Sugar and Pain

Daryl’s FIT TIP of The Day:
By now, many of the hazards of sugar, including weight gain and cardiovascular damage, are well-known– but most people don’t know that consuming sugar increases PAIN. What’s the link with chronic pain?

A high sugar diet causes the body to produce Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs), which trigger massive amounts of inflammation and scarring of the artery walls. And it isn’t only sugar per se that does the damage. Foods with a high glycemic index– these include white bread, highly refined grains, white rice and other “simple” carbohydrates that are quickly converted to glucose during digestion– increase inflammation even in healthy young adults. 

For those with arthritis or other ongoing painful conditions, even a slight increase in inflammation can greatly increase discomfort. This is why drinking alcohol dramatically increases pain.

My advice is to eliminate added sugar and processed carbohydrates from your diet, eat a variety of low-glycemic nutrient dense carbohydrates instead.

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