As you know by now, I have a lot of books about nutrition and health (a few are listed below beside a sweet photo of my children when they were young. Awww.) I started reading about these subjects when my daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder (a non-existent diagnosis now). At that time, most of the books I read were about autism but discussed the power of nutrition for those diagnosed. Since then, I have read more health and well-being books for all ages.
Today, I will continue discussing sugar since my last post pertained to how I curbed my sweet tooth with Shakeology. I will share why curbing a sweet tooth is important specifically for skin quality. (There are many other health reasons to avoid excessive amounts of added simple sugar such as sexual health, headache prevention, low energy, (Roizen & Oz, 2008) but I will save that for another article.)
Simple sugar is one criminal in causing chronic inflammation, which is bad for us, because it creates a poisonous environment that can allow disease processes to form like diabetes, heart-disease, and even depression (Diaz, 2014). However, it also speeds-up the aging process (Perricone, 2004) and thus disturbs our skin texture and quality. You may be thinking about simple sugar and wondering how it can create a poisonous environment. Let me explain based on one of my favorite books, The Perricone Promise.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone (2004) says it best when he discusses inflammation. He states:
Foods that we eat can either be pro-inflammatory (they provoke an inflammatory response) or anti-inflammatory (they suppress the inflammatory response.) Pro-inflammatory foods are those that cause a rapid rise in blood sugar, resulting in the release of insulin into the bloodstream. The chief culprits in the pro-inflammatory arena are sugar and foods that quickly convert to sugar in the bloodstream, such as potatoes, breads, pastries, juice, chips, and rice cakes.
We have to understand and accept this simple but painful fact of life: Sugar can be toxic. Ingesting sugar causes a rise in blood sugar, resulting in a burst of inflammatory chemicals that spread throughout our bodies. … This inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen, resulting in wrinkles. (pp. 11-12)
So, now, you may be asking yourself, what can I eat that isn’t pro-inflammatory, causing wrinkles? Are there any good, quality forms of sugar out there? Of course, there are some. Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz (2008) give the suggestion to avoid simple sugars by looking at the words on labels and avoiding those ending in -ose (except ribose) and avoiding those with syrup on the label because syrup is another name for an added sugar. In addition, Dr. Peeke (2005) suggests avoiding all processed sugars and replacing white sugar with applesauce, stevia, or citrus juices, to name a few suggestions. One additional suggestion is to avoid any grain that isn’t whole grain because it will turn into simple sugar too (Roizen & Oz, 2008). AHA, this explains why some people search for whole grain breads versus the white bread options!
In the end, avoiding white sugar and other processed sugars is a good idea. If you crave sweet treats as much as I did, having something to help curb that craving while offering dense nutrition to help boost your energy levels is a smart thing to do. I decided to try Shakeology because the company offered a 30-day money back guarantee, even with an empty bag return. I figured I was worth it.. Of course, the rest is history, and I am definitely a believer. The last bonus is the taste. Since I add mine to 8 ounces of milk, it tastes like a milkshake when I use strawberry or chocolate, or a Frappuccino when I use the café latte flavor. If you are interested in ordering, let me know. Tip: You get 30 servings if you order a bag but only 24 servings if you order the multi-pack box
Diaz, C. (2014). The body book. New York, NY: HarperCollins.
Peeke, P. (2005). Body for life for women. Emmaus, PA: Rodale.
Perricone, N. (2004). The Perricone promise: Look younger, live longer, in three easy steps. New York, NY: Warner Books.
Roizen, M. F. & Oz, M. C. (2008). You: Being beautiful. New York, NY: Free Press.