How good is sugar for you? I’d love to say sugar is the cure all for all that ails you. Though the truth is more likely sugar is the cause of all that ails you.
Once upon a time manufacturers realized if they added sugar to a product (bread, pizza, cereal, sauces, fruit and soft drinks, milk, take away food, etc.) they sold more product and made more profit. Hey presto! Over night sensation. And they all lived sadly ever after.
Sugar is one of the most damaging things we consume and the level at which we consume sugar has risen by 400% since the 1800s.
Our livers cannot process the amount of sugar we are consuming in any one sitting. This creates psoriasis of the liver - scar tissue that reduces the ability of the liver to work properly. And of course causes us to gain weight since our bodies cannot process all that sugar. Not to mention what sugar is doing to our and our children’s teeth. Studies have shown that eating sugar also causes us to want to eat more.
However this is a beauty blog and you’re probably wondering what has sugar got to do with beauty?
Well… now that you ask ...
That mumbo jumbo guru term we all hear but don't really understand... Free radicals. When cells get energy from mixing glucose with oxygen (oxidation) this creates atoms called free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA and skin cells. Your body then tries to replace these damaged skin cells with healthy skin cells. The more sugar in your diet the more your skin cells are damaged and the harder your body has to work at replacing them. Our bodies can only work so hard to replace these damaged skin cells. After a while you start to notice premature ageing as these free radicals continue to attack your skin cells.
An example of oxidation is watching an apple, a banana, an avocado or potato change colour when exposed to the air. Oxidation is defined as the loss of at least one electron when two or more substances interact. Emphasis on the word “loss”.
Picturing the fruit changing colour… imagine what sugar in your blood stream is doing to your body and your skin.
Look younger by eating less sugar or try to go sugar free as much as you can.
In fact the best thing you can do with your sugar is make some Orange Coffee Body Scrub or Pomegranate Scrub for your body. You can use this scrub on cellulite and dry skin to exfoliate and promote blood flow to specific areas of your body.
An interesting note: your body cannot turn fat into fat without sugar.
Pomegranate Body Scrub
· 1 table spoon fresh whole pomegranate seeds
· 1 table spoon raw sugar
· ¼ teaspoon olive oil
· 2 drops vanilla essence or extract
Mix all ingredients in a small dish until ingredients are coated thoroughly in olive oil. You will notice straight away how yummy the scrub smells. Makes enough for one immediate application to thighs, buttocks, tummy and legs in shower or bath. If you would like to make more double or triple the quantities and store in a jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.