Monday, March 28, 2011

Oh Sugar, Sugar!- Part 1:The Sugar- Coated Truth

It's time to wake up and realize that sugar is plaguing our society. It is EVERYWHERE and in EVERYTHING! Whether we knowingly bake sweet treats out of love, hobby or addiction, reach for it in the form of a 'Happy Hour' sugary cocktails, binge on Ben and Jerry's, or are simply unaware that sugar is lurking in our foods where we least expect it (salad dressings, ketchups, soups, salsas, cereals, crackers, chips). Sugar is EVERYWHERE, it is fueling our society and many of us are blind to the depths of our addictions and sugar related health implications. We find every reason to justify sugar. We have become a society that celebrates with it. We use it to self- medicate, and sooth our emotions. The newest reports have claimed that the average American consumer consumes just over 150 pounds of sugar each year! That is INSANE!

Sugar addiction is an actual ailement plaguing many of our loved ones and many times ourselves. Many of us don't realize just how addicted we are to sugar until we try and kick the habit. Anyone who has tried to cut the sugar out of their diet can tell you it is extremely hard. Studies have found that sugar can stimulate the dopamine receptors in the brain creating an endorphin rush that can be similar to the effects heroin. The sugar withdrawal symptoms range from: migraines, cold sweats, restlessness, insomnia and chronic fatigue. These symptoms are all to due your body's addiction and dependence physically, behaviorally and biochemically to sugar.

We all know that sugar consumption can lead to weight gain, dental cavities and diabetes. I recently ran across a list in my studies from Dr. Nancy Appleton, that highlighted some of sugars devastating heath effects, far more then I ever realized. As a consumer, I think it is important to be aware of this for your long term health.

146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health

By Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.

There are ways to support your body while detoxing from sugar. There are supplements that help control blood sugar such as fiber, B- Vitamins, Chromium as well as amino acids like:Tyrosine, Tryptophan and Glutamine. These supplements can support your cravings and withdrawal symptoms while detoxing from the sugar-coated sweet life we have found ourselves living.

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