No Soda November: Is Sugar Bad For You?

Is Sugar Bad For You?? No Soda November

Posted: November 10, 2019
By: Jennifer Whitman, D.C., C.A.C.

My oldest son is in college so over the past year he has started choosing his own food 100% of the time (initially with the help of the cafeteria). By winter recess of his freshman year he was starting to feel  sluggish and depressed. We examined reasons for this sudden change is his health and mood. Diet was one obvious culprit (although college kids could also sleep more and party less). He was raised to eat fresh, organic unprocessed food and he quickly agreed to watch his food choices and reduce refined sugar/ flour intake. Upon sharing this goal with friends saying “I am going to stop eating [refined] sugar”. The response from friends was “WHY!?”.  He explained that sugar is “bad for you”. They argued simply “no it isn’t”. My son knows better because of the evidence he FELT. We have also explored different websites including www.dietdoctor.com and documentaries including Super Size Me, Food, Inc. and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  So let’s examine the physiology behind the conclusion he and so many others can agree on simply because they kick the addiction, balance their weight and feel healthier with more energy.

 When we consume sugar, glucose enters the bloodstream. Insulin is required to move the glucose out of the blood and into cells. The pancreas produces insulin, diabetes type I occurs when the pancreas no longer produces insulin, this usually presents initially in children and young people up to age 20 and the cause is not understood. Type II diabetes, however,  is the result of cells being bombarded with insulin from over-consumption of sugar for so long that the cells become desensitized to insulin. These desensitized cells no longer respond to insulin. When this happens the glucose cannot move into the cell and remains in the blood which has a profound impact on the bodies ecosystem. When glucose can’t move into the cells for energy, the result is fatigue and the pancreas working overtime to make insulin. (1) When this happens in child-bearing age females the result is the egg doesn’t complete maturing during the cycle which means she won’t ovulate and the incomplete egg can form an ovarian cyst. The term PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is actually an insulin problem, which can be traced back to over-consumption of sugar. PCOS is not an ovarian problem. (2) Imbalanced blood sugar will also cause symptoms like; mood swings, irritability, depression and crying, persistent feeling of hunger and food cravings along with weight gain, confusion, anxiety increased inflammation, joint pain and trouble concentrating. Balancing the blood sugar by eliminating refined white sugar and white flour and high-fructose corn syrup can cause the reversal of these symptoms including; better sleep, weight loss, improved muscle tone, improved concentration and more energy. (3) Achieving a healthy weight and reversal of Type II Diabetes/ pre-diabetes can be achieved via a plant-based whole food diet free of refined carbohydrates. (4) As we approach the holidays, I would encourage you to join us in No Soda November. Most of the added sugar in our diets comes from what we drink, not what we eat. So this month, as a step toward reducing sugar and improving your overall health, we at Downtown Dewitt Chiropractic would like to encourage you to give up soda and sugary beverages. Who knows, maybe you’ll get addicted!

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