How Sugar is Killing Us : 20 ways you didn’t know Sugar ruins your Health

How Sugar is Killing Us
The scary thing about sugar is that, it’s difficult to weed it out from us, It’s addictive and toxic…. like a drug

Fat is no longer the food villain, it’s Sugar. Number of people getting sugar-related disorders like diabetes, obesity and heart disease is sky rocketing. The scary thing about sugar is that, it’s difficult to weed it out from us,  It’s addictive and toxic…. like a drug.

How many of you know what all qualifies as ‘Sugar’?

Sugar in general refers to sucrose.  Sucrose is obtained from sugar cane or sugar beets. Other sugars include high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), crystalline fructose, and glucose.  The term “sugar-sweetened” refers to those food to which  sucrose or one of the above named sugars is added during manufacture. Please note that sugars that are naturally occurring in foods such as fructose in fruit or lactose in milk are not “added sugars”. Sweeteners are classified mainly into two – nutritive or nonnutritive. Nutritive or caloric sweeteners are naturally occurring ones, made by fruits, sugar cane, and sugar beets and on average they provide 4 calories per gram, whereas Nonnutritive or high-intensity sweeteners obtained from plant sources, such as monk fruit or stevioside, or synthetically made, such as acesulfame K, aspartame, sucralose, or saccharine provide sweetness to food but contribute towards very little or no calories.

Sugar is indeed Deadly…do you know why ?

How Sugar is Killing Us
In Children sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity. This is because sugar reduce levels of orexin in the brain

Sugar is rapidly converted in the blood to fat or triglycerides. This then increases obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. We all know this. But did you know that sugar has much more damaging effects on our body. You will be surprised reading below list.

  • Sugar is an “empty food”. Sugar is devoid of vitamins, minerals, or fiber
  • Eating larger portions of sugar can make immune system completely helpless. This effect can last for about 4-5 hours. This would mean weakened defense against diseases and infection.
  • In Children sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity. This is because sugar reduce levels of orexin in the brain, which reduces levels of physical activity. As a result our kids get fat and sleepy simultaneously
  • Sugar can lead to kidney damage, especially when one has diabetes
  • Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency
  • Sugar can speed up the aging process, causing more wrinkles and gray hair. Sugar reacts with protein, creating advanced glycation end-products(AGEs). These AGEs cause skin to be wrinkled and cell structures to harden
  • Sugar can meddle with absorption of calcium and magnesium
  • Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, gall bladder and rectum
  • Sugar increases chance for colon cancer in women
  • Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin
  • Sugar can lead to an acidic stomach
  • Sugar raise the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Sugar increase the risk of varicose veins
  • Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis
  • Sugar can deteriorate eyesight
  • Sugar can reduce growth hormone
  • Sugar causes food allergies
  • Sugar can impair the DNA structure
  • Sugar can raise the amount of fat in the liver
  • Sugar may lead to increase in headaches, including migraines
  • Sugar can cause Alzheimer Disease

 

Prevention is always better than getting Chronic Illness

How sugar is killing us
Be knowledgeable about processed foods – Read food labels and don’t be fooled

Sugar is cheap, sugar tastes good and sugar sells in the market, so companies are not going to stop adding this unhealthy ingredient.  Only option left is to limit sugar intake and bring some corrections to your life to live longer and stay well. 

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10 Most Unpleasant Things About Pregnancy

Our minds are filled with images of happy pregnant and new moms we see on billboards, ads and pinterest. But truth may not be always this…..

Becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where you already live –  Sarah Walker

Are you pregnant, Are you going to start this journey or are you already a new mom. This post is for you all. The true fact is however well you prepare mentally and physically and how much ever you read about motherhood, the moment the little one is born, a mother feels as if she is on a roller coaster ride.

The lifestyle and parenting magazines have created a false image that journey of being pregnant and motherhood is something one should for sure enjoy and it only has happiness. Our minds are filled with images of happy pregnant and new moms we see on billboards, ads and pinterest. But truth may not be always this…..

1.For most new moms, breast-feeding doesn’t come easily

Though breastfeeding is a natural process, it need not be easy. Less than 50% moms manage to breast-feed exclusively for the six months that are recommended for a baby’s health. The moms who quit mostly are those who have faced trouble with breast-feeding in the first week with a new baby.

  • Sore or Burning nipples
  • Poor or Excess milk supply
  • Plugged milk ducts
  • Flat or inverted nipples
  • Breast infection
  • Breast engorgement
  • Latching problem

2.Hate every minute of pregnancy

Half the female population hate being pregnant. Many a times people around and society are only happy about the pregnancy news and mother to be is left to bear all the pain and trauma associated with pregnancy by themselves. The process of carrying fetus for 40+ weeks is a tough job and for large number of women the journey becomes tougher with accounts of morning sickness, constipation, fatigue, body ache, swollen ankles and sore breasts.

Journey becomes tougher with accounts of morning sickness, constipation, fatigue, body ache, swollen ankles and sore breasts

Many people assume that if you hate being pregnant, you’ll hate being a mother.The fact is to hate ‘pregnancy’ is normal. Not liking pregnancy has no correlation with not liking the ‘Baby’.

3.Some moms don’t bond with their baby instantly

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Friends who live in our Gut: Gut Microbiota

Healthy adult humans each typically harbor more than 1000 species of bacteria

Most people consider microbes as germs, but truth is trillions of microbes that live in our gut execute many functional roles – aid in digestion, keep  a check on infectious agents,  boost immunity, synthesize many vitamins, play a key role in maintaining Hormone balance and Brain function.

So they are for sure our ‘Friends’

“Taking into account the major role gut microbiota plays in the normal functioning of the body and the different functions it accomplishes, experts nowadays consider it as an “organ

Quick facts about our ‘Friends’ Microbiota

  • Healthy adult humans each typically harbor more than 1000 species of bacteria 
  • Microbiota can, in total, weigh up to 2 kg
  • ‘Gut feelings’ indeed seems to be a true phrase as researchers have found connection between gut microbiome and human behavior and emotion
  • Two thirds of the gut microbiome is unique to each person, and what makes this unique is the food we eat, the air we breathe and other environmental factors.
  •  The initial composition of the gut microbiota depends on the mode of delivery: babies delivered vaginally harbour gut microbiota resembling microbial communities found in their mothers’ vaginas, whereas those born via Cesarean section apparently acquire microbes from the skin, dominated by taxa such as Propionibacterium and Staphylococcus
  • Formula fed babies have less of good microbes compared to breast fed babies, giving them a healthier edge over the other.  Gut of breastfed babies primarily consists of Bifidobacteria – considered a “friendly” bacteria that benefits the gut
  •  Infants with less diverse gut bacteria at the age of 3 months were more likely to be prone to food allergies
  • By the age of 3, microbiota becomes stable and similar to that of adults, continuing its evolution at a steadier rate throughout life
  • Researchers have found a certain strain of bacteria – Christensenellaceae minuta – that cause the animals to gain less weight, indicating the bacteria could be used to reduce or prevent obesity 
  • The predominant bacterial groups in the microbiome are gram positive Firmicutes and gram negative Bacteroidetes
  • People treated with prolonged courses of antibiotics that kill a wide spectrum of bacteria can develop life-threatening diarrhoea due to an overgrowth of Clostridium difficile

Microbiome and Disease state

Some researchers believe that up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and health of the microbiome : image

Each of us have a complex ecosystem of bacteria located within our gut and we call them microbiome or gut microbiota. The vast majority of the bacterial species that make up our microbiome live in our digestive systems. Some researchers believe that up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and health of the microbiome.  Poor gut health can contribute to leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases and disorders like arthritis, dementia, heart disease, and cancer.

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Things you didn’t know were making you Fat

It turns out that it may not be only your appetite that need to be blamed for your increased waistline.

Are you one among those who has decided to lose weight by cutting down on Burgers, Cakes, Chocolates and Sugars. Even after quitting all junks are you still battling weight issue. It turns out that it may not be only your appetite that need to be blamed for your increased waistline.

Though changes in the way we eat and physical activity levels are the primary factors behind weight increase, other aspects of our lifestyle can also make a contribution.

Pay attention to these points and gain back your fit and healthy body

Pay attention to these points and gain back your fit and healthy body

Are you not sleeping enough

Research suggests that sleepless nights don’t just make you moody the next day—they could also damage your waistline.

Sleep loss could lead to weight gain, says sleep disorder specialist Michael Breus. When we get too little sleep, our metabolism slows down to conserve energy. That slowdown triggers the release of the hormone cortisol, which increases appetite.You head straight to kitchen in search of more food.

Sleep loss also causes our bodies to release more another hormone that signals hunger, ghrelin, and less leptin, the hormone that tells your stomach that it’s full. As a result body signals for more food and lacks the sensitivity to know when to stop eating. Also being awake more hours gives you more time to snack.

Are you always in Fight or Flight mood

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Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition

Childhood obesity is not only associated with a higher risk of getting disease and premature death, but is also accompanied by many other medical conditions during childhood.

The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. The high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt, energy-dense, and micronutrient-poor foods, that are lower in nutrient quality are to be blamed for this scenario. Sometimes a child may be eating the right type and amount of food but lack physical activity, because of which they put on weight. The problem is global. Based on 2015 WHO reports, the number of overweight children under the age of five, was estimated to be over 42 million. Also almost half of all overweight children under 5 live in Asia and one quarter in Africa. If WHO is to be believed, If current trends continue the number of overweight or obese infants and young children globally will increase to 70 million by 2025.

Global obese population aged 0-5 years in million

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