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Five Reasons to Quit Sugar Now

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This article first appeared on Sweetdefeat.

Sugar in our diet

Why it’s so important to cut back on your sugar intake—and take back control of your health.

Over three-quarters of packaged food in grocery stores today comes with copious amounts of added sweeteners, making it easy to overindulge, even if you pass on dessert. Most Americans eat over 82 grams of sugar daily, which is triple the amount recommended by the American Heart Association.

Over the course of a year, that equals 150 pounds of added sugars per person. Feeling gross yet?   

Top Five Dangers of Added Sugar

It’s time to resolve to cut your sugar consumption levels down this year. Below are five health risks of overeating sugar and sugar substitutes, and the damage that they wreak on your body.

1. Driving Force Behind Type 2 (and Type 3) Diabetes

The results are in: eating too much sweet stuff raises your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. According to the CDC, an estimated 100 million Americans have the disease, and millions more are at risk. Insulin resistance is the trigger for diabetes, and foods filled with fat and sugar reduce your sensitivity to insulin, meaning your blood sugar levels go unchecked.

Sugary drinks tend to be the most dangerous. When the British Medical Journal conducted an analysis of fruit juice and soda, they found that even eight daily ounces raised diabetes risk by 13 percent. Likewise, research published on PLOS One shows that every extra 150 calories of sugar (the amount in a single can of soda) every day increases diabetes risk by one percent, compared to just 0.1 percent for non-sugar calories.  

Now, new evidence from the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology shows that sugar-filled diets might increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the link between insulin resistance and Alzheimer’s is so strong that some scientists are considering renaming the disease as “type 3 diabetes.”

2. Promotes Addiction and Brain Fog

Eight times more addictive than cocaine. That’s what research from Princeton is reporting about the sinister side of sugar. Your body craves this sweet substance like it’s a drug because, well, it is. And like many other drugs, sugar only hurts your body in the process.  

The taste of sugar triggers signals in your brain that light up its reward pathway and create a surge of feel-good hormones. Too much stimulation reduces their effectiveness, meaning you start needing larger amounts of sugar to feel the same way. Likewise, sugar-induced insulin resistance weakens the synaptic connections between brain cells, leading to impaired cognition, higher depression rates, and emotional mood swings that leave you depleted.

3. Develops into Dangerous Belly Fat

Eating refined sugar overloads your liver with fructose, and anything you don’t immediately burn is turned into fat—predominately around your belly. Not only does this leave you looking bloated, but it also leads to lingering health challenges. In fact, reports from Harvard reveals that abdominal fat can raise your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, and premature death.

4. Triggers Premature Aging

Wrinkly, saggy skin is hardly the fresh start you want this year. Yet, sugary snacks might make it a reality. A study conducted at Dartmouth Medical School states that overindulging on sugar leads to glycation, a process where excess sugar molecules attach to collagen fibers, causing them to lose flexibility and strength. As a result, your skin loses elasticity and becomes more vulnerable to skin damage and sagging. A high-sugar diet also deactivates your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, which leaves you more susceptible to sun damage and skin cancers.   

5. Zaps the “Good” Bacteria in Your Gut

Your digestive system is a zoo of beneficial bacteria that keep things functioning as they should. Research funded by the American Cancer Society show that sugar alters gut bacteria in ways that affect mental performance and potentially raise toxin levels in your bloodstream. Because most sugars are digested without microbial help, these hungry bugs turn to nibbling on your intestinal lining instead. Permeating this barrier allows food particles into the rest of your body, which can cause inflammation and fungal growth like candida.

Further research from Tel Aviv University also shows that artificial sugar might promote the growth of harmful gut bacteria, which can lead to irritation, allergies and skin conditions, as well as digestive distress.

This Year, Cut Out Sugar for Better Health

The facts don’t lie.

Sugar is terrible for your health, and cutting it out only does your body a favor. So, commit to eat less sugar, and you’ll experience profound benefits in the process.   

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Silent Killer

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Hypertension or High Blood Pressure is called the silent killer. Why?  Simply put, most people have no signs or symptoms that they have the disease.  People with hypertension are at risk for cardiovascular diseases like a heart attack or a stroke.

Check Your Blood Pressure.

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Checking our blood pressure today can be done without a visit to your local doctor.  Most drugstores and supermarkets today have blood pressure machines where you can readily check your blood pressure.  If you really want a convenient way to monitor your blood pressure you can purchase a home blood pressure monitor.   They are relatively inexpensive and you can check your blood pressure in the convenience of your own home.

The American Heart Association warns that 1 in 3 adults have this disease.  Those who are aware that they have the disease are struggling to keep their blood pressure under control.

Why Is My Blood Pressure High?

There are many reasons why one might have high blood pressure.  For most people, however, it boils down to the choices we make in our own lives.  Being overweight, wrong food choices and developing type 2 diabetes are all in line with developing hypertension.  If you develop the disease it is important that you work with your medical professional to control your blood pressure.

Prevention is Best

The best plan of action against hypertension is to never develop it in the first place.  This may seem like a  “no brainer” answer but it takes some forethought to keep oneself healthy.  This especially true with hypertension.  As we age our arteries naturally lose their flexibility and began to narrow.  We speed up the process when we are overweight and eat junk food that leads to blood sugar issues.

Medications That Cure

There are no medications that can cure hypertension.  Even the best medications for your body will require your cooperation with your medical professional to have any success.  You will still need to be attentive to your lifestyle choices.  That being said all medications have side affects that you will need to take into account by discussing the dangers with your health care professional.

What About Supplements?

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It is the same for supplements.  Supplements are not designed to cure a disease or treat an illness, but they are designed to give your body what it needs to be healthy.  Supplements can have side affect but they are usually not as dangerous as those experienced from medications.

Active Lifestyle

Being active can be a great help in staying healthy.  If your doctor approves you for exercise that can be an added plus.  Exercise can help improve your cardiovascular system and strengthen your heart muscles.  While there are many forms of exercise you want to be careful that you don’t over do it.  Start out slow and work your way up to more advanced forms of exercise.  It takes time and effort to improve a body that has been neglected.

Stress a Killer

We all know the negative impact stress has on our emotions but it can also have an impact on our cardiovascular system, raising our blood pressure.  That is another added benefit of exercise, it seems to lower stress levels.  People who exercise seem to be able to tolerate stress levels better than those who don’t.

In Conclusion

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While many people are dealing with the disease of hypertension we hope you are among the healthy individuals that never have to deal with the disease.  It is important that you check your blood pressure regularly to make sure high blood pressure is not putting you at risk for some serious cardiovascular problems.  If you are looking for a supplement that can help support your cardiovascular health we believe that Cardio Cocktail has a great track record of helping people support their cardio health!

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Why Eat Healthy?

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That really is the question proposed in the article what are the benefits of eating healthy published by Medical News Today. There were several benefits of a healthy diet including weight loss, a reduced risk of cancer and diabetes management. All of those seem like good reasons to stick to a healthy diet. But for many people, the benefits of eating healthy just aren’t enough.

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A healthful diet can help a person look and feel their best, but what are the real health benefits? In this article, we look at the top ten benefits of a varied, nutritious diet, including heart and stroke prevention, improved mood and memory, and decreased risk of cancer.

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What Is A Healthy Diet

Healthy MicrobiomeWhile there are many great benefits to eating a healthy diet it can be quite challenging for most people. A healthy diet requires a little forethought. For example, when an individual goes to the grocery store it is a good idea to have a list of healthy foods in mind. The more difficult challenges is determining what is a healthy diet? Is it the Atkins diet, the Paleo Diet, South Beach Diet, High Carb/Low-Fat Diet, Vegetarian Diet and or whatever other diets that might become available?

For me personally, I choose a diet that includes lots of vegetables and a little meat. I don’t worry too much about fat except for fried foods. I think most ofEat Healthy for good health the research has shown that there are healthy fats like avocados and coconuts that are very beneficial for consumption. While I don’t believe there is a diet that fits everyone, I believe we must do our research and find the diet that works for us personally. Regardless, we’re all on diet. Some of us are on a healthy diet and some of us are on a not so healthy diet.

Healthy Diet Benefits

 

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According to medical news today the benefits of a healthy diet include warding off heart disease, diabetes, poor bone density and some cancers. I believe that they are correct in their assertion and the scientific research seems to back them up. If an individual is interested in health then the diet should be considered the foundation of being healthy.

Called Supplements for a Reason

Cardio Cocktail BottleMany believe that supplementation with vitamins and minerals can assist the body to stay healthy. I believe that supplementation can help, however, supplementation is just that. There is no replacement for a healthy diet. Taking vitamins and minerals to circumvent eating healthy just does not seem to work. One thing I believe that does work with regard to supplementation is Cardio Cocktail. Scientific research and the reviews we have received in selling this product over the years has proven time and time again its health benefits.

 

Reasons to eat health Medical News Today
1. Weight loss
2. Reduced cancer risk
3. Diabetes management
4. Heart health and stroke prevention
5. The health of the next generation
6. Strong bones and teeth
7. Better mood
8. Improved memory
9. Improved gut health
10. Getting a good night’s sleep

 

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Excited About Weight Loss

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If you are overweight you already know the importance of dieting to lose the extra pounds. You have no doubt heard it many times from your health care professional or you have seen it in the news. Unfortunately knowing you need to lose weight and actually losing weight are two separate mindsets.

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Weight loss Hurdles

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For many people losing weight is considered to be a difficult challenge. If that is true for you then that mindset is the 1st hurdle to overcome. If you’re going to be successful in losing weight and keeping it off, why not make it fun? What if it was fun to lose weight? That would create a whole different mindset. No longer would losing weight be a drudgery but now become something exciting to do.

Get excited About Weight loss

Get excited about the challenge you face in losing weight. Get excited about the help the feeling that comes from carrying less excess poundage. Get excited about the way you will look and the closer you’ll be able to fit into. Get excited about new recipes and new ways of eating is one way to motivate yourself in losing weight.

Get help Losing Weight

Don’t try to go on the journey alone in weight loss. Find friends and family members who will support you. You’re not looking for individuals to make you feel guilty when you fall short, you are looking for friends who encourage you on your quest for a healthy lifestyle.

Medical professionals

Dr. Oz Checks Blood pressureBefore you embark upon your weight loss journey it is probably best to get your healthcare professional involved. They can help you set reasonable goals regarding weight loss. I personally would look for a healthcare professional that specialized in losing weight.

Extreme dieting

I personally would stay away from the extreme diets that promise you to lose a lot of weight. These diets can deliver and you can lose weight rapidly, however, the excitement is short-lived. Most people who use these types of diets gain the weight back. Research has shown that yo-yo dieting can make losing weight very difficult.

Rewarding yourself

Wine and heart healthIt seems kind of strange that when people lose weight they tend to reward themselves with food that they know they should not eat. It’s like an alcoholic celebrating sobriety by going out to a bar, it’s sort of defeats the purpose. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating when you reach certain milestones with weight loss, however, reward yourself appropriately. You could choose to buy yourself a new wardrobe or particular clothing. You could purchase some type of exercise equipment or some type of culinary product that will assist you in reaching your next goal. Rewarding yourself is fine just make sure it’s truly a reward.

Exercise

Dieting and exercise really work together. To have real success in weight loss both must be incorporated into your lifestyle. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people exercising at the gym eating junk food. I guess for them they believe that hard work is all that is necessary to lose weight. I personally think they are fooling themselves. If you want to be successful with weight loss and diet and exercise must be combined together.

Losing weight is exciting

It really is exciting to lose weight and to feel better. Knowing that you put in the time and effort to do so gives you a sense of accomplishment and reward. It may take a little time and a little discipline but you are worth the effort!

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Unfortunately Ralphie May Was No Surprise

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On October 6, 2017 Ralphie May was found dead in a private residence in Las Vegas.  May’s manager claimed that the Last Comic Standing celebrity had been fighting pneumonia which had caused him to cancel several his tour.

Two months after comedian Ralphie May was found dead in a Las Vegas private residence, the cause of his death has been revealed. May, 45, died from hypertensive cardiovascular disease, Clark County Coroner’s office confirmed today to People.

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Unfortunately for May he never recovered and actually died from cardiovascular disease according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

The disease, hypertension, that killed May is known as the silent killer. It kills many people each year who are unaware of the deadly effects of this disease. If you or someone you know has high blood pressure it is important to take this seriously.  If hypertension is left untreated it can result in death.

Hypertension actually is a form of heart disease. When arteries become blocked due to poor lifestyle choices blood pressure rises in the heart is forced to work harder. Over time the heart becomes stressed and the body cannot get the oxygen and nutrients it needs.

This can eventually lead to heart failure. It can also cause arteries to become clogged, blood clots to form in the heart itself can be starved of nutrients.

Why call hypertension the “silent killer”

Blood pressure can be simply defined as the amount of pressure on the arterial wall as blood is being pumped through the body. When that pressure becomes too much the arterial walls can rupture. This leads to repair and thickening of the arteries and blood pressure becomes elevated.

The problem is that this happens over time and no one is really aware of the blood being pumped through our arteries. Individuals may feel fine and not be aware of the looming problem.

Sadly Many People Have this Disease

Dr. Oz Checks Blood pressureSad to say that many people are in similar situations as Ralphie May. Recently new guidelines have been instituted by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The new guidelines now indicate that the threshold for high blood pressure is 130/80. This now defines hypertension. The old measurement used to be 140/90.

Lowering the guidelines now mean that more people have high blood pressure. The hope is that people will take this seriously and take action to improve their cardiovascular health.

What to Do?

It’s very important that we pay attention to a healthy lifestyle. Diet, exercise, and keeping stress level at a minimum are excellent places to start. Our love of food and poor lifestyle choices have contributed much to the problem of cardiovascular disease.

Ralphie May describe themselves as a comedian who happened to be fat. While I do believe Ralphie May was a comedian, I do not believe he had to be fat. Health is a choice for many people and it is a lack of integrity to ourselves and our family not to be responsible for it.  If you want to learn more about what you can do to combat hypertension then you must listen to The Assassin Within!