'Tis the season, candy, treats everywhere! What are we doing to ourselves by ingesting all of these treats?
The effects from sugar and high glycemic carbs on our body is a way to accelerate pre-mature aging.
Sugar addiction, is it real? Have you ever reached for that afternoon candy bar mid afternoon to get a quick boost of energy? Only to find yourself wiped out, searching for more to regain that high.
Think about it, growing up parents "reward" there kids with sugary treats. Your brain sees sugar as a reward, reinforcing such a reward, becoming a habit. Sugar becomes comforting after a stressful day, or when you want to celebrate. Breaking this cycle can be difficult for some, but its not impossible.
Sugar is sugar, whether it is brown sugar, cane sugar, honey, or raw sugar, the effect are all the same. Sugar is also hidden or "re-named" in foods under many different names:
Sugar in all of these forms causes insulin spikes in the blood stream, which can cause damage to all the organs of your body. This includes the biggest organ of your body, your SKIN!
An overload of high glycemic carbs in all forms (breads, starches, potatoes, pastas, desserts, soda) are converted to glucose at a high rate in your bloodstream. The overload is called glycation. This occurs when the excess sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibers. The scientific process when glucose (sugar) attaches to protein without the influence of enzymes, is known as AGEs (Advanced Glycosation End products). This whole process causes the collagen fibers to loose their strength and flexibility. The result is the appearance of sagging/lines in the skin, and leaving it more vulnerable to sun damage.
We spend money on skincare to prevent "sagging, wrinkled, sun damaged skin". If we don't do our part by cutting out the high glycemic carbs, aren't we just wasting money and accelerating aging? By controlling your sugar consumption and developing a skin care routine that works, you are attacking aging from the inside and out.
Sugar consumption and glucose spikes are a contributing factor to the epidemic obesity and diabetes levels.
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps the body use and store glucose. Insulin delivers glucose to the muscle, fat, liver and other cells so your body can use it for fuel.
Insulin resistance is a condition when your body does not process glucose effectively. Glucose builds up in the blood instead of being absorbed by the cells, leading to pre-diabetes, or type 2 diabetes.
During high sugar intake, the body is flooded with insulin and stress hormones. This inundates your blood triggering the inflammation process which creates stress and pain on your organs and joints. In turn the inflammation can be associated with an increase of atherosclerosis, cancer, obesity, diabetes, congestive heart failure, digestive system diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis.
Refined carbs use up the B vitamins that we need to sustain good moods.
As discussed earlier, sugar in large quantities gives you sudden highs and lows; symptoms include fatigue, irritability, dizziness, insomnia, excessive swearing, poor concentration and forgetfulness, excessive thirst, depression, digestive disturbances and blurred vision.
Try making a change for 2 weeks, cut out processed high glycemic carbs in all forms (breads, pastas, potatoes, dessert and soda) See how you feel, do you feel better? Do your joints ache? Less foggy? Recover from workouts quicker?
I promise after two week you will be feeling like you can take on the WORLD!
Make this change, and commit to feeling better.
You are worth it!!
Emma is sharing her obsession with anti-aging fitness, nutrition, and skincare. To look and feel your BEST, living a balanced life!