So many years ago, sugar was categorize as a condiment that was quite hard to obtain. Those who could add it to their coffee or tea are even considered as lucky person.
Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (USCF) said that until the mid of the 18th to 19th century, suger was still extraordinarily expensive.
The fact that it priced quite high may be a blessing in disguise as it made most people unable to consume it excessively. And that’s where the problem lies. Dr. Lustig said that when consume in excess, sugar will act as a chronic, dose-dependent liver toxins (poison). It is undeniable that the growth of sugar industry in U.S. also followed by the increment of chronic metabolic disease in this area.
Compare to the old days where sugar was considered as luxury condiment, people in today’s era consume 20 times more sugar and have very little control over the amount since this condiment has now become a dietary staple. Even most beverages contain a low to moderate amount of sugar.
Does Sugar Really Bad For Your Liver?
The main problem with sugar or any other processed fructose if that your liver has a limited capacity to metabolize it.
According to Dr. Lustig, youcan only metabolize around six teaspoon of sugar every day and this is where the problem comes into play. Most American can consume up to 20 teaspoon of sugar in a day. This cause the excessive sugar turn converted body fat and in the end turn into some chronic metabolic disease such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dementia, and cancer.
Sugarscience.org, a product of Dr. Lustig reviewed more than 8,000 independent studies on sugar and its effect in type 2 diabetes, heart disease, live and many more.
The result showed how sugar can damaged critical organs including pancreas and live which can make the body fail to regulate blood sugar properly. In the end, it will cause some metabolic syndrome like high cholesterol, high blood fats or triglycerides, high blood pressure, and extra body fats that stored in the sugar belly.
How High Blood Sugar Levels Can Cause Kidney Damage
You need to know that your body can only take one teaspoon of sugar in your blood. Once the sugar level increase into one tablespoon, you will face the risk of hyperglycemic coma and even dying.
In order to prevent this problem, your body works very hard to produce insulin to keep your blood sugar at the appropriate level. Consuming meals or snack which are high in grain and sugar carbohydrates will rapidly rise the blood glucose.
To lower your blood sugar and keep you from dying, your pancreas secretes insulin into your blood stream. However, the way insulin lowering your blood sugar is by turning it into fat. This means the more insulin secreted, the fatter you become.
Consuming high amount of sugar and grains in your diet will make your blood glucose level to be correspondingly high and will make your body become “desensitized” to insulin. If it happens, your body will need more and more insulin to get the job done. In the end, you would become resistant of insulin and develop diabetic.
However, recent study found that the impact of elevated blood sugar / insulin cycle start to occur before insulin resistance sets in. According to the study, people with slightly elevated blood sugar level have higher risk (up to 95%) of kidney disease that is often associated with abnormal blood filtration and more albumin in their urine
Those person also has 83% higher risk of having elevated albumin in their urine which is a sign of early kidney damage. Past research also showed how this type of people scored lower on memory test.
Type 2 Diabetes is linked To Higher Risk of Dementia
Other than keeping your blood sugar normal, insulin also plays role in brain signaling. In one animal study, researchers successfully induce many of the characteristic brain changes seen in Alzheimer’s disease (confusion, disorientation, lack ability to learn and remember) by disrupting the proper signal of insulin in the brain.
It indicates that the same pathological process that cause resistance to insulin and leptin and type 2 diabetes may also affect your brain.
The over-indulge on sugar and grains makes your brain overwhelmed by consistently high level of insulin and in the end will make insulin and leptin level and signaling become disrupted which cause impairment and memory abilities which could lead to permanent brain damage. That’s why new study published in Diabetes Care discovered how type 2 diabetes linked to 60% increased risk of dementia.
Study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2013 showed how a mild elevation of blood sugar can cause increase risk for dementia.
Dr. David Permutter, a neurologist and author of the book “Brain Maker” and “Grain Brain” concluded that Alzheimer’s disease mostly linked to lifestyle and that anything that promotes resistance to insulin will also increase the rich of Alzheimer.
Hedonic Hunger: How Junk Foods Make Your Brain Craving For Foods.
The term hedonic hunger is relatively new. It explain the desire for food when your body doesn’t actually need it. The increasing rates of obesity in the U.S. is pretty much attributed to this phenomenon which most of the time involves craving for highly palatable foods that contains a lot of sugar and unhealthy fats.
Actually, the calorie-dense food can provide survival advantage when food’s not always available like long ago in the past. But nowadays, this is no longer an issue for many of us. Even so, your body still respond the same way when you taste extremely sweet foods.
As a result, the more you eat junk food, the more your body becomes used to them and needs more of them to give you’re the same pleasurable feelings, similar to the addiction of drugs. In the end, to maintain the feeling of well-being, you may have to eat junk food.
Research has shown that the brain respond to fatty and sugary food even before they enter your mouth and as soon as the dish touches the tongues, it gives an intense feeling of pleasure. Overeating highly palatable foods frequently will make the brain demand more sugar and fat
Redesign Your Food Environment to Break Junk Food Craving
For people addicted to junk food, the treatment will require more than just will power. Some experts advise to redesign your food environment for this issue. It means you should not eat junk food or even get close to venues that sell it if necessary.
This may be hard at first, but it all will be pay off because the less sugar you eat, the sooner
How to Break Free From Sugar Addiction
To reach optimal health condition, you need to eliminate excess sugar from your diet. Most people who eat sugar are struggling with sugar addiction. One way to control your sweet habit is by doing Turbo Tapping energy psychology technique.
Most processed food contain high level if sugar so you need to minimize consumption for this type of food. If you’re resistant to insulin/leptin, have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or are overweight, it is advisable for you to limit the intake of your total fructose/sugar to 15 grams per day.
While for the rest, the recommendation of daily fructose consumption is up to 25 grams. However, limiting the intake of processed food alone is not enough to achieve optimal health condition. Here are some other ways to eliminate your sugar craving:
Exercise: Intense exercise on a regular basis is the best remedy for food craving. A good workout can help you control your appetite, especially for sweets. You’ll see that your crave for sweet decrease dramatically after a good work out. Most likely, it is related to a dramatic reduction in insulin level that happens after exercise. Moreover, not consuming sugar or fruits before, during and after exercise will help maintain your sugar level.
Organic black coffee: As a potent opioid receptor antagonist, coffee contains compounds like cafestrol which can be found in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. IT will bind to your opioid, occupy them and block your addiction to other opioid releasing foods. This can reduce the addictive power of sugar.
Sour taste: Sour taste you get from cultured vegetables can help in reducing sweet craving. So start to add lemon or lime juice to your water.
The combination of healthy diet and exercise can help you to break free from sugar addiction and help you protect your liver, brain and achieve optimal health condition.
Source: Healthy Holistic Living