There may be frequent downpours splashing on our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent, but the blossom of springtime is just around the corner. For most of us, this time of year means making some positive changes in our lifestyles ready to be fit, healthy and reenergised for the longer days ahead. But what simple steps can we take to make this happen (without mentioning all the fitness and exercise advice that we already know!)?
We wanted to share some interesting information on the UK’s public enemy No.1: Sugar!
From the cereal you had for breakfast to the “healthy” low-fat microwave meal you gobbled down on your lunch break, the addictive substance we know as sugar is hiding in many of the foods you assume are good for you. If you’re looking for one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your health then start lowering your intake of the nasty white (or brown!) stuff.
Here are just a few reasons why:
1: Less Sugar Means Less Risk of Diabetes
Excess sugar intake causes a high insulin resistance which means fructose, glucose, and other types of sugar can’t get into your body’s cells. Instead they become trapped in the bloodstream, leading to a serious threat of Type 2 Diabetes.
2: A Lower Sugar Intake Means Lower Blood Pressure
Although high blood pressure is often associated with obesity, excessive sugar can raise your BP whether you’re overweight or not! And high blood pressure is not something to take lightly! Is the taste of excess sugar really worth overworking your heart and arteries and putting yourself at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney damage and artery disease, to name a few?
3: A Reduction in Sugar Means a Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Excess sugar in your diet can reduce the production of a chemical known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). To explain it in straightforward terms, this aids the brain to form new memories and to be able to remember the past. Low BDNF has frequently been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
So… if you’re seriously thinking about improving your health, make a solid change by reducing your sugar intake. Why not start today? Grab a pen and a (sugar free) cuppa and jot down the amount of sugar you typically consume on a daily basis (don’t forget to look up any “hidden” sugars in apparently “healthy” foods). You’ll probably be surprised at the outcome.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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