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Your Body on Sugar

          When I mention sugar, I don't mean from sweet fruits like bananas, apples and oranges that you may consume in your daily regimen. Sugar from fruit is called complex sugars, they are easily digestible to be converted into energy and they generally contain significant amounts of fiber which slows the rise in your blood sugar levels. This fact is not the same for refined sugars, the most dangerous of sugars.  From breads and candy to condiments like ketchup, many processed foods are loaded with refined sugars, such as High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Listed are some of the general costs on your major organs from consuming too much of these refined sugars on a consistent basis:

Your Skin: sugar breaks down collagen which accelerates aging and spikes inflammation which provokes conditions like acne, eczema, rosacea and allergic reactions.

Your Stomach: refined sugar throws off your gut health, interrupting the microbiome that inhabits your digestive tract and plays an essential role in your overall health.

Your Heart: too much sugar hardens arteries and weakens heart tissue, it is associated with heart disease and heart failure.

Your Brain: sugar spikes your brain’s reward center with dopamine, it can also impair cognitive skills. Some studies say it is more addictive than certain drugs like cocaine.

Your Liver: The liver converts extra sugar into fat. Overloading the liver with sugar is comparable to overloading it with alcohol; and will cause it to become resistant to insulin.

Your Kidneys: When your blood sugar is consistently too high it can damage blood vessels in your kidneys, too much sugar can cause the kidneys to spill sugar into the urine, which can cause permanent damage.

Your Pancreas: sugar triggers the pancreas to put insulin production into overdrive. If the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas are damaged, diabetes can arise. Excess sugar is also associated with pancreatic cancer.

Your Fertility: high blood sugar can cause hormonal disruption which impairs reproductive functions in both men and women.

Your Mouth: sugar left in the mouth for bacteria to feed on leads to tooth decay and gum disease.

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