Yes, it does! It ages your skin, your brain and virtually every cell in your body. It also weakens your immune system, weakens your defenses against UV rays, and creates the perfect environment for cancer growth.
If sugar is so harmful, why are we instinctively attracted to it? There are natural sweets like fruits and honey that contain important nutrients. These sweets were once scarce and highly seasonal. We evolved to crave them and eat as many of them as possible whenever they were available. When consumed seasonally and whole (as opposed to refined or processed), the benefits outweigh the risks. The real problem is that it has become seriously difficult to avoid consuming an excess of sugars.
The food industry has taken advantage of this natural desire by adding a wide array of sweeteners to all sorts of foods – including hot sauces, pizzas, breakfast cereals, energy bars, multigrain breads, and salty treats. They have gone so far as to hire “craveability experts” who are tasked with making their products as addictive as possible. They also bombard us with marketing from a really young age thus creating a culture in which no celebration is complete without first elevating the guests’ blood sugar levels. We are also trained to treat our sadness and stress with a sugar hit. In conclusion, it’s not your fault that you crave sweets and simple carbs.
If you want to learn more about how the sugar-aging process works, google “glycation.” If you want to learn more about the connection to cancer growth read The Cancer Code by Dr. Jason Fung.
Did you know that anger is a very practical emotion? It drives us to do things that are hard but important. Thank you for your willingness to take care of yourself, even when the environment around you does not have your best interests in mind.
Love, from your future self
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Dr. Anke Verlinden is an award-winning clinical haematologist at the University Hospital of Antwerp in Belgium. As a senior staff member, she specializes in treating patients with acute leukemia, guiding them through the process of stem cell transplantation. She initiated a project on the effects of mindfulness meditation on the immune system function and quality of life of cancer patients in 2019 while also deepening her understanding of the role that food plays in our health and wellbeing.
Anke is the mother of three kids, one of whom was born with severe heart disease. This, combined with the increasing number of questions from patients on the possible effects of nutrition and lifestyle on their healing process, gave rise to several years of study and experimentation in areas that are not covered in medical school, plus a nutrition science degree from Stanford Medical School and a certification in Functional Medicine. She is now also a WILDFIT certified coach as part of her effort to help patients recover better and more quickly from cancer treatment.