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After Christmas and the New Year celebrations, many people feel bloated and sluggish. The answer for some is to go on a diet or cut out alcohol for January, but I suggest that a popular one should be to cut down on your sugar intake 6 days a week.
Reducing your sugar intake is one of the best things you can do for your body as there many problems associated with eating too much of it. Some include well known things like causing tooth decay, promoting obesity, and leading to the development of diabetes and certain cancers. Not quite so well known are sugar’s nasty way of chewing up skin collagen (leading to rapid ageing of the skin) and its internal effect of causing inflammation within the body. In fact, it’s now known that Centenarians (those aged 100+) have the lowest levels of inflammation in their bodies.
We are all clearly aware of how important our vital organs are (heart, brain, liver and kidneys etc) when it comes to our health, and so we naturally tend to think about how we can improve their functions, but there is what scientists are calling ‘The Forgotten Organ’, whose health and function is just as important to you as your vital organs.
There is a clear link between lack of sleep and things like poor brain function, obesity, heart disease and headaches. In fact significant research identifies that sleep deprivation and the resultant poor brain function, is a contributory factor in obesity, because those affected tend to eat more calories during the day. So, if you regularly get less than 6 hours of sleep a day in the course of your week, you could be giving your body a real kicking!