6 Reasons to Ditch Sugar in 2020
Updated: Apr 16
It may seem to you that every other day a new study discovers something else that is destroying the health of Americans. The truth is we have fallen so far down the rabbit hole that your three meals a day could contain anywhere from one to twenty potential health risks.
So… where do we start when looking to make changes to our health?
I propose a boycott of perhaps the most delicious and most deadly of them all: sugar.
Let me guess, right now you are thinking, I only eat dessert every once and a while. Why should I give up my one piece of chocolate a day?
For some people managing sugar intake is simple. They replace candy with fruit, soda with water or tea, chocolate with… nothing can replace chocolate, let’s be honest. For those of us who are used to a little sweet every day, it can be hard to quit cold turkey.
Sugar is addictive. It’s designed to keep you wanting more.
It can also be blamed for a multitude of health problems including diabetes, skin troubles, digestive issues, obesity and so many more. Not to mention it gives us the illusion of energy and our brains love to dose up on serotonin stimulants.
The average American eats seventeen teaspoons of sugar every day. Some of its faces are obvious and scream at you from the grocery shelves with bright wrappers and gooey exteriors. Others are cunning and well hidden. Common grocery list items such as salad dressing, ketchup, fruit juice, and cereal will use sugar as an added flavoring.
It if helps, there are many reasons why you should cut sugar out of your diet. I have listed some of the most compelling facts below.
Sugar is associated with five of the top twelve leading causes of death in America.
Eating sugar causes glucose levels to spike putting extreme pressure on your insulin creation. So instead of using glucose for energy, our body gets a signal to store it as fat. Obesity can lead to diabetes, heart disease, strokes, kidney disease and some types of cancer.
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Save Our Skin!
Like cigarettes, sugar messes with the elasticity and health of one of our biggest organs: our skin. It can cause wrinkles, acne and other skin-related problems. One of the most common beauty tips is to give up sugar. Your skin glows without it!
Stop Cavities in their Tracks.
Sugar causes cavities. The chemicals in glucose react with the saliva and bacteria in your mouth to form plaque. Plaque can eventually wear through our tooth enamel leaving us open to cavities.
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A Vicious Cycle of Inflammation.
The bacteria and yeast in our bodies love sugar. They gobble it right up. But this leaves our bodies imbalanced and at risk of infections.
Obesity is classified as a low-grade inflammatory disease. The inflammation caused by high blood sugar can trigger weight gain and being overweight causes even more inflammation. And so the cycle continues.
Our Immune System is Compromised.
For hours after eating sugar our immune systems’ ability to respond to invaders is compromised. It effectively puts our natural bodyguard to sleep and increases our susceptibility to harmful bacteria during that time.
Get More Sleep!
Sugar can pull you out of deep sleep. Some of us barely have time for 8 hours of continuous sleep let alone waking up every hour and struggling to get back to sleep.
You may have heard that dessert helps aid digestion after a big meal. While this may be true this habit alone could lose you hours of deep and restful sleep.
So what can I do?
No miracle diet plan will save you from all food-related risks. One thing is for certain though: You will be healthier without sugar.
Some types of sugar are indeed better for us than others. Fruit is better than processed sugar. However, fruit can still produce a spike in our insulin levels. Eating fruit with fat, like strawberries and cream, can help our bodies digest sugar more easily.
Your goal should be to listen to your body and do what feels right for you!
To start, try reducing your sugar even if just for a week. You can replace candy with fruit. Maple sugar and honey for white sugar. I promise you will feel the difference.