, or some type of candy or other sugary product calls to you for a pick-me-up.

Who regularly consumes soda as their energy source? Watch the video below and you might rethink what you drink.

Sugar, The Dangers

Interested to find alternative options to get the energy you need, click here.

Following is great information from Dr. Mercola about sugar dangers.

Want to know how much sugar is contained in popular foods or beverages consumed and what your daily sugar intake should be?  The following article from Nutrition Action Health Letter provides this information.

Below is a video that clearly shows how too much sugar affects a child’s behavior.

So, with all this information about how bad sugar is for you, how do you start eliminating it from your diet?  Following is an article from Whole Living on kicking your sugar habit, Inflammation Intervention: Cure Your Sugar Cravings.

Additionally, Steve Nash shares how kicking the sugar habit has helped with his NBA career and performance on the basketball court.

Steve Nash, NBA Basketball Player on living sugar free

If you have made it this far reading the above information, what are your thoughts…will you change your habits with sugar or have you already?

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Are you allergic to eating?

Food sensitivities affect many people with symptoms presenting themselves as digestive issues, skin issues, wheezing and runny noses.  Additional symptoms might include fatigue, gas, bloating, mood swings, nervousness, migraines and eating disorders.  I have lived with food sensitivity since I was a child due to IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome) — sugar, chocolate, caffeine, onions, milk, fried foods, and artificial sweeteners are my triggers.  Easter, Halloween, and Christmas were difficult times to not indulge in the delectable treats of the season.

The FAAN (The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) shares the following food allergy facts and statistics for the United States below:

  • Food allergy is a growing public health concern.
  • As many as 15 million people have food allergies. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    • An estimated 9 million, or 4%, of adults have food allergies. 2, 3, 5
    • Nearly 6 million or 8% of children have food allergies with young children affected most. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
  • Boys appear to develop food allergies more than girls. 5
  • Food allergies may be a trigger for or associated with other allergic conditions, such as atopic dermatitis9 and eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases. 10
  • Although childhood allergies to milk11, egg12, wheat13 and soy14 generally resolve in childhood, they appear to be resolving more slowly than in previous decades, with many children still allergic beyond age 5 years. Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish15 are generally lifelong allergies.

Visit their site by clicking here to view additional information and references supporting the data shared above.

To begin healing, it is advisable to eliminate the food irritant from your diet and to focus on diet and nutrition to begin your journey to being healthy.  My investigation with this topic stems from health issues I’ve been dealing with — skin issues and tiredness (more than just not getting enough sleep the night before).  I’ve noticed since I have begun taking supplements specific to skin and energy related issues, these two concerns have improved greatly.

If you too have food sensitivities or allergies, how are you dealing with it?

Following is a video from FAAN that I think helps those of us who do not have true life threatening food allergies understand how our daily food preparations can affect those with food allergies:

If you would like to learn more about the Isotonix supplements I use, visit “Why Isotonix?”

Additional resources:

Food Allergies & Food Sensitivity (chanttoday.wordpress.com)

WHFoods: Food Sensitivities. The World’s Healthiest Foods is a not-for-profit organization to inform and educate people about healthy eating.

My Real Food Life blog provides recipes that are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Sugar Free, Corn Free, Gum Free, and Preservative Free.  A great site to visit.

Another helpful article from USA Today with Food Allergy Survival Tips for Travelers.  Learn tips to safely eat while traveling with suggestions on communicating to airlines, restaurants, and hotels if any ingredients you are sensitive to is present in your meal, understand the food culture of where you are traveling and how the food preparation may include ingredients you would have a reaction, and other tips to help you navigate the unfamiliar locale  you are traveling to.

Meals that Heal Inflammation by Julie Daniluk R.H.N. provides information, advice, and recipes for controlling inflammatory diseases, including arthritis, asthma, and allergies, with diet.  People dealing with food sensitivities or allergies can experience nutritional deficiencies, Ms. Daniluk suggests supplementing your diet with high quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement (p.106) as well as incoporating probiotics into your health regime.

Meals That Heal Inflammation : Embrace Healthy Living and Eliminate Pain One Meal at a Time

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