BEWARE OF SUGAR IF YOU HAVE PAIN
Halloween is almost here and I couldn’t be more excited! I love Halloween for the creativity of the costumes, the outdoor decorations, and the CANDY. I don’t usually have a sweet tooth, but when Halloween rolls around I turn into a candy monster. The only thing scarier than Candy Man popping out of the mirror or the Blair Witch chasing you in the woods are the effects of sugar on chronic pain. With my chronic back pain from a herniated disc, I am being extra careful to not overdo it with the sugar.
It is estimated that an astounding 18% of an average person´s dietary intake is sugar and sugar derivatives. This means that an average adult is consuming more than 80 grams of added sugar per day; this translates to more than 66 pounds of added sugar per year. For years now, the medical community has had a clear understanding of sugar´s role in the development of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease; but is there more to sugar than meets the eye? There is growing evidence to suggest that there is a direct link between sugar and chronic pain.
SUGAR TAKES ITS TOLL
Metabolic Syndrome, responsible for elevated cholesterol, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity is just one of the many chronic adverse side effects of consuming these high levels of dietary sugar. Other known side effects of high sugar consumption include:
The actual list is much longer. In fact, research suggests that sugar contributes to hundreds of thousands of deaths each year across the globe.
How does sugar link to chronic pain?
Sugar that goes by many names often ending in “ose” releases cytokines. These are inflammatory messages that may cause you to feel more pain when you consume processed sugar.
TIPS TO SCARE PAIN AWAY
Sugar is highly addictive and hidden in several of the foods we eat such as bread, pasta sauce, and more. Here are some tips you can use to help reduce the impact of sugar on your chronic pain.
Flow is a brand of alkaline water that has subtle flavors.
We love chocolate from Moon Cycle Bakery that makes them with ginger and cinnamon plus they are gluten free and dairy free.
Life is short, so definitely enjoy yourself and keeps these tips in mind to make the best of your Halloween. You might even thank me once you discover super delicious and less addictive high-quality chocolate.
My name is Annabel Mendez and I am the founder of Workvie, a brand dedicated to helping people that work with pain through our paraben free and great smelling pain relief creams. I also work with chronic back pain.