Monday, July 7, 2008

Sugar Buster!

My husband trains hard and it finally caught up to him. The past couple weeks James' training has been increasing in volume and so has his appetite for COLA! This is not a great supplement for calories in my opinion, but when training in extreme heat and sweating a WHOLE LOT, its a good fix for during or after a ride/run. I understand having a coke here or there just to get in these calories but when he goes through a pack in 2 days, the wife steps aside and the nutritionist steps in! I started buying him lemonade instead or even the natural fruit carbonated drinks from Whole Foods, but his need for coke still persisted UNTIL...... Yes, he has come to a state of constant fatigue and stomach problems. Now, coke wasn't the only thing that caused these problems. It was a combination of small sugar snacks here and there, COKE, lack of sound sleep, increase intensity and volume of training in extreme heat, etc. But we figure the main culprit was all the refined sugar that was hidden in his diet. Here's a few facts about this devilish ingredient.
1. Sugar tends to change the way the blood-brain barrier selects appropriate amino-acid building blocks of brain chemicals. Refined carbohydrate consumption increases the level of the amino acid tryptophan (you know the one in found in turkey that makes you tired), and which also is the building block of the brain chemical serotonin.
2. The average can of soda pop contains eight to nine teaspoons of sugar. If a person drinks a can of pop, the blood is hit with a hefty dose of sugar that is eight to nine times more than that of normal. In response, the body must mobilize large amounts of adrenalin and insulin to clear the sugar from the bloodstream.Which takes a lot of energy and WILL make you TIRED! Repeated day after day, this scenario can lead to significant health problems as well as blood sugar disorders.
3.Poor diet or excess dietary sugar can cause abnormally low levels of glucose in the blood that affect the brain, nerves, digestive system, and muscles. If the body is not receiving proper nutrition the very fundamental mechanisms of the body begin to crumble.

SO that being said....For more info on Nutritional Therapy to Restore Energy check out a great health website.

Signing out.

Cola is now limited to my equivalent Kombucha addiction- 3 a week!! ha ha!


rr said...

Thanks for this LC.. sugar is my weakness (well, that and my knees) and I need all the reminders I can get. I'm getting better but the m&ms still find me at night. Work in progress.

I'm loving the kombocha. Bought some on Kauai last weekend - $6!!!

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

Excellent article. I'm not a coke or soda fan so this is easier for me to take. However, keeping sugar intake down is surely a good thing.

Kelly said...

Good info, Lindsey. I am not 100% sure b/c have not had a dietary analysis done recently but believe my sugar intake is a bit too high...I am slightly addicted to good to hear this stuff as it makes me thing twice before adding BROWN SUGAR to my cereal...

Grant Glauser said...

Ya, plus drinking all that coke will cause your teeth to decay and have cavities.

James and Lindsay Cotter said...

Grant i love it! Grant is studying to become a dentist.
I have managed to kick my addiction for this week.

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