Sugar now linked to dementia
According to German author and neurologist Dr. Agnes Floel, elevated blood sugar levels (from regularly eating high-carb, high-sugar foods) are fast becoming significant markers forcognitive decline and dementia.
In a recent study of 141 participants performed at Charite University Medicine in Berlin, researchers measured and compared sugar levels in 2 test groups—one had normal sugar levels and those in the other group were elevated.
After a series of testing which included an MRI scan and a word test, the researchers noted that the higher blood sugar participants consistently did worse during the memory assessments than the normal blood sugar group!
The reason why this happens is because sugar clogs the nutrient channels in all of your cells. Not only can this weaken your bones and muscles, but it can slow down communication between your nerve cells--which can lead to mood swings, memory problems and eventually dementia.
It encourages insulin resistance
Sugar binds to the hormone receptors in your cells, jamming them up making them insensitive to the hormone insulin.
Once you're insulin resistant, you have opened the door for Type 2 diabetes, more weight gain and even sexual dysfunction!
It ages you
Sugar stiffens the collagen in your tendons, joints and skin, which can lead to arthritis and premature wrinkling.
At the same time it interferes with the production of NEW collagen throughout your entire body, so you get a double whammy here.
It impairs your immune system functioning
Sugar alters the "sensors" that your white blood cells need in order to be able to distinguish normal, healthy tissues and cells from dangerous invaders.
This opens up the door for infections and viruses of all kinds to flourish as well as the development of cancer.
In addition, sugar also weakens your immune system by “slowing down” your white blood cells too.
You see, white blood cells travel through your blood vessels "patrolling" and waiting for an SOS from a tissue that's injured or inflamed.
Once they sense that their protective services are needed to help you heal and prevent infection, they wiggle out of your blood stream through little spaces between your cells (called the “matrix”) and go to the troubled area to begin their work.
But sugar can react with proteins in your body and "close off" these tiny crawl spaces, thereby preventing your white blood cells from getting where they need to go to protect you.
So the more of these "sugar blockages" you have, the more your immune function is impaired.
It interferes with your circulation
Your circulation and your red blood cells are affected by sugar too.
Your red blood cells sop up sugar like a sponge in your bloodstream and in doing so, they grow old, stiff and bloated.
Now, normally your spleen can filter out these worn-out red blood cells by passing them through a series of corridors—and any that are too “puffed up with sugar” get removed from circulation.
But when your blood is consistently overloaded with sugar, your spleen can't keep up with its fast-growing filtering job. Eventually, the puffy red blood cells can build up and clog your capillaries.
This is part of what's happening when diabetics go blind and develop numbness in their feet and gangrenous infections.
It can cause Dysbiosis (harmful bacteria overgrowth),
Sugar also harms the important little inhabitants in your gut, and this is another sugar double whammy.
About 70% of your immune system resides in the beneficial bacteria (AKA friendly flora) in your gut.
Also residing in your gut are "bad guys"--harmful bacteria and yeasts--that you can get from your food and the environment.
In order to have a strong flora balance (and hence an effective immune system), many experts recommend that you strive to have at least 85% friendly bacteria in your gut and no more than 15% harmful.
Your friendly flora is nourished by things like vegetables and fermented foods.
The harmful bacteria, on the other hand, LOVE sugar.
So when you give your body a regular onslaught of sugar not only are you starving your beneficial bacteria, but you're feeding the dangerous ones.
This can cause dysbiosis which can not only make your immune system practically non-existent, but it also can hamper your digestion causing gas, bloating and anything-but-normal BMs.
What to do
If you suspect you are suffering the health effects of too much sugar, in addition to seeing your doctor to rule out Type 2 diabetes (among other things), it's absolutely VITAL to change your diet to replace most of the refined sugar with healthy, complex carbs.
Note; Always be sure to let your doctor or healthcare provider know what supplements you are taking or before you make any changes to your diet.
If you've been a sugar-holic for a while, chances are excellent that you may have some serious harmful bacteria overgrowth going on inside of you like I described above.
Trust me, if you get lots of gas and bloating, it's practically a given!
Now, having a more healthy diet can certainly help reverse your flora balance into the more healthy range, but for many people it's not enough.
This is especially true if you take medications of any kind (particularly antibiotics or acid reducers), are under a fair amount of stress, drink tap water or are exposed to pollutants in the environment or on your job. All of these factors can also upset your flora balance.
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