SUGAR: It’s NOT Sweet For Your Digestion
POSTED ON MAY 27, 2016 BY DREW CANOLE
Sugar may be sweet, but when it comes to your health and feeling your BEST… the consequences will definitely have you singing a different tune.
The truth is, if you are eating a “standard American diet”, then you have been OVERLOADED with sugar.
As a result, your health has taken a toll. From headaches to digestive distress, the effects of sugar are wide reaching.
Sugar, Sugar Everywhere
It’s MUCH more than the spoonful or two that you stir into your morning coffee. You see, the thing is that sugar is a sneaky little bugger that hides out in many of the “healthy” food you are eating.
You are well aware of the sugar in sweet treats such as cookies, ice cream, donuts and cakes. However, did you know that sugar is also loaded into sauces, soups, breads, yogurt, frozen dinners, fruit juices and many, many more products that are marketed to you as being “healthy”.
As a result, you are most likely consuming much more sugar than is recommended. According to the American Heart Association, you should follow these guidelines:
9 teaspoons OR
36 grams, 150 calories
6 teaspoons OR
24 grams, 100 calories
Now, what is I told you that on average, you could be consuming nearly 40 teaspoons of sugar every day? And that this excessive sugar intake is wreaking havoc on your healthy and causing a slew of health problems, such as: Adrenal fatigue | Candida | Mineral depletion | Weight gain | Hypertension | Hypoglycemia | Thyroid problems | Digestive problems | Infertility | Diabetes | Mood swings | Immune function suppression
While some of these health problems may seem a bit extreme to you, there is one MAJOR and far reaching impact that sugar is having on your health… and you may not even realize it.
Sugar is an effective destroyer of your digestion and gut health!
Let’s take a closer look at what sugar is doing to your digestion.
Sugar and Digestion
Sugar has a HUGE impact on your digestive system:
Promotes Bad Bacteria to Flourish
- There are both good and bad bacteria throughout your digestive system
- The health of your digestive system relies heavily on having a balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut.
- Sugar provides fuel for unhealthy bacteria
- Bad bacteria produce fats that promote:
- Insulin resistance
- Weight gain
- Bad bacteria create toxins, metabolic by-products, and inflammatory molecules that interfere with digestion and also adversely impact your brain
- Inflammation is the root cause of many modern day diseases!
Feeds Candida (yeast)
- Candida overgrowth in your intestines makes you feel:
- Brain fog
- Poor concentration
- Results in bloating, gas, and other unpleasant digestive effects
- Excess candida can cause intense carbohydrate cravings
- Other symptoms of candida overgrowth include:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Blocked sinuses
- Food and chemical sensitivities
- Sleep problems
- Recurrent infections (urinary tract, vaginal yeast)
Leaky Gut Syndrom
- When there are high levels of candida growing in your digestive tract, they compromise the structural integrity of your gut lining
- Your gut becomes more permeablethan it should be
- Allows high levels of toxins naturally present in your bowel to get into your bloodstream
- Undigested food particles leak through your gut lining
- Is a precursor to:
- Food intolerance
- Chemical sensitivity
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Autoimmune disease
Leading Contributor to Obesity
- Leads to decrease satiety (feeling “full” and satisfied)
- Sugar is highly addictive, making it extremely difficult to control your consumption
- Causes cravings for more sugary foods
Linked to Metabolic Syndrome
- Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions, including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, excess belly fat and abnormal cholesterol
- Excess sugar consumption, especially fructose, increases your risk of developing metabolic syndrome (study).
Now, if you’ve read this far and wondering to yourself, “What the heck am I supposed to eat?”… don’t worry – I’ve got your covered.
If you suspect that sugar is damaging your digestion (which it most likely is), the first step to take is to drastically cut out the majority of processed and packaged foods.
It is time to bring it back to the basics!
With the sugary junk now gone, stock your kitchen and pantry with fresh, whole foods such as:
- Vegetables: leafy greens, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, peppers, onion, etc.
- Fruits: Berries (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry), banana, melons
- Nuts and Seeds: almonds, pumpkin, chia, flax, walnuts
- Healthy fats: avocado, coconut oil, olive oil
- Lean protein: Grass-fed meat, organic chicken
- Whole grains: Quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat
- Natural Sweetener: stevia, raw honey
The easiest “rule” to follow when making food choices is:
“If it CAME from a plant – EAT IT. If it was MADE in a plant – DON’T.”
– Michael Pollan
By taking action today and working to reduce your sugar intake, not only will you restore your digestive health, but also be well on your way to feeling the BEST you’ve ever felt.
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