Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sugar - A Leading Cause of Inflamation

Did you know that sugar consumption is a leading cause of inflammation?

People who consume excess amount of sugar are prone to chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation dramatically accelerates degeneration in the body and can lead to a host of cell damaging diseases:
*heart disease          *cancer          *osteoarthritis          *diabetes          *cancer
*Candida                  *obesity          *osteoporosis          *premature aging
and many other minor/major health conditions. 

Inflammation is an essential part of the body's healing system.  Inflammation is the immune system's healthy response to irritation.  It's aim is to defend the body against bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders, to remove debris, and to help repair damaged tissue.  It helps to restore a damaged area back to a normal state following an injury, irritation or infection. 

In response to high sugar intake, which includes simple carbohydrates, the pancreas floods the body with insulin and the pituitary glands signal your adrenal glands and thyroid to produce excess stress hormones. These inundate your blood supply triggering  inflammation.  Inflammation in turn creates additional stress and pain on your organs and joints.  It's a vicious cycle! But there's more...when your pancreas floods your body with insulin, insulin promotes the storage of excess sugar as fat which causes weight gain.

How is sugar capable of all of this? 
Our digestive systems are naturally nourished and cleansed by the natural sweetness found in fruits, vegetables, grains, herbs and even raw honey.  These help to regenerate the stomach, spleen and pancreas through natural cleansing properties.
Sugar and sugar substitutes including high fructose corn syrup are highly concentrated .  Sugar burns hot in our stomachs.  Once consumed, these highly concentrated sugars cause a fiery explosion within the stomach that sends signals throughout our body that we are under attack (stress) and sends all of our organs into overdrive.

Many things can lead to chronic pain, but more often than not, inflammation is the cause with sugars being the greatest antagonist. The pain you feel in your stiff, achy joints is your body's way of letting you know that that you have inflammation.

Staying away from sugar and simple carbohydrates is one of the best ways to decrease inflammation and improve your overall health and well being.

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