When I discuss heart health and nutrition with clients, a majority of them immediately admit that they might be consuming too much unhealthy fat. They are shocked when I ask them about their sugar intake.
Most people do not realize there is a real and serious connection between your cardiovascular health and dietary sugar. The kinds of sugar I am referring to are white sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, high fructose corn syrup and the sugars in pastries and candies. Processed and refined sugars offer little nutritional value and are absorbed into the blood stream very quickly due their lack of dietary fiber.
If you need to lose weight, have diabetes, cardiovascular or heart disease you really should avoid or limit your consumption of those foods that can raise you blood sugar quickly. The sugar in fruit juices are also absorbed into our blood stream very quickly.
This a partial list of negative health consequences from the excessive consumption of refined and processed sugars.
- Produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol
- Cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease
- Cause diabetes
- Cause intestinal yeast overgrowth
- Cause hormonal irregularities
- Cause abdominal obesity
- Damage the heart, kidney, liver and other organs
- Suppress the immune system
- Feeds cancer cells
- Cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children
- Interfere with your ability to concentrate
There are articles about sugar intake that use the term “carbohydrates” in relationship to a rise in cardiovascular risk. In my opinion that is too broad of a stroke of the pen. Not all carbohydrates have an adverse effect on our heart health. Foods rich in fiber also called “complex carbohydrates”, slow absorption of dietary sugar helping the body keep blood sugar at healthy levels.
To stay healthy, consume sugars from complex carbohydrates and avoid processed sugars and refined flours. Your cardiovascular system, heart and pancreas will love you for it.
Published by Wallace Bishop I.N.H.C, C.N.C.
In 2006, Wally was a morbidly obese man who weighed over 450 pounds and had many health problems. By improving his nutrition and adopting holistic healthy living principles, Wally was able to lose more than 220 pounds. By adopting these natural holistic principles he reversed many health problems including diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, lymphedema, arthritis and sleep apnea.
Today, Wally is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Certified Nutritional and Wellness Consultant and is the owner of Wellness With Wally, a Nutrition and Health Coaching Service.
Wally is actively involved in local and national health promotion efforts. In addition, he works with community organizations and corporations as a speaker and educator.
• Author of over 300 articles on diet, nutrition, weight loss, sports nutrition and healthy living principles.
• Regular contributor to local and national magazines and health related blog sites.
• Author of “Maximize Your Life, Renew Your Mind, Body, and Spirit.”
• Creator of the 12-week health and wellness course, “Unlock Your Health Potential,” which has been taught at local companies over the past 4 years.
• Wally has given over 250 presentations regarding health, fitness, wellness and nutrition.
• Wally has been a featured guest on NPR, CBS and Fox News stations. As well as being invited to provide expert health opinions on various radio programs.
• Wally has been instrumental in the development and implementation of Health and Wellness programs for companies including a Fortune 500 company.
Additionally, Wally provides a variety of class formats (ranging from thirty minute to one-hour classes to full 12-week courses) for businesses that are looking for ways to encourage their employees to adopt healthier lifestyles. Improved employee health and wellness has a positive impact on employee attendance, work efficiency, quality of work, lower health care cost and overall associate happiness thus increasing a companies overall bottom line.
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I idid not realize that there was o many diferent kinds of surger that is found in food. I know now to read the food lables more carefully in order to elimanate as much sugar as I can from my diet. Thank you Wally for the great information, I am looking forward to learning more from your bloggs. Gwen