Written by: Claire Arcidiacono, ND For further questions or concerns email me at [email protected]† In our modern world we have many alternatives to sugar. These alternatives include artificial sweeteners and those that are considered natural sweeteners. In this blog I will be going over sugar substitute’s …
Written by: Dr.Claire Arcidiacono, ND What exactly is sugar? Sugar is what we call sweet- tasting water soluble carbohydrates. Sugar comes in two forms, monosaccharides or “simple sugars” which include glucose, fructose and galactose. Disaccharides or “compound sugars” are made of 2 bonded monosaccharides. For …
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
We all know that sugar is something we should really try to avoid at all costs when it comes to our dietary intake. But when we look at the mental health implications that go along with high sugar intake, this is when it becomes incredibly alarming. Today, I want to talk about the true impact that sugars have when it comes to our mental health.†
The relationship between sugar and health
When we look at our society as a whole, we know that Americans intake way too much sugar. The average American adult consumes roughly around 75 to 80 grams of sugar per day, which is three times the recommended amount. These sugars come from sugary beverages and high-processed foods.†
Then we look at all of the health implications that go along with sugar consumption, beyond that of just diabetes. That’s the first thing that most people think about, but we also have to think about the mental health implications.†
There was data collected in the UK where researchers followed over 10,000 men and women for 30 years, between the years of 1983 and 2013. The researchers were looking at their dietary intake of processed sugars and trying to see if there was any type of increased risk for developing a mental health disorder such as anxiety and depression. The reason why it is so critical to draw this correlation is because over 40 million adults in the United States suffer from mental health conditions.†
These findings are also extremely alarming as researchers have predicted that by the year 2030, major depression will be the leading cause of disability in economically privileged countries.†
Stopping the effects of sugar on mental health
There is a very simple fix to help stop the impacts of sugar on mental health status. We stop with the sugary beverages and the processed foods. We start eating whole foods again and start to consume things like water or green tea, as opposed to sugar water, which is not only harmful to our mental health, but also to our energy status and overall well-being.†
Anxiety disorder itself is highly treatable. Unfortunately, many people who have it are given anxiolytic drugs, but they are never given the advice that they should change their diet. Perhaps it’s their diet that’s driving so much of this by basically disrupting the normal communication pathways within the brain, which is incredibly problematic.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses how the high-sugar foods we eat so frequently can impact mental health. She details several studies on this topic and provides explanations of how sugar works within the body.†
- How much sugar should you be taking in a day
- Research on sugar and mental health
- How sugar works within the body
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Just how dangerous are artificial sweeteners? These sweeteners are widely used in a variety of foods, including processed foods, powdered drink mixes, soft drinks, dairy products and canned foods.
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
If you are trying to power through your virtual classes or even trying to get in your evening workout after you put the kids to bed but do not have the energy, Panax Ginseng might be your answer. Panax Ginseng is a helpful herb for energy and endurance when you are fatigued. But if you use it daily, it is good for your memory and overall brain health.
The Benefits of Panax Ginseng
It is native to Eastern Asia and is widely used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Many people take Panax Ginseng to help restore their strength and stamina and to help stimulate the immune system. Ginsenosides (ingredients in the ginseng) seem to be the most responsible agents in the ginseng for its activities.
Ginseng has been used for a wide variety of benefits, including for erectile dysfunction and even type 2 diabetes. It has been shown in studies to help improve insulin sensitivity and reduces insulin resistance. This is very important because if you eat a meal, the insulin is supposed to be released from a gland called the pancreas. It is supposed to pack away the excess sugar to get it out of your blood. Then you can release the excess sugar as needed in between meals so that you have a consistent source of energy. In people with diabetes, they have resistance to the effects of insulin and their sugar stays high after a meal. In studies, when researchers gave Panax Ginseng to people with diabetes, it reduced their insulin resistance. Separate research has also found that it helps people who low grade high blood pressure or high blood pressure (pre-hypertension).
Research has found that in post-menopausal women, ginseng also improved their cardiovascular health. It has also been used in women who’s hands and feet get cold easily. A number of randomized clinical trials shown that Ginseng helps alleviate idiopathic chronic fatigue, or individuals who are always fatigued but no one can find out why.
Ginsenosides, especially called RB1, has been shown to improve the release of acetyl-choline. This is fantastic! Acetyl-choline levels vary from person to person and drops with age. It does incredibly important things in the brain. For instance, acetyl-choline hard wires brain connectivity – the neural networks and pathways between brain cells. The synaptic region of the brain is where inflammation flows from cell to cell. It also plays a role in cognition function, specifically with memory and learning. It also helps GABA work better.
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