Don’t Drink Your Calories
Sweet beverages cause the blood sugar to spike and the pancreas to release a large amount of insulin. Drastic blood-sugar swings are unhealthy and can impact mental function. Take in more of this blog to learn more!
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Don’t Drink Your Calories
How often do you go for soda, juice, energy drinks and sweetened tea, or put sugar in your coffee? If you add it up, it’s probably more than you think, and that may be interfering with your good health. For many of us, it is almost impossible to avoid drinking calories. The taste is infectious and the sugar downright addicting! But unfortunately, there is a dark side to this practice. The truth is sugar has a detrimental effect on how well our body and mind function. Everyone knows that sugary beverages are the leading cause of obesity and diabetes, but these drinks can also cause uncontrollable mood swings and cravings.
Sweet beverages cause the blood sugar to spike and the pancreas to release a large amount of insulin. Drastic blood-sugar swings are unhealthy and can impact mental function. This also puts stress on the liver and can ultimately affect your waistline. This is a problem if you are one of the millions who struggle to make it through the day and rely on coffee, soda or energy drinks to help maintain focus and productivity.
A good alternative is to start your day with protein and healthy fats, rather than carbs, for your first meal of the day. Let’s face it—most people start their day with something resembling dessert, rather than nourishing food. Cereal, toast, fruit, muffins and bagels are all refined flour and sugar. Many of us will also drink a glass of juice and/or have a cup of coffee with a good amount of sugar in it. The first step is to change this habit. So, rather than choose juice, try a large glass of water in its place. If you do not like water, your taste buds may be blasted from excess sugar and no longer recognize the taste of plain water. You can start by squeezing in some lemon or lime, or try flavored seltzers to satisfy your palate as both are excellent health practices to start your day anyway.
As for those of you who do the morning smoothie or home juicing, I highly recommend that you keep it lower on the fruit and higher on the veggies. And always try to introduce some form of protein and healthy fat in there.
One can of soda a day raises your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22 percent. Kicking the sugary drink habit is just about one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself! And if you’re thinking of switching to diet or sugar-free alternative, think again; they too have their issues. Multiple studies have shown that people who use low-fat and sugar-free foods and beverages end up consuming 200-300 more calories per day on average.
It’s always best to stick to good old water. It’s the most natural choice!
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