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Kick The Sugar Habit

SugarJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

How long do you think it would take to kick your sugar habit, recalibrate your palate, and reset your hunger and satiety hormones? Read on, as perhaps the answer is not what you’d expect. The truth is that it’s difficult to determine how much sugar we are consuming, as hidden sugars are ubiquitous in the standard American diet, which well exceeds the recommended daily amount of nine teaspoons of sugar, or 150 calories daily for men, and six teaspoons, or 100 calories for women. It’s generally accepted in the medical community that sugar has addictive properties, lighting up the dopamine reward centers in the brain, generating a spark of energy and even creating a short-term “high,” making it challenging, but not impossible to eliminate from the daily diet.

Many are aware that excess sugar consumption is linked to many negative long-term chronic health effects, including obesity, systemic inflammation, atherosclerosis, cellular aging, diabetes, cognitive decline and fatty liver disease. Excess sugar consumption leads to higher blood sugar, triglyceride and blood pressure levels, known risk factors for heart disease and metabolic syndrome. Cutting refined and added sugars from the diet is actually a kind of sustainable dietary detox that can help reduce weight, improve markers of health and result in stabilized energy and a more radiant complexion, as well as reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. The good news is that when one is committed to kicking the sugar habit, it can be done successfully in only four weeks by going cold turkey.

Brooke Alpert, registered dietitian and co-author of the book, The Sugar Detox: Lose the Sugar, Lose Weight—Look and Feel Great, suggests that everyone, even those with a healthy weight, can benefit from eliminating sugar, as all aspects of metabolic health improve. Replacing processed and packaged food with whole foods naturally and seamlessly eliminates added sugars. Some health professionals advocate for taking baby steps to slowly eliminate sugar consumption and avoid common withdrawal symptoms of headaches, fatigue, anxiety and irritability. Others, like Alpert, say that similar to conquering alcohol addition, initially its best to cut all sources of sugar, even whole foods that contain natural sugar.

In the beginning, this means no sugar laden foods and drinks, added sugars, fruit, starchy vegetables, grains, alcohol, dairy or artificial sweeteners. Yes, the struggle is real but short term. After only three days, your palate resets and you begin to taste natural sugar again. By the fourth day, senses long dulled from sugar overconsumption come alive. Fruit, vegetables and dairy, which contain natural sugar, as well as fiber and beneficial phytonutrients, literally taste as sweet as candy. At this point, one can add one piece of fruit and one dairy food, such as full fat, unsweetened yogurt or cheese, as well as higher-sugar vegetables like carrots or beets and a serving of high-fiber whole grain crackers. Even better, three glasses of red wine can be added during the week one but after day three.

During week two, a serving of antioxidant-rich berries and an extra serving of dairy can be added daily, as well as some starchy vegetables, such as sweet potatoes or winter squash. By week three, the diet becomes quite livable, as one can also add whole grains such as oatmeal, barley and quinoa, as well as another glass of red wine during the week and an ounce of dark chocolate daily. By week four, one is in the home stretch, having conquered the sugar addiction. Week four and onward defines the maintenance part of the no sugar diet plan. One can enjoy up to five glasses of wine each week, plus two servings of starches daily, including whole grain bread or brown rice. As well, after 31 days, no fruit is off-limits, so feel free to enjoy.

The really good news about eliminating sugar is that you not only lose weight quickly, weight is lost from the midsection, where unhealthy, metabolically active visceral fat resides. Those who adopt a sugar free diet as a lifestyle choice will reap of the benefits of increased energy, reduced cravings, more stable mood, and much healthier bodily functions, including improvements in cardiac health and cognitive function. As well, weight loss can result in lowered cholesterol and blood pressure levels, as well as reduced inflammation believed to be a major risk factor in the development of many chronic conditions.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements for overall health and wellness support:

AntiOxidant FormulaAntiOxidant Formula by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formulation provides a broad selection of antioxidant vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients in support of the body’s natural defense systems. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Sugar SolveSugar Solve by Nutritional Frontiers: Formulated for both men and women, Sugar Solve is designed to support proper glucose metabolism, aid weight management and minimize cravings. Free of citrus, corn, eggs, gluten, milk, sodium, soy, wheat, yeast, added sugars, synthetic dyes, artificial flavorings and preservatives. Vegetarian formulation.

 

Chromium Picolinate...Chromium Picolinate 250 mcg by Douglas Laboratories®: This essential trace mineral potentiates insulin action, influencing carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. Sometimes referred to as glucose tolerance factor, this biologically active form of chromium is useful for high refined carbohydrate intake, strenuous physical activity and impaired metabolism. Free of yeast, wheat gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch, artificial coloring, preservatives and flavoring.

 

Alpha Lipoic Acid...Alpha Lipoic Acid 200 mg by Pure Encapsulations®: ALA is a water and fat soluble antioxidant that helps to maintain healthy glucose metabolism, supports nervous system health and provides nutritional support for metabolic processes. Gluten free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic vegan formulation.

References:
One-month sugar detox: A nutritionist explains how and why. https://www.cnn.com/2017/06/09/health/sugar-detox-food-drayer/index.html
14 Simple Ways to Stop Eating Lots of Sugar. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/14-ways-to-eat-less-sugar
Tips for Cutting Down on Sugar. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/sugar/tips-for-cutting-down-on-sugar
11 Reasons Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad for You. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/too-much-sugar

The Theory of Survival Nutrients vs. Longevity Nutrients

Survival NutrientsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

It is generally accepted that nutrients such as proteins, enzymes, vitamins and minerals are critical for daily short-term survival, reproduction and long-term health. An interesting theory proposed by Bruce N. Ames in an article recently published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, suggests these nutrients and cofactors can be classified as those needed for immediate survival, appropriately called survival nutrients, and those necessary to protect against future damage, or longevity nutrients associated with disease prevention. He further suggests that in the event of a nutrient deficiency, the body does its own triage, sacrificing the longevity nutrients for the survival nutrients, potentially opening the door to chronic disease that can shorten one’s lifespan.

Ames further states, “Because nutrient deficiencies are highly prevalent in the United States (and elsewhere), appropriate supplementation and/or an improved diet could reduce much of the consequent risk of chronic disease and premature aging.” Ames proposes that an optimal level of thirty known vitamins, essential minerals and additional nutrients, including amino acids, omega-3’s and plant antioxidants, are necessary to promote healthy aging. It has been suggested that a majority of Americans are deficient in vitamins D and E, followed closely by magnesium and calcium. As well, dietary intake of zinc, vitamins A, C, K, B6 and folate is also  insufficient for maintaining long-term health, resulting in cumulative damage that may contribute to overall unhealthy aging, as well as lead to disease later in life.

A healthy nutrient dense diet containing micronutrients, fiber and antioxidants appropriately supports cellular and immune health, healthy aging and longevity. In general, individuals who are proactive regarding preventive health and healthy aging prioritize whole foods and optimal nutrition, and also make informed choices about vitamin and mineral supplementation. As people become more knowledgeable about health and wellness, many turn to nutritional supplements, not only to address deficiencies, but to support specific nutrient requirements at all stages of life. Those who regard supplementation as an investment in long term health, ideally choose supplements that target their individual needs, and are aware that an all-inclusive healthy lifestyle embraces diet, regular exercise, restful sleep and stress reduction.

Getting sufficient, and even excessive daily calories, does not necessarily equate to proper nutritional intake. While nutrient deficiencies are not the only cause of degenerative disease, evidence indicates that a lack of nutrient-rich foods in the standard American diet is a contributing factor to age-related disease development. Nutrient deficiencies impair cellular energy production that can negatively impact energy stores. Insufficient antioxidant intake can result in inadequate cellular defenses, and thereby contribute to poor physical and cognitive health. Fortunately, many vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be addressed  and corrected with good health advice, dietary improvements and supplementation with high quality vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidant enzymes.

Vitamin D – Rising rates of vitamin D deficiency can be attributed to inadequate sun exposure, especially during winter months and the prolific use of sunscreens. Necessary for bone, neuromuscular and immune health, as well as overall healthy function, vitamin D is one nutrient essential for survival.

Magnesium – Magnesium maintains normal muscle and nerve function, as well as healthy sleep. This extremely important nutrient is a cofactor in hundreds of enzymatic reactions, including metabolism, protein and fatty acid synthesis, bone health, steady heartbeat and energy production.

Protein powders – While protein may be largely obtained through diet, athletes, weekend warriors and seniors can benefit from protein supplementation. Ideal for muscle gain and weight loss, sufficient protein boosts metabolism and can reduce appetite. Both plant and animal based protein powders supply amino acids, highly effective for stimulating muscle growth, retaining muscle mass and improving strength.

Omega-3 – Essential for healthy heart and brain function, as well as a healthy inflammatory response, omega-3 fatty acids are not synthesized by the body and must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Choose a formula with a high concentration of EPA and DHA, as well as purity and sustainability certification.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements in support of overall healthy function and healthy aging:

O.N.E. MultivitaminO.N.E.™ Multivitamins by Pure Encapsulations®: Suitable for both men and women, this once daily formula provides highly bioavailable forms of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and sustained release CoQ10 in support of cellular, optical and overall health. Hypoallergenic, certified gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

OmegAvail Hi-PoOmegAvail™ Hi-Po by Designs for Health®: Sourced from Alaskan pollock, this high potency fish oil provides 1500 mg of triglyceride-bound EPA and DHA molecularly distilled omega-3 fatty acids per serving. The formula includes lipase to ensure maximum absorption and prevention of aftertaste. Distillation and filtering ensures purity and the removal of heavy metals, PCBs and other contaminants. Gluten free, Non-GMO, natural lemon flavoring.

AntiOxidant FormulaAntiOxidant Formula by Pure Encapsulations®: This broad spectrum antioxidant formula provides essential vitamins and minerals, as well as a proprietary carotenoid blend, in support of the body’s natural defense mechanisms. Gluten free, Non-GMO hypoallergenic formulation.

Magnesium BalanceMagnesium Balance by Professional Supplement Center®: This highly absorbable magnesium blend supplies patented chelated magnesium for enhanced absorption. Magnesium supports bone and cardiovascular health, energy production and neuromuscular function. Free of wheat, gluten, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

Whey Cool Protein...Whey Cool Protein™ Natural Vanilla Flavor by Designs for Health®: This proprietary non-denatured whey protein concentrate is sourced from milk from grass-fed cows that graze on pesticide and chemical free pastures. Low temperature drying and filtration preserves the full range of important protein components including lactoferrin, immunoglobulins, serum albumin, active peptides and growth factors. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

References:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America. Ames, Bruce N. Prolonging healthy aging: Longevity vitamins and proteins. https://www.pnas.org/content/115/43/10836
Why do we need magnesium? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/286839.php
What are the health benefits of vitamin D? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php
17 Science-Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/17-health-benefits-of-omega-3

Pure Encapsulations® – Featured Brand

PureEncapsulationsSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

What’s in a name? At Pure Encapsulations®, the name means just that. Pure Encapsulations® manufactures hypoallergenic, researched-based supplements designed to support optimal health and function. To create safe and effective products, Pure Encapsulations® collaborates with experienced researchers and supports ongoing clinical trials at the Mayo Clinic and Stanford University. Pure, premium raw ingredients are sourced from trusted suppliers in the U.S., France, Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. To qualify as an independent supplier, rigorous testing and quality criteria must be met. All ingredients and final products undergo third-party scientific and microbiological testing at certified independent laboratories to verify purity, potency and safety.

Products are manufactured to the highest standards in Sudbury, Massachusetts in a state-of-the-art NSF-GMP registered, temperature, humidity and dust controlled facility. Supplement labels list all ingredients, including composition of raw materials, standardization of herbal extracts and true elemental weight of minerals. Equally important is what the supplements do not contain. All products are free from wheat, gluten, eggs, peanuts, GMO ingredients, and artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, as well as coatings, unnecessary binders, fillers and  preservatives. Available solely though healthcare practitioners, Pure Encapsulations® premium health supportive supplements deliver predictable and desired results in support of the body’s full wellness potential.

To see the entire line of products from Pure Encapsulations®, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com  Some of our customer’s favorite products include:

AntiOxidant FormulaAntiOxidant Formula: This once daily broad-spectrum antioxidant formula is designed to protect against free radical damage, as well as support the body’s natural cellular defense mechanisms. Research shows that a combination of antioxidants can better protect cellular and overall good health. Gluten free, non-GMO formulation.

UltraNutrientUltraNutrient®: This advanced formula provides high potency bioavailable vitamins, minerals and standardized phytonutrient extracts for broad-spectrum nutritional support for daily wellness. UltraNutrient® is formulated to support cardiovascular, immune, cellular and liver health, as well as homocysteine metabolism. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Muscle Cramp/Tension...Muscle Cramp/Tension Formula: This formula provides soothing herbs, as well as magnesium, calcium and potassium, important electrolytes for maintaining healthy muscle function. These specific ingredients help to relieve occasional nighttime leg muscle cramps, minor muscle cramps associated with athletic activity, and overall muscle tension, as well as help moderate occasional stress and promote overall relaxation. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Junior NutrientsJunior Nutrients: This nutrient rich, hypoallergenic, highly bioavailable multivitamin, mineral, antioxidant and trace element supplement is designed to provide the nutrients necessary for growth, development and overall health. Suitable for teens and children over 4 years old. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.