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4 Reasons to Reduce Your Sugar Intake

By Virginia Laird

Have you ever wondered what you can do to improve your health? The answer may be easier than expected. Reducing sugar in the diet can have a great impact on a person's health. Research has long suggested that sugar can cause harmful side effects. Although sugar may bring pleasure to the taste buds, that is the only pleasure it provides for the body. Some of the issues caused by sugar consumption include:

  • Cardiovascular disease can be brought about by sugar
  • Sugar can exhaust the body
  • Mental activity can be interrupted
  • Effects of sugar are costly

Cardiovascular Disease Can be Brought About by Sugar

Sugar causes the body to have an unbalanced metabolism as well as hormones, including insulin. This can lead to higher blood sugar levels. One of the greatest causes to higher blood pressure is consuming too much sugar. Research suggests this is even a greater cause than salt. High blood pressure can take a toll on the heart, leading to disease or even heart failure. Reducing sugar in the diet can help prevent these problems.

Sugar Can Exhaust the Body

Too much sugar can tire the body. Have you ever eaten a large meal then felt the onset of "food coma"? Balancing a meal is the best way to fight food-caused fatigue. Try eating protein and vegetables to help keep this slowing of the body at bay. Reducing sugar from the diet can help to improve a person's energy level. Eating the right balance of protein and vegetables can keep the body full of energy all day.

Mental Activity Can be Disrupted

Much research proves that as blood sugar is over the top, the brain is affected. Many may find it is more difficult to stay focused. This can be in part to the exhaustion of the body as well as the lack of the ability to focus. Many may not know much about the imbalance of blood sugar (unless diabetic) however, understanding how an imbalance of blood sugar can affect the body is important.

Effects of Sugar are Costly

A candy bar may not cost much more than a dollar, however a cavity can set you back hundreds. A trip to the dentist or doctor due to the overconsumption of sugar (over time) can end up costing thousands. Reducing your sugar intake can help keep cavities, diabetes and other sugar-related health issues at bay.

I am not suggesting or advocating the elimination of sugar from the diet altogether, but reducing the consumption could improve your health.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Surprise, Ariz.

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