WELLNESS TIP ON LIMITING SUGAR AND OTHER TIPS IN FIGHTING INFECTION – WENDY BLANCHARD, MS, CHHC

Hello Wellness Warriors,

During this health pandemic, and all throughout your life, please be aware of the detrimental and toxic effects of sugar.

Research shows that sugar promotes inflammation. So, if we are fighting an infection or are having an inflammatory response, and we are ingesting sugar, it will fuel the infection/inflammation. We crave the neurotransmitter, Dopamine, which is the “happy hormone,” so we eat sugar to feel “happy,” which is a temporary fix, and the cycle begins. Please see below other natural ways to decrease cravings and increase Dopamine levels.

We know that sugar has zero percent nutritional value, it causes an increased risk for depression, and increases anxiety. Sugar crosses the blood/brain barrier, and causes symptoms that mimic disorders such as mental illness, ADHD, and systemic inflammation, including profoundly affecting the central nervous system.

We are in a health crisis that requires us to be extremely diligent about the foods that we are taking into our bodies. Healthy, organic (when possible) food sends messages to our cells that promotes wellness.

I would suggest trying to significantly reduce our intake of sugar, and if possible, easing it completely out of our diets.

I would suggest asking your healthcare provider about using a natural sweetener, such as Stevia, which does not raise our blood sugar level, or another healthy choice is using raw honey as an alternative.

At this critical time, try to eat plenty of greens, protein, and good carbs. You may eat healthy fruits with low sugar such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, honey dew melon, grapefruit, avocado, lemon and lime. You may also have a small piece of dark chocolate (I like to use one that is at least 80% cacao) about one ounce, which may also help lower blood pressure, and is an antioxidant.

Eat fermented foods and drinks as they are an effective way to eliminate cravings. Foods like Kefir, Kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, Kimchi.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!! 

And…meditation reduces stress and definitely can help to relieve cravings, as well as increases Dopamine. It is shown to change the brain by increasing gray matter in the auditory and sensory cortex. When we are stressed, cortisol levels increase which increases the blood sugar. This damages the adrenal glands, creates more sugar cravings, and we are on the proverbial “hamster wheel.” Meditation also aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients. Try a brief meditation before meals!

Getting outdoors for at least 30 minutes per day, soaking in Vitamin D, and walking, naturally raises Dopamine levels.

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In order to serve you and meet your individual needs, I need to have much more information to safely accommodate your health and wellness needs and goals.

*DISCLAIMER* ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS A GENERAL OVERVIEW AND SHOULD NEVER BE USED AS SPECIFIC CARE. 

I AM NOT A DOCTOR, AND I URGE YOU TO SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO YOUR DIET OR EXERCISE REGIMEN, INCLUDING MEDITATION.*

Remember that our mental health is directly correlated to our physical and spiritual health.

Please take good care of yourself, make mindful, healthy choices in adapting healthy practices that will enhance your wellness.

Love, prayers, and blessings,

Wendy

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