Reasons to Avoid Sugar

Here are some things to consider if you want to decide whether sugar is harming you: being overweight (sugar increases appetite; excess sugar is stored as fat); insomnia (sugar can stimulate you such that sleep is decreased); water retention (sugar feeds the yeasts that are naturally in your body, making them grow and you swell); panic/anxiety attacks (a compelling reason -- it probably means that sugar is triggering an adrenaline rush in you, which you interpret as an emergency because the physical effects are exactly the same as they would be if you were in real danger.); headaches, particularly if they tend to start at the same time each day or each time they start (I used to have a 4 p.m. headache I could set my watch by.); pimples, boils, infections that are slow to heal (possible signs of high blood sugar levels, insulin insufficiency, and a pre-diabetic condition.); nerve pain, depression, carpal tunnel syndrome (all possibly caused by deficiency in B vitamins. Refined sugar requires B vitamins and, since the refining process removes the natural B vitamins that occur in sugar cane and sugar beets, the sugar depletes your body's stores and can cause the problems just mentioned, among others.)

Every one of the things I mentioned as possible symptoms of a sugar problem can also be caused by other factors. However, getting sugar out of your diet is the least intrusive, safest thing you can do in an effort to relieve these problems and you should try that first before resorting to drugs or surgery. If you're going to get good results, you'll know it within a couple of weeks.

If none of these applies, then you are probably not taking in too much sugar. 

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