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thing that other minerals cannot function as
well and can become toxic or deficient. “When
we consume sugar over and over, we weaken
our body tissues, our white blood cells and
our immune system,” she says as essentially
our white cells and other tissues need protein
to function optimally. “Sugar in the amount
that we eat today continually upsets our body
chemistry, causes the inflammatory process
and leads to disease,” she explains, therefore
the bottom line is the less sugar you eat,
the less inflammation, and the stronger the
immune system to defend us against infectious
and degenerative diseases.
Obesity
How much is too much? Jamil points out that
unfortunately, there is no simple answer to
this question. “A simple way to put it would
be by saying a consumption of more than 10
percent of your total day’s calories from sugar
would be too much,” she says, however if you
are overweight or obese, then you should avoid
sugar as much as possible. “In that case, you
The Link to diabetes
According to Jamil, when an individual
consumes refined sugar, the pancreas goes
into hyper drive and produces large quantities
of insulin to combat hyperglycemia. “Having
an insulin level that constantly spikes is a lot
of work for your pancreas,” she says and in
fact, your body may also develop a resistance
to insulin, reducing or eliminating its
effectiveness. Eventually, the overtime that the
pancreas works causes it to wear out, leading
to diabetes in the long run, tells Jamil.
Inflammation
One of the biggest offenders of inflammation
is the ingestion of sugar, says Jamil. “Every
time a person eats as little as two teaspoons
we can upset our body’s chemistry and disrupt
homeostasis,” she says and one of the many
changes this upset body chemistry causes is
for our minerals to change relationship to each
other. When one of the mineral levels drops
in the blood stream, Jamil says that it’s a sure
should NOT be consuming sugar every day,
more like once per week or once every two
weeks at most,” she says, and especially avoid
soft drinks, baked goods, and processed foods.
“Instead stick to real, single ingredient foods
and avoid processed foods high in sugar and
refined carbohydrates,” she says. “
Craving
For those of us who just have to have one
small sweet a day or several times a day, not
surprisingly, sugary junk foods stimulate the
same areas in the brain as drugs of abuse and
for this reason, sugar can cause people to lose
control over their consumption.
Jamil explains that after eating a sugary treat,
the brain releases natural chemicals called
opioids, which give the body a feeling of
intense pleasure. “The brain then recognizes
this feeling and begins to crave more of it,” she
says and researchers have identified that there
are certain areas in the brain that are activated
when one craves sugar.
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