Hey All! How was your month of holidays and too much food? I almost never want to see food again. At least not until lunchtime.
So let's talk about sugar, because most of us had waaayyyy too much of it this past month.
Now I know what you're thinking. Sugar isn't a drug. It's a processed food.
Well. Guess what.
It is a drug! And a very addictive one at that.
What Sugar Does To Your Brain
-Just like a street drug, sugar attacks and overwhelms the reward center of your brain, creating an insatiable craving for more.
-Sugar weakens your brain's cognitive function, leading you to lose self-control and buy too many pairs of shoes... or overeat. Or both.
Isn't it true? You can't have just one slice bite of cake, or one scoop of ice cream. Maybe you could, but you know that your brain will be screaming for more. You know, deep down in that bottomless stomach of yours, that one smidgen of anything sugary is not enough to satisfy you.
-Sugary foods activate a higher glucose response than non-sugary foods, which also leads to... more intense hunger! It's not just, "The more you eat the more you want." It's, "The more you eat, the more you need!"
-This higher glucose response is also strikingly similar to a drug response, because it creates an increasing level of tolerance. Meaning, the more you have, the more you'll need to get that same high.
And yes. Your brain is high when you eat sugar.
-I don't have to go into all that hyperactivity stuff, right? Everyone knows sugar makes you crazy hyper.
And then, after the high has worn off?
-You suffer from a looowwwww...... A real mental and emotional crash.
But don't worry! Another hit will fix that right up!
-Overdosing on the white poison has actually been linked to depression because of the ever-increasing dependency on the artificially caused Dopamine high.
-Over time, sugar actually causes your brain to shrink, which reduces mental capacity and cognitive function. Did I mention that already?
What Sugar Does To Your Body
-Aside from making you fat on the outside, did you know that sugar makes your organs fat, too?
Yup. That slimy fluff is lining your heart, your liver, pancreas, intestines, even your kidneys.
-Sugar causes an inflammatory response, which can lead to all sorts of pains, even rheumatoid arthritis. It's even being linked to Alzheimer's. Turns out amyloid plaques aren't the real cause of Alzheimer's.
-Too much sugar makes your insulin go wild, and leads to insulin resistance, which is chronically raised insulin. Insulin resistance leads to Type II Diabetes pretty quickly.
-Most people don't connect too much sugar with heart disease, but in fact there is a huge connection. Sugar causes the artery walls to grow faster than normal, in other words to thicken past what's healthy. That leads to high blood pressure, heart disease, and G-d forbid a heart attack.
Instead of processed garbage, you're better off eating a piece of fruit for your sugar fix. Granted it's not as exciting, but your body won't complain. I promise.
Most of this info I got from webMD, one of my least favorite websites. But I thought I'd humor you people out there who only believe in mainstream medical info.
Remember, it's a mitzvah to guard your health. What will you say to the Heavenly Court when they accuse you of suicide, because you ate garbage and caused an untimely death due to "natural causes"? This is no joke, people.
Over the next month, take it seriously easy on the sugar. Your body needs you. So does your family. And your friends. I assume. Unless they pretend to be your friends, but really hate your guts.
Have a delicious week!