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Could you be addicted to sugar and high blood pressure related issues such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes? Mounting research shows how it affects your health? Having a sweet tooth makes you feel happy giving your body a sense of euphoria. And as such, with any additive like tendency the more you get the more you want.
The good news is you have the power to rehabilitate your taste buds and reverse your hypertension.
A love of sugar is not anyone's fault, nature gave us a sweet tooth for a reason. From when we were babies we were drawn to our Mother's milk that had a delicious taste and smell. Just like the caveman they also had a sweet tooth.
The only difference between them and us is that they were much more active and sweets or sugary foods were not in abundance.
Sugar addiction is widespread and the least recognized as a cause, so it is the least managed. It aggravates and cause many chronic diseases like heart disease, type II diabetes, cancer, obesity, plus behavioral and emotional problems like ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood swings and more.
See why sugar and high blood pressure, one of the many chronic diseases, is a no, no.
When you stop cold turkey, you experience withdrawal symptoms from the chemical dependency that we built up in the brain during the time of sugar high.
Most individuals consume 20 teaspoon of pure granulated sugar daily. That adds up to about 5 pounds of sugar for the month. We add sugar in the form of sweeteners when we are preparing our foods and also in our gravy.
But do you know there is a difference between added sugars and the kind found in whole foods naturally? Consuming sugar from natural foods is considered healthy because they contain nutrients with metabolic benefits like fiber and antioxidants.
I also have a sweet tooth, but I try to consume sugar from a healthy source eight times out of ten. Here are some of the stuff I eat to fill that craving:
All of the above are beneficial to your health, they contain fiber, minerals, vitamins, potassium, calcium and necessary amino acids.
So, what causes high blood pressure? The excessive intake of sugar promotes sodium retention, just like salt which is an essential nutrient, which increases blood volume and in turn raises your blood pressure. Creating a quick high energy. And if you eat a lot of sweets, you will need more and more to get your satisfaction.
Sugar promotes obesity and can even increase your risk for neurological conditions. The evidence out there shows how strong the addictions are to sugar as well as salt and dietary fat.
Simple sugars are composed of one or two sugar molecules found in sucrose - (white sugar), brown sugar, moles, honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, maltose, dextrose, fructose, barley malt, cane juice, sorbitol, fruit juice concentrate and lactose (milk sugar).
These sugars are broken down quickly in glucose and is released into your bloodstream raising your blood pressure.
Complex carbohydrates are made of multiple sugar molecules that bonds together and are found in vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
These sugars take longer to be transformed into glucose for energy. They need enzymes to break the bonds and so complex carbohydrates takes longer to rise in blood insulin.
So how do you control your cravings for sugar and high blood pressure issues?
It is by eating fibers, it slows down the process of your insulin release. Nature designed it this way for you to eat for good health.
Know that you can purify your diet a little at a time and change your taste buds. Start by taking sugar out of your diet where it does not belong, like bread, salad dressings, and pasta sauces. In a few weeks you will not have the strong craving for sugar.
Know that most experts believe that you do not have to completely eliminate sugar to stay healthy because on a whole there are other things that people do that are also bad for their health.
Like not exercising, drinking too much and of course smoking.
Cutting back on sugar is not going to be easy. The best way I know is to reduce your sugar intake by cutting out bread, chips, sweets and fruits for a few days. Then start adding back fruits which will suddenly taste really sweet.
So as your body overcomes your taste for sugar and high blood pressure issues, you'll love the fact that you have broken the hold that sugar had on you.