Thursday, September 16, 2010
Reason #3: Stronger Immune System
Have you ever had a sugar hangover? You know, you wake up the morning after you have gone to a party having binged on sugary goodness throughout the night with the largest headache of your life? Your vision is blurry and your heart rate is elevated. Sometimes your face feels stuffy and your brain is foggy. All of these things are symptomatic of an extreme drop in blood sugar which happens after ingesting large amounts of...sugar.
This is what is going on in your body: After you eat a boat load of sugar (well, technically during the binge) your pancreas secretes insulin to drop blood sugar levels. The more sugar you eat the more insulin your pancreas has to secrete to slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream. This fluctuation in blood sugar level places stress on your body which causes your immune system to be compromised. You feel like you are sick after a night of binging on sugar because your body has been working overtime to counter the bodily harm you have inflicted. There is a good chance that if you constantly eat sugar, your immune system is never up to snuff and you experience small "illnesses" like colds, headaches, sore throats, etc. much more often than your counterparts who do not eat sugar constantly.
A stronger immune system and healthier disposition in general is a good reason to not eat sugar today!