Sugar is also associated with many chronic problems that include decreased immunity, some chronic infections, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, diabetes, pain syndromes, irritable bowel syndrome, ADD, chronic fatigue, and candida. Research suggests that one of the main causes for decreased immunity is that sugars inhibit the entrance of Vitamin C into white blood cells, which then inhibits immunity. The more sugar, the less productive your white blood cells are and thus, the less immune you are. Furthermore, sugars stimulate insulin secretion in the pancreas, which in turn stimulates the liver’s triglyceride production. Triglycerides are linked to stroke, heart disease and obesity.
Sugar is my drug of choice. I'm not a fan of carbs (I consume bread/pasta/rice once a month, if that). And salt? Did you know that I do not have salt at home? I refuse to add it to food, as I know there's already more than enough in all the other food that I consume. I don't drink or smoke but I'll eat sweets like they're going out of fashion! Maybe that is the reason that when I get sick, I'm virtually on my death bed. I'm so motivated not to consume sugar until the trip (hello High Tea at Raffles in Singapore) that I am no longer carrying any money with me to minimise the temptation to purchase a cupcake or a chocolate bar. (that and to save myself from shopping temptations - what's with my addictive personality of late... sugar... shopping.. REHAB??)
You can read more about the evils of sugar and tips to beat the addiction in the GOOP newsletter. But a disclaimer, it's a little bit scary.
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