Why you should cut out sugar as much as possible
Choosing lower glycaemic load foods and reducing insulin surges improves energy release, helping avoid slumps during the day. You will also improve cell sensitivity to insulin and discourage cortisol-induced belly fat storage. Other health benefits include resetting the brain’s reward pathways to reduce cravings and reducing inflammation, the root cause of almost all chronic disease and weight gain.
Why you should avoid artificial sweeteners
Some people have serious reactions to it, including seizures and death. It can also trigger or worsen brain tumours, epilepsy, CFS, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
Other common reactions include headaches, migraines, dizziness, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, increased heart rate, insomnia, blurred vision, anxiety attacks, palpitations and hearing loss. Aspartame is also linked with chronic diseases such as cancer, autism, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Foods to reduce and cut out
All sugar products, including agave syrup, molasses, honey and white processed carbohydrates for at least ten days. You will notice a huge difference in your energy levels and other aspects of your health!
Alternatives to try include stevia and xylitol, both types of sweetener are commonly available at good health shops. Stevia has no impact on blood sugar at all while xylitol has a negligible impact.
Ensure all meals and snacks contain some form of protein, including nuts and seeds and organic meats or eggs.
For more information about the effects of sugar on health, please see this current article from the Telegraph.