So yes there are good and bad with all aspects of things. Lets start off with a making a very obvious and what we hope is well known statement, sugar is everywhere. For real, very few products do not contain sugar in one form or another. SO much that is actually accounts for 17% of the caloric intake of adults in the United States and 14% for children in the US.
Here are 8 Big Reasons why sugar is bad for you:
1. Increased Risk For Type II Diabetes
I am sure by now everyone has heard of the sugar and diabetes debacle. Some may know, some may not, but over the last 30 years Type II Diabetes has more than doubled. Now to be forthcoming is sugar the only reason for this. Not necessarily. Obesity is actually the highest risk factor for developing Type II Diabetes. Yes developing. This is not something you are given (that is Type I Diabetes, where it is genetic). So when thinking about this condition realize it is AVOIDABLE or what we discuss at our chiropractic office in San Diego, PREVENTABLE.
2. Can Cause Weight Gain
It has been considered by many as a main reason that our obesity rise is happening, that reason is sugar sweetened drinks. This can be juices, sodas, teas, etc. But regardless are sweetened via fructose, which is a simple sugar. When we have an increase or spike in fructose consumption, there is a higher chance your body will become resistant to a hormone known as leptin. This is a hormone that tells your body to stop eating, in essence regulates hunger. The sugar makes it taste good and you increase your caloric intake with those drinks, on top of causing your body to deregulate hunger.
3. Has Been Linked To Acne
Acne has been linked to diet for several years. Sugar is no different as it contributes to increase inflammation, oil secretion, and more that aid acne to develop. There is also several studies that support this claim. Here is a list from heathline of the 7 main foods leading to acne. It is important to know your diet and also how it affects you. What many people do not know is that our skin is our largest organ. It is actually a filtration organ as well as protection. What you see on the outward of our skin is actually directly linked to what is taking place on the inside. If there is toxins inside your body, it will show on the surface level as some point.
4. May Increase Your Risk Of Heart Disease
This is really where the wheels fell off as noted in the opening. This is the point where the world discovered how bad sugar can really be for you and how there was a huge payout to cover up research. Heart disease is actually the number one cause of death worldwide. There is actually a study of approximately 30,000 people that showed if you consumed over 17% of your daily calories from sugar you had a 38% increase in heart disease. One drink containing a "normal" amount of sugar can actually put you over the limit for daily consumption of added sugar.
5. May Increase Risk Of Depression
Depression is an absolutely hot topic right now. How many of us have met someone who committed suicide, thought about committing it, or maybe something far less stream, but deal with depression daily. There are thousands suffering and we dont even know it. Now some may question this link between sugar and depression, so here is a study that was done, that ultimately concluded its correlation. It was performed on 8,000 men and found that those who consumed over 67 grams of sugar a day were 23% more likely to develop and suffer from depression.
6. May Increase Risk Of Cancer
This is one that many may not realize. But it has been said that sugar feeds cancer cells. Yes of course everyone that is reading this develops cancer cells within their bodies every single day, but if our immune systems are functioning properly, then it will fight/destroy those foreign cells within our body. Sugar plays a crucial part in this because it increases obesity (risk factor for cancer). There was actually a study performed on 430,000 people where they linked consuming sugar to increased risk of esophageal cancer, pleural cancer, and cancer of the small intestine.
7. May Accelerate Aging Of Your Skin
SO now comes a time for a little more in depth look at our skin and sugar consumption. When sugar is consumed it reacts with our bodies proteins and forms what are known as AGEs or Advanced glycation end products. This have been linked to wrinkling our skin. What the AGEs do, are they damage our collagen and elastin. When these two properties are damaged it creates the skin to sag as it loses firmness.
8. Drains Your Energy
We have all heard of the notorious sugar rush as kids. How many times have we been told not to eat candy before bed or to not give any candy to ones nephew, cousin, families child, etc. All too much. Well sugar actually drains your energy. After that huge spike in blood sugar which will cause insulin to be released to help combat that spike. When we add sugar it ultimately lowers energy levels and if we eat sugar often to keep that higher level of energy imagine the swings of energy our bodies are going through.
But what the heck does chiropractic have to do with sugar. Sugar affects your body. It puts stress on your body to produce insulin, stresses your body to use that energy, to fight those foreign cells (cancer), drains your energy.
At our San Diego Chiropractic office, Gonstead Family Chiropractic, we look at what is causing our bodies to not handle stress well. Is it our nervous system stressed out that doesn't allow the body to determine the appropriate amounts of insulin to be released, do we have too many stressors within our body draining energy, when what it really needs is a system reset much like your iPhone or computer.
What if I told you some amazing side effects from getting chiropractic care were a better ability to handle stressors both external and internal ones, improved quality of sleep, more energy, and much more? Is that something that people would expect from one of the best chiropractors in San Diego?
It is very valuable to know what is stressing out our bodies so we can prevent further health consequences by simply sweeping them under the rug.
The biggest thing that was not even talked about is inflammation and how sugar allows your body to increase inflammation. The harmful affects of having inflammation in your body is bar none some of the worst you can imagine. The studies that are coming out about it should definitely be taken very seriously.
While inflammation can aid in developing health conditions, it also decreases the ability for your body to heal and adapt. The more inflammation in your body the less your body will be able to adapt to a chiropractic adjustment (ie the longer you will have pain). We always inform patients that while under care to drink more water (helps flush toxins), exercises (flushes the system as well), and work on diet to help the body adapt better to allow the adjustments to their spine hold longer and also be more effective.
Dr Zach Beatty, DC
Gonstead Family Chiropractic
Gonstead Chiropractor in San Diego