I read an interesting book the other day about sugar addiction and how to get the sugar monkey off your back. It described sugar as a loan shark or rather used it as an analogy. Except that is didn’t give you money but energy. Sugar is a quick fix for energy but it comes at a high personal cost.
Scoff down a bar of chocolate and you get that energy rush but it soon fades and you want more. Eventually, you end up paying back more energy to a sugar loan shark than it actually gives you.
This energy deficit is in the form of mood swings after the initial high but over longer periods it is in the form of illness and aches and pains in the body. Too much sugar is also thought to harm the immune system, leaving you open to more diseases and illness.
Eating too much sugar causes a substance known as advanced glycation end-product (AGE) to be produced. AGE results when protein molecules bind with glucose molecules via metabolism.
Many cells in the body have a receptor to the AGEs. In other words the AGEs attach to these cells causing them to lose function or deteriorate in effectiveness.
Age related diseases such as atherosclerosis, asthma, arthritis, myocardial infarction, nephropathy, retinopathy, periodontitis and neuropathy may be accelerated by this loss of function.
As skin is dependent on many functions within the body to remain healthy, it often suffers as a result of too much AGEs in the body.
So if it helps, think of sugar like a shonky loan shark that charges exorbitant interest rates on your energy and vitality for life. The one that gets made to look like the lowest form of life by those current affairs shows for taking advantage of people in desperate financial straits. That’s sugar to YOU !
And the best way to get this energy back and renew your vitality is to gradually detox and then eliminate as much sugar in your diet as possible.
This can be hard as sugar is in just about everything we eat these days. It’s even in foods that we might have been told are good for us, like fresh fruit