Everything in the universe is constantly striving for balance. There is evidence of this in the rhythms it creates – light and dark, hot and cold, morning and evening, summer and winter etc, and after the excesses of the Festive Season our bodies are trying to return to a state of balance too. This state of balance is known as homeostasis. Our bodies spend huge amounts of energy trying to remain in a state of balance or to return to a state of balance. Consider for a moment if all it ever did was rain, there would be no sun to help plants grow and no rainbows either!! There would be no balance and life as we know it would cease to exist.
Since New Year is the time of year when many people are thinking about making a New Year’s Resolution (often in regard to their health) our Ridiculously Simple Step To Transform Your Health (and Life) is very timely. If we put the wrong petrol in our cars it wouldn’t be long before it was chugging along or stopping completely. Our body is no different. When we put the wrong “fuel” into it there are all sorts of problems and it may just stop short of the finishing line! We know it is our responsibility to make sure our car gets the correct fuel, regular MOT and oil change. It is also our personal responsibility to ensure we are doing all we can to remain as healthy as possible – this is about making good lifestyle choices.
If we were to make just one resolution, and take just one Ridiculously Simple Step To Transform Your Health (and Life) and commit to it all year, we could expect to be more healthy next year this time than we are right now! If you want to perform at your best, and this includes intellectually or otherwise, it is imperative to limit, if not completely avoid, sugar. Yes, you read it right! Refined sugar is a poison and highly toxic to your body and because it is so refined it acts like a drug. That makes sugar by far the most common and abundant toxin and drug in the world! Our bodies need small amounts of sugar to function properly but it has the inbuilt capacity to make all the sugar it needs. Ingesting high-sugar foods will disrupt your body’s homeostasis and insulin levels, which may contribute to disease and brain fog. Sugar has such a negative effect on our health. It suppresses your immune system, upsets the mineral balance, causes hyperactivity, anxiety, premature ageing, obesity, contributes to candida growth, feeds cancer cells (cancer loves sugar!), causes hypoglycaemia, weakens eyesight, interferes with absorption of proteins, creates hormonal imbalances, damages your pancreas, plays havoc with the bowel, causes headaches and migraines, contributes to poor complexion and production of pimples, causes premature ageing. The list is endless. In addition to all the side effects, sugar is an addictive substance and can interfere with our emotional stability. Because sugar is devoid of most minerals, vitamins and fibre, and has such a negative effect on the endocrine system, major researchers agree that sugar consumption is one of the three major causes of degenerative disease.
Humans are attracted to sweetness in much the same way that ants are attracted to your picnic and bees are attracted to jam. Sugar provides energy, however in it’s processed state it does not contain all the other vitamins and minerals that help to stabilise it in the body. Our ancestors would have only had access to wild berries and fruits in season – sugars in their purest form. Manufacturers know sugar is addictive and use it to their advantage to make money, at expense of your health! You may have noticed that cereal companies are quick to boast about the “added vitamins”, however they don’t often boast about the added sugar – check the labels – better still, avoid packaged cereals altogether and make your own muesli or porridge. Sugar is sometimes found in unexpected places like in savoury products such as pasta sauce and baked beans since it is a cheap ingredient and can be added for flavour. It also helps to preserve food and make it last longer on supermarket shelves.
Sugar has so much energy in it that some people even use it to run their cars. In parts of India, Brazil and America, sugar from sugar cane and maize plants is fermented into alcohol for use as fuel for cars. It is sometimes blended with petrol to give a fuel called Gasohol – we think this is the best use for sugar – fuel for your car, not your body!
Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital, MMesa, AZ (and has performed over 5,000 open heart surgeries) and he says that when you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels! (No wonder the body complains!) Dr Lundell has seen the damage with his own eyes. There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume denatured foods, and sugar is no exception, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils. Eating fresh locally sourced quality carbohydrates will ensure your body has all the sugar it needs, as carbohydrates convert to sugar when consumed and processed by the body. We are a walking chemical factory!!
In order to kick the sugar addiction we need to eliminate foods with added refined sugar and reduce other refined carbohydrates and replace with fresh natural foods like fresh fruits, dried fruits and dates. To help keep your blood sugar balanced throughout the day (and just before retiring) it is a good idea to add a small protein snack such as almonds – this will help to regulate the blood sugar during the night and help you to wake feeling refreshed. Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet may seem difficult at first, but it is surprising just how quickly you can make a positive difference.
There is clear and definitive scientific evidence that proper nutrition plays an important and significant role in reducing the risk of degenerative diseases, and in providing long-term health and longevity and we believe that by taking our Ridiculously Simple Step To Transform Your Health (and Life) and by reducing and eventually eliminating refined sugar from your diet you will be well on your way to giving yourself the opportunity to experience health and vitality. We recommend that you do not attempt to eliminate sugar immediately, rather begin to reduce and replace it with other foods so that your body does not begin to crave the loss of it. If you drink your tea or coffee with sugar, begin by reducing it (one week at a time) – one teaspoon could become two thirds of a spoon and so on. Alternatively choose a naturally sweet herb tea. It is tempting to try to do it quickly, however more sustainable change is made slowly – taking one Ridiculously Simple Step at a time, will transform your life.
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