The Destructive Sugar Impact
The largest source of calories for individuals living in industrialized nations comes from sugar. Sugar increases insulin levels which promote fat accumulation and inflammation throughout the body (1). This article will cover the destructive sugar impact on the body and healthy alternatives you can use instead.
Sugar consumption and elevated insulin accelerate the aging process and create an environment conducive to degenerative disease (2). This article dives into the destructive sugar impact on the various tissues and physiological processes of the body.
The Chemistry of Sugar
The chemistry of sugar is based on the number of carbohydrates and includes monosaccharides, disaccharides and oligosaccharides. The most important monosaccarides are glucose, dextrose, and fructose. The primary difference in these deals with the way they are digested and metabolized. Glucose and dextrose are basically the same form of sugar. Many sugars can be identified by their characteristic “ose” ending.
Many of these sugars also combine to form complex sugars such as sucrose. Sucrose, typical table sugar, is a disaccharide (2 sugar forms) that is half glucose and half fructose. Meanwhile, high fructose corn syrup is 55% fructose and 45% glucose.
Massive Increase in Sugar Consumption
In the year 1700, the average individual consumed about 4 pounds of sugar each year. In 1800, it was about 18 pounds of sugar per year. In 1900, the average person ate 90 pounds of sugar per year (3). In 2018, the average individual consumes 150 pounds of sugar per year. Half of our society consumes ½ pound of sugar per day. Most of this is in unnatural, man-made forms such as sucrose and high fructose corn syrup.
Most forms of sugar (other than fructose based sources) metabolize quickly in the body into a simple glucose form. This glucose is then funneled into cells by the hormone insulin. This process is performed very well in our bodies when the cells are kept sensitive to the circulating insulin.
Lifestyle behaviors that lead to chronically elevated blood sugar and insulin levels cause a cellular resistance to insulin. These behaviors include excessive sugar intake, processed foods and sedentary lifestyle. Elevated blood sugar and insulin cause excessive free radical damage and inflammation throughout the body (4).
The Major Problems with Elevated Sugar:
- The sugar impact damages the immune system and reduces its functional ability.
- Dehydrates the cells and depletes the body of critical electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, & sodium leading to cell death and chronic muscle spasms.
- Depletes the body of chromium, copper, & zinc and other trace minerals that help sensitize cells to insulin. This further accelerates cell membrane insulin resistance
- Induces cancer cell division and proliferation and inhibits mechanisms that slow down tumor growth and inhibit cancer cell apoptosis (programed cell death)
- Creates tissue damaging Advanced Glycation Enzymes (AGE’s)
- The Sugar Impact depletes the body of anti-oxidants such as glutathione, vitamin C & vitamin E.
- Inhibits Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and elevates cortisol levels
- Inhibits cellular protein synthesis which results in dysfunctional bone, muscle, and joint chemistry. This accelerates the risk of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and chronic muscle and joint pain.
- Promotes the growth of pathogenic bacteria and parasites such as Candida and other yeast like organisms. This also depletes the body of good bacteria and can lead to chronic infections in the gut, respiratory tissue and sinuses.
- The sugar impact leads to obesity, elevated triglycerides, abnormal LDL:HDL cholesterol levels, elevated arterial inflammatory risk factors.
- Opens up the blood brain barrier, depletes the brain of trace mineral stores and allows toxins and other heavy metals to accumulate in brain tissue.
- Destroys nerves leading to chronic pain, neuropathies, vision disorders, and accelerated organ dysfunction.
In the last 100 years, sugar consumption has skyrocketed. More addictive than cocaine, sugar alters brain chemistry and hijacks your health — causing craving and withdrawal symptoms, binging and weight gain.
Today, the average American consumes at least a half-pound of sugar per day (that’s 130 pounds every year!) — directly contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cancer and other health problems.
Be sure to check out my discussion where I talk about how to stop sugar cravings and get the benefits of nutritional ketosis to reduce inflammation and pain and stimulate fat burning, enhance brain health and energy levels. In this presentation I show you 3 easy steps to get rid of cravings and start burning fat today!
What To Expect at The Get Off Your Sugar Summit
Your host, Dr. Daryl Gioffre, has personally struggled with and healed from sugar addiction and pre-diabetes. He became a health advocate after witnessing his father struggle with sugar addiction and cancer.
He vowed to do everything in his power to prevent people from suffering the way that his father did. He created The Get Off Your Sugar Summit to illuminate sugar’s insidious effects and share how to kick the sugar habit.
Dr. Gioffre is here to help you understand and combat the symptoms of sugar addiction.
The Get Off Your Sugar Summit could help you with:
+ Overcoming grain and sugar addiction
+ Dietary shifts to mitigate sugar’s effects
+ Tips and techniques for making healthier decisions
+ Finding hidden sugars in everyday foods
+ Getting your kids off sugar
+ Transitioning from sugar burning to fat burning
+ Creating gut health
+ And more!
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