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Cutting Sugar Can Increase Your Mental and Physical Health

Cutting Sugar Can Increase Your Mental and Physical Health

Sugar is definitely one of the worst, if not the worst, culprit to your health. It has very little (if any) nutritional value and contributes to countless diseases worldwide. A diet low in sugar is the best way to increase your mental and physical health. Find out how you can get started on the road to recovery from sugar.

What Sugar Does

Natural sugars are found in most fruits and veggies, which is fine unless they are loaded with lots of chemicals. Many added sugars are the true culprit in our health conditions that keep popping up around the country and the world. Reading labels can give you a hint of what foods sugar is included in these days by knowing the hidden names for it:

  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Maltose
  • Sucrose
  • Glucose
  • Lactose

Added sugars extracted from natural sources can be harmful when consumed in excess, including: beet sugar, rice syrup, cane sugar, honey, maple syrup, and molasses. Whether or not they come from a lab, food manufacturers utilize added sugars to increase the palatability and heighten reward to the consumer. The increase of added sugars may be the result of ‘low fat’ diets where food processing comes into play.

Body’s Response

When the body responds to the introduction of sugar, insulin is produced that moves sugar out of blood into the body’s cells. This is a great thing because sugar fuels cellular activity. This helps produce energy for running, jumping, and other activities we love to do. Too much insulin can  wreak havoc on the body and increase the risk of diabetes.

Get Started

If you’re wondering how to get started or eat a healthier, low sugar diet, look no further. These suggestions can help you be on the way to a better plan for getting your health (and blood sugar) on track.

  • Eat breakfast with healthy fats and protein
  • Eat early and often to manage blood sugar by eating smaller meals
  • Favor whole, unprocessed foods closer to their original form when grown
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eliminate stress from your body by doing meditation, yoga, and other practices to support lower stress
  • Eat only a little sugar in a healthy context like celebrations and big moments rather than on a consistent basis

Eating sugar by itself is not going to kill you. What can kill you over time is doing it too much, too often, and not paying attention to how your body feels. Cutting back on sugar is easier at first than cutting it out and can help your body process other nutrients it needs to thrive. We will help you find what you need with our nutritional counseling and addiction recovery support team. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401