Facts about Sugar

• Sugar related illnesses are skyrocketing – diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and dementia, Alzheimer’s, breast, endometrial, and colon cancers are among them.
• Sugar can act like a poison in high doses.
• Research also shows that excess sugar acts as a major cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which can lead to liver failure, and is can cause weight gain, especially around your belly.
• Eating sugar can stork your appetite rather than satisfy it and it can be very addictive.
• Studies have shown that eating sugar triggers the release of opioids, neurotransmitters that activate the brain’s pleasure receptors. Addictive drugs, including morphine, target the same opioid receptors. Sugar stimulates receptors to activate the same pathways that are stimulated directly by drugs such as heroin or morphine.
• By constantly consuming sugar, you also force your pancreas to work overtime. As you eat more, it pumps out massive amounts of insulin; eventually your body may become less sensitive to sugar and can essentially build up a resistance to it.
• The only way to curb a sugar habit is to cut back drastically. It will be rough in the beginning, but our body will crave sugar less as it regains its insulin sensitivity.
• Systemic Yeast – Yeast colonies can rapidly multiply and overtake our friendly flora in response to diet, hormones, or environmental factors. People who eat a lot of sugar are more prone to yeast overgrowth, because yeast feeds on sugar and thus prompts sugar cravings.
• Yeast overgrowth can create digestive disturbances like bloating, gas, constipation, headache, sinus problems, brain fog, depression and fatigue.
• When yeast organisms take over your intestinal flora, they produce acidic toxins, which slow down weight loss and affect your immune system.

How much is too much……….

• A study published in the Annual Review of Nutrition analyzed American diets and found that from 1970 through 2000, daily caloric intake among women ages 20-39 jumped from 1652 to 2028.
• The percentage of calories coming from fats and protein decreased. Only the percentage of carbs – particularly sugar, shot up.
• On average each of us consumes 25 pounds more sugar annually then women did back in the 1070’s.
• They typical American now swallows about 32 teaspoons (or128 grams) every 24 hours. That means the average woman eats 130 pounds – almost her entire body weight – of sugar every year.
• The federal dietary guidelines recommend that approximately 10% of your daily caloric intake should come from sugar (that’s about 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons). Both the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization recently released guidelines urging more women to stay within this range

A little test………..

Do you have yeast overgrowth – include in your daily menu one day, wine or beer (full of yeast goodness), balsamic vinegar and chocolate. The next morning upon wakening, check your tongue in the mirror. If it’s coated white, it’s a sign that yeast is an issue for you.