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Tips To Stop Overeating

Tips To Stop Overeating

Everyone gets in the holiday spirit in Totowa, New Jersey. It’s a season of sharing and caring. It’s also a season of meeting and eating. Holiday feasts, brunches and dinners are frequent. Some workplaces have snacks brought in by staff on a daily basis. Is it any wonder that people eat too much and gain weight over the holidays? Here are some tips to help you stop overeating and start to enjoy the real flavors of the holiday.

Eat before you go to a holiday party and enjoy a sampling of every dish.

Some people starve themselves before they go to holiday dinners, knowing there will be delicious dishes they only get at holiday time. That pecan pie that Aunt Mary makes, those delicious stuffed mushroom caps that beckon you to the table and enjoying the Feast of the Seven Fishes with the family can all leave you feeling amazed and saddened by how much you ate. You can enjoy all the dishes, just less of everything, a sampling. Don’t leave the house ravenous. Eat something healthy to take up belly space, so when you arrive at the party you can enjoy just a sliver or a sampling.

Chew slowly and savor the flavor.

One reason people tend to overeat is that they eat too fast. If you slow down your pace, you’ll enjoy every bite. Chew each bite well before you swallow and start the next. As you’re eating, focus on each flavor you taste and try to identify the ingredients. Find out who made a dish you particularly love and ask them how it’s made. That quick conversation will slow down eating so your brain can catch up to your stomach. It can also confirm whether you actually recognized the ingredients or were wrong.

Take a break from chewing.

Think about it. For about five to ten minutes after a dinner begins, there’s absolutely no noise in the room, just the sound of munching and crunching. Instead of eating your through those first ten minutes, eat a small amount and take a break. You can take your chewing break in a number of ways. Have a bottle or glass of water to sip, while you’re taking a break or volunteer to hold a baby so the parents can get their food and have a bite to eat.

  • If you’re eating in a restaurant, remember you can take your food home. Eat slower, letting the food settle a bit and leaving half on your plate. Ask for a container or share the dish with a friend.
  • At a buffet, take a tiny amount of the dishes you want. You can always go back for more. If the option is available, use one of the smaller plates.
  • Find ways to get up and move around, whether it’s helping an elder to get their food or simply going for a walk before you get a dessert. You’ll probably eat far less dessert and enjoy it more.
  • What you drink makes a difference. Instead of a higher calorie soft drink or alcoholic beverage, have a glass of water. It will fill you up, quench your thirst and save tons of calories.

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Healthy Goes With Happy

Healthy Goes With Happy

There is a link between happy and healthy. The question is, which came first? Are you healthier because you’re happy or is your good health making you happy? In India, there are clubs for laughter therapy, which have spread to over 7,000 worldwide. In fact, the first Sunday in May is World Laughter Day. Laughter can cure what ails you in several ways. It sets off a reaction in the body that lowers cortisol—the stress hormone—levels. It also improves the immune system and promotes the production of antibodies in both the bloodstream and saliva, which helps fight off disease.

Exercise can also make you happy.

When you workout, you also burn off cortisol and promote the creation of hormones that make you feel good, such as endorphins. Exercise helps you blow off steam when things go wrong. Even pacing can help, which is why people often pace back and forth when under pressure. Exercise also helps you sleep better and the better your sleep, the happier you’ll feel the next day.

Eating healthy can make you happier.

Studies show that by changing your diet, you can change your mood. One study took place at the most violent prison, Aylesbury jail, showed that when a diet change and supplements were given, violent offenses dropped by 37%. Your microbiome also plays a role in your mood. They play a role in your mood and can vary it, depending on the type of microbes in your gut. What you feed those microbes makes a difference in the type of population, which can alter your mood. Feed them healthy food and you’ll be happier.

Does happiness increase health or does health increase happiness?

They’re tied together, almost as one. Feeling good and treating your body right can lead to happiness. In fact, therapists now use exercise as an adjunct therapy. However, intentional laughter and focusing on the good in life also has its health rewards. There are studies that showed that watching funny movies and laughing helped skin conditions and laughter therapy is even used in cancer treatment. It can be a natural mood enhancer, painkiller and boost energy.

  • If you want to be happy, you don’t have to wait. Try laughter therapy. In the 1980s, it was found that watching funny videos a half hour a day reduced blood pressure, arrhythmias and cortisol. It lowered the risk of a second heart attack by 2 ½ times.
  • Try smiling when you workout and think happy thoughts while you eat. Stress can kill, so deal with it by using breathing techniques, meditation and laughter. Fake the laughter for a while, eventually it will be real.
  • A mega study of 200 other studies at Harvard showed that people with a positive mindset tended to have fewer heart attacks and strokes. They couldn’t find whether the positive attitude was from being healthy or whether it made people healthier.
  • Even though it’s still not decided whether happiness makes the person healthier or a healthy person is happier, you can improve your chances of happiness and good health by focusing on lifestyle changes, including changing your mood.

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What Do You Know About Circuit Training?

What Do You Know About Circuit Training?

Are you bored with your traditional training, why not take it up a notch and do some circuit training? It’s a process of training, rather than specific exercises. You do several exercises in a row without taking a break. You then do the same sequence of exercises another time or two. With traditional training, you may do all one type of exercise, take a break, then move on to the next. Circuit training can be grueling, since you don’t rest between exercise stations, but it’s extremely effective and can save time.

You can do circuit training a number of different ways.

You can do a timed circuit, a repetition circuit, a sports specific circuit or one for competition. In a repetition circuit you do a specific number of reps, then move to the next station. At a timed circuit, you spend a certain amount of time, such as a minute, at each station before you move to the next. Sports specific training uses only exercises focusing on a specific sport and competition training is geared to see how many reps you can do in a specific amount of time—adding a sense of competition to the timed circuit.

No matter what type of circuit training you do, it should always start with a warm-up.

Just like any workout, circuit training requires preparing your muscles for the workout. In fact, it may be even more important, since in many cases, you’re pushing yourself. The warm-up can be as simple as jumping rope, just making certain you get blood circulating in the part or parts of the body you’re going to exercise. Always end a circuit training session with a cool-down exercise.

Most circuit training sessions have 8-12 stations.

If you’re following traditional circuit training, you’ll want to target every major muscle group. Each muscle group has a station. You complete a specific number of repetitions at each station, which can take as little as 30 seconds or as long as three minutes, then move on to the next station without resting between exercises. You can repeat the circuit if you take a shorter time at each session or just go through the circuit once when you take a longer time.

  • You can create your own circuit at home and use bodyweight exercises. Do 30 seconds of each, squats and squat jumps, planks, jumping jacks, walking lunges, push-ups, burpees, side planks and a bridge.
  • When you do circuit training, form is far more important than speed. Don’t ramp up intensity until you’re sure your form is perfect. Bad form diminishes the benefits and can lead to injury.
  • Not only does circuit training incorporate strength training and flexibility training, but it also gets your heart beating hard, which makes it a good cardio workout.
  • Circuit training is fast and can save time when you have a busy schedule. Since it tends to be more intense, you’ll get as much from a half hour workout as you would from a traditional 45 – an hour long one.

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Pistachios: A Perfect Heart-Healthy Snack

Pistachios: A Perfect Heart-Healthy Snack

Pistachios make you work to eat them, but they’re so tasty, it’s well worth the effort. Not only are they good, but they’re good for you. They have loads of nutrition and are extremely heart healthy. Pistachios are high in healthy fats and a great source of fiber, antioxidants and protein. They’re not just heart-healthy, but also good for gut health and weight loss. One serving of pistachios is about 49 nuts. It has 8 carbs, 159 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 13 grams of fat—but it’s a healthy fat. They’re extremely high in vitamin B6, at 28% RDI. They also contain potassium, thiamine, copper, manganese and phosphorus. A single 1 oz. serving has as much potassium as half a banana.

Maintaining a proper weight is important for heart health.

Obesity can be at the root of many serious conditions that affect heart health. It can cause blood pressure to rise, cause insulin resistance, cause increased bad cholesterol and increase the risk of diabetes, all of which are factors for heart disease. Unlike many other nuts, pistachios are lower in calories than most. Almost 20% of their weight is from protein, and they have a higher percentage of essential amino acids.

Eating pistachios helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

You’ll definitely be helping your heart if you keep your blood pressure lower. Several studies have shown pistachios can help do this and even improve blood cholesterol levels. One study showed that getting 10% of their daily calories from pistachios lowered their LDL—bad cholesterol—by 9%. When 20% of the calories came from pistachios, LDL levels were lowered by 12%. Blood pressure studies showed that eating pistachios also lowered both upper and lower blood pressure.

Pistachios are high in antioxidants.

While most nuts and seeds are extremely healthy and contain antioxidants, pistachios are one of the leaders. They high amounts, only topped by pecans and walnuts. Two of the antioxidants that are extremely high in pistachios are polyphenols and tocopherols. Those two antioxidants help prevent heart disease and cancer. They’re also high in fiber, so they help boost gut-health by feeding beneficial microbes, which in turn make short-chain fatty acids. The short-chain fatty acids also help reduce the risk of heart disease.

  • Interestingly, the antioxidants in pistachios are very accessible in the stomach. Therefore, they are more likely to be absorbed during digestion.
  • Pistachios contain L-arginine, an amino acid, which converts to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps dilate blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.
  • With the high amount of protein and fiber in pistachios, they help you feel full longer, so you’ll eat less. Studies have shown that eating pistachios as a snack, compared to other snacks, like pretzels, can help you lose weight.
  • Pistachios have a low glycemic index, so it won’t spike blood sugar levels. One study showed that when 2 ounces of pistachios were added to the diet, blood sugar levels after a meal were lowered by 20 to 30%.
  • The fiber in pistachios and healthy fat are part of the reason they help control blood sugar levels; another part of the reason is the high antioxidant content. They’re a far better snack than sugary treats and can satisfy hunger for longer.

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How The Bacteria In Your Gut Determines Your Mood

Many of the clients from Totowa, NJ, and surrounding areas understand that you need more than just exercise to lose weight and be your healthiest. You need a healthy diet, too. A healthy diet does more than just help you lose weight. It provides nutrition. What you eat also makes a difference in your gut microbiome—the type of bacteria and other microbes in gut. They affect everything from your digestion and the nutrients delivered to your body to your mood.

There’s a lot of microbes in your gut.

The number of microbes is only estimated and the estimations vary widely. Scientists believe there’s anywhere from 1.3 microbes to 10 microbes for every human cell in the body. Your gut has somewhere between 300 to over 1,000 different species of microbes, with some harmful and others helpful. Microbes are linked to preventing diseases, such as autism, celiac disease, heart disease, obesity, malnutrition and asthma. When you have an imbalance of microbes, it can cause mental disorders and changes in behavior. It can make you feel anxious and depressed, too.

At one time, it was thought that the emotions controlled the gut, not scientists think differently.

It’s a constant battle for control in your gut with the good bacteria trying to keep the bad bacteria that affect your health in check. Gut bacteria studies on people with mental issues, such as ADHD, OCD, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, show there’s an imbalance or overgrowth of some microbes and too few of others. At first, they thought the imbalance came from the mental disorder, but now believe it may be the other way around. The imbalance can cause intestinal permeability, malnutrition and inflammation, too.

The gut bacteria help to create many of the neurotransmitters.

The brain and gut are in constant contact via the vagus nerve, which connects directly to the central nervous system, connecting the lungs, heart and digestive tract. If your gut microbes are out of balance, it can cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Inflammation affects the entire body, including the brain. The gut-brain axis continues when you consider different types of bacteria which help synthesize different types of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, GABA and serotonin, which are responsible for making you feel good or calm. The gut also helps make other brain chemicals, such as BDNF—brain-derived neurotrophic factor. It protects the brains and improves the signal strength between neurons. Scientists have found a connection between low BDNF and anxiety, depression and learning.

  • Your gut synthesizes vitamins and minerals. That includes vitamins like B6, B12 and folate, which are associated with mood, nerve and brain function. Studies showed niacin was beneficial for schizophrenia and B vitamins helped depression and alcoholism.
  • Factors that can damage the microbiome include high consumption of refined sugar and grains, taking antibiotics, inadequate fiber, alcohol abuse, stress, processed vegetable oils, like corn oil and canola and foods with gluten.
  • Exercise can help get your gut microbes back to normal. It can increase the gut microbes that produce short chain fatty acids, which aid immunity, metabolism and create neurotransmitters that affect your mood.
  • Improve your gut health and your mood by eating healthier. Choose foods higher in fiber and those without added sugar. Avoid processed food. Get plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep also affects the gut microbiome. Exercise regularly.

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What's The Difference Between Green Tea And Black Tea?

What’s The Difference Between Green Tea And Black Tea?

Green tea and black tea come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. They’re both picked at peak freshness and allowed to wither, to reduce the amount of water they contain. That’s where the process changes for green tea. While black tea withers completely, then dried naturally during fermentation, green tea only withers slightly, then they’re pan or oven dried or steamed to prevent oxidation that causes tea to darken. The darker the leaves, as in black tea, the darker the tea.

Both types of tea offer similar heart healthy benefits.

Both types of tea contain polyphenols called flavonoids that offer protection for the heart. An animal study showed that it could lower the amount of plaque formation by as little as 26% for a lower amount of tea and up to 68% for a higher amount. Both black and green tea aided in lowering triglycerides and LDL and both lowered blood pressure. Drinking 1-3 cups a day can reduce the risk of heart disease. However, the reduction of heart disease was higher for those who drank green tea.

Both green and black tea can help you stay alert.

Both types of tea contain caffeine, just like coffee. You can drink either tea or coffee to get the pick-me-up, since caffeine is a stimulant that also enhances your mood. The difference between tea and coffee is that tea contains L-theanine. L-theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier to change the effects of the caffeine and relax you, but still leave you alert. It does that by causing the release of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric—GABA. It also allows the release of serotonin and dopamine that make you feel good. While both green and black tea contain L-theanine, green tea has more.

Green tea has EGCG—epigallocatechin-3-gallate, while black tea has theaflavins.

One antioxidant that black tea doesn’t have is EGCG, but black tea has theaflavins. So, which one is better for you? The EGCG is responsible for many of the benefits offered by green tea. EGCG is thought to have cancer inhibiting properties, may reduce the effects of amyloid plaques that occur in Alzheimer’s patients, provide liver protection, are anti-microbial, aid in preventing fatigue, yet are also calming. The theaflavins in black tea protect the heart and blood vessels, while reducing the risk of plaque formation, by lowering inflammation and boosting nitric oxide. Theaflavins may aid in breaking down fat, to help control weight and fight obesity.

  • Studies show that black tea provides the same antioxidant protection as those provided by the polyphenols of green tea.
  • Drinking 6 cups a day of green tea can lower the risk of diabetes by as much as 33%. New studies on black tea show that it may have a similar effect.
  • Your gum health is boosted by both black and green tea, since it has an antifungal, antibiotic effect that improves oral health and prevents cavities. However, black tea stains on teeth are darker than green tea stains.
  • Green tea may help lower the risk of lung cancer. Both green and black tea can help improve lung function and soothe your airways.

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How To Exercise With IBS

How To Exercise With IBS

IBS—irritable bowel syndrome affects the large intestine and has symptoms that include cramping, bloating, excessive gas, either constipation or diarrhea, abdominal pain and sometimes fecal incontinence. While the symptoms come and go, when you do have a flair up, it can be unexpected and last for hours, days, or even months. While making lifestyle changes can help, such as getting regular exercise or eating healthier, it’s not always easy. Sometimes, just going to a gym can create anxiety that brings on an attack.

Exercise can work both ways.

Most common triggers for IBS are in the category of food. In fact food may account for as much as 60% of the problem. Sometimes it occurs with an intolerance, such as lactose or gluten intolerance, other ties it’s a specific type of food, like spicy or sugary food. Hormonal changes, some medications, a GI infection or even emotional stress can also cause an attack. Even though exercise isn’t normally a trigger, it may be if it’s prolonged and intense. However, mild to moderate activity may actually help.

Get stress relief from exercise and maybe relief from IBS symptoms.

If stress is a trigger for IBS and exercise relieves stress, it only makes sense that in that particular case, it would be beneficial for people with IBS. In one study, it was found that people who exercised decreased the severity of their symptoms, compared to those who didn’t. Another study found that people who were less active tended to be more likely to have IBS. One of the reasons for the benefit was stress relief. Another was improved sleep, since poor sleep habits can trigger a flare-up. Exercise also helped clear the body of gas and bloating, while aiding in bowel movements that prevented constipation.

A program of mild exercise can help.

If you haven’t exercised at all, start with something simple. Make it a point to walk for ten minutes three time a day, or once a day for a half hour. Walking is low impact and can be done almost anywhere. It reduces stress and is low impact. Bicycling, swimming, low impact aerobics, bodyweight workouts and stretching can help.

  • Some yoga poses are particularly good for IBS, such as the bridge, which is also a traditional bodyweight exercise. Lay on your back, knees bent and feet on the floor. Lift the hips off the floor to form a diagonal with your body. Hold, then lower.
  • In the same starting position as the bridge, extend your arms out, perpendicular to the body. Bring your knees toward your chest, then lower them first to the left as you turn your head to the right. Then go in the other direction.
  • Use breathing techniques to help you relax. Diaphragm breathing is one potential, so is alternate nostril breathing. Other breathing techniques that relax include inhaling deeply through the nose, holding and exhaling deeply through the mouth.
  • Just get moving. If you’re sitting too long, it can also trigger attacks. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to get up every 55 minutes and move for five minutes. Lack of movement can cause the process of food passing through the intestines to slow, creating bloating.

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Exercise Can Help Reduce Risk Of Dementia

Exercise Can Help Reduce Risk Of Dementia

As you get older, you often face problems not imagined by younger people, one of those is dementia. Dementia, unlike many other ailments that are more prevalent as seniors, steals more than good health, it steals memories and the past. Whether it’s Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia or senility, there’s new research to bring hope. Some of that research focuses on how exercise can improve your mental health and reduce risk of dementia.

What does exercise do to help prevent or even reverse dementia?

Exercise does so much for your body. It can help you attain a healthy weight, reducing the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol that can cause cognitive thinking impairment. Excess weight can increase the risk of stroke, that also causes cognitive impairment. One study found that women between 20 and 49 who had a BMI between 25 and 29, which is classified as overweight, were almost twice as likely to develop dementia later in life than people of normal weight. If the women were considered obese, a BMI of 30 or more, the likelihood increased to 2.45 times higher.

It’s never too late to start exercising.

You don’t have to start a program of exercise when you’re younger to reap the benefits. You’ll get them whether you’re middle-aged or older. Some forms of exercise are better for protecting memory, but all types are good for the brain. Studies show that people in good condition who are fit, score best on memory tests. One study followed two groups of seniors. One started walking briskly three times a day, while the other made no change. Those that walked briskly not only improved overall health, they improved on cognitive tests, too. The same was true when studying two groups of people with the e4 gene found in Alzheimer’s. The group that didn’t exercise had major atrophy of the brain compared to those that did.

What’s the best form of exercise?

First, you need all types of exercise. Strength training and balance training are important to prevent injury and perform the daily tasks of living. Balance is also important to prevent falls. Aerobic is often the easiest type of exercise to do, since walking is an aerobic exercise. However, one study found that people who did interval walking, increasing the incline for four minutes, then followed by three minutes of gentler walking in four rounds, got the most benefit from exercise both in heart and memory benefits.

  • The study that showed improvement in cognitive skills from interval walking used men and women 60 or older, showing it’s never too late to start exercising.
  • If you’re going to walk, instead of doing it on a treadmill, get out in the sun to increase your vitamin D. Safe sunning and boosting vitamin D levels can help reduce the risk of dementia by 122%.
  • If you’re noticing signs of cognitive decline, besides exercise and weight loss, look at your diet. A healthy diet can help reduce the risk of dementia. Sometimes medications can be the culprit, too.
  • When you exercise, always make sure you hydrate adequately. Seniors dehydrate faster and even mild dehydration can produce symptoms of dementia, just as bladder infections can create mental confusion.

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Best Exercises For Balance

Best Exercises For Balance

It’s easy to understand how getting stronger, improving flexibility and endurance can help you be fitter, but have you considered how important balance is? Balance can help older people by aiding in preventing falls, but it also helps athletes be more powerful. That’s because exercises for balance strengthens core muscles. We focus on all types of fitness at Prime Fitness in Totowa, NJ, to ensure you’re the best you can be.

What is meant by balance and balance training?

You probably think that it’s easy to provide a definition for balance, until you try to do it. It’s remaining erect and in control of your body, but it’s more than that. There’s dynamic and static balance, too. Static balance means you can remain in a certain position with your body holding still, like standing on one leg, while dynamic balance is maintained while you’re moving, such as walking.

Exercises that build static balance are simple.

If you can stand with your feet as close together as possible and maintain an upright, tall position, holding that position for a minute, you’ve just done a static balance exercise. Next move one foot so the toe of that foot touches the arch of the other foot and hold the position for a minute. Finally, move that same foot to the back of the other foot and hold the position for a minute. The last one isn’t nearly as easy. It’s standing on one leg with the other lifted and holding for 10 seconds and building to a minute. Then reverse the foot on all exercises that remains stationary.

Dynamic balance exercises are a bit more intricate.

You may recognize calf raises to build the muscles in the calves, but they also can be good dynamic balance exercises. If you’ve ever done a squat, you’ve done another dynamic balance exercise. Leg curls, where you stand straight and lift one heel up behind you while keeping your knees close can help build balance.

  • If you’ve ever done a hip extension, you’ve done a dynamic balance exercise. Just stand upright and kick one leg behind you to do it. You can even hold onto a chair for support, while you build your balance.
  • Stand with one side of the body next to a chair. Place one hand on your hip and put the other hand on a chair for stability. Stand tall and shift your weight as you lift your outside leg, doing a hip abduction.
  • Go ballistic for ballet. Do toe stands. Not only will going up on toe strengthen your calves and ankles, it helps your balance. You can use a chair for support or a wall. Keep your feet close together and raise your heels for a second or two, repeating 10 times.
  • You’ll build your core muscles and improve your balance with wall push-ups. Just stand arm’s length from a wall. Put your hands on the wall and bend your elbows until you lean forward as you would in a regular push-up. Repeat approximately 10 to 15 times.

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The Alarming Impact Of Sugars In Your Diet

The Alarming Impact Of Sugars In Your Diet

There’s nothing better than exercising regularly, unless it’s eating a healthy diet. Both play a significant role in your health. There are some general rules that can help you create a healthy diet, such as eating plenty of colorful vegetables, avoid highly processed food and most of all, avoid food with added sugar. Of all the food that has a negative impact on your health, food with added sugars is among the worst. The words “added sugars” are important, since fruits and vegetables also contain natural sugar, but also contain fiber that slows the absorption and other healthy nutrients.

Eating sugar makes you want to eat more sugar.

The sugar habit is quite addictive and even worse, when you eat something filled with sugar, it makes you want to eat more. Sugar triggers the opioid receptors, which gives you a natural high and boosts your energy, spiking it. What goes up rapidly, also comes down rapidly and those spikes can create dangerous changes to your body, putting out high levels of insulin and causing insulin resistance, which can cause metabolic disease and other problems. As the spike drops, you want more sugar, because your energy level is even lower.

High amounts of sugar can cause a condition called non-alcoholic fatty tissue liver disease.

When you eat too much sugar, it causes the pancreas to work hard to produce insulin, but it also makes the liver work harder too, especially if the sugar is fructose. It creates stress on the liver, inflammation and allows fat to accumulate. It’s the primary cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. One study followed the number of sugary soft drinks people consumed and found this condition occurs more frequently in people that drank more sugary soft drinks than those that didn’t.

Don’t be fooled by the word natural when it comes to sugar.

Unless you’re eating an apple that contains sugar, or other fruit or vegetable, no matter how natural the sugar is, it’s not healthy. While raw honey may have some benefits for health, it’s still sugary and eating too much isn’t healthy. HFCS is corn syrup that’s been altered in the manufacturing process and while it started out natural, it’s anything but that. Even if you ate the purest of cane sugars, they’re still not healthy. Foods containing added sugar increase your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. It also accelerates aging and can reduce the effectiveness of your immune system.

  • Some forms of sugar, such as HFCS—high fructose corn syrup—causes leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that makes you feel full. It takes more and more leptin to give you the feeling of being full, so you’ll eat far more than normal.
  • Too much sugar can take its toll on your smile. It encourages dental carries. It is consumed by bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria metabolize and produces an acid that eats destroys the enamel and leaving the tooth defenseless.
  • Too much sugar can lead to obesity and cause visceral fat to form around the abdomen. Visceral fat is the most dangerous type of fat. It crowds the organs and can lead to high blood pressure, stroke and other diseases.
  • If you want to stay younger looking, avoid food with added sugar. It combines with your body’s protein during glycation and creates a new molecule called advanced glycation end products—AGEs. They attack your skin’s collagen and elastin, causing premature aging.

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