- Langlois & Garriguet, 2011
What's wrong with a little sugary goodness?
What 26 tsp of Sugar Looks Like....
The problem is that many people have no concept of what a high-sugar diet looks like - so what seems like a little, often amounts to A LOT over the course of a day.
The Bittersweet Problem:
- Refined carbohydrates (sugar or high glycemic foods that break down into sugar very quickly) cause the pancreas to release insulin into the blood.
- Insulin is a hormone that stimulates the rest of the body systems, including other hormones, which can lead to over-production of oil and, for some, acne.
- Too much insulin also drives inflammation, which is associated with many diseases including psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and acne.
- Eventually the pancreas gets tired and burnt out leading to blood sugar dysregulation and a whole host of problems including: insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, blood pressure issues, poor wound healing and yeast infections. All of which greatly affect confidence and sex-drive.
- Additionally, bad bacteria thrive on excess sugar and can cause digestive disturbance like gas, bloating and irritable bowels. Also affecting the skin and an obvious downer when trying to get busy between the sheets.
Sugar-Free (or Reduced Sugar Intake) Bonuses:
- Easier to maintain a healthy weight
- Clearer skin
- Deeper more restful sleep
- More energy during the day
- Increased focus and improved memory
About Dr. Taryn Deane, ND
- Avoid sugary beverages (milk, juice, pop, vitamin water)and opt for water, kombucha (fermented tea) and herbal teas. Add lemon for a lil zest.
- Choose whole foods instead of processed and packaged products.
- Use honey, maple syrup or green stevia to sweeten instead of sugar and never use artificial sweeteners ("diet" products cause more harm than good).
- Pair high-carb foods with protein and good quality fats (like olive oil, coconut oil, avocadoes…etc.)
- Eat GLOW goodies and raw chocolate that hit the spot AND have many added benefits, including blood sugar control!
Wolfe, L. Skintervention Guide. 2012.http://skinterventionguide.org/