Recently, being blessed with two weeks of furlough from the joys of education, I came home to intense cravings of sugar. No matter how good my initial intentions were, I succumbed to all the available baked goodies that were prepared and placed in my freezer for Christmas. At first I actually felt rejuvenation as my body began to heal from weeks of classroom stress. Bits of fatigue and uneasiness began to slip away. After a few days of a few treats here and there, I noticed increased sensitivity and compounded flare-ups in various areas of my body. I can tell you it was all downhill from there as I wondered if I was relapsing into my initial state of despair when this illness first began. Then I was hit with a obscure thought. Maybe it was the sugar I had been consuming! I decided immediately to revert back to Phase II Symptom Maintenance, the daily diet plan with proven relief. Within two days my body was free of most pain and fatigue.
There is a vast sea of research suggesting that consumption of sugar is wrecking havoc on our lives. Science has now shown us, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that sugar in your food, in all its myriad of forms, is taking a devastating toll on your health. The single largest source of calories for Americans comes from
sugar—specifically high fructose corn syrup. Just take a look at the sugar consumption trends of the past 300 years:
* In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
* In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
* In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per yea.
*In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar PER
DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!
Sugar is loaded into your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods—from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. Think again if you are now linking this only to baked goods and candy. It is time to take an inventory of everything you ingest each day.
25 Common Effects of Sugar for Fibromyalgia:
- Sugar can suppress your immune system.
- Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body
- Sugar can increase reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage cells and tissues.
- Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and crankiness.
- Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.
- Sugar causes a decline in tissue elasticity and function the more sugar you eat, the more elasticity and function you lose.
- Sugar interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium.
- Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
- Sugar can lead to an acidic digestive tract.
- Sugar can cause arthritis.
- Sugar assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).
- Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E in the blood.
- Sugar causes food allergies.
- Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
- Sugar can make tendons more brittle.
- Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
- Sugar can cause dyspepsia (indigestion).
- Sugar can cause depression.
- Sugar can decrease emotional stability.
- Sugar can slow the ability of the adrenal glands to function.
- Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the bloodstream.
- Sugar induces salt and water retention.
- Sugar can contribute to memory loss.
- Sugar can affect central reward systems.
- Sugar causes inflammation.
The fact is many diseases result from eating too many sweets. Thankfully, our bodies are quite forgiving. The good news is that you often can reverse or halt damage caused by sugar. Most chronic ailments can be managed effectively by just reducing your amount of sugar intake. Try a two week sugar-free diet and see what reprieve you find in doing so.