Is sugar really as bad as they say?


Is sugar really as bad as they say!

Over the past few years, the amount of food documentaries has tremendously erupted with a bang. From food news, to health politics to philosophy shifts in nutrition, there is so much knowledge and information waiting for you to taste.

Have you tried to go a week without sugar? A day? a month? What differences, if any, did you notice?

It’s difficult to cut sugar from your diet but  learning to do so has been a proven strategy to clear your head of confusion. According to research, ingestion of sugar changes your body chemistry. It increases the risk of developing health problems like high blood pressure and unnatural cholesterol levels. So why do we love those sugar treats? The love of sugar has been shown to be similar to a drug addiction. Its biochemistry has been compared to that of a toxin.  For that reason, cutting sugar could be one of the best things you can do for health.  It’s a war. Do what you know is right or the enemy will take over your health and your mind. I fight this war often. Some battles I lose.  A freshly baked cake is hard to resist.  A great cookie.  Home made ice cream.  A coke. The list goes on and on but in our dietary arsenal to protect our brain from future dementia, cognitive decline, confusion and possible Alzheimer’s Disease, we’ve got to add the shield of the low sugar diet.

 

It sounds a bit simplistic. Is there really scientific evidence for this? Can we really prevent brain fog? If we don’t get enough sleep, we will experience moments through out your day that make us feel lost or confused. We become somewhat forgetful. We just don’t work at our best, when we are deprived of rest.  Excess sugar does the same thing to our brain. Lots of sugar in your diet corresponds to incidents of brain fog.  High sugar intake leads to problems with memory and learning. A  UCLA study  shows the details. In an article entitled, “Metabolic syndrome in the brain: deficiency in omega‐3 fatty acid exacerbates dysfunctions in insulin receptor signaling and cognition”.

Do something for someone else.


This time of year, many people are spending time with their families but some people are depressed. They feel they don’t have enough gifts and material things to make the season bright. If you have any resources give a random gift to a stranger or help a family in need. Do something for someone else. Make the holiday season bright for whoever crosses your path and stay safe.

Stop by facebook.com/angelashellamusic and say hello.

Angela.

Hope to see you soon.

Jan 26th 2013, G2B Gastro Pub, Durham, NC,  8pm

March 24, 2013, Broad Street Cafe, Durham, NC, 7:30 pm

June 7, 2013, CardinalFest, Greenville, NC

Keep Your Brain Healthy


I was surprised to hear that the Hall of fame basket ball coach Pat Summit was diagnosed with early onset dementia. I hope we can find a cure for this but until then there are some things that we can do to keep our brains healthy.

1. Eat healthy, fresh, whole, organic foods. You know, antioxidants, veggies, fruits, nuts, water, and organic produce.
2. Be socially connected to real people. Fellowship with people. Have a party and listen to great music.
3. Engage in mentally stimulating activity, classes, games, etc. Read books, learn a new language, a new mental exercise game or puzzle, a new musical instrument, or any activity that is new to you and requires some mental stimulation.
4.Laughter is good for your brain. Hang around people that make you laugh. Smiling has been scientifically proven to improve mood and health.
5. Exercise regularly. Do rigorous but safe exercise. Your brain cells literally respond to exercise.
6.Get quality sleep.Sleep Sleep Sleep.
7. Manage Stress. If you have a lot of stress in your life, manage it. See someone. Don’t go years and years with built up and unmanaged stress.
8. Have a reason to live. Have a purpose. A task or goal or purpose that literally is your reason for getting up in the morning.