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Written exclusively for Xyience.com (Manzen, LLC) by ChristinasFitness.com, 2013

I’m thinking about a word that we find threatening to our very being and have even illustrated it with a skull and cross-bones: Poison. Poison is a word that we don’t take lightly and I think it’s safe to say that we go into high-alert mode when we hear or see anything that mentions the word.

Interestingly enough, there’s a substance that lurks in our refrigerators, our cabinets, in our food, and in our beverages that compares VERY well to the definition of poison: Sugar. Sugar has been a staple ingredient in just about everything we love tasting and it’s no wonder – we are literally hard wired to crave it.
Shockingly to readers I’m sure, sugar can be compared to heroin in the way it is processed and used. Studies have shown that sugar impairs organ function, strips the body of calcium and other nutrients (since sugar has zero nutrients, nutrients are lost processing it), and can cause depression and obesity. Sugar acts just like a poison.

Consuming sugar, even as little as a tablespoon (or about 13 grams), creates a chaotic stress inside our body as it uses all it has to restore balance to the body. And when you factor in a daily diet consisting of refined sugar, your liver reacts adversely by swelling and depositing sugar in a fatty acid form right into the bloodstream, where it is carried to those oh-so-important aesthetic areas like the hips, waist, stomach, butt and thighs.

Studies on animals have even shown that regular consumption of refined sugar leads to long-lasting brain chemistry changes, similar to the changes caused by street drugs like cocaine and heroin. After enough time of regularly consuming refined sugar, a single taste can stimulate opioids in the brain – which is an addictive pleasure chemical. Put that Big-Gulp down, now!

I have to admit that I’m no angel when it comes to completely avoiding sugar, but I’ve come a long, long way and can now proudly say that I have control over whether or not I decide to indulge during that special occasion or not.

Here’s what I have found works best for kicking sugar to the curb:
  1. Consume less and less sugar until you aren’t consuming hardly any, anymore. Start with steps such as eliminating sodas and especially sugar-infested energy drinks. Look for sugar-free options at first especially to help with the cravings.
  2. Eat more dark-green leafy vegetables and consider juicing for quick, easy grab-n-go meals. Works great for the mornings!
  3. Ask for support. Tell friends and family that you need help and support. Even if some don’t support your new lifestyle, you’ll at least have some who support you, and you’re putting awareness out there as well!
  4. Only eat whole foods that contain natural sugars; don’t drink your natural sugar unless you’ve juiced them from whole fruits and vegetables in your own home.
With some determination and support, you’ll be well on your way to FEELING the difference between a sugar-laden lifestyle and a lifestyle with much less. You’ll become more alert, more focused, more active, less fatigued, and just feel much healthier in general.

And I should mention – Xyience Energy Drinks are sugar free and are a great start to the day without worrying about sugar whatsoever!

To your health and LIFE,

- Christina