Addicted to Sugar? Take the Quiz

Addicted to Sugar? Take the Quiz

Addicted to Sugar? Take the Quiz

We can hardly pick up a magazine without seeing a headline about sugar and its connection to disease. Over the last several years, I have been writing about the perils of sugar and it’s connection to brain fog, aging, adrenal fatigue, diabetes and heart disease. But the call of sugar is strong to many, and we can put our heads in the sand (or the sugar!) and keep going.

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Curb Your Carb Cravings JUICE RECIPE

Curb Your Carb Cravings JUICE RECIPE

Curb Your Carb Cravings

Jerusalem artichoke is a natural remedy for carb cravings.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 carrots
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 1 Jerusalem artichoke
  • 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • 1 lemon, peeled if not organic
  • ½ green apple

Wash produce first and, once juiced, drink as soon as possible or store in fridge or freeze.

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Control Blood Sugar; Lose Weight

Control Blood Sugar; Lose Weight

Control Blood Sugar; Lose Weight

Can you really control blood sugar and cure diabetes? What would you consider a cure? Normal blood sugar? No more need to take medication? That’s definitely possible. Able to go back to your old lifestyle and way of eating? That’s not possible.

Here’s Fr. Gregory’s Story

Our dear friend Fr. Gregory was diagnosed with diabetes in November 2015. He said,” I really didn’t like taking medication because of the side effects.  My goal was to heal my body with good nutrition so I wouldn’t need medication any longer.  To achieve my goal, I stopped consuming so many dairy products, which are high in sugar (lactose). I had been drinking a lot of milk. Instead, I began drinking freshly made vegetable juices. I lowered my sugar and other carbohydrate intake as well.  In 30 days, I lost 20 pounds.  I cut my medication in half because my blood sugar fell too low.  I was very encouraged by how quickly my body responded to my dietary changes.”  Now, after three months, Fr. Gregory’s AIC range has gone from 9.5 to 5.5 (completely normal).  He no longer needs ANY medication. His doctor said he’d never seen anything like it.

Stanford Medicine Study Links Sugar with Diabetes

Sugar may have a direct link to diabetes. That’s the result of a large epidemiological study in 2013 by Stanford Medicine. “Researchers examined data on sugar availability and diabetes rates from 175 countries over the past decade. They found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates, independent of obesity rates.

‘It was quite a surprise,’ said Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research CenteSugar-Knockoutr. ‘We’re not diminishing the importance of obesity, but these data suggest that there are additional factors that contribute to diabetes risk besides obesity and total calorie intake, and that sugar appears to play a prominent role.’”1

Whether you have blood sugar metabolism challenges or not, eliminating sugar can make a huge difference when it comes to your health and losing weight. Maybe it’s time to get that sweet tooth under control. Check out my new book The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout.

 

Notes: 1 http://stanfordmedicine.org/communitynews/2013spring/sugar.html#sthash.lBKg7tEj.dpuf

 

 

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Acid Reflux and Sugar

Acid Reflux and Sugar

Acid Reflux and Sugar

Research shows that eliminating sugar and refined carbohydrates can help control acid reflux. A very low-carbohydrate diet improves gastroesophageal reflux and its symptoms. That’s the title of a study that was published in Digestive Disease Science. 2006

In addition, here are some other dietary interventions to help you heal acid reflux:

  • Eliminate dairy and gluten
  • Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, citrus, tomato-based foods, and spicy foods.
  • Don’t eat within 3 hours before bed.
  • Don’t eat junk food.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Eat cooked foods, like fish, chicken, lightly steamed veggies, and brown, red or wild rice, and quinoa; include veggies juices and green smoothies; avoid raw food for now.
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals, at least 4 a day.

Include Natural Remedies to Soothe the Gut

  • Take 2 to 3 capsules of digestive enzymes with each meal. I recommend Ness #4 and 16
  • Re-inoculate the gut with healthy bacteria by using probiotics. I recommend HMF Forte.
  • Try 75 to 150 mg of zinc carnosine twice a day between meals — this has been extensively studied and is used frequently in Japan.
  • Take 3 to 5 grams of glutamine powder in water twice a day to help heal the gut lining.
  • Chew 2 to 3 chewable tablets of DGL (a form of licorice) 15 minutes before meals. Do not use licorice candy.
  • Take 200 to 400 mg of magnesium citrate or glycinate twice a day.
Notes: Dig Dis Sci. 2006 Aug;51(8):1307-12. Epub 2006 Jul 27.Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Aug. 2006).
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Acid Reflux and Sugar

Acid Reflux and Sugar

Acid Reflux and Sugar

Research shows that eliminating sugar and refined carbohydrates can help control acid reflux.  A very low-carbohydrate diet improves gastroesophageal reflux and its symptoms.  That’s the title of a study that was published in Digestive Disease Science, 2006.

In addition, here are some other dietary interventions to help you heal acid reflux:

  • Eliminate dairy and gluten
  • Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, citrus, tomato-based foods, and spicy foods.
  • Don’t eat within 3 hours before bed.
  • Don’t eat junk food.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Eat cooked foods, like fish, chicken, lightly steamed veggies, and brown, red or wild rice, and quinoa; include veggies juices and  green smoothies; avoid raw food for now.
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals, at least 4 a day.

Include Natural Remedies to Soothe the Gut

  • Take 2 to 3 capsules of digestive enzymes with each meal.  I recommend Ness #4 and 16
  • Re-inoculate the gut with healthy bacteria by using probiotics.  I recommend HMF Forte.
  • Try 75 to 150 mg of zinc carnosine twice a day between meals — this has been extensively studied and is used frequently in Japan.
  • Take 3 to 5 grams of glutamine powder in water twice a day to help heal the gut lining.
  • Chew 2 to 3 chewable tablets of DGL (a form of licorice) 15 minutes before meals.  Do not use licorice candy.
  • Take 200 to 400 mg of magnesium citrate or glycinate twice a day.

 

Notes: Dig Dis Sci. 2006 Aug;51(8):1307-12. Epub 2006 Jul 27.Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Aug. 2006).

 

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Happy Sweet Tooth; How to Choose Healthy Sweeteners

Happy Sweet Tooth; How to Choose Healthy Sweeteners

Happy Sweet Tooth; How to Choose Healthy Sweeteners

In continuing my series on sweeteners, I’m providing more information to help you make the best choices when it comes to sweeteners.

Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the herb stevia. I recommend Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme.  I don’t recommend Truvia; it’s made of rebiana, erythritol (a sugar alcohol), and natural flavors. Rebiana is derived from a specific part of the stevia plant using a highly refined process.

Coconut nectar When the coconut tree is tapped it produces a nutrient-rich “sap” that exudes from the coconut blossoms. This sap is very low glycemic (GI of 35). It is an abundant source of minerals, amino acids, vitamin C,  and B vitamins. It virtually has a neutral pH.

Coconut sugar is produced from the sap of cut flower buds of the coconut palm.  It has a GI of 35.

Birch sugar is made from birch tree bark, which is xylitol—a sugar alcohol. The Ultimate Sweetener is a good brand. It looks like sugar and has a GI index of 50, somewhat lower than sugar.

Raw local honey is different from the average store bought honey. Using pasteurized honey, which you find in most stores, is as unhealthy as consuming refined sugar.   Raw honey is different because it has not been pasteurized, heated or processed in any way, and therefore contains many valuable benefits.

Pure maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees. Use it very sparingly because it is about two thirds sucrose (which is table sugar).

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Find the Hidden Sugars!

Find the Hidden Sugars!

Here are some products with a high sugar content that are often NOT considered high in sugar.

BBQ sauce—13 grams of sugar for each 2 Tbsp.
Fruit yogurt—19 grams in many single serving containers.  It tastes like desert—that’s because it is desert.
Sweet and sour chicken—19 grams of sugar in many servings.
Spaghetti sauce—one-half cup may contain as much as 12 grams sugar plus the pasta turns rapidly to sugar because it’s digested so rapidly
Sodas—one 8-ounce can offers 29 sugar grams—well this one you probably are aware of—just wanted you to see how much sugar is actually there.
Dried fruit—1/3 cup can have as much as 24 grams of sugar; many manufacturers add sugar.
Gummy worms—44 grams of sugar in every 10 worms
Energy bars—one bar can pack in 12 grams or more of sugar
Energy drinks—some pack in as much as 83 grams of sugar

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Sugar’s Bitter Truth

Sugar’s Bitter Truth

Sugar and Inflammation

For the last four decades, Americans have avoided fats and gorged on sugar. Sugar is a leading contributor to type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, MS, metabolic syndrome, and excessive weight gain.  It also increases the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis; actually nearly every disease has a link to sugar.

Sugar in the amount that the typical Americans eat (about 64 pounds a year) continually upsets our body chemistry and causes the inflammatory process that leads to disease. The less sugar you eat, the less inflammation, and the stronger your immune system, which defends us against infectious and degenerative diseases.

Excess sugar in the blood causes glycation, a process where a sugar molecule binds to a protein or a fat, and leads to the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs are inflammatory; they are associated with type 2 diabetes, aging, and many diseases.

Don’t be fooled. Sugar is hidden in packaging in many different forms: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, sucrose, maltose, dextrose, fructose, glucose, galactose, lactose.  When a manufacturer wants to sweeten up a certain brand of cereal, for example, it can either do this using 15 grams of sugar, or, 5 grams of malt syrup, 5 grams of invert sugar, and 5 grams of glucose. Some manufacturers seem to be choosing this divide and masquerade method, placing these ingredients lower down on their products’ lists, making the public believe that the amount of sugar in the product is smaller than it is.

It’s all still sugar:  Cane juice, dehydrated cane juice, cane juice solids, cane juice crystals, dextrin, maltodextrin, dextran, barley malt, beet sugar, caramel, buttered syrup, carob syrup, brown sugar, date sugar, malt syrup, diatastic malt (enzymes that breakdown starch into sugar), fruit juice concentrate, dehydrated fruit juice, fruit juice crystals, golden syrup, turbinado, sorghum syrup, molasses, refiner’s syrup, ethyl malitol, maple syrup, yellow rock sugar, and sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and mannitol.

Healthy Alternative Sweeteners

  • Stevia (recommend Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme)
  • Coconut sugar and coconut nectar
  • Small amounts of pure maple syrup
  • Small amounts of local raw honey
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8 Reasons to Ditch Sugar

8  Reasons to Ditch Sugar

8  Reasons to Ditch Sugar

Here are a few TOP TIPS to help you shed those pounds and feel great:

  1. Sugar is a major contributor to inflammation. Inflammation is a top cause of heart disease and nearly all other diseases. You can read more about inflammation in my book The Juice Ladys Anti-Inflammation Diet.
  2. Sugar makes you fat.  It is loaded with calories that are stored in fat cells.
  3. Sugar will raise your cholesterol. For years we were told it was fat that raised our cholesterol, but sugar is worse.
  4. Sugar makes you nervous. There is a clear link between excess sugar and disorders like anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia, because of high levels of insulin and adrenalin that get released with sugar consumption
  5. Sugar causes diabetes, kidney and heart problems.  Excess sugar can damage the pancreas’s ability to function properly.
  6. Sugar destroys your teeth.  Sugar increases the bacteria in your mouth that erodes enamel. The biggest problem with many popular toothpastes is that they contain sugar. They are not required to put the sugar on the label.
  7. Sugar suppresses the immune system.  Sugar beats out vitamin C in your immune cells and weakens them.
  8. Sugar causes wrinkles. A high-sugar diet damages collagen, the layer just below the skin that gives you that youthful appearance.
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Sugar Hijacks Your Brain

Sugar Hijacks Your Brain

Sugar Hijacks Your Brain

Sugar is sneaky—and unbeknown to many of us, we’ve become hooked before we know it. In ways that drugs such as nicotine, cocaine and heroin hijack the brain’s reward pathway and make users dependent, sugar is addictive in the same way.

Sugar Detox

“It almost feels like you’re detoxing from drugs,” some people say. There are four major components of addiction: binging, withdrawal, craving, and cross-sensitization. All of these components have been observed in animal models of addiction—sugar as well as drugs.

A typical experiment goes like this: rats are deprived of food for 12 hours each day, then given 12 hours of access to a sugary solution and regular chow. After a month of following this daily pattern, rats display behaviors similar to those on drugs of abuse.

They’ll binge on the sugar solution in a short period of time, much more than their regular food. They also show signs of anxiety and depression during the food deprivation period. Many sugar-treated rats who are later exposed to drugs, such as cocaine and opiates, demonstrate dependent behaviors toward the drugs compared to rats who did not consume sugar beforehand.

Like drugs, sugar spikes dopamine release. Over the long term, regular sugar consumption actually changes the gene expression and availability of dopamine receptors in both the midbrain and frontal cortex.

This means that repeated access to sugar over time leads to prolonged dopamine signaling, greater excitation of the brain’s reward pathways and a need for even more sugar to activate all of the midbrain dopamine receptors like before. The brain becomes tolerant to sugar—and more is needed to attain the same “sugar high.”

Sugar Withdrawal

In a 2002 study by Carlo Colantuoni and colleagues of Princeton University, rats who had undergone a typical sugar dependence protocol then underwent “sugar withdrawal.” This was facilitated by either food deprivation or treatment with naloxone, a drug used for treating opiate addiction which binds to receptors in the brain’s reward system.

Both withdrawal methods led to physical problems, including teeth chattering, paw tremors, and head shaking. Naloxone treatment also appeared to make the rats more anxious, as they spent less time on an elevated apparatus that lacked walls on either side. Similar withdrawal experiments by others also report behavior similar to depression in tasks such as the forced swim test. Rats in sugar withdrawal are more likely to show passive behaviors (like floating) than active behaviors (like trying to escape) when placed in water, suggesting feelings of helplessness.

A new study published by Victor Mangabeira and colleagues in Physiology & Behavior reports that sugar withdrawal is also linked to impulsive behavior. Initially, rats were trained to receive water by pushing a lever. After training, the animals returned to their home cages and had access to a sugar solution and water, or just water alone. After 30 days, when rats were again given the opportunity to press a lever for water, those who had become dependent on sugar pressed the lever significantly more times than control animals, suggesting impulsive behavior.

I encourage you to swear off sugar for good. There are also countless articles and books about the boundless energy and new-found happiness in those who have sworn off sugar for good. There are great healthful sweeteners to choose from such as stevia and coconut sugar. So why not say good bye to sugar for good and see how good you can feel?  I did years ago and it was one of my life changers.

Adapted from http://qz.com/353138/this-is-what-happens-to-your-brain-when-you-stop-eating-sugar/

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