The Not So Sweet Story About Sugar

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. It’s been just rolling around in my brain and I just need to get it out of there and out into the world, so here it goes. I just ate 12 black jelly beans. I hate jelly beans, but I ate them anyway because they were kind of sweet. I have a sugar addiction and it’s bad. Sugar at the levels that I eat it is very bad for me. It causes inflammation in my body and I just learned that it causes inflammation in my brain.

Because of a family history of dementia, both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s the brain swelling is dangerous for me. My Father’s mother and sisters both died from Alzheimer’s and my mother’s mother and aunt and uncle died of Parkinson’s. So this for me is serious, and needs a serious change in my life.

According to an article in Psychology Today who quotes the US department of Agriculture (USDA) the average person eats 156 lbs of sugar per year. The brain needs some sugar to operate correctly however it doesn’t need that much sugar and eating 156lbs of sugar a year or more can cause serious problems including depression, dementia and even Alzheimer’s.

Some studies suggest that the effects of sugar on the brain can be reversed with the proper diet. A diet that is rich is wild caught sea food, and food rich in anti-oxidants like berries and dark green leafy vegetables, but all this is dependent on getting off sugar and that’s not that easy because eating sugar releases hormones that cause you to feel good and that will make you eat more and more sugar. So getting off sugar will be an up-hill battle, but I’m ready for the fight are you.

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