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Breaking up can be hard to do!
But, it's time that you dumped that sugar habit. This seductive yet self-destructive, co-dependent relationship that you have with sugar is detrimental to your health and wellbeing!
Did you know that the average person in western society consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds (or 1.5 kg.) of sugar each week?
Which is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into so many foods.
300 years ago the average person had about 1 tablespoon of sugar per year. 120 years ago, the average consumption was only 5 lbs. (or 2 kg.) per person per year! That means that the average person in the year 1895 only consumed 5 lb. (2kg.) per year. Compare that to today's consumption, which is an astonishing 140 lbs. (or 63kg.) of sugar per person per year!
The last 20 years have been particularly detrimental. With the advent of high fructose corn syrup being used as a cheap sweetener by almost all "food" manufacturers, sugar consumption has increased from 25 lb. per year in 1992 to it's present level of consumption of 140 lb/year.
Put another way, we consume over 200 times more sugar than our great-grandparents, 20 times more than our grandparents and almost 7 times more than our parents!- Dr. Michelle Nielsen
It's no wonder almost 35% of Americas, 25% of Australians and 33% of British are obese. And, I'm talking about OBESE (not overweight!), which means they are carrying a 30% body fat than they should be.
If we simply use the term "OVERWEIGHT" those figures are over 50% for almost all Westernized countries!
Aside from sugars other detrimental effects on your teeth, bones and general health, SUGAR MAKES YOU FAT, SICK AND TIRED!
Walk away now, while you still can. Remove all sugar from your household. Read all labels and eliminate sugar from your diet for 6 weeks.
Take the 6-week ADIOS SUGAR CHALLENGE.
Say "Adios Sugar", and "Hello!" to a healthier and happier YOU.
Below are 66 great reasons to break up with sugar, TODAY!
Go on now ... go walk out the door... just turn around now...'cause you're not welcome anymore! - Gloria Gaynor
Trust me, not only will you SURVIVE, but you are going to feel awesome!
You will be full of energy, emotionally balanced and bursting with health and vitality!
66 REASONS TO BREAK UP WITH SUGAR:
1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
2. Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance.
3. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
4. Sugar contributes to a weakened defence against bacterial infection.
5. Sugar can cause kidney damage.
6. Sugar can reduce helpful high-density cholesterol.
7. Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol.
8. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
9. Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate and rectum.
10. Sugar can cause colon cancer with an increase risk in women.
11. Sugar can be a risk factor in gall bladder cancer.
12. Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
13. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
14. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which can narrow blood vessels.
15. Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
16. Sugar can increase the rise of coronary heart disease.
17. Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
18. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
19. Sugar can produce tooth decay.
20. Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
21. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
22. Sugar can cause arthritis.
23. Sugar can cause asthma.
24. Sugar can cause Candidiasis (yeast infection).
25. Sugar can lead to the formation of gallstones.
26. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
27. Sugar can cause ischemic heart disease.
28. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
29. Sugar can exacerbate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
30. Sugar can indirectly cause haemorrhoids.
31. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
32. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraction users.
33. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
34. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
35. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
36. Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
37. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
38. Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
39. Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
40. Sugar can change the structure of protein causing interference with protein absorption.
41. Sugar causes food allergies.
42. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
43. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
44. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.
45. Sugar can cause cataracts.
46. Sugar can cause emphysema.
47. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
48. Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
49. Sugar lowers the enzymes' abilities to function.
50. Sugar can cause loss of tissue elasticity and function.
51. Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
52. Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
53. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
54. Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
55. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
56. Sugar can cause constipation.
57. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
58. Sugar can cause hypertension.
59. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
60. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind's ability to think clearly.
61. Sugar can cause depression.
62. Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
63. Sugar can increase bacterial fermentation in the colon.
64. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
65. Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness, which increases risk of blood clots
66. Sugar can increase the risk of Alzheimer Disease.
Please don't get me started on aspartame, saccharin and other artificial sugars that are even more harmful! I'll save that one for another day!
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