Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Break the sugar addiction and give your body what it needs !

Did you know your sugar addiction can be causing a WHOLE lot of other issues ? When you eat too much sugar, you are eating empty calories, increasing your blood glucose and insulin spikes, and increased risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. However, the real problem is that the sugar may cause nutrient deficiencies. Sugar can actually reduce the rate at which your body absorbs other nutrients it needs or depletes them completely.eating too much sugar can induce deficiencies. Even when our overall micronutrient intake appears to be adequate.
If your suffering from sugar addiction, you might want to check the below to see what your body is lacking!
Vitamin D
- Vitamin D comes mainly from the sun. However, with work indoors, it's hard for people to get enough of this nutrient. Increased sugar intake in the form of fructose may decrease the amount of Vitamin D your body absorbs. Fructose can enhance the breakdown of vitamin D in the kidneys while also impairing the body’s ability to synthesize it. The result is a reduction in vitamin D levels, and the potential for the harmful effects of deficiency increase the risk of infection, higher risk of autoimmunity, increased rates of certain cancers, and overall lower immune function.
-Calcium is known for supporting skeletal health which includes bones and teeth, as well as assisting in blood coagulation and acting as an electrolyte helping nerves send signals and muscles contract. But, calcium is another nutrient negatively impacted by a high sugar intake!
-Magnesium is important because it helps regulate muscle and nerve function, making protein, building bone, synthesizing DNA, and regulating blood sugar levels, magnesium is required by literally every organ in our bodies. In other words, it’s pretty important W!hen magnesium levels are too low, blood sugar regulation can also be impaired setting the stage for even greater magnesium depletion due to the higher levels of glucose in the blood!
-Chromium is a trace mineral involved in macronutrient metabolism and blood sugar control, and although we only need small amounts of it to be healthy, a high sugar intake can increase the likelihood of deficiency. Consuming excessive amounts of simple sugars causes more chromium to be excreted in the urine.
Vitamin C
-Did you know humans can't synthesis Vitamin C? The reason is due to a mutation in the GULO (gulonolactone oxidase) gene, which codes a protein needed for converting glucose into vitamin C .Both glucose and vitamin C use the same transporters to enter cells, and research has shown that high levels of glucose (whether in the intestines or in the blood) can slow down or limit the absorption of vitamin C by our bodies.
The takeaway isn’t to avoid anything containing sugar, but to focus on whole foods whenever possible, and emphasize nutrient-dense sources of sugar like berries and = molasses when you do want something sweet!
referencd: The Paleo Mom

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