Shared by Maryann from Balanced Nutrition
Article courtesy of: Uma Naidoo, MD, from Harvard Health Blog
Increasingly, people are aware of the dangers of “too much sugar” in the diet. Consuming excess sugar can lead to a condition called metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat. Excess sugar also contributes to widespread inflammation and even leads to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Stress is an unavoidable part of our daily lives. A certain amount of stress is actually necessary for our
survival; however, the amount of stress most people are under these days is causing more harm than
good and can have serious health implications.
• 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects due to stress.
• 75%-90% of all medical visits are in some way related to stress.
Stress greatly impacts one’s health; it speeds up the aging process and leaves us feeling fatigued and
demotivated. Not only is stress correlated with weight gain and the inability to lose weight, but it is also
linked to a wide variety of diseases including:
• Cardiovascular disease
• Gastrointestinal disorders
• Anxiety & Depression
Most of us crave sweet or salty carb-rich food when we are feeling stressed. While will power and the easy availability of carbs has a lot to do with it, it's not the end of the story. You can blunt your cravings for carbs by balancing your blood sugar using the following tips(and no need to duct tape your mouth either):
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