Yes, sugar is delicious and tempting and even comforting but sugar-related illnesses are on the rise. Consuming too much sugar is deadly for your health, your mind and your waistline.
Diabetes, dementia and some cardio-vascular problems are just some of the serious chronic diseases connected to this sweet white poison. Sometimes, people’s personal experiences can be more persuasive than the gray scientific data. So here’s a story about a woman who gave up sugar and saw her life change for the better.
Sarah Wilson was suffering from Hashimoto’s disease, an auto-immune condition of the thyroid. She decided to go sugar-free in January 2011 as a part of her pro-active treatment program. After eliminating the sweet stuff from her diet, Sarah experienced a number of health improvements, some connected to her chronic condition and others of a more general type.
1.Better managed auto-immune condition
When illness strikes many people decide to adjust their diets. When Sarah decided to go sugar-free her hormones returned within normal ranges and she has zero thyroid antibodies. That alone was worth the effort!
White sugar is an acidic-forming food and it pushes the body into a state of chronic low-grade inflammation. Chronic inflammation is the source of many diseases and bad health conditions, such as cancer, heart problems and obesity.
One of the first things Sarah rejoiced about, was her skin. After only 2 weeks of being sugar-free, her skin softened and became less puffy and wrinkly.
Sugar influences the aging process by reacting with proteins and making the collagen and elastin structures less stretchy and durable.
3.No more food cravings
Quitting sugar stopped the annoying food cravings caused by sugar crashes. Sarah noticed that after five weeks of her new diet the desire for guilty pleasures was gone, and by week 6, she was eating 3 times a day and was in control of her meals. She calls this ‘food freedom’.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have any desserts. Plenty of delicious treats can be made sugar-free.
When Sarah’s hormones were balanced, she started losing pounds that she couldn’t shed before. Within 6 months, she lose 30 pounds (13.5 kilos) of excess weight. And the changes were long lasting.
5.End to constant mood swings
Mood swings, can often be a result of imbalanced hormones. Before, she was battling insomnia, anxiety and depression. After cutting on sugar and welcoming healthy fats, proteins and veggies, she not only felt more balanced in herself, but also experienced a boost in her energy levels.
6.Better pain control
Pain and joint pain, probably connected with sugar-caused inflammation, disappeared as well. Finally, Sarah was pain free.