I'm not going to lie, I have a sweet tooth. It's my only real vice.
Too bad refined sugar is pure poison.
Refined sugar consumption is linked to diabetes, serious chronic health conditions, fungal overgrowth, premature aging and it can even affect mental health.
The average adult American eats about 18 teaspoons of refined sugar each day - or about 66 pounds per year! Although, I've even seen some studies that suggest the average American eats close to 100 pounds of added, refined sugar each year.
And we wonder why our country has rampant disease! Decreasing your sugar intake is literally the best thing you can do for your health in the long and short term. It's not easy, but I swear you will look and feel better for it.
There are over 100 ways that sugar destroys the body, but I chose the five reasons that resonate with me the most that I want to share with you.
Sugar lowers your immunity.
This is the reason that gets me every time, but especially around the holidays. Ingesting 2 tablespoons (about two cans of soda) will decrease your white blood cell count by 40% for about five hours. Your white blood cells are basically the soldiers of your immune system army, so this is a big deal!
Sugar feeds disease.
Sugar is the favorite food of harmful microbes like bacteria and yeast. Even cancer cells like to chomp on sugar. If we remove the food source for these dangerous illnesses, the likelihood of getting them goes down. If you continue to eat refined sugar on the regular, your chances of getting diseases - acute and chronic- are much higher.
Sugar is addictive.
You've probably already heard that some studies have shown that refined sugar is as addictive as cocaine. Addiction makes you eat more and more without feeling satisfied so you continue to eat more and more and more and more and more over the years.
I recently read a blog post that suggested sugar addiction is often used as an easy (unhealthy) method of self-care. If you have a true sugar addiction, it might be worth examining your self care practices.
It's bad for your liver.
A recently study suggests that excessive sugar consumption is as bad for the liver as excessive alcohol consumption. The body has to process sugar through the liver, like it processes alcohol. While this study is specifically talking about liver disease, my take away is that eating refined sugar eats up time and energy that the liver could be using for detoxification.
SUGAR CAUSES Unpleasant physical changes.
Guess what? Sugar is what causes us to gain weight, not fat. It also causes acne and breakouts. It even can contribute to other types of skin problems like eczema, by causing fungal overgrowth.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Be cautious when purchasing packaged food product. Sugar is added to every from condiments to baby foods! Look for following words on an ingredient label:
Sugar, Cane Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Corn Syrup, Cane Juice, Cane Juice Crystals, Confectioner's Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Dextrose, Evaporated Cane Juice, Glucose, Maltodextrin, Sucrose.
Ditch refined sugar for a solid month. It might be difficult, but you can do it! Those of us in my Facebook Community are giving this a whirl as a group for 30 days. Come join us and gain support from your new friends.
If you feel like taking your sugar detox to the next level, check out my 10 day nutritional reset program. I created it just for our community and I personally go through it myself.