There seems to be two main schools of thought on health. There are people who stick to conventional wisdom, and there are those who question what we have learned because they consider where the source of information is coming from.
If the National Dairy Council tells us that we should have three glasses of milk a day, it would seem logical to consider whether they’re biased. It seems logical that we’d question any particular company that stands to profit from our consumption of their product. Perhaps, we have not given sugar adequate thought.
There will be some who invariably say, “It doesn’t matter the type of calories you eat, and carbohydrates are a good source of fuel.” There is a wealth of information out there on the harmful effects of sugar. It’s not to say that people should ingest aspartame – indeed they should not. Nor should they ingest any artificial sweeteners. However, the harmful effects of sugar are just now becoming more widely known. It is far more destructive than was once thought. Because of this it is absolutely critical to find safe alternatives to sugar and artificial sweeteners as well.
Here are 7 things that happen when you stop eating sugar.
1. You Decrease Your Risk of Cancer
When we eat sugar, our insulin levels spike. When we eat too much sugar, we can experience insulin resistance. There is a link between insulin resistance and cancer. There are other factors that may exacerbate this, such as being overweight, but the evidence is there to suggest that the two are definitely related. The body produces a protein called β-catenin, which is dependent on sugar and creates the formation of gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP). GIP increases insulin. This process has been linked to cancerous cell formation. Likewise, cancerous cells love sugar. They thrive on it and it is their favorite fuel source.
2. You Decrease Your Risk of Other Diseases.
Sugar is linked to other diseases beyond cancer including autoimmune disease, diabetes and heart disease. Many people are successfully treating autoimmune conditions by eliminating sugar in their diets and replacing it with more vegetables and other whole foods. See The Wahl’s Protocol.
3. Your Can Lower Anxiety and Depression and Improve Mood
It’s no surprise that your body becomes dependent on sugar. However, your brain becomes dependent on sugar as well. The human brain is extremely sensitive to sugar. You initially feel really good when you have sugar. You feel a sense of energy, and you may even feel somewhat happy. However, that happiness is short-lived because you experience a crash. Long-term, however, sugar has been known to damage gut lining which we know is implicated in mood disorders including anxiety and depression.
People who ditch the sugar report an overall improved mood without sugar as well as a decrease in anxiety and depression.
Recommended: JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks
4. You Stay Younger Longer and You Look Younger Too
It has been shown that sugar leads to advanced aging. This can come in the form of wrinkles, but it also comes by way of increased disease. When sugar enters the bloodstream, it attaches to proteins. This creates new molecules called glycation. Glycation damages both collagen and elastin, which are proteins. Collagen and elastin ward off wrinkles. Collagen provides a cushion beneath the skin, and elastin is what helps skin to bounce back after it is stretched or otherwise misshaped. People are more susceptible to wrinkles when there is less collagen and elastin in their skin.
5. You Can Fit into Your Favorite Pants Again
There are many diets out there promising to reduce belly fat. Conversely, people have been told that to lose weight in their stomach, they have to lose weight throughout their whole body. Actually, it has been found that sugar specifically creates an increase in inches around the waistline. Specifically, it causes visceral fat calls to mature. This increased fat around the midsection, which can also be caused by cortisol, is linked to diabetes and heart disease.
Sugar, obviously, leads to weight gain throughout the entire body as well. Many people who stop eating sugar experience that they no longer have the “jitters” when they do not eat, the weight starts to melt off and they also discover that they are no longer dependent on sugar.
6. Your Ticker will Tick-Tock Better
Your heart suffers greatly from an excessive amount of sugar. The heart is directly affected by sugar including the way the heart pumps blood to the rest of the body, which is a scary concept. Glucose 6-phosphate, which is a sugar molecule, creates change in the heart muscle protein, which leads to heart failure. Ditch sugar for better heart health.
7. You Simply Feel Better
From parasites in your intestine to your 3-o-clock headaches, sugar has a huge impact on your body. When you give up sugar, you experience clearer thinking. You, surprisingly, have more energy because your energy is natural—it’s consistent. Sugar creates dependency in the body, so any time you do not have sugar, your body has to go through withdrawal.
Stop eating sugar and you will also stop:
- brain fog
- digestive issues
- body pain
- odd symptoms disappear
People who stop eating sugar know how good it feels to give it up. It’s not advisable to replace sugar with artificial sweeteners. It’s obvious sugar has adverse effects on the body.
Note that it can be a rough week or two for your body to adjust to life without sugar and also to get past the cravings. Once you do, however, it is worth it and you’ll hardly miss it.