5 reasons to avoid sugar

1. Causes weight gain & increases risk of risk of diabetes - Sugar consumption stimulates the release of the fat-storing hormone insulin. "Most of our excess body fat comes from excessive amounts of dietary sugar and of starch – a form of complex sugars – that is not burned in our energy output.

2. Cardiovascular disease –. It is also likely to lower our HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) and increase LDL cholesterol (the bad type), creating the scenario for plaque to build up along the arterial walls. All of this increases the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.

3. Sugar causes premature ageing - Constantly raising our blood sugar through the use of sugary foods and drinks can cause a reaction in the body that triggers the production of molecules called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE).

4. Can cause a yeast overgrowth – A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates can expose us to unhealthy yeast overgrowth, also known as Candida Albicans, in our bowels. A yeast overgrowth can cause bloating, unexplained fatigue and cravings for sugar or carbohydrates. In many cases, a yeast overgrowth also put an extra load on the liver to remove the toxic yeast from the body, straining the liver excessively.

5. Weakened immune function - A sugary intake may suppress our white blood cells (our soldiers against bacteria and viruses) for hours, potentially weakening our protection against viruses. Vitamin C strengthens our immune system, but did you know that sugar can disruption our body's absorption of this important nutrient?

By Adam gee - Challenge Coach