Why Lowering Sugar Intake is Important: Take our Lower Sugar Challenge!
Posted on November 16, 2017
Brought to you by Barbara’s in collaboration with Andrea Donsky
As nutrition experts, we are familiar with the benefits of reducing our sugar intake.
And communicating these benefits to our clients is crucial in helping them achieve their nutrition goals in 2016. To help you do so, I have put together a list of six reasons you can share with your clients as to why lowering their sugar intake is important:
– Help keep your intestinal tract (gut) in balance. Too much sugar promotes the growth and spread of bad bacteria, which leaves you vulnerable to development of inflammation and various diseases such as diabetes, celiac disease, and gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.Since the brain and gut are connected via the brain-gut axis, it’s critical to keep the “highway” fairly clear of sugar.
– Improve your mood. Being addicted to sugar can feel like riding a rollercoaster when it comes to your feelings and emotions. Once you step off that ride, your mood will improve. High sugar intake can worsen feelings of anxiety and increase the risk of depression.
– Clear your mind. You’ll feel more alert, better able to concentrate, and help preserve your memory once you shed the extra sugar from your body and brain.
– Enhance your sense of taste. Similar to smoking, high intake of sugar can dull your sense of taste. After a few months of limiting your sugar intake, you will begin to appreciate the natural flavors of foods again…or perhaps even for the first time. You will even start to crave healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes, instead of sugar!
– Help you feel energized. Although it’s true that sugar can provide a brief spike in energy, chronic high intake of sugar results in systemic inflammation, which slows your body and mind down. Therefore, cutting back on sugar and relieving your body of that stress will help keep your energy levels high and even.
– Reduce your urge for sugar. Once you bid adieu to your sugar addiction, you won’t feel the anxiety and “urge” for candy, sugary beverages, or other sugar fixes. When these stressful situations are no longer a part of your life, you will achieve a more balanced state of being.
An important step in having our clients shake their sugar habit is to teach them how to read labels so they can familiarize themselves with how much added sugar is in the foods they choose for themselves and their families.
With the new Dietary Guidelines of 50 grams of sugar per day put forth last month, it’s important to review common foods and beverages, including those that claim to be healthy but still contain a lot of sugar, with your clients.
If you are looking for some added help, Barbara’s recently launched a 28-Day Sugar Reset Challenge that I put together for them. I encourage you to share the Challenge with your clients as it provides them with a day-to-day guide on what to expect while reducing the amount of sugar in their diet.
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