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Top 10 Benefits of Quitting Sugar
Eliminating white, refined and added sugars from your diet is one of the absolute best things you can do for yourself and for your family! There are an abundance of reasons for cutting sugar out of your diet, the following are only some of the benefits you will experience when you decide to say no to this addictive, sneaky substance.
1. Lose Weight
Okay, so this one if the most obvious however the rewards are super beneficial for your health and over all well being. 1 teaspoon of sugar has about 16 calories, if you cut out both foods and drinks that equal 10 teaspoons of sugar – an example of this could be a soda – you’ll cut 160 calories from your daily diet. The idea is, that consuming more calories than you burn throughout the day will lead to weight gain. Consuming sugary foods and drinks is one contributor to a high calorie intake diet, particularly if you have several servings of these foods and drinks each day.
Reduce your intake of calories from added sugar by reading food labels. This will help you identify foods that contain added sugars but are not sweet in taste. Examine the ingredient list to determine if the food contains sugar, and then glance at the nutrition facts to see how many grams of sugar a serving of each food contains. This will help you choose the foods lowest in added sugars.
2. Experience Clearer & Healthier Skin
Refined sugar can cause your insulin levels to spike, which leads to a burst of inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in damaged skin and wrinkles. Sugar that is digested is permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as glycation. Aside from increasing the effects of aging, glycation can also contribute to skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Want to look and feel forever young? You know what to do 🙂
3. Increases Energy and Focus
We all know that sugar can give us bursts of energy, however – what goes up must come down. Sugar causes energy crashes, fatigue and mental cloudiness. What they say is true “You are what you eat”. Eating vibrant, living foods like fresh fruit and vegetables causes our body to obtain the proper nutrients we need for more consistent, stable energy throughout our day.
4. Mental Clarity
Cutting sugar out of our diet gives us the motivation to eat clean more often because of how great we feel. Less refined/artificial sugar is scientifically proven to increase creativity, stabilize moods, encourages strong will power and reduces anxiety. Less is more!
5. Live a Long and Healthy Life
Eating less sugar increases the longevity of your life. The older we get the more we tend to feel our past sports injuries, gardening becomes a little tough on our knees, we may throw our our back or we may take a little while to heal from minor injuries. Cutting sugar out of your diet has been proven to reduce muscle and joint pain. Try it out 🙂
The more time you take to review the food labels of the food you buy, the more knowledge you gain with what you and your family are consuming every single day . Learning about all those packaged and processed foods in grocery stores inspires you to start making things from scratch, with real ingredients! Spend a night with the kids making a fresh homemade pizza. Pack nutritious lunches and snacks for the day. Say hello to a happier and healthier you.
7. Save Money
Buying less prepackaged/processed foods and more fresh locally grown food helps save money big time!
Think about it.
8. Cut Back Exposure to Artificial Preservatives
What are artificial preservatives?
“Artificial food preservatives are a group of chemical substances which are used in food production to slow down spoilage, discoloration, or contamination by bacteria and other disease forming organisms or pathogens.” –Naturally Savvy
Those who wish to cut down on their intake of preservatives in general can try growing some of their own produce, or purchase fresh fruits and vegetables only from local farmers during the growing season.
9. Consume More Fruits and Vegetables
Sugar has been linked to dental corrosion, diabetes, cancer and many other diseases. But ironically, our entire body is dependent on sugar! There are many different types of sugars and each one is treated and behaves differently within your body.
Natural sugars are sugars that are found, well naturally. This includes fruits, veggies, and honey. Processed sugars are natural sugars that are modified, combined and processed by us to make something with regular flavor and texture, such as white sugar.
The main difference between natural and processed sugars is how each one delivers glucose and fructose. For example, fruits are not just fructose, they also contain many nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Whereas your typical table sugar doesn’t. When your body consumes too much sugar, the liver can’t use it all and it gets stored as fat. Over time, this can have serious implications for your health.
With cutting refined and processed sugars out of our diets, we leave room for more of the good nourishing sugars our bodies rely on! 🙂
10. Sleep Better
Last but certainly not least, sleep! One of the main causes of insomnia is exhaustion. Odd as it may seem, the body actually needs energy to calm or sedate itself for sleep. Without energy, we have troubles falling asleep. Ditch the sugar before bed and have the restful sleep you deserve 🙂