Today we’re going to be looking at the 10 negative effects of sugar on your body.
Sugar can give you wrinkles and your face looks older. Scientists from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands measured the blood sugar levels of 600 men and women aged between 50 and 70. They then showed the photographs of these people to 60 separate participants and found that those with higher blood glucose looked older than those with lower blood sugar levels. In fact for every one millimetre per litre increase in blood sugar the perceived age of that person rose by five months.
Sugar is associated with acne. Foods ranking higher on the glycemic index such as refined carbs have been associated with greater amounts of acne on the face and body according to the latest study of Australian men.
Sugary drinks cause 83 % increased risk in developing type 2 diabetes. In one study of 91249 women showed that those who consumed one sugar sweetened beverage per day had an 83 % percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those that only had one a month.
Sugar intake increases the risk of developing certain types of cancers. There has been a direct link seen between breast and colon cancer with sugar consumption. This is likely due to the fact that insulin is one of the key factors behind the growth and multiplication of cells and sugar spikes insulin to abnormally high levels.
Sugar can ruin your teeth. A study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that it destroys the healthy bacteria in the mouth which can cause tooth erosions.
Sugar is made up of empty calories with no real nutritional value. There are no nutrients, minerals, proteins or fiber in sugar just calories.
Sugar makes you feel hungry. A study done by Yale University showed that those who consume sugar had an increased appetite and desire for more. This happens when sugar screws up the hormonal levels in the body.
Sugar blocks leptin and raises insulin to very high levels. Leptin is a hormone in charge of telling us that we’re full and need to stop eating. It also tells us that we have energy and should go out and use that energy. Sugar consumption blocks this hormone from doing its job and from reaching the brain.
Sugar causes belly fat. Numerous studies have shown direct links from sugar to the increased accumulation of belly fat. This is the worst kind of fat because it is the one associated with all sorts of diseases including heart disease.
Sugar is addictive. Just like cocaine scientists have shown that sugar causes a very similar dopamine release in the brain. Studies on neuroplasticity have also shown that drug users have very similar behavioral addictions to those addicted to sugar.
Fruit has fiber, vitamins, minerals, water and tons of nutrients that refined sugar does not have. This is why when studies compare diets with refined sugar to fruit sugar the negative effects are not the same.
A renowned psychologist once pointed out, “We don’t have a mind. We are a mind.” On the surface, while this may sound a stupid statement, it has had far-reaching implications on developments in medical science. All our present experiences, including the condition of our physical health is determined by what goes on in the mind. Positive, optimistic thoughts strengthen and heal us, while negative thoughts can wear us down and make us ill. Slowly, but gradually, physicians are beginning to appreciate the role of the mind in the cause and remedy of illness. Our mental health, so to say, is found to be directly linked to our physical health. The way we think, the kind of moral, spiritual and religious factors that exist in our lives play a major role in our health. Basically positive thinking can impact our health.
This awareness is, however, not new. Roughly a century ago, doctors, especially in Europe, had begun to understand the role of mental and emotional circumstances in the treatment of disease. It was found that the causes of one person’s illness were rarely the same as the causes of another person’s illness. So, the doctors had to treat each patient on an individual basis. But, there was one down-side to this approach. Doctors were unable to benefit from past experiences in the treatment of any particular ailment. So, this led to a tendency among them to standardize treatments, and classify ailments. This approach, of course, didn’t take into account the individual circumstances of each patient while treating him or her. So, slowly the role of the mind was sidelined.
In a classic study in the field of cyber-physiology, American psychologist, Dr. George Solomon, discovered that people who are genetically predisposed to arthritis but are emotionally healthy prevent the disease from happening.
Dr. Solomon focussed his attention on a blood factor present in most rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. (The “rheumatoid factor” is the auto-antibody in a person’s blood system which causes the crippling disease.) He faced a rather interesting question: Why do some people remain perfectly healthy despite the presence of this menacing auto-antibody in their blood? The answer, says Dr. Solomon, lie in their psychological profile. Physically healthy relatives of arthritis sufferers who tested positive for the rheumatoid factor were, without exception, emotionally healthy.
There’s no straight forward answer. The best way to ensure a good health, or to ensure satisfying recovery from a disease is to maintain a positive outlook, something that can be accomplished through self hypnosis.
This, of course, does not mean that you just give up the medical therapy prescribed by your physician. What I am trying to say is that medical therapy alone may not be very fruitful, if the psychological side of a disease is not looked after. In fact, medical therapy and hypnotherapy often work excellently in conjunction with one another.
Also, try to lighten yourself up of the burden of the past. Previous experiences of resentment, anger, jealousy, and bitterness often block the release of healing forces from within.
The human body has an incredible disease fighting mechanism. Pre-historic man didn’t have cardiologists and ICU’s at his disposal to keep himself fit. And, it would be wrong to say that he didn’t face health problems. It was just that his psychological profile was a lot less complicated than ours, which enabled him to exploit his self-healing forces with great efficiency.
Test your Positive Thinking
To test your positive thinking, answer the following questions as honestly as you can, using this scoring system:
5: Always or Almost always
Put your score in the block on the right.
1. When something unexpected forces you to change your plans, are you quick to spot a hidden advantage in this new situation? [ ]
2. Do you like most of the people you meet? [ ]
3. When you think about next year, do you tend to think you’ll be better off than you are now? [ ]
4. Do you often stop to admire things of beauty? [ ]
5. When someone finds fault with you or something you’ve done, can you tell the difference between useful criticism and
“sour grapes” which is better off ignored? [ ]
6. Do you praise your spouse/best friend/lover more often than you criticise him or her? [ ]
7. Do you believe the human race will survive well into the twenty-first century? [ ]
8. Are you surprised when a friend lets you down? [ ]
9. Do you think you’re happy? [ ]
10. Do you feel comfortable making yourself the target of your own jokes? [ ]
11. Do you believe that, overall, your state of mind has had a positive effect on your physical health? [ ]
12. If you made a list of your 10 favourite people, would you be on it? [ ]
13. When you think back over the past few months, do you tend to remember your little success before your setbacks and
failures? [ ]
Total [ ]
If the sum of all the scores is:
above 55: Consider yourself a superstar – someone whose optimism is a powerful healing force.
50 to 55: Excellent. You’re a genuine positive thinker.
45 to 50: Good. You’re a positive thinker, sometimes.
40 to 45: Fair. Your positive side and your negative side are about evenly matched.
Below 40: Do you see any consistent negative patterns? Where could you improve?
If you scored below 50, you may practice the positive thinking affirmations given below.
You think positive. You are positive.
Life flows easily and joyfully for you.
You think of yourself only in the most positive terms.
You have total control over your life.
Your life is what you make it.
You move through life with grace and ease.
You enjoy life.
You live life to the fullest.
Your life is abundant with opportunities to contribute meaningfully to the world.
You succeed in whatever you put your mind to.
It can be done.
You’ll find a way.
You love life and its challenges.
You grow with each challenge that life has to offer.
You have a positive self image.
You use mind reprogramming techniques daily.
These powerful affirmations have been communicated to every level of your body and mind and move you in the direction of positive thinking.
Our 4 quadrants of life, the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical, function as one permeating and co-operative scheme. These quadrants differ in vibration level, and most individuals may only realize the physical.
What bears on one-quadrant effects the others, and one must be cognizant of how this occurs. This will help a good deal in accomplishing a wholesome balance between the 4 quadrants.
On the physical level, viruses and microbes are still not the true cause, but the deficiency of suitable nutrition and exercise that enables our bodies to be resistant to them. Viruses and microbes are in and around us day in and day out, even in healthy individuals.
So how do we better treat this composite and intricate holistic system (body) in which we live? It apparently calls for more than a quick crash program. You’re likely already doing a lot of things to help. The fact that you’re reading this means that you’re taking steps in being responsible for your own health and not forever waiting for something to go wrong and then expecting your physician to “repair” you.
This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t see a physician when you’re not well. They supply a critical and merciful service most of the time, and attempting to do altogether without them may be a calamitous error. That being stated, much of “modernistic” Western medicine doesn’t take a holistic approach to wellness but centers on symptomatic alleviation. To balance physical fitness with all the additional matters we have going in our lives, a lot of us favor getting away with the minimal possible to keep healthy. That sum may really be quite a bit less than many might think. But a nonchalant walk isn’t going to do it.
Emotional maturity and emotional health are not your daily school subjects, but they’re vital for personal welfare and the health of our communities, let alone world peace! Our damaging emotions are not simple to deal with once they’ve progressed. Positive emotions are crucial in being who we truly are, fantastic spiritual beings full of vim, passion and exuberance.
The spiritual path or activity you pursue is something only you ought to choose; regardless of what religion you were born or baptized into. A few individuals who have become disenchanted with orthodox religion discover that going fishing or walking in nature is the better way to have a spiritual experience.
The human mind is often looked upon as man’s primary advantage or asset over the rest of the life figures on earth. But occasionally it may be our greatest hindrance. The thoughts that infiltrate our minds are not inevitably an integral part of our true identity. Just as your thoughts get out into the world like ripples on the water, so other people may inadvertently pick up on them.
The definition of wellness is a spectrum. An individual becomes aware of, and makes sound choices toward the quest of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and rational wholeness through an intricate process. Here are additional views on the spectrum of what is physical health:
1. Cognizance of the body’s real identity, depth of feelings, stress patterns, reactions, balance and harmony.
2. Honoring your body’s own singularity and diverseness.
3. Engaging in patterns that move you toward a higher level of wellness.
Wellness is an interactive procedure of becoming cognizant of and exercising sound choices to produce a more successful and equilibrated lifestyle. Physical health isn’t acquired overnight; it’s cultivated over time. You must value and appreciate the relationship between good nutrition and the performance of the body. Without this you cannot balance the 4 quadrants of life. Physical health is a choice…Yours!
Jaggery or “Gur” in Hindi is basically unrefined sugar which is obtained from raw concentrated sugarcane juice. It can also be obtained from other sources like the date palm. People generally eat Jaggery in winter and that too in fewer quantities. But the reality is that it can be consumed throughout the year. Here are some of the health benefits of Jaggery,
Jaggery is the number one remedy if someone suffers from a cough frequently. The reason behind this is jaggery contains good amounts of phosphorous. Whenever there is a decrease in the amount of phosphorous in our body, we will suffer from a cough. To keep this condition away consume jaggery every day.
Jaggery contains antioxidants like zinc and selenium which boost your immunity.
If you suffer from acidity eat some Jaggery after meals.
People suffering from asthma should consume Jaggery with black sesame seeds during the winter season to get relief. It cleans your lungs effectively.
Jaggery is good for digestion. It is so beneficial that whatever you eat with Jaggery will get digested.
Jaggery is also good for weight loss. Jaggery is a rich source of potassium which boosts metabolism and reduces water retention in our body.
Jaggery is also a rich source of calcium hence beneficial for bone health. It can provide relief from joint pain.
Benefits Jaggery also extends to the heart. It contains potassium which strengthens your heart muscles.
Jaggery is also rich in magnesium which is essential in providing strength to your intestines.
Jaggery is a natural cleansing agent.
One of the well-known benefits of Jaggery is purifying the blood. When eaten regularly it shows blood purifying effect.
Jaggery being a natural cleanser reduces the workload of the liver by flushing out harmful toxins from the body.
Jaggery is rich in iron and folate which helps prevent anemia.
Benefits of Jaggery are tremendous and hence should become part of our regular diet.