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50 Reasons You Should Cut Out the Sugar

Well I haven’t gone on a sugar rant for a couple months now, so it’s that time once again to remind and reinforce… As you may have heard me say before in one way or another, cutting sugar from the diet is probably “the” most important step for either improving your physical, emotional and spiritual health or protecting it in the future. Right along with pesticides, sugar is the most destructive substance you can have in your diet.

However, despite this fact, it is an issue that many people I work with struggle the most. Even when we get beyond the aspect of denial, there is a great deal of resistance and rationalization to make this change. They make excuses for why they can’t, tell me it’s too hard or they minimize the seriousness of the issue. Sounds just like an alcoholic or drug addict doesn’t it? Quite frankly that’s because addiction is exactly what we are dealing with.

Sugar is an addictive drug. It is a poison and has no place in the diet of a human being. The first step that must take place in recovery from sugar addiction is to find motivation to remove it from your life. One of the best places to begin instilling motivation is by facing these facts head on. Here are 50 more:

  1. Sugar is the number one addiction in society today – it is as addictive as cocaine and heroin
  2. Sugar impacts the brain in the same manner as alcohol and hard drugs like cocaine
  3. It is a major cause of depression, mood swings, anxiety disorders, OCD, hyperactivity and/or attention deficit, mania, and most mental health disorders
  4. Sugar weakens your immune system
  5. It impairs cognitive functioning and memory
  6. Plays a major role in obesity or unwanted weight gain
  7. Is the leading cause of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance
  8. Sugar, not fat, is the primary factor in the development of heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure
  9. Creates nutritional deficiencies
  10. Impairs the nervous system
  11. A leading cause of insomnia and sleep disturbances
  12. Can cause gallstones, kidney stones and appendicitis
  13. Disrupts the friendly flora in the gastrointestinal tract
  14. A major cause of acne
  15. It results in a fatty liver, which leads to poor liver functioning and even end stage liver disease
  16. Makes the body too acidic
  17. Triggers outbursts of anger, aggression and even violence
  18. Leads to hypoglycemia
  19. Destroys the endocrine system and deletes the adrenal glands
  20. Sugar disrupts neurotransmitter functioning
  21. Leads to cancer – cancer cells love sugar
  22. Impairs the colon
  23. Can cause blood clots
  24. Disrupts the gastrointestinal tract and results in numerous GI disorders like indigestion, heart burn etc.
  25. Triggers asthma attacks
  26. A frequent cause of headaches and migraines
  27. Plays a significant part in eating disorders
  28. Sugar puts excessive stress on the bodies organs and systems
  29. Throws hormones out of balance
  30. Impairs concentration and problem solving abilities
  31. Makes you irritable, edgy, jittery
  32. Can be a root factor in Crohn’s, irritable bowel, colitis, hemorrhoids and other bowel disorders
  33. Contributes to intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut
  34. Disrupts the metabolic system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, gastrointestinal system and immune system
  35. Is one of the major causes of Candida overgrowth
  36. Sugar is a root instigator and perpetuator of compulsive overeating and food addiction
  37. Disrupts spiritual health and feelings of well-being
  38. A frequent cause of arthritis and joint pain
  39. Can trigger autoimmune diseases like MS, rheumatoid, etc.
  40. A root cause of inflammation
  41. Impairs your ability to handle stress
  42. Disturbs peace of mind and interferes with meaning and purpose in life
  43. Sugar addiction is the gateway drug that leads to addiction to alcohol and harder drugs
  44. Contributes to osteoporosis
  45. Damages the kidneys and pancreas
  46. May result in premature aging
  47. Is a primary cause of gout
  48. Impairs digestion
  49. Can weaken eyesight
  50. Of course we all know it leads to tooth decay and periodontal disease

We could go on and on all day. There are literally hundreds of detrimental effects to the human body and mind from the consumption of sugar. As a matter of fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any condition that sugar does not either create or perpetuate. Even the American Diabetes Association says it is one of the top three causes of degenerative disease in America.

The negative effects of sugar on both mind, body and sprit are so profound, that by making this one single change of cutting sugar from your diet there can be powerful and immediate improvements in physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Additionally, this is a simple and affordable self-care strategy that does not cost you anything or require a visit to the doctor, special equipment, prescriptions or supplementation. You hold an incredible amount of power within your hands simply by making better choices in the foods you consume.

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