Updated: Sep 1
What Sugar Does to Your Body
Sugar is one of the most harmful ingredients you can put in your body but it’s something many of us eat far too much of.
According to the latest stats from the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, the average American eats 76.7g of sugar every day. I know at first that doesn't hit home, so doing some adding and I find this equals to about 62 POUNDS of sugar per person, per year.
So let's discuss five reasons you should limit your consumption of sugar.
#1 It Has No Nutritional Value
One of the biggest reasons to avoid refined sugar is that it contains no vitamins, minerals, or antioxidants. These nutrients are found in almost every natural food and are essential to a healthy body. They support all the internal processes in your body, protect against illness & allow you to perform at your peak.
Eating too much refined sugar often stops you from getting the vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants your body needs from your diet & causes nutrient deficiencies.
These nutrient deficiencies can cause you to feel sluggish, affect how you perform, & lead to serious health problems.
# 2 It Disrupts Your Energy Levels
Sugar enters the bloodstream quickly & causes a rapid surge in energy levels, followed by a rapid crash. While the initial sugar high may give you a few minutes of increased energy & focus, the overall impact of this energy fluctuation has a very negative impact on the body.
This will make it very difficult to concentrate for long periods of time. This will cause you to become unproductive & make you feel lethargic.
#3 It Causes Weight Gain
Unlike proteins & fats which take longer to digest & have a satiating effect on the body, sugar passes through the digestive system very quickly and doesn’t satisfy your appetite (remember sugar has no nutrients). As a result, you still have cravings after filling up on refined sugar & you will very likely overeat.
Sugar is also hidden in many foods such as bread, sauces, sodas, & processed foods. Because it doesn’t satisfy your appetite in the same way that real foods will, these hidden sugars add extra calories without you even noticing it & will cause you to gain weight.
#4 It Causes Liver Damage
Many of the refined sugars in foods come in the form of fructose. When you eat too much fructose, it overloads the liver and causes it to turn fructose into fat. This then leads to fatty liver disease and many other liver problems which have a negative impact on your energy levels, digestion, & overall health.
#5 It Causes Inflammation In The Body
Numerous studies have shown that eating large amounts of refined sugar can cause excessive inflammation in the body. Not only is this excessive inflammation painful but it also damages your body’s cells and vital organs, and can cause permanent health problems. Inflammation in the body has also been linked with accelerated internal and external aging. Plus, it is also one of the biggest risk factors for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, & heart disease.
To cut that sugar craving, try this amazingly delicious smoothie!
As you can see sugar is defiantly something you want to avoid whenever possible. Looking for ways to do just that? Check out my video How Do I Stop Eating So Much Sugar?
Let me know how it goes. I will talk with you again soon.
Until then Get healthy, be happy, & herbal on,