Sugar- Why it Can be REALLY Bad for You

Hey guys, welcome back to ComputerFitness247. Today we're going to be talking about the ultimate villain when it comes to food and that is processed sugar, and how that can damage and affect your health. I'm going to be talking to you about the right types of sugars, the wrong types of sugar that you want to get in or out of your diet here on a regular basis, and also talk to you about how to kick your sugar addiction.

So the 2 most notorious diseases that are related to excess sugar in your body are cardiovascular disease and heart disease. Now typically, when people hear sugar, they tend to think diabetes, right? Excess sugar, diabetes, maybe weight gain, other issues, but think about this, when you consume excess sugar, it will stay in your bloodstream.

Cardiovascular disease

Now your bloodstream, or your arteries, that's part of your cardiovascular system, so that's why sugar can actually cause heart disease over time, heart attacks, high cholesterol, clogging of your arteries, and high blood pressure. But what happens is, if you consume too much sugar, some of it stays in your sugar, hence the name elevated blood sugar is there's excess sugar staying in your blood. Now when this happens over time, you have excess sugar in your blood. That sugar, because it's not supposed to be there for a long period of time, will cause inflammation.

So anything that's in your bloodstream shouldn't be there, whether it's toxins, bad bacteria, excess sugar, those will cause inflammation. Those start to cause inflammation of the arteries. What happens then, that inflammation, imagine acid eating a hole through something, so it starts to damage the arteries, then your liver actually starts producing cholesterol to go and patch, and repair, the damaged area causing cholesterol to build up over time. But this may or may not surprise you but sugar, one of the number one causes today of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure.

So if you know somebody or love somebody, and they're struggling with heart disease-related issues, make sure you tell them get off the sugar because it's a main causative factor when it comes to heart disease.

Liver disease

All right, number two here, NAFLD, that's non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Now, we tend to think of the liver and gall bladder as dealing with fat, right? So your liver and gall bladder deal with fat, well, as I mentioned earlier, in relation to cardiovascular disease, if you consume a lot of sugar, your liver has to continue to produce cholesterol and over time.

It can overtax the liver, and really, many forms of sugar your body really sees as a toxin. So your liver is responsible for detoxing not just heavy metals, not just environmental pollutants and pesticides, and chemicals, and other things, in part, it's responsible for dealing with sugar, especially unnatural sugar like high fructose corn syrup, and causes inflammation of your liver.

So non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is really a growing problem, especially in older men, it can be a major issue, but it could be an issue in women, even younger people, to where you start building up this excess fat around the liver that will cause disease in the area and affect its function.

And your liver, again, is responsible for detoxification, for healing and repair of your arteries, it's responsible for digestion of fats along with the gall bladder, so it is critical for so many different things. But sugar causes major inflammation of the liver, causing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or liver disease. If you know somebody that's struggling with liver disease, make sure they know, get the sugar out of your diet.

Metabolic diseases

Another disease to watch out for are metabolic diseases. Now this can be many things, oftentimes, this is referred to as Syndrome X, pre-diabetes or diabetes, or other endocrine-related diseases as well, but metabolic diseases especially, we'll throw diabetes as part of that, or Syndrome X as part of that, can be an issue. So I think that goes without saying, but diabetes is one of the fastest-growing diseases today, especially in kids.

In fact, more people are getting it than ever before and even certain issues related to dementia, Alzheimer's, has even been called Type 3 diabetes, and even been linked to metabolic disease. So really from protecting your brain, to your pancreas, to all of your organs, you got to get the excess sugar out of the diet.

One of the most popular diets that's growing out there today is the ketogenic diet, now the ketogenic diet is where you get rid of the sugar and your body stops burning sugar for energy. Check out my last article on the ketogenic diet here.

Moderation is key

So here's the thing is, sugar is not evil, it's not the root of all evil. I know there's people out there that promote certain diets that say, "All sugar is bad all the time." That's simply not true. But too much sugar absolutely is and for some people, you may want to go almost sugar free, including low to no fruit, for a period of 30 to 90 days to sort of help your body detox and transform the way your body's functioning, like a ketogenic diet.

Sugar Addiction-How to fix it

All right, let's talk about how do you kick the sugar addiction? One of those keys is bouncing out hormones like insulin, ghrelin and leptin in the body. Number one step, get more clean proteins in your diet on a daily basis. This could be wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, organic chicken and turkey, organic eggs, bone broth, or a protein powder that comes from bone broth. Those are some of the best foods to kick a sugar addiction, protein is going to help balance things out.

Indulge in fats, avocados, almond butter as well as wild-caught salmon, olive oil, different types of nuts and seeds you can snack on, load up on the healthy fats every single day. Coconut milk products, coconut oil, indulging in healthy fats is key to kicking that sugar addiction.

The next thing here is to up your fiber intake. Fiber will help with balancing out the good bacteria within your colon, which can help fight sugar addiction. So again, more high-fiber foods, some of my favorites are berries, like raspberries, are very high in fiber.

Green-leafy vegetables are high, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, and cauliflower. Avocados are actually not only high in healthy fat, but also really high in fiber. So think, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and fruit, or berries specifically, those are going to be your highest fiber foods to get on a daily basis.

Then sour foods, embrace the power of sour, whether it's lemons, limes, grapefruits are great. Green apples, apple cider vinegar on your food, sauerkraut, doing anything that's that sour in nature reduces sweet and sugar cravings.

Number one thing you can switch to is Stevia, that's green-leaf Stevia, doing that in small amounts on a daily basis.

The other one here is switch to Manuka honey. Now really, just about a loaded teaspoon at a time, bearing in mind sweeteners are meant to be used sparingly. Using some sweeteners, like a raw honey, really one of the most natural sweeteners out there, is fine in moderation for most people. Getting fruit is similar to honey, really, in terms of what you're getting, or even using dates as a natural sweetener.

Well that's all for today folks, I hope this was insightful for you to start thinking more seriously about out sugar intake. I encourage you all to go out there and do more research and let me know down below how much sugar you are taking in or are throwing out. Once again thank you for reading this article and until next time. Enjoy the rest of your day!