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Wellness and Refined Sugar: A Questionable Relationship…
I was traveling through the Dominican Republic when I saw two things that impressed me, the big oxen and miles and miles of sugar cane. Sugar is highly requested these days and is part of many food products. In this article, Wellness by Nature will address why table, refined sugar might not be good for your health. Mention your concerns to the doctor and learn about sugar! And share with others!
Knowing Refined Sugars
- Sugars are simple carbohydrates. They are made of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.
- These are the chemical classifications for Sugars:
- Monosaccharide: Glucose or Dextrose, Fructose, GA-lactose
- Disaccharide: Sucrose, Maltose, Lactose
- Other Syrups and by-products
- Sugars are empty calories because they provide energy that lacks nutrients.
- Honey and Brown sugar does not provide many more nutrients than white refined sugar does.
- Sugar is a preservative and the food industry uses sugar to enhance flavors – remember those baked beans at the 4th of July picnic? They were loaded with sugar!
I was thinking about the song Sugar Sugar. The song is sweet and so is sugar. But sugar and Wellness do not have a good relationship these days. This is why.
Refined sugar needs no proper and functional digestion for absorption into the body. Refined sugar move into the blood stream fast, like an invisible thief! This places the body in a predicament, as the body cannot absorb sugar properly. Indeed, glucose inundates the cells, blood, and raises the blood glucose to high.
When glucose exceeds the energy requirements, it pushes for increase of fatty acids. Some fatty acids join a glycerol molecule and create a fat molecule or triglyceride. This fat molecule goes into the organs or simply travels by blood causing at times cardiovascular disease.
When refined sugars are moving fast, like an invisible thief, raises the blood glucose high. This is hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia is connected to depression, aggression, insomnia, and weakness among others illness.
Obesity is a link to the lack of balance between the digestive system and refined sugar. And there are links between obesity diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
Wellness and Sugar 🙄
Wellness by Sugar assumes that our bodies are a living entity. They need energy to make it day to day. Actually, these days are more like minute by minute. Our well-being is seriously under attack. For example, individuals are dealing with work, family, and other issues. Mind, Soul and Body are desperately seeking Balance! Refined sugar antagonizes the pursuit of balance. Besides being damaging to the cells, refined sugars and saturated fatty acids have a congenial ugly relationship – read on!
Our Well-being needs breathe – saturated fatty acids diminish oxygen supplied to our cells.
Our Well-being needs flexibility – saturated fatty acids choke tissue and blood cells making it hard for them to breath and consequently move.
Our Well-being needs to think– saturated fatty acids can cause Hypoxia and the brain can be a target as well the entire body.
Our Well-being needs LIFE – sugars attack the immune system directly. Remember that in Wellness, we need a functioning and well tuned immune system. Without a good immune system, our body would be like Yogi the Bear without Boo-Boo.
Wellness and the Sugar Immune System Connection
Well I did it again. I was about to stop but this is important so I apologized to my editor in chief. Sometimes around the table of Wellness by Nature, my editor in chief says, “Don’t you think this article is to long?” My answer: “BUT it is important.” Please e-mail me what you think but for now read on.
Sugar diminishes the power of the immune system and opens the Pandora box to disease, such as cold, flu, muscular degeneration, behavioral distresses, mental concerns, and dental illnesses. For example, it can cause calcium loss within the body, linking this to osteoporosis. 1
Sugar increases adrenaline production in our bodies without a good reason to fight stress! This is a new topic of conversation around my friends in the wellness field. I am thinking that maybe it is a body response against sugar itself. The concern with this is the increasing of cholesterol and cortisone in your body. Cortisone inhibits the immune system. 2
Sugars interfere with the proper assimilation of nutrients, such as enzymes, proteins, and vitamins. One of these is Vitamin C. This is an important vitamin for sustaining the immune system. Finally, sugar interferes with other immunological functions, such as elimination of internal waste because it is fiber less. 3
As you all know my friends; I go to the gym and work out from 30 to 45 minutes every other day. The other day I saw a couple of women eating a chocolate bar to have energy to exercise. Of course, I had to share with them. They promised to read my articles.
Sugar Myths 4
Consuming sugar before working out increases energy. Actually it is the opposite. This consumption before the physical activity leads the body to produce insulin and converts the sugar to glycogen. This may cause hypoglycemia, which can interfere with the ability to exercise.
Sugar Free Foods. Read labels and be aware that this claim is not necessarily true. Some foods might not contain table sugar or sucrose, but they might contain other sugars, such as fructose, sugar alcohols, glucose, and others.
Sugar mixed with water relieves pains. Some individuals have a hard time breaking down sugars and this can create bacteria in the digestive system adding to the pains.
In the World of Wellness by Nature, the title of sugar is “immunological bully;” consequently, it is not welcomed at our table. However, you might still want to have some sugar.
Wellness and Sugar Substitutes
We enjoy providing healthier choices. But finding substitutes for refined sugar was difficult! But in my mind, research is good. So in one of my travels around the world I ended up in Cali, Colombia. There I met some Guarani Indians. They gave me some organic stevia to put in my coffee. I liked it, but still preferred black coffee. Of course, always speak with your doctor as what works for me might not work for you. And all products, including stevia, have side effects so be cautious.
As for Wellness by Nature, we continue to stick with fruits as our favorite substitute for sugar. A fruit encompasses nutrients such as vitamins, fiber, and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients reduce risk for many diseases. Fruits can also make wonderful deserts; one of my favorites is berries smoothies ( free e-book.). For baking, I use natural apple sauce, which I make by putting fresh apples in the blender.
I would like to end by sharing two insights with you.
Sugar can be addictive. Wellness by Nature will address this wellness concern soon.
Another reason why we should be careful with refined sugar is the social cost of producing sugar. I was in the Dominican Republic on a good will mission. I walked miles and miles of striking poor working conditions. I visited the Bateys. As you might know, images at times disturb the soul. This can be good if it leads us into noble action – today lift your soul by doing something noble.
In Conclusion: refined sugar might not be good for your health. Sugars interfere with the proper assimilation of nutrients, such as enzymes, proteins, and vitamins. One of these is Vitamin C. This is an important vitamin for sustaining the immune system. Finally, sugar interferes with other immunological functions, such as elimination of internal waste because it is fiber less. As for Wellness by Nature, we continue to stick with fruits as our favorite substitute for sugar. A fruit encompasses nutrients such as vitamins, fiber, and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients reduce risk for many diseases.
Thank you for reading!
1, 2, 3, 4 Kent, Michael. Food and Fitness, A Dictionary of Dictionary and Exercise, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997
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