7 REASONS WHY SUGAR IS THE ANTI FITNESS
Did you know that in some studies researchers found SUGAR to be more addictive than COCAINE!
(Yeah, let that sink in for a moment)
This is in part thanks to a feel-good chemical in which our brain produces, DOPAMINE.
When you eat something sugary whether it’s a cupcake, a candy bar, or even a wholesome piece of fruit (like mango), your brain releases pleasure-giving dopamine response. For most, this satisfies the craving. But for many, there is a compulsive desire to repeat that pleasure or “high” when it’s too strong to resist. As you eat more sweets to get that high again, your body becomes more insulin resistant.
(AKA – Your tolerance for sugar also becomes higher)
Meaning you’ll need more and more to get the same feeling. Oh, and addiction is only one part of the problem… We’ve yet to even cover the side effects from the over-consumption of SUGAR.
So while I have you, let’s get into that. Here’s seven reasons why SUGAR is the anti fitness 🙁
1. WEIGHT GAIN
When your blood glucose levels rise and your body responds by stimulating insulin (this is a natural response); triggering your body to flip the on switch to activate fat (energy) storing mode. The more consistent you are with your sugar consumption, the longer and more frequently your body will operate in fat storing mode. There are ways to prevent this though, and it starts with education… Then moves to action. If you find yourself on the wrong side of the scale, limit your sugar consumption, and start to research the glycemic index. This system ranks foods (carbohydrates) on a scale from 1 to 100 based on their effect on blood sugar levels.
Bottom Line: Make carbohydrates (sugars) work for you, and not the other way around.
2. IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPRESSION
Sugar intake has the ability to suppress your immune system even after consumption. According to Health Services at Columbia University, when you eat 100 grams of sugar, about as much sugar as you find in a 1 liter bottle of soda, your white blood cells are 40 percent less effective at killing germs. This can cripple your immune system for up to 5 hours after eating sugar!
Bottom Line: Over consumption of sugar makes you more susceptible to illness and can slow your recovery process if you are already sick.
3. TYPE 2 DIABETES
Type 2 diabetes occurs as a result of a lack of insulin production or an increased resistance to insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that allows for the regulation of the uptake of glucose (sugar). It is released in response to increased glucose levels in the blood and allows for individual cells to take up glucose from the blood to metabolise it. A high-sugar diet has been linked with an increased incidence of Type 2 diabetes due to the links between high sugar intake and obesity. Over the years excess sugar consumption can cause our bodies to quite possibly stop producing insulin all together.
Complications include: blindness, amputation of appendages, depression, neuropathy, sexual dysfunction, kidney disease , and dementia.
Bottom Line: Type 2 Diabetes is a line item you DON’T want on your bill of health.
4. HEART DISEASE
In numerous studies, a direct link has been shown between increased sugar consumption and death from cardiovascular disease. When insulin levels spike continuously the endothelial lining of the blood vessels become damaged which creates inflammation. This chronic inflammation, coupled with high blood pressure, excess weight, poor heart health, is what may eventually lead to heart attack.
Bottom Line: Poor Diet + (Lack of exercise) = A great chance for heart disease
5. INFLAMMATION IN YOUR GUT
When your body digests sugar it changes the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria in your gut…And not in a good way. Bad bacteria thrives off of sugar and can cause tons of different ailments since they produce all sorts of harmful toxins. Besides feeling run down and low energy, the increase in this toxic bacteria can cause yeast infections, autoimmune disorders, arthritis, heart disease, and many other ailments.
Bottom Line: Heal your gut to achieve maximal health!
6. ABSORPTION OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS
For most of us (those working out a few days out of the week), the consumption of sugar doesn’t yield positive health & fitness benefits. Considering the fact that sugar (as most of us know it today) lacks any type of significant nutrients, vitamins, or minerals… It’s best we just leave it alone! In fact excess sugar consumption can consequently deplete the body of zinc, magnesium, potassium, and chromium.
Bottom Line: Sugar literally robs your body of the things you need for good health.
7. PROMOTES CANCER CELL GROWTH
News reports commonly refer to sugar as being “fuel” for cancer cells. And that’s true—but mainly because sugar is the fuel for all cells in the body. Sugar is a carbohydrate, and when you eat any type of carbohydrate (whether it’s fruit or ice cream or a bagel) your pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that helps convert sugars into energy for your cells. Eating too much sugar, though, can cause the body to become insulin resistant, meaning it has to churn out more and more of the hormone in order to do its job.
Long story short, this viscous cycle can also produce more of a hormone known as insulin-like growth factor (IGF), which research has shown to stimulate cell growth and inhibit cell death. In other words, IGF allows cancer to proliferate. Cancer cells are normally kept in check by the body’s constant turnover—new healthy cells grow and bad cells die.
Bottom Line: An excess of IGF blocks the signals for cells to grow normally and die when it’s time to die, so instead they just grow grow grow.
So next time you’re reaching for your sweets, think twice about what you’re putting inside your body. Are you prepared to live with the consequences of your actions?
If you want my advice, your health should be something that you NEVER put to chance! But that’s a choice that you’re gonna have to make for yourself…
I trust you’ll do the right thing 😉
Till next time.
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