To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE
Dr. Corinne: Part 2 of The Harmful Effects of Sugar, and How to Detox From It Safely
Dr. Corinne Weaver : Jan 17, 2020 DrCorinneWeaver.com
Changing your eating habits and taking control of your health requires a lot of effort but it is incredibly rewarding. You will experience a higher quality of life, maintain a healthy weight, have more natural energy, and can prevent serious illness!
Your immune system is responsible for defending your body against illness. That's a big deal! So, for your immune system to be compromised, you are putting yourself in danger of pathogens that can make you very sick. (Image: Pixabay)
According to a study through Loma Linda University, 100 grams of sugar can make your white blood cells 40 percent less effective in killing germs. On top of already putting your body in a stressed and irritated state, sugar directly affects your mainline of defense against disease!
The most alarming part about this is that the sugar's crippling effects stay present in your system for up to 5 hours after you eat it!
It's hard to believe that something that is so prevalent in our everyday diets can cause cancer. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it's true. Cancer is uncontrolled growth and the multiplication of cells. It is also one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
How is sugar related, you ask?
Insulin. Insulin is one of the main hormones responsible for regulating the growth of these cells. It has been concluded that having constantly elevated insulin levels can indeed contribute to cancer.
Do you remember what I had said about insulin and sugar? Consuming sugar raises insulin levels. Now there is a considerable amount of evidence how this contributes to cancer risk and progression.
Here are some additional readings.
Sugar also affects our brain quite significantly. Studies have shown that sugar literally slows down the brain's function, hinders new learning, and decreases memory recall. There are also strong connections of high sugar intake and the prevalence of depression and anxiety.
What do you think of when you think of a sugar crash? Is it irritability, decreased mood, brain fog, and fatigue? Now imagine that not going away!
Foods rich in sugar disrupt our brain's neurotransmitters that work to stabilize our moods. However, if we are continually disrupting the function of these receptors, we no longer have the inherent control over our moods as we usually do. According to Dr. Kharrazian, a functional medicine expert and author, this is a huge contribution to chronic depression.
Watch this great video on how sugar affects your brain to learn more:
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter responsible for controlling the reward and pleasure responses of the brain. When you eat a lot of sugar, a massive amount of dopamine is released in your brain. As you continue to consume sugar, the dopamine receptors become less powerful, making the response less effective.
More sugar is needed to create that same euphoric, dopamine reaction. This continues into a vicious cycle, much like what happens with drug addictions.
In fact, a popular study proved the addictive qualities in sugar with rats and Oreos. The pleasure regions of (previously drug addicted) rats' brains were significantly more active when exposed to Oreo cookies compared to cocaine.
(More information on this study is here)
A later study showed that the brains of people with "food addiction" reacted to sugar the same way as drug addicts react to drugs. This is truly proof that sugar can take over our brain chemistry and deliberately make us crave and eat more of it.
While sugar is very obviously a negative contribution to our health and lives, not all sugars are created equally. Some are much worse for us than others, and of course, vice versa.
If possible, avoid these products:
This chemical sweetener is best known for its appearance in diet sodas. Some people can tolerate it well in the short term, while others report migraines and digestive distress. Regardless of the initial reaction, aspartame has been proved pretty dangerous in isolated situations. For example, the University of Liverpool conducted a study where aspartame was mixed with a common food coloring. The result was clear toxicity to brain cells! Additionally, researchers found that when aspartame breaks down, it creates formaldehyde, a well-known carcinogen. Eeek!
Sucralose, commonly known as the brand name Splenda, is processed using chlorine! Researchers are also finding that the waste of those consuming this "sugar" can't be broken down in wastewater treatment centers. Imagine what that means for INSIDE our bodies!
-High Fructose Corn Syrup
This one may be a bit more challenging to avoid. HFCS is in almost everything. This sweetener plays a huge role in the fat build up in the liver, leptin resistance, and major weight gain. A study even found that high fructose corn syrup is sometimes laced with mercury! Mercury is a heavy metal linked to heart disease and developmental disorders like autism.
Some safer sugar alternatives include:
Stevia sweetener is an extract made from the leaves of the stevia plant. It has actually shown to help balance fasting blood sugar levels, cholesterol, insulin resistance, and blood pressure! However, it is important to pay attention to the source of stevia.
Some brands include additives so be sure to always check the label.
Coconut sugar is a natural sweetener, unrefined, and still contains all of its vitamins and minerals. It does not contribute to the strong fluctuations in blood sugar like other, refined added sugars.
Honey has less fructose and provides other health benefits, including promoting heart health and fighting inflammation. As always, too much of a good thing can be bad. So please keep in mind that these alternatives do still break down to glucose and fructose in your body and all sweeteners should be used infrequently.
Although it is ideal, it is not practical to plan to cut sugar out entirely. As I mentioned before, it is hiding in nearly everything! However, finding healthier alternatives, practicing moderation, and being aware of the dangers are the best way to take action on the case against sugar.
I know that I just shared a TON of information with you and it may be a bit overwhelming.
That is okay!
Changing your eating habits and taking control of your health requires a lot of effort but it is incredibly rewarding. You will experience a higher quality of life, maintain a healthy weight, have more natural energy, and can prevent serious illness! There is so much value in kicking sugar to the curb and becoming the healthiest version of you!
My mission is to help you get healthier without needing more medications. Let's make 2020 a great year and focus on Joy!! Let God bring you Joy and not sugar!! I need that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart, down in my heart to stay!! Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.
To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE
Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News
Search the Articles Archives
All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.
Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.
|Home | Store | Subscribe | Facebook | Article Archive|