About Me

I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.

Monday, January 18, 2010

What Sugar Does to Your Physical and Mental State

Refined white sugar is one of the worst things that you can put in your body, especially on a daily bases. Sugar is like a drug, the more you eat it, the more you want it. You will crave it and feel you need it once you have eaten it regularly.

William Dufty wrote the best seller "Sugar Blues" in 1975. He was ahead of his time when it came to understanding how unhealthy sugar was for the body. Dufty stated that, "Sugar drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification, and elimination make upon one's entire system."

Eaten everyday sugar will cause the body to be in a continual acidic state. Your body will not create disease in an alkaline state, only when it is acidic.

More and more minerals are required for the body to rectify the imbalance that sugar causes. In order to protect the blood, calcium is leached from the bones. Along with tooth decay, a general weakening of the body begins.

Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body. Initially stored in the liver as glucose is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids, and then stored in the body's inactive areas like the belly, buttocks, breasts, and thighs. Then the fatty acids make it to the heart and kidneys and the whole body begins to be affected.

Sugar ia a source of "Empty" calories, or "Non-nutritious" calories. It lacks vitamins, minerals or any form of nutrition. Proper digestion can not be done properly without minerals.

In the 17th century sugar consumption in Britain went from a pinch of sugar in a beer to a record two million pounds per year. Physicians began to observe a record number of patients that had what they termed "Sugar Blues". They pronounced these people mad, insane, or emotionally disturbed.

Thinking it was a perfect food, they began to feed it to the cattle. The cattle began to get sick and die before they figured out it was not a perfect food.

Sugar is associated with the disease diabetes. Although it does not cause diabetes, it does cause the body to gain weight and 80% of all diabetics are overweight. Once diagnosed with diabetes, sugar can be extremely harmful to the individual.

Candida is another health issue that can come from too much sugar. It is an over growth of yeast in the digestive track that is worsened by eating sugar and yeast type foods. Symptoms of Candida include chronic fatigue, depression, mood swings, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, anxiety, poor memory, skin rashes, and a strong craving for simple carbohydrates and sugar.

Some studies show that children with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) are much better when sugar is removed from their diet. Especially taken off morning cereals that are full of refined sugars.

An average American eats 150 pounds of sugar each year. Way too much! Eating fruit will help with that sweet craving. Also use sweeteners like Stevia or Agave. Both are natural and the body is able to digest them without all of the negative effects.

Artificial sweeteners are as damaging if not worse.
They are a bad alternative to sugar with some scientists claiming they cause cancer and auto immune system disorders.

So try and lower your sugar intake. The less you eat it, the less you will want it. Once again you will feel sooooooo much better when sugar is minimized in your diet.

Till Tomorrow,

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