Why I quit sugar!

About four months ago I made the decision to stop eating sugar. When I say sugar I mean refined sugar, processed from sugar cane or sugar beets, and therefore not natural. What I don’t mean is natural sugar found in fruit (fructose) and dairy (lactose), which have important roles in our diet. Since saying goodbye to this sweet but deadly ingredient, I have felt incredible! I have never had so much energy, my diet isn’t dictated by food cravings, my skin is the clearest it’s ever been and I just feel so damn good. And it’s no coincidence – sugar really does have a lot to answer for.

Manufacturers have began using this product in just about everything. Refined sugar is very cheap, widely available and tastes good, which has made this so popular in the food processing procedure. The trouble is, we only tend to count the refined sugar we knowingly consume and therefore don’t realise the full extent of our refined sugar consumption. This is beginning to have devastating effects on our health as a population.

How exactly does sugar impact on our health?

There is an exhaustive list – seriously! Refined sugar really is terrible for us and it saddens me that nearly every single manufactured food has sugar in it. Unless we’re buying fresh produce every day, we’re consuming way more refined sugar than is healthy.

The main thing to be aware of with refined sugar is that this is what feeds cancer cells. Now we make cancer cells every single day, but our immune system destroys them every single day. However, sugar suppresses our immune system which as you can see, we need to keep us healthy. When we are consuming sugar on our cereal, in our milk, in our cup of tea with breakfast and in our squash, we can begin to see why our immune system remains continuously suppressed. This gives cancer cells an opportunity to grow, multiply and begin to cause real damage to our health.

There’s an interesting article with more information on the cancer and sugar relationship here;

http://beatcancer.org/blog-posts/5-reasons-cancer-and-sugar-are-best-friends/ 

Refined sugar feeds the bad bacteria in our body (the fungus, the pathogens and the yeast) that will soon begin to wreak havoc on our body. These usually live harmlessly alongside out good bacteria, but once out of control, we have a very difficult job to get them back in line. An over population of bad bacteria is referred to as candida, which is known to lead to auto immune diseases. The list of symptoms and diseases caused by bad bacteria is endless.

The other thing to be aware of is that disease can only form in an acidic environment – and what does refined sugar do? It turns your blood acidic. Our bodies should be slightly alkaline by nature but a prolonged consumption of refined sugar will soon find your body in an acidic state, where diseases can be born.

These points are referring to the bigger health problems, but refined sugar can also cause diabetes, hormonal imbalances, acne, fatigue, tooth decay, obesity, etc. which are all more commonly known.

Refined sugar contains no nutritional benefit whatsoever. 

The World Cancer Research Fund International is the world’s leading authority on cancer prevention research related to diet, weight and physical activity. They have issued policies and guidelines to try and reduce our consumption of refined sugar because of this destruction to our health. Refined sugar intake has increased from 130 million tonnes to 178 million tonnes in 10 years, and is expected to grow in coming years. Unless we begin educating ourselves and making changes to our diet, we will continue on this slippery slope to becoming a nation of diseases. Read more on their statistics and proposals here;

http://www.wcrf.org/sites/default/files/Curbing-Global-Sugar-Consumption.pdf

It’s not bad luck to develop a disease, it’s a sign that your body is malnourished and being fed incorrectly. A diet high in refined sugar will feed disease and starve your body of the nutrients it needs, leaving you vulnerable. Even if you start small by ditching that teaspoon of sugar from your tea, it’s important to start. When we’re unknowingly over-consuming sugar it’s difficult to do anything about it, which is why it’s imperative to make a conscious effort to improve where we do know.