Does Sugar Cause Inflammation in the Body?
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the immune system's response to protect itself from an injury or infection. The body's immune system kicks in to create an environment that enables healing by killing germs. This process causes swelling. Some inflammation is completely normal, but sometimes inflammation is chronic and the body fights itself, causing health issues throughout the body.
How Does Sugar Cause Inflammation?
The correlation between too much sugar and inflammation is strong. Sugar stimulates the production of fatty acid in the liver. When we eat too much sugar, the liver can't keep up. The immune system tries to protect the body by destroying healthy tissue in the arteries, organs and joints.
Chronic inflammation results in autoimmune, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and it can cause depression, allergies, diabetes, cancer and more.
How to Reduce Inflammation
A healthy lifestyle is the best way to avoid inflammation. Exercising regularly and choosing the right foods will help you avoid the health problems associated with sugar and inflammation.
Everyone knows that eating a healthy diet and exercising is something we should be doing every day. Even if you aren't perfect, little adjustments can really add up.
These small changes will have a big impact on your health by reducing sugar and inflammation:
- Eat more greens — adding them to a salad or smoothie is tasty and easy.
- Spice up your diet — garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, fenugreek and ginger pack a flavorful punch against inflammation.
- Get more sleep — strive for at least 7-8 hours
- Get out and walk — just 20 minutes of movement reduces inflammatory blood markers.
- Try green tea — even if you are a coffee fiend, green tea is loaded with polyphenol compounds, and just one cup a day makes a difference.
- Boost your gut — fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt, kimchi, miso and kombucha support gut health, which in turn helps prevent inflammation.
- Consider intermittent fasting — this eating pattern revs up your metabolism and improves insulin sensitivity.
- Reduce sugar cravings — Sweet Defeat's natural ingredients temporarily block the sweet taste buds on the tongue to help break the sugar craving cycle.
Three Places Where Sugar is Hiding
Sugar sneaks its way into the most unexpected places! If you're trying to reduce inflammation, be a sugar detective, and you'll find that sugar hides under many different names.
Words that end in "ose" like sucrose, along with honey, molasses, cane sugar, corn sweetener, raw sugar, syrups and agave are all forms of sugar. You'll be shocked what you find when you read labels.
Look for Sugar In:
- Beverages: Sodas are some of the worst, but other drinks like juices, flavored milks, smoothies, energy drinks and flavored coffees are full of sugar, too.
- Packaged and Processed Food: You expect to find sugar in cookies, cakes, ice cream and candy bars, but savory foods like bread, pasta sauce, chips, popcorn and pretzels can also be filled with sugar. Even snacks that sound healthy, such as granola bars, rice cakes and fruit bars, can be trouble. They are often full of carbohydrates that turn into sugar when processed by your body.
- Condiments: Ketchup, BBQ sauce, teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce, honey mustard, salad dressing (especially "light" versions) and even sriracha all contain sugar. Check the labels and remember that the servings sizes listed are unrealistic. Try yellow mustard, hot sauce, mayo, soy sauce or salsa instead for healthier alternatives.
How Does Sweet Defeat Help Inflammation?
Sugar and artificial sweeteners create a sugar craving cycle that is hard to beat. The more you indulge, the more you crave. Sweet Defeat helps break the cycle by temporarily blocking the ability to taste sweets. When the sweet treats no longer taste good, the desire to eat more is gone, helping reduce inflammation.
Sweet Defeat includes these functional ingredients to help you stop overindulging in sweets:
- Gymnema Sylvestre is a woody shrub native to India, Africa and Australia. It's known as "sugar destroyer" because it blocks the tongue's sugar receptors. In addition, it reduces sugar absorption in the intestines. It also is thought to have natural anti-inflammatory properties due to the tannins and saponins that it contains.
- Zinc deficiencies may lead to sugar cravings, and it also works to help block the taste buds.
- Chromium helps stabilize blood sugar levels and decrease the brain's demand for sugar. It also can improve lean body mass and insulin resistance. This ingredient is exclusively in Sweet Defeat gum.
Sweet Defeat is clinically proven to reduce the desire for sweets., and it is available in three formats: mint or lemon lozenges, peppermint spray and Advanced Formula Gum, all made to crush your sugar cravings. And the best news — Sweet Defeat works on both natural sugars and artificial sweeteners.
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
- Jim Rohn
Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet will not only help combat inflammation and the resulting pain, but will also help to control your weight and reduce the risk of many diseases. With Sweet Defeat, you can indulge in treats without binging. Sweet Defeat products reduce sugar consumption by 50% and help you make healthier choices by breaking the cycle of sugar and inflammation.