Facts on Sugar Consumption and Your Health
With the holiday season ending and a new year beginning a simple step you can take in helping to regain your health would be monitoring how much sugar you eat and drink.
Sugar consumption has continued to rise every year in the United States and has been historically and categorically connected to the rise in many health issues and epidemics in the United States includes obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Today the average American adult consumes 20 teaspoons of sugar a day whereas the average adolescent and child consume a whopping 34 teaspoons of sugar a day. Just to put this into perspective one 20 ounce bottle of soda contains an average of 17 teaspoons of sugar! Lowering your sugar consumption is something anyone and everyone should be focused on for many reasons: If you are curious about healthy sugar alternatives or how to get rid of sugar cravings, we can help! Schedule an appointment to be tested for herbal remedies or set up an appointment with Andréa.
- Sugar is addictive. It can be intoxicating like alcohol and can lead to alcoholism.
- Sugar causes tooth and gum decay. Tooth and gum decay can lead to Heart Disease.
- Sugar compromises the lining of your capillaries and contributes to varicose veins.
- Excess sugar has been linked to atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
- Excessive sugar can be damaging to your liver and kidney as it increases the size of both organs and causes kidney stones.
- It disrupts your sleep cycle which compromises your immune system and causes more sickness and disease.
- Sugar feeds cancer cells. It has been linked to development of many cancers including breast, ovarian, prostate, rectal, pancreatic, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
- Sugar causes loss of tissue elasticity and can lead to premature aging of skin.
- It leads to a decrease in your insulin sensitivity causing high insulin levels and diabetes.
- Sugar suppresses your immune system and impairs your defenses against infectious diseases like the Influenza Virus.
- It weakens eyesight and leads to cataracts and nearsightedness.
- It aggravates autoimmune conditions such as arthritis, asthma and MS.
- Sugar is associated with acidic digestive tract, heartburn, indigestion, ulcers, malabsorption, yeast, food allergies and increased risk of Chrohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
- It interferes with calcium and magnesium absorption contributing to osteoporosis.