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Saying So Long to Sugar

Saying So Long to Sugar

Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health is a book written by co-authors Dr. Richard P. Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar and published in 2015. This particular book is making waves in the health and medical industries, as it looks at the dangers presented by sugar intake. McDowell Podiatry Group is not only concerned with your feet—your overall health and wellness matter to us, too. So we want to share information to help you lead a healthier, happier life.

Inflammation Issues

Sometimes inflammation is a good thing, such as when it helps to fight off an infection or protect a fractured bone when the body isn’t able to properly send in the troops through increased blood flow.

A state of chronic inflammation, however, is a problem. In such cases, the immune system is left on, kind of like a hose in the yard. In time, chronic inflammation floods the body with immune cells that can cause permanent damage. Some of the consequences of this condition include arthritis, heart disease, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Why is inflammation important when we look at how sugar affects the body? In part, our bodies are not intended to process as much sugar as is contained in the average American diet. The source of a high percent of that sugar is in the form of complex carbohydrates, which is where the issue can be seen.

When sugars are simple carbohydrates, they are generally comprised of one or two molecules and not overly difficult for the body to break down and digest. When complex carbohydrates enter the equation, they take longer to be broken down and digested, which means they provide a longer surge of energy (“sugar rush”). This overwhelms the body’s ability to properly manage glucose levels in the bloodstream and, in turn, the onset of chronic inflammation can begin.

Nerve Damage Problems

Tying in with chronic inflammation, prolonged levels of high blood sugar—like those received from complex carbohydrates—can also cause damage to nerves.

Neuropathy (damaged nerves) impairs the body’s ability to experience physical sensations. This is a condition that is rather familiar with a majority of individuals who live with diabetes. It creates potentially dangerous situations in the fact that damage can be sustained to the body, but without triggering the pain sensation to let the brain know that something needs to be done about it. This then presents the opportunity for further damage to happen until a critical situation develops.

To help prevent this from happening, it is important to limit the daily intake of complex carbs. This includes restricting the refined carbs from such foods like candy, pastries, cookies, ice cream, and cake.

A Healthy Diet

Everyone knows that it is important to eat well, but far too few of us do. This may be the result of either not understanding why it is important or how to actually eat well. The authors of Sugar Crush advocate following a diet that avoids all added sugars, sweeteners, and processed foods. Beyond this starting point, there are two different plans that they endorse:

Plan A is a diet that contains grass-fed protein, grass-fed fats, and very low to zero total carbohydrates, whereas Plan B is comprised of limited grass-fed dairy and protein and a variety of vegetables and fruits that have low to moderate glycemic levels.

To make it easier for you, consider basing your meals around protein, avoiding food that is processed, and cut as much sugar from your diet as possible. Taking these steps will not only help you avoid chronic inflammation and neuropathy, they can actually improve your overall health and potentially reverse existing damage.

Eating Well in Carmichael, CA

If you would like more information on how to build a better diet, one that enables you to avoid major medical issues, McDowell Podiatry Group would be glad to help. Feel free to contact us by calling (916) 961-3434 or schedule your appointment with our Carmichael, CA office online today.

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.