Friday, May 11, 2012

Steps To Better Health- #1 (Marlene Merritt, DOM, LAc, ACN)

By far, this is the most important step to take, as our sugar and carb intake is the root cause of most major diseases we now see: cancer, heart disease, hypertension, Alzheimer's, stroke, anxiety, depression…the list goes on and on. Most people have used up their lifetime of "carb points" by overeating pancakes, french fries, bread and soda, and now healthy options like whole grains are problematic as well.
 The average American eats 150 pounds of sugar a year — it's this sugar that has done the most damage. Even if we halved the amount of sugar consumed to 75 pounds, that's still nearly 20 times the amount they ate in the year 1700 (which was 4 pounds a year).
I often tell people that if they knew what I knew about how damaging sugar was, it would scare the daylights out of them. Clinically, we find that this means approximately 60-80 grams of carbs per day, (not including green leafy vegetables),  or at whatever point that there aren't any sugar/carb cravings.

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