Do you have a sweet tooth? While sweets may be too delicious to resist, there are health risks that go along with consuming refined sugar. High fructose corn syrup, glucose and fructose are all commonly known examples of refined sugar that are in many of the foods we enjoy. To improve your overall health, here are three reasons to eliminate refined sugars from your diet.
3 Reasons to Avoid Refined Sugar
1. It Adds Calories with No Nutritional Value
Foods that are full of refined sugars lack nutritional substance and often provide an excessive amount of calories. While foods that are full of fiber and protein can have a high calorie count, your body uses that to stay full longer. When eating sugary foods, your body does not receive the same signals of fullness, which can lead to overeating and weight gain.
2. It Causes Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is the body’s painful response to protect itself from trauma and damages. You are actually causing harm to your body when you consume too much sugar. An excessive amount of sugar increases the body’s production of cytokine, which causes inflammation. Consider changes like eating whole-grain bread over white bread to prevent inflammation; check out this blog post for whole foods that give you energy.
3. It’s Addictive – But Acupuncture Can Help!
You may have heard this before, but sugar is addictive! Sugar can lead to cravings and cause you to overeat. However, one of the most natural methods to end food cravings is acupuncture. An acupuncture session releases endorphins that can eliminate the emotional need to eat because of the increase in the ‘feel good’ hormone. There are also specific acupuncture methods, such as ear stapling, that can curb cravings through manipulating certain points of the ear.
By avoiding refined sugars you are eliminating excess calories, inflammation and cravings, and also improving your overall health. Contact Green Lake Natural Health today if you are interested in using acupuncture to help eliminate refined sugar from your diet.
About Green Lake Natural Health:
Green Lake Natural Health provides natural healing services and medicinal herb counseling to patients. The mission of Green Lake Natural Health is to provide customized care to patients to effectively treat their health concerns in a natural manner that restores harmony and healing in the body. Services include, but are not limited to, acupuncture, massage, medicinal herb counseling to treat conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain and more. Proudly serving the Seattle community since 2010.