Ditch Sugar for Brain Health!

Do it, ditch processed sugar, even if you only do it for Brain Health Awareness Month! In fact, I believe we need campaigns similar to Dry July, that encourage us to sign up to a month with no processed sugar.

Honestly, I believe it’s a drug that’s worse than heroin in terms of addiction, and worse for our health than obesity, smoking and not exercising, all bundled together!

The reason I ditched processed sugar had nothing to do with weight (that may be a bonus), and everything to do with maintaining my brain health, and therefore supporting my functioning! Foods like meringues, and other sugar loaded cakes or biscuits, are poison to our brains.

Many others do too, such as David Gillespie, the author of Sweet Poison.

Sweet Poison ‘exposes one of the great health scourges of our time and offers a wealth of practical and accessible information on how to avoid fructose, increase your enjoyment of food and lose weight. David Gillespie was 40kg overweight, lethargic, sleep-deprived and the father of four, with twins on the way. He knew he needed to lose weight fast, but he had run out of diets – all had failed’.

From a recent study on sugar, QUT neuroscience lab just published the first in a series of papers recently. They have mapped the impact of sugar on the adolescent brain leading to cognitive impairment in the adult brain, such as Sugar overload may be a recipe for long term problems.

Sugar effects peoples moods, behaviours as well as negatively impacting physical health, increasing risk of diabets and other chronic disase.

Yet, when people with dementia experience some of the sechanges, most do not bother to consider their diet including sugar intake, and intead blame it on the pathology of dementia, labelling and treating it was BPSD.

Maybe it is time to remove Processed Sugar foods from Long Term Care institutions, as well as…


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