by Michelle LeSueur BeP, CNC, CSN, CPT
Are you someone that has to have something sweet everyday? Do you find that you crave it all the time? Today many people struggle with addiction to sugar. In the US, the average American consumes 160 lbs of sugar without even realizing it. So why is sugar so bad?
Sugar suppresses immune function.
First off, it suppresses immune function for several hours. So if you have had a candy bar and then are around someone that is sick, you are at high risk for getting what he or she has. For those that eat sugar all through the day, this can be a real problem because they have an immune system that is constantly being suppressed and this isn’t good.
Sugar makes you age faster.
Sugar suppressed Human Growth hormone, the hormone that determines how you age and for those in the fitness industry, this is important for muscle growth. This is not something you want suppressed.
Sugar encourages glycation.
Glycation is when sugar molecules attach themselves to protein or fat molecules. When this happens, it causes aging to speed up and create damage. The majority of the damage is irreversible, so you want to minimize this as much as possible.
Sugar raises insulin levels.
Every time you eat something sweet and glucose is released, the pancreas responds with insulin. The more this is done, the more insulin it will take to get things done. Eventually your pancreas will burn out. We are seeing so many that struggle with insulin resistance. They have consumed so much sugar that the body has become resistant to the insulin, meaning insulin can’t get in or out because the receptor or the door is broken. When these people eat insulin responding foods and the insulin can’t get in and is sitting outside of the cell, soon new fat cells are created. Many think because they are taking medication for this, they can continue to eat poorly with lots of insulin responding food. Here is the bad news. The number one prescribed drug for type 2 diabetes is Metforman or Glucophage. Its job is to lower abnormally high levels of blood sugar. Since the medication is metabolized in the kidneys, it causes more harm than good. It is also important to know that it reduces absorption of B12 and Folic Acid, which is vital for the nervous system.
The best thing you can do instead of taking medication is to make lifestyle changes. A study published in the February 7, 2002 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that lifestyle changes were more effective than medication.
So what do you do for those cravings?
One of the best things I have found is gymnema. It helps reduce your cravings and if you use a liquid it will affect your taste buds so that when you do eat sugar soon after, it will taste awful.
Chromium also helps by opening glucose receptor sites so the insulin can do its job. It also helps cravings because the cells are now satisfied.
I have also found that Vitamin C can help reduce sugar cravings. Another reason people have these cravings is high yeast or candida. By reducing your levels this can greatly reduce sugar cravings because this bacteria thrives on sugar.
Some people actually have sugar addictions. Your brain releases opioids, a natural chemical that gives you feelings of happiness and pleasure, when you eat sugar. Research has shown that morphine and heroin affect your brain in the same way. If you are someone like this, you are best to avoid it as much as possible.
You also have to look at the emotional issues of why people crave sugar. When people crave sugar on an emotional level they are not experiencing the joy or the sweetness in their lives. Their lives are chaotic and they work long hours, rarely taking time to have fun and enjoy life. If this is you, set time aside each week to have more fun and see where your cravings go.
There is nothing wrong with having a treat once and while, but try to avoid daily consumption to ensure better overall health.
Michelle LeSueur is an Energetic Practitioner (BeP) and is highly educated in energetic testing. (EAV biofeedback technology) She spent three years educating and training on the use of energetic equipment. She is a Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC); Certified Sports Nutrition (CSN), Certified Nutritional Specialist (CNS), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), DSHEA certified (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act), Formulator, has a Neuro-Endocrine & Anti-Aging Regulation Certification (N.E.A.R), certified in Biological Terrain Management (BTM), holds a level II Reiki, 3 years nutritional counseling in a bariatric clinic, and has owned and operated a successful health food store. For more information on Michelle LeSueur, visit her Website at http://uniquehealthandwellness.com, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.