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Sugar and Healthier Sugar Alternatives

Ice cream, chocolate, soda, oh my! All of these tasty treats are LOADED with one little ingredient that could cause deadly consequences: sugar. Sugar can be such a tasty treat, but it can also have dire consequences when it comes to a person’s health! Our bodies tend to manifest addictions to sugar in the form of health concerns and diseases such as weight gain, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic degenerative diseases. Kicking the habit of eating sugar and stopping the cravings will help you attain optimal health.

When I first started working on health and wellness in 2012, I had gone through an intensive health coaching training program that later lead me to Functional Medicine. I had no idea how both avenues would open my eyes to so many things I had never been taught in medical school. I was searching for answers to questions about preventing myself from getting Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease because they all run in my family. While the genes might be dormant in our bodies, we are still apt to bring them to surface with the lifestyles we choose to live. If we choose to not be active, eat poorly on a consistent basis (because once in awhile really won’t kill you), and put ourselves under high levels of stress, including lack of sleep, we then have a recipe for chronic diseases to pop up in our lives.

Sugar affects our bodies in a multitude of ways. Simply put, because our bodies digest different foods in different ways, sugar actually creates deficiencies in our bodies rather than allowing for us to absorb nutrition from its source. Why? Because refined table sugar (or white sugar) lacks vitamins, minerals, and fiber so our bodies work extra hard to digest it.

While we are enjoying that delicious donut or candy bar, we are actually causing our bodies to allow sucrose to enter our bloodstream and wreck complete havoc on our blood sugar level by pushing it sky-high. This elevation in sugar levels causes such things as hyperactivity, nervous tension, and excitability and then SUDDENLY the blood sugar level drops extremely which causes fatigue, depression, weariness, tiredness and sheer exhaustion.

And don’t be fooled by food labels that have fancy language to try and throw you off from what is actually in your food. Terms such as corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, glucose, or fructose are actually just fancier terms for sugar.

So how do you stop craving those super yummy treats? Your first step is to start using sugar alternatives that allow for proper digestion and breakdown in your body such as Agave Nectar, brown rice syrup, date sugar, raw honey, maple syrup, molasses, Stevia, coconut sugar, Sucanat and yacon sugar.

What does being able to stop your sugar cravings ultimately mean to you? Does it help you defy the odds of getting Type 2 Diabetes, becoming overweight, having increased blood pressure, or heart disease? All of these could potentially have dire consequences which makes finding a way to cut out sugar even more important!

Maybe you’re not struggling with cutting sugar from your diet, but you know someone who is! Share this information with them and allow them to see what sugar really does to a person’s body - regardless of how incredibly delicious that bowl of ice cream is at 2am.