What ails you may be hiding where you least expect it.
In essence, sugar is a drug not a nutrient. Once refined sugar enters the body, there is an increase in the production of dopamine. Dopamine is a hormone that reacts to substances like sugar, cocaine, caffeine and tobacco and once the body has experienced high levels of dopamine, it requires more of the substances that increase the production, thus creating addiction. Sugar creates further hormone imbalances which we'll tackle in a separate post.
One of the reasons a person’s joints tend to be stiff is because of sugar consumption. Even light or moderate consumption of sugar can create stiffness. When patients come to my office for adjustments and their joints are stiff, more often than not they have consumed sugar that day. It is difficult to adjust patients that regularly consume sugar.
Even if a person doesn't consume candy, pastries, or granulated sugar as a sweetener, sugar finds its way to our bodies via tomato sauces, dressings, BBQ sauce, cereals, ketchup, juices, crackers, bread and many other processed foods.
Reading labels and paying attention to the grams of sugar per serving in the foods you buy will give you a better idea of how much sugar you are consuming per day. We recommend sweeteners like stevia or coconut sugar, which have the sweet taste without the negative effects. We also recommend decreasing consumption of processed foods altogether.