On Day 1 of this Essential Cleanse I started a couple weeks ago they shared a list of 12 things you want to avoid in your diet. Over the next 12 days I thought it would be fun to do a post each day and focus on one of the items. I encourage you to slowly try and work your way to eliminating each one out of your diet. Ready?
Day 1- Refined Sugar
white and brown sugars
high fructose corn syrup
evaporated cane juice
5 Reasons to Avoid Sugar
1. Sugar makes us hungry.
Sugar lurks not just in soda, candy or cakes; it’s also in alcoholic beverages, sweetened teas and coffees. Because refined flours quickly convert to sugar, they create a similar reaction. When we eat these things, our blood sugar rises. This signals the pancreas to release insulin, which is needed to deliver glucose from the blood into the cells, and therefore lowers blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels drop, this signals the body that it is hungry, so we tend to reach for that quick fix again.
2. Sugar makes us moody and sluggish.
When the blood sugar gets low, so does our energy and mood; some people might even get shaky and lightheaded. Naturally, we’ll want to reach for something that will boost our energy and make us “happy” and energized again, which puts us on a “sugar roller coaster.”
3. Excess sugar is stored as fat.
When insulin is released, it signals the body to store excess calories as fat — so sugar promotes the storage of fat in the body. Eating a lot of sugar and carbs over time makes the body resistant to insulin, so more of it has to be released to get the job done. And when there’s more insulin, there will be more signals to store the glucose as fat. Increased fat stores (especially around the midsection) is a major contributing factor to developing heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases.
4. Sugar Ages us.
Sugar creates something called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), which damages the collagen and elastin in our skin, thereby sagging it and making it look more wrinkled. Ditch the sweets and the skin can recover some of its youthful glow again.
5. Sugar impacts our immune system.
When we eat something sweet, the pancreas releases insulin to reduce the elevated blood sugar and deliver it to the cells. Insulin inhibits the release of human growth hormone, which depresses the immune, making us less equipped to fight off infections and viruses. Sugar also raises our risk of many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.