Excessive Sugar Consumption
More and more authorities on health agree that there are negative consequences related to sugar consumption.
Not only tooth decay and obesity, excess sugar can increase your risk of not only diabetes but cancer too.
Many nutritional health and wellness experts feel that the high use of sugar in our diet is a significant cause of many diseases.
Too much sweetener in any form can give you negative consequences. This not only includes refined sugar, but also corn syrup, honey, fruit juices, soda, cake and candy. The biggest culprit is high fructose corn syrup found in condiments such as ketchup.
Here is a list from the New Detox Diet, written by Elson Haas, MD:
Problems associated with sugar intake:
hyperactivity and difficulty concentrating
nutritional deficiency- including anemia, protein and mineral deficiencies
hypoglycemia and carbohydrate imbalance
chronic digestive problems
immune dysfunction and chronic recurrent infections
mood swings, anxiety and depression
menstrual irregularities and premenstrual syndrome
Alcoholism- there is a potential link with sugar consumption and alcoholism. It is associated with hypoglycemia and abnormal carbohydrate metabolism
Studies on the link between sugar consumption, fighting off diseases and cancer
There have been studies on how sugar can compromise the body’s ability to fight off illness. Just a single intake of sugar can lower the body’s fighting capabilities of white blood cells in the blood for up to 5 hours.
There are also studies linking over consumption of sugar with 8 forms of cancer- colon, rectum, breast, ovary, prostate, kidney, nervous system and pancreas. In some cases, the risk was more than doubled by consuming sugar on a regular basis.
Sugar as Addiction: Are you Binging on some M& Ms?
People talk about how they want to stop, but they find it difficult to eliminate sugar. Is it as addictive as other addictions such as alcohol or cigarettes?
If you want to detox your body, start with eliminating sugar in your diet as much as possible. I believe that the closer you get to elimination, the better, because sugar is an addictive substance. Many people cannot stop once they start eating anything with sugar in it.
Taken in part form: Haas, E. ( 2004) The New Detox Diet: The Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality with Recipes, Menus and Detox Plans. Berkley, CA. Celestial Arts.