Sugar and the Body

Contrary to what our taste buds lead us to believe, the consumption of sugar does far more harm than it does good. From ketchup to bread, sugar is often found in even the most unexpected products that we consume on a day to day basis. Most people rely on quick and easy meals and snacks that are ideal for a busy life, which typically contain excessive amounts of sugar, and thus accounts for a large portion of daily calorie intake. Consuming high amounts of sugar has been normalized and the unnecessary addition of processed sugar to most products is not even questioned or talked about. Yet, what we don’t know about sugar can hurt us.

Not only can a high sugar diet contribute to weight gain, but can also lead to increased sickness and risk for disease. Quickly after sugar is absorbed into the body, the immune system is weakened and struggles to fight off the bacteria that it is almost constantly exposed to, making the possibility of contracting a sickness and disease that much easier. The main type of sugar that is generally found in processed foods, is fructose, which suppresses the bodies production of leptin, the hormone responsible for regulating the feeling of hunger and satiety. Leptin works by sending signals to the brain, telling the body when to eat and when to stop eating (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4443321), but with a low production of leptin, the brain doesn’t have the proper resources needed to tell the body when it is full. As a result, the body will have an unsatisfiable feeling of hunger, leading to increased eating, and in turn, weight gain. Additionally, high sugar diets cause inflammation as well as high blood sugar, blood pressure, and triglycerides, all of which are the leading causes of heart disease. Likewise, sugar feeds the cancer cells that naturally live within the body, increasing the risk of all types of cancer.

Aside from the detrimental effects that sugar has on the bodies physical health, the effects that it has on ones mental health are arguably just as damaging. Although consuming a sweet treat quickly raises endorphins in the moment, it leads to decreased energy and an increased risk of depression, as blood sugar rises quickly and drops substantially.

Though the occasional consumption of sugar will not cause immediate death, excessive sugar intake will certainly cause a rapid decline on both the bodies physical and mental health.

Decreasing the consumption of sugar in a high sugar diet is not an easy task, but should be attempted whenever possible.

To do so:

• Focus on eating more home cooked meals rather than fast food.

•Choose meals high in protein and vegetables and low in carbs.

•Substitute soda for water, herbal teas, and seltzer water.

•Try using stevia in place of white sugar.

•Replace candy with frozen fruit or trail mix.

•Choose dark chocolate sweetened with stevia instead of milk chocolate (Lily’s has the BEST stevia sweetened chocolate chips and chocolate bars).

•Use oil and vinegar in place of sugary salad dressings.

•BE DETERMINED TO DISCOVER A HEALTHIER YOU

Published by highway2heal

I am 19 years old and have struggled with my health for as long as I can remember. I often wondered why God allowed me to be filled with so much sickness, including polycystic ovarian syndrome, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, an autoimmune disease known as Hashimotos, and more food allergies than I can even remember. Yet, I have recently discovered the power that everything we eat, touch, and breathe has on the human body, both positive and negative. I have learned that God allowed me to be sick so that I could help others to get better. I hope that through my blog, you are encouraged, feel less alone, and discover a healthier you.

10 thoughts on “Sugar and the Body

  1. Love the look of your blog. It feels calm and serene. Your description of how we have normalized high sugar consumption hit the nail on the head! The bullet point list of suggestions was clear and informative. I think you may have accidentally stated this point backward though: •Substitute soda for water, herbal teas, and seltzer water.
    I’m looking forward to seeing you expand your “tips” section! Looks like it could be helpful!

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  2. Mikayla, I really enjoy the style of your design, it definitely makes me feel calm going through the blog. Adding the tips was a fun touch to the layout and I can’t wait to see more. I would love to see recipes to go along with food pictures you provided as they look super yummy. Great blog!

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  3. Mikayla, I really enjoyed the style of your design, it definitely makes me feel calm going through the blog. Adding the tips section was a fun touch to the layout and I can’t wait to see more. I would love to see recipes that go along with your food pictures you provided as they look super yummy. Great blog!

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  4. Good evening! I absolutely love the look and the topic of your blog. It is a topic that can reach almost everyone. For me reading this and trying to be healthier myself I really enjoyed the information you provided. Lastly, the about you article was a very good read. It was very personal and it touched home. Great Job!

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  5. Hi Mikayla,
    I love your blog design, the colors compliment the healing theme very well. It was great reading about the story behind this blog, truly an inspiration.

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  6. Overall, I love the site design. Especially the colours. The brown text over the dark background makes it easier to read.

    As a long-term care nurse, I often see the end result of poor diets, and it is depressing. Blogs such as this are so important in educating people on how to stay healthy. Are you considering posting recipes?

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  7. I really like the look of your blog, the colors give it a really chill vibe. I also really like the setup of your post. you explain the points that you make with scientific sources then provide tips for people if they feel like dropping sugar is right for them. I had never heard of stevia, I’ll have to look into it.

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