We all know consuming large amounts of sugar on a daily basis is not the best thing for us, but why? We’re glad you asked! Here at Neurosurgery & Spine Consultants, we’re going to answer the question and dive into the benefits of controlling your sugar intake while also working to replace artificial, sugary foods with natural sugars, such as fruit. Read on to learn more and explore how controlling sugar intake can possibly improve your health.
Too Much Sugar is Never a Good Thing
Consuming too much sugar, especially on a regular basis, can make you much more prone to infection and illness. Sugar “feeds” bacterial growth and can cause the recovery time from surgery to lengthen as well in some individuals. This is primarily due to the fact your blood sugar levels dictate the stiffness and narrowing of your arteries. In turn, this leads to a reduction of vital blood flow and oxygen your body utilizes to heal itself. Additionally, the wound healing process itself can be slowed down due to inflammatory responses from a high-sugar diet.
Too Much Sugar May Cause Diabetes in Some Individuals
We were all told by our parents to limit our sugar intake as kids, otherwise we may develop diabetes. This is actually true in individuals who end up developing type 2 diabetes. The effect of sugar on the liver is strongly linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. It’s best to avoid artificial sugars throughout our lives as much as possible. Yes, an occasional treat is okay from time to time, yet if it becomes a daily habit, you may end up developing serious conditions.
Controlling Sugar Intake at a Reasonable Level
It’s estimated our daily limit of sugar should be no more than 10% of our daily caloric intake. Controlling the amount of artificial sweeteners and sugars you consume can be beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing. The problem with artificial sweeteners and sugars is they provide no real benefit to our diets, primarily due to the fact they contain no essential nutrients.
Focus On Real Foods for Your Sugar Fix
Think about all of the times you’ve bitten into a juicy peach, or a freshly picked apple, or even some delicious grapes on a hot summer day. It’s nice, right? Yes, we thought so. Treat yourself with nature’s desserts (fruit) and you’ll be healthier for doing so. The fibers in natural fruits help control your blood sugar levels and fruits also contain a whole host of valuable nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Contact Us for Help with Pre-Surgery or Post-Surgery Nutrition
If you’re seeking assistance with better understanding how to go about your diet in either a pre-surgery or post-surgery scenario; you’ll want to contact us using the form below. We’ll be sure to help you and have you on the pathway towards a full, healthy recovery. We look forward to hearing from you soon and we’re eager to help you begin realizing your full potential when it comes to healthy eating.
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