1. It Destroys Your Liver:
High-fructose food and drinks such as juice, soda, syrups, and other sweet liquids, require the liver to work harder to process them. As the liver becomes over-worked, it neglects its other, imperative functions. A stress-ridden liver results in symptoms like fatigue, gout, high blood pressure, and kidney stones. Excess consumption of sugar causes the liver to become fatty, leading to liver disease, insulin-resistance, and possibly even organ failure.
2. It Speeds Up Aging:
Consuming sugar damages your skin by exposing it to glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs not only damage the proteins they attach to, but also the proteins nearby. Elastin and Collagen are the most important proteins linked to skin health. They help keep your skin smooth and flexible. As you age, collagen production declines dramatically. A diet that is high in sugar damages your body’s remaining collagen reserves causing wrinkles and premature aging.If you can’t live without sweets, consider dark chocolate instead, which contains less sugar and helps curb your craving for salty and sweet foods.
3. It’s Addictive:
If you’ve ever tried to cut back on sugar, you may have realized how incredibly difficult it is. In some cases it may even seem impossible. Eating foods high in sugar causes a large amount of dopamine (a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers) into the brain.
When we eat these high sugar foods often and in large amounts, the dopamine receptors start to down-regulate, decreasing the number of dopamine receptors. As you continue to consume sugar, its effect is blunted. You will need to consume more and more sugar in order to receive the same level of reward.
In people who experience dependency on drugs, the dopamine receptors are sent into overdrive causing the individual to be constantly seek that “high” or “pleasure” effect. The end result is addiction. Sugar causes a similar reaction in the brain.
4. It’s Acidifying:
The human body has a normal pH range of 7.35 – 7.45. A pH measurement outside of this range can have dangerous consequences such as Osteoporosis, Cancer, and Obesity.
Sugar, in all of its forms, is highly acidic. When the body is acidic, there are mechanisms in place to bring the body back to a healthy pH range. Calcium is pulled the bones to neutralize the acidic pH which can lead to Osteoporosis and tooth decay. Fatty deposits will form in order to trap acidic waste products that an overloaded system cannot excrete. This leads to excess weight and obesity.
Sugar is a carbohydrate, and when you eat any type of carbohydrate (whether it’s fruit, bread, or a donut) your pancreas produces insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps convert sugars into energy for your cells. Eating too much sugar can cause the body to become insulin resistant, meaning more insulin has to be produced in order for it to continue doing its job. It also produces more of a hormone known as insulin-like growth factor (IGF), which stimulates cell growth and inhibits cell death. IGF allows cancer to proliferate and block the signals for cells to grow and die normally, causing cancer cells to spread and fluorish.
5. It Suppresses your Immune System:
Sugar is an immune suppressor. Since most sugars contain little to no nutrients, it actually requires nutrients in the body for its metabolism, therefore, depleting the body of vitamins and minerals. Sugar also impairs your white blood cells (leukocytes) from doing its job, which is scavenging up bacteria that makes you sick, thereby suppressing your immune system.
The best way to reprogram and reset your body to prevent sugar cravings is to go completely without sugar for 30 days without cheating. 30 days of cleaning your body allows it to get rid of weak, unhealthy cells, and build healthier cells for a more youthful and strong body.