By Janet Condon (Chiropractic Assistant)
From the moment we are born and the first taste we get of our mothers milk we are hooked! Love it or hate it sugar is an integral part of our lives, its very sweetness beckons us to want more and we associate it with survival and comfort. Sugar stimulates our dopamine receptors causing a high similar to that induced by drugs and just as addictive, for this reason most of us consume way more sugar per day than the recommended 25gm which is just 6 teaspoons. Considering that a 350ml glass of coke contains 10 teaspoons and a 350ml glass of apple juice contains 9.8 teaspoons that’s not hard to do.
Excess sugar in the diet has been linked to obesity, diabetes, tooth decay and gum disease, cholesterol and heart disease, fatty liver, metabolic syndrome and cancer. So what to do? Drink plenty of clean filtered water – about 1 litre per 20kg of body weight, eat lots of fresh vegetables and whole fruit, add some healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil and ghee, some whole protein like grass fed beef or fresh oily fish – salmon and sardines are great and limit sugary and processed food as much as possible. One of the easiest ways to consume too much sugar is through drinks, avoid sweet fizzy drinks and juices and have coconut water or mineral water instead. Try making some herbal or fruit tea and having it either hot or cold. You can still have the cake (in moderation) just don’t wash it down with a sugary drink as well!