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SUGAR AND DEPRESSION

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
August 13, 2015
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Sad news, sugar...

Despite the immediate sweet feelings you get from it, sugar consumption lowers your endorphin levels and creates inflammation in the body. And so, there is a real link between sugar consumption and depression.

 

THE SOUR TRUTH ABOUT THE SWEET STUFF

Endorphins are your “feel good” hormones. The ones that naturally block pain, increase energy, control your appetite, and are responsible for your sex drive. Lower levels of endorphins leads to depression, pain related diseases like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and an increase in pain in general. Studies done on the relationship to sugar consumption and those diseases found that cutting sugar from your diet can alleviate pain and depression by 50%.

If we traveled back to the early days of man all the way up to the end of WWII, we wouldn’t be eating sugar quite as often.  Back then, sugar wasn’t part of the everyday diet–it was a treat, eaten occasionally and in its natural states. Today, sugar in its most evil forms (white sugar, HFCS), represents about 20 to 25 percent of the daily caloric intake of the average American (440 – 550 calories). This translates into the equivalent of half a pound per day and over 5 tons in a lifetime. In the early 1800′s, the average sugar consumption was 12 pounds per person annually. This increased to 124 pounds in 1980 and to 152 pounds in 1997.

Sugar in large quantities also has a number of other evil effects inside the body such as: increasing inflammation, feeding the growth of yeast, bacteria and viruses, causing cancer and the spread of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. HFCS (corn sugar) has been directly linked to pancreatic cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. Not to mention that sugar is extremely addictive and has withdrawals that have been compared to kicking heroin. Can you say evil?

Now, we’re not saying that you need to give up your precious coca-cola entirely, but maybe wean yourself down to one can, once a week. Try replacing your drinks with water and lemon or a dash of fruit juice. If you’re craving something sweet, try a banana or a yogurt.  Start reading the labels on your food to see where sugars and HFCS have been snuck in. The best way to get sugar out of your diet is to add more good stuff like fresh fruits, vegetables, and fresh veggie juices, as well as some exercise.. Exercise is your body’s natural method to increase your endorphin levels. Your body will begin to crave sugar less and before you know it you’ll be off the crack that has consumed your life. You’ll start to have more energy and maybe even shed a few pounds.

 

 

 

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