Blog Challenge (Week 6): When I Eat Sweets, My Body . . .
Saturday, September 09, 2017
When I eat sweets, my body does what everyone else’s does: gives me a sugar rush, then crashes and craves more.
The other thing that my body does after I eat sweets is ache.
My body aches, somewhere or everywhere almost every day. Up until recently, I’ve been chalking the aches and pains up to being so overweight and as a natural side effect of me being almost 60 years old. Was I surprised to learn that eating refined sugars can exacerbate my aches and pains?!
According to Darlene Kvist, MS, CNS, LN, “Your sugar-aches may appear as stiff joints, achy muscles, migraines, added asthma, or PMS symptoms.”
Fortunately, sugar aches aren’t caused by simple sugars like you find in fruit (thank, God); only in things like soda, cake, cookies, candy, potato chips, etc.
Thankfully, I don’t usually partake of those things, but I do indulge in the occasional ice cream cone or small sundae. I’m willing to bet that’s where some of my aches come from.
The connection between ingestion of foods high in refined sugar and increased inflammation was discovered in 2002 (I must have been in a cave), when researchers used a blood test called C-reactive protein (CRP). What the test showed was a high correlation between having a high concentration of sugar in foods and increased CRP numbers. Thus, increased inflammation.
To minimize the sugar-aches, I need to eat more of an anti-inflammation diet, avoiding processed foods and eating whole foods like meat, eggs, vegetables, and healthy fats. In about 3 weeks, my sugar-aches should be improved.
Can’t beat that with a stick!
(Note to self: learn more about eating more of an anti-inflammation diet)