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Q: Should I detox?

Posted December 24, 2014 in Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: Excess sugar is a primary factor in countless chronic diseases, including but not limited to Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cancer. Most people are completely unaware of how much sugar they consume each day. Sugars hide in 74 percent of processed foods under more than 60 different names such as dextrose, maltose, galactose, and maltodextrin. The average American consumes around 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day–more than three times the recommended amount. Even foods considered “healthy” by the average American can contain shocking amounts of added sugar, typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Fruit flavored yogurt can contain upwards of 19 grams of sugar; 12 grams of which is added sugar. The main problem with sugar, especially processed fructose, is the fact that your liver has a very limited capacity to metabolize it. All that excess sugar is metabolized into body fat, leading to the chronic metabolic diseases we struggle with.

Take control of your health! No time is better than the present to start implementing healthy changes. Along with eliminating processed foods and increasing your intake of vegetables and fruits, a high-quality Purification/Detoxification program based on whole foods is a great place to start. The purpose of a detox is to stimulate liver enzymes, empty intestines of waste, and help the kidneys eliminate toxins that build up in your tissues, organs, and blood. It will decrease your toxic load and allow your body to concentrate its energy on purification and weight reduction, providing the foundation for creating a healthier life.

Information provided by Swain Chiropractic, 410 Center Place S.W. Altoona 967-9300.

 





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