10 Reasons To Quit Sugar (Even If You’d Rather Not!)

Well, Halloween candy has been on display since August, and we know what that portends for the rest of the year.

But why wait to get your health in order? Here are 10 reasons to quit sugar now – even if you think you don’t want to do it.

1. Quitting sugar can help you prevent or even reverse insulin resistance.

Mainstream thinking on insulin resistance is that overweight is the cause. That’s true, it can be — but it’s a limited view. What we eat can greatly influence whether or not we develop insulin resistance – or type 2 diabetes, which frequently follows it.

2. It can help you reduce your cholesterol.

Cholesterol synthesis isn’t necessarily the result of a high-fat diet. The rate-limiter in cholesterol formation is an enzyme (HMG-coA reductase) that’s triggered by insulin. Sugar can stimulate big insulin, so it’s a major factor in serum cholesterol. People now say that cholesterol doesn’t really matter – but Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of conditions. If you have one, you probably have more. Keeping cholesterol down by avoiding sugar helps in general – especially if you combine that with preventing or reversing insulin resistance, an underlying condition for several metabolic disorders.

3. It can prevent premature hunger signals.

When sugar promotes high insulin production, glucose can drop pretty low and pretty fast. The speed it drops is the main factor in triggering premature hunger signals – making you hungry for food you don’t need simply because you ate sugary junk.

4. It can reduce “secondary fat consumption.”

Okay, I made up that name. But eating extra fat is something that happens all the time when we eat sugar – think of ice cream, chocolate, rich cakes, cookies. For one thing, fat makes sugar taste sweeter. Also, when you get a craving for sugar, you might reach for something with lots of fat in it, too.

5. It can make healthful foods taste better to you.

Eating sugar triggers endorphins (beta-endorphin). That changes food preferences so that healthy foods seem less appealing. When you quit sugar, eating good foods – like vegetables – will probably be more appetizing.

6. It reduces cravings.

Eating sugar can cause cravings. Yes, for more sugary foods, definitely. But also for other kinds of junk food that may have sneaky sugars in them.

7. It can reduce calorie intake.

If you’re not responding addictively to sugar – and eating more sugar and other foods because of that – it will be easier to watch your calories.

8. It can improve your health.

Sugar can impact health directly by increasing inflammation in the body through several mechanisms. Reducing inflammation can improve your health and decrease pain.

9. It can improve your mood and your energy.

People who are carbohydrate sensitive secrete more insulin than normal when they eat sugar. That can set up a “peak-and-valley” pattern in their glucose levels. When you’re at a peak, your energy and mood may feel optimal, but when you’re in a valley, things don’t feel good at all.

10. It can improve the overall nutritional value of your diet.

If you’re not killing your appetite with sugary junk, you’ll have room for healthful foods. If you’re not steered in a junky direction by endorphins, you’ll eat more healthful foods. If you’re not eating the usual sugary treats, you may increase the fiber in your diet. If you’re eating wholesome foods, your B-vitamin intake may go up and change your brain chemistry completely. That’s an even more significant mood-booster than glucose.

So it’s up to you and always will be. Will you quit now or wait? Will you quit at all? All I’m saying is quitting sugar can help in these ways – and in several other ways that are not on this list of 10.

Wishing you great health, great moods, great energy, great success in quitting sugar.

High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar and Your Health – Sugar, an Unhealthy Necessity

All By Itself, Sugar Can Do You In.

If you enjoy experiencing bigger and better health problems, get, and keep, plenty of sugar in your diet. Eventually it will kill you. It’s not that sugar is all bad. We need it. We need enough to feed the cells in our body. But sugar, in the quantities most of us are consuming these days, lurks in the background as we experience its hedonistic pleasures, quietly chipping away at our vulnerable immune system and opening the door to arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis. Among other, equally serious illnesses.

It’s important to bear in mind the source of the sugar. Fruit has a lot of it. Vegetables have their share of it. Getting too much sugar from fruits and vegetables is a very remote possibility. But these days we’re being inundated with a source of sugar in a form that did not exist forty years ago. This stuff is everywhere! A hundred years ago, the average daily consumption of sugar was a bit less than one-quarter pound a day. Quite a leap up from 1700, when the average person only consumed about 4 pounds all year. Today we’re consuming double that, an average of a half pound of sugar every day! And for this we can thank the premiere discovery of the 70’s. That’s when the Japanese learned how to make high fructose corn syrup. And we’re effectively being forced to consume it whether we want it or not.

Look at the label on just about any processed food item you can pick up in your local market. Anyone doing so will be hard pressed to find a label that fails to list high fructose corn syrup among its ingredients. In the quantities we’re almost compelled to ingest it, this stuff is sheer poison! High Fructose Corn Syrup turns off the body’s regulating system that tells an individual to stop eating. The stuff makes us hungry, even when we’re not! HFCS It raises our uric acid levels, contributing to gout, heart disease, obesity, and hypertension. It’s cheap, it’s sweeter than table sugar, and it’s addictive, making it a marketer’s dream ingredient.

Ever wonder about the epidemic of childhood hypertension? Just about every soda you can think of is absolutely loaded with HFCS. The majority of Americans, and almost all kids, drink a lot of soda. The recommended amount of fructose to be consumed daily is 25 grams. That much fructose can be beneficial. The average can of soda contains 70 grams. How much do your kids drink? Never mind the “Lite” label. Look at the ingredients.

Fructose increases LDL cholesterol levels (the “bad” kind), and lowers HDL levels (the “good” kind). Fructose, in the quantities consumed today, has a multitude of toxic effects, including fatty liver disease, a condition usually associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Now, if you’re not convinced of all this, get off the stuff for about three months and see how much better you feel. Or would you rather indulge and continue to suffer?

5 Important Tips For Great Dental Health

It has never been easier to have great dental health. Products line the aisles of all grocery and drug stores each promising the result of a brilliant smile if their product is used. Toothpastes in every conceivable flavor along with toothbrushes of just about every design hang side by side. Dental floss is displayed in all sorts of configurations like waxed or unwaxed, flavored or unflavored along with dental floss holders. There is a multitude of mouthwashes each promising better breath than the next one along with killing all the germs in your mouth. If all of these products aren’t enough they are joined by teeth brighteners of every kind imaginable. Just when the average consumer feels overwhelmed by the choices of all of these products there is help out there. There are basic tips that can be followed to have great dental health. Here are 5 of them-

1. See a dentist at least once a year. While many dentists do recommend a twice yearly visit. This is not always possible. Yet by seeing your dentist at least once a year you can improve your odds for great dental health considerably. Dentists are equipped to take x-rays that will detect any possible problems before they become serious. In addition today’s dentist have a wide arsenal of tools to both fix and prevent dental problems. Sealants can be placed on adult teeth to prevent further exposure to decay. In addition many dentists employ dental hygienist on their staff who can treat teeth with fluoride and work with patients in establishing a good oral hygiene routine.

2. Brush your teeth at least twice daily. By selecting the correct toothbrush for your mouth and using it with fluoride toothpaste (especially important if fluoridation is not added to the water supply) you have the best weapons available in promoting great dental health. Brushing should occur for a minimum of 3-4 minutes at least twice daily. Children should be introduced to brushing early and learn to make it a part of their routine. It is never too early to start preventive measure in helping promote great dental health.

3. Floss at least once a day. This is often the most overlooked component in promoting great dental health. By diligently flossing bacteria can be removed from between the teeth before plaque can develop and cause dental decay. If there is concern or confusion on how to floss consulting a dental hygienist can be helpful.

4. Practice good dietary habits. By limiting the amount of sugar in the diet anyone can improve their dental health. Sugar sticks to the teeth allowing bacteria to form that develops into plaque and then begins the dental decay process. By limiting the amount of sugar in the diet this can improve dental health. Cakes, cookies and candy of all kinds should only be eaten in moderation. In addition anything sticky such as sugary breakfast bars, or foods that can stick to the teeth should be avoided or rinsed off the teeth immediately to prevent the sugar in them from damaging the teeth.

5. Take fluoride. Some communities have taken the preemptive step of having fluoridated water. If that is not available then a dentist can be consulted to determine the correct of amount of fluoride to use. Fluoride use should be considered seriously for all children but due to their constant growing will need to be monitored in amount.

By following these 5 tips anyone can improve their dental health. By using consistently good dental habits anyone can improve and maintain their dental health insuring themselves a lifetime of a healthy and shiny smile.