146 Reasons To Ditch Sugar

146 Reasons To Ditch Sugar



It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I am on my couch feeling like garbage.

Tired, lack of energy, low motivation, feel like I am fighting a eye infection and overall just feeling like sh*t.

In other words NOT feeling like myself.

I am generally a very motivated and driven person, I love to train, not much gets me down, and I rarely get sick.

But not today, today I feel like crap.

This got me thinking as just a week ago I felt amazing after competing and training for PowerLifting Nationals in St. Catherines.

What changed?

My nutrition, that’s what has changed.

When I was training for Nationals and Danielle for her UFE bikini show we were both eating very “clean” and healthy.  Lots of veggies, lots of lean protein, lots of mixed nuts, lots of veggies, some fruit and LOW SUGAR.

For the last few days we have been “Celebrating Our Victories” since Danielle’s UFE Bikini show and me winning PowerLifting Nationals.

One day turned into two…. two into three…..and it’s a week later and I am still not eating clean.

Then it hit me like it has so many other times, when my nutrition goes to shit, my mood and my energy goes to shit.

Truth be known I am a sugar junkie.

Sugar is a drug and I firmly believe that.

It’s cheap, it’s harmful in many ways, and it’s readily available everywhere.

Try buying gas, getting groceries, going to a drug store or going to a movie or anything without having SUGAR at your finger tips.

Give me 1 chocolate bar and I want 10, and I will eat ALL 10 in one setting.

Sugar is a bad drug for me and once I start I can’t stop.

But it’s not just an issue for me.

Just a hundred years ago the average person used to eat only four pounds of sugar a year, today that average is 150 pounds of sugar with some people as high as 295 pounds per year!

And think only a few hundred years ago white sugar did NOT exist.

I realized that my poor nutrition choices have led to my lack of motivation, feeling blah and a poor immune system.

So I sat down and watched a few shows on “Sugar” and now I am writing about WHY YOU SHOULD STOP eating so much sugar.

Here are 3 of my favorite shows on sugar on youtube.  If you haven’t seen them I suggest you watch them ASAP.

 

Here are 146 Reasons Why You Should Minimize Your Sugar RIGHT NOW borrowed from this blog post.

1.  Sugar can suppress the immune system.

2.  Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.

3.  Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.

4.  Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.

5.  Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)

6.  Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function

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7.  Sugar reduces high-density lipoproteins.

8.  Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.

9.  Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries.

10. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.

11. Sugar causes copper deficiency.

12. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.

13. Sugar may make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degenerationmacular degeneration.

14. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and n norepinephrine.

15. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.

16. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract.

17. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.

18. Sugar malabsorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel disease.

19. Sugar can cause premature aging.

20. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.

21. Sugar can cause tooth decay.

22. Sugar contributes to obesity

23. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitisulcerative colitis.

24. Sugar can cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers.

25. Sugar can cause arthritisarthritis.

26. Sugar can cause asthma.

27. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infectionsyeast infections).

28. Sugar can cause gallstones.

29. Sugar can cause heart disease.

30. Sugar can cause appendicitis.

31. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.

32. Sugar can cause varicose veins.

33. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.

34. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.

35. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.

36. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.

37. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.

38. Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol) in the blood.

39. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.

40. Sugar can increase cholesterol.

41. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure.

42. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar bound non-enzymatically to protein)

43. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.

44. Sugar causes food allergies.

45. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.

46. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.

47. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.

48. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.

49. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA

50. Sugar can change the structure of protein.

51. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.

52. Sugar can cause cataracts.

53. Sugar can cause emphysema.

54. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.

55. Sugar can promote an elevation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL).

56. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.

57. Sugar lowers the enzymes ability to function.

58. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.

59. Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.

60. Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.

61. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.

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62. Sugar can damage the pancreas.

63. Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.

64. Sugar is enemy #1 of the bowel movement.

65. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).

66. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.

67. Sugar can make the tendons more brittle.

68. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine.

69. Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.

70. Sugar can adversely affect school children’s grades and cause learning disorders.

71. Sugar can cause depression.

72. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.

73. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion).

74. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout.

75. Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose tolerance test over the ingestion of complex carbohydrates.

76. Sugar can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming high-sugar diets compared to low-sugar diets.

77. A diet high in refined sugar reduces learning capacity.

78. Sugar can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin, and lipoproteins, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.

79.  Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

80. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness.

81. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become under active and others become overactive.

82. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

83. Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.

84. High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer.

85. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold-increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.

86. High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents.

87. Sugar slows food’s travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.

88. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon. This can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancercolon cancer.

89.  Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.

90.  Sugar combines with and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more difficult.

91.  Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer.

92. Sugar is an addictive substance.

93. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.

94. Sugar can exacerbate PMS.

95. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.

96. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.

97. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.

98. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorderhyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

99. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.

100. Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function.

101. I.V’s (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to the brain.

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102. High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung cancerlung cancer.

103. Sugar increases the risk of polio.

104. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.

105. Sugar causes high blood pressurehigh blood pressure in obese people.

106. In Intensive Care Units, limiting sugar saves lives.

107. Sugar may induce cell death.

108. Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat.

109. In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior.

110. Sugar can lead to prostrate cancer.

111. Sugar dehydrates newborns.

112.  Sugar can cause low birth weight babies.

113. Greater consumption of refined sugar is associated with a worse outcome of schizophrenia

114. Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the blood stream.

115. Sweet food items increase the risk of breast cancer.

116. Sugar is a risk factor in cancer of the small intestine.

117. Sugar may cause laryngeal cancer.

118. Sugar induces salt and water retention.

119. Sugar may contribute to mild memory loss.

120. The more sodas a 10 year old child consumes, the less milk.

121. Sugar can increase the total amount of food consumed.

122. Exposing a newborn to sugar results in a heightened preference for sucrose relative to water at 6 months and 2 years of age.

123.  Sugar causes constipation.

124.  Sugar causes varicose veins.

125.  Sugar can cause brain decay in prediabetic and diabetic women.

126.  Sugar can increase the risk of stomach cancer.

127.  Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.

128.  Sugar ingestion by pregnant women increases neural tube defects in embryos.

129.  Sugar can be a factor in asthma.

130.  The higher the sugar consumption the more chances of getting irritable bowel syndromeirritable bowel syndrome.

131.  Sugar can affect the brain’s ability to deal with rewardsrewards and consequences.

132.  Sugar can cause cancer of the rectum.

133.  Sugar can cause endometrial cancer.

134.  Sugar can cause renal (kidney) cell carcinoma.

135.  Sugar can cause liver tumors.

136.  Sugar can increase inflammatory markers in the blood stream of overweightoverweight people.

137.  Sugar can lower Vitamin E levels in the blood stream.

138.  Sugar can increase your appetite for all food.

139.  Sugar plays a role in the etiology and the continuation of acne.

140.  Too much sugar can kill your sex life.

141.  Sugar saps school performance in children.

142.  Sugar can cause fatigue, moodiness, nervousness and depression.

143.   Sugar is common choice of obese individuals.

144.   A linear decrease in the intake of many essential nutrients is associated with increasing total sugar intake.

145.   High fructose consumption has been linked to liver diseaseliver disease.

146.   Sugar adds to the risk of bladder cancer.

So ditch your sugar now to be Stronger, Leaner, Healthier & Happier!


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