By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Blogs such as these may not make me terribly popular to those of you wishing to find out about trees, crystals, and herbs. Still, I do hope you will give it a read and a go. It may save your life or the life of someone you love. At the very least, but not least, it could help you to be healthier.
What is Fizz Free February? Most Britons will know already, however, for those in other countries it is, simply put – no sugary, fizzy drinks all through February. Like Pepsi, Coke, Fanta, et al.
This is going to be difficult for me for I am a great fan of Pepsi. I nearly always have one near and apart from supper when I like a glass of wine instead, it is my second favourite thing to drink apart from tea. But I am going to participate in Fizz Free February because 1. I am not that young anymore and my health needs attention and 2. I’m increasingly afraid I could be headed for diabetes because the symptoms are accumulating. So, no matter where you are in the world, would you join me next month in kicking the fizz?
Fizzy drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children aged 11-18, and they provide an average of 29% of daily sugar intake. Sugar is, simply put, empty useless calories which only adds weight to your body and does nothing more for you than overtax your liver and cause a myriad of health complications. If it affects adults like it does, imagine how much worse it can be on the 11-18-year olds! A 70% rise of diabetes in teenagers over the last four years is proof of that. And this is only in the UK. Teens are still growing and forming…their organs may be young, but they are being overtaxed with sugar from such an early age it can only end in tears – tooth decay, obesity, diabetes, hyperglycaemia, cancer, heart problems, and more.
I will list a few problems people encounter when one indulges in too much sugar for too long. If you can identify with three or more, maybe it is time to ditch the white stuff!
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth
- Increased hunger
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Afternoon brain fog and sleepiness
These are all symptoms of both diabetes and hyperglycaemia. However, they are also a huge wakeup call prior to falling seriously ill with either of these diseases. If you are experiencing any of them, it is time to go to your GP immediately after you have chucked all the sugar out. Of course, there are medications you could be prescribed, insulin for one, however, who wants to be stuck all their lives needing to administer insulin to themselves every day? I don’t. Mind, there are people who will always need to, but Type 2 Diabetes is certainly preventable. Let’s not let ourselves go down that road. We are the lucky ones. We have a choice!
It can get worse. Long-term effects of high levels of sugar include depression, anxiety, eczema/psoriasis, insomnia, infertility, and again – Type 2 Diabetes. No thanks.
I won’t promise you it will be easy. The first one to two weeks you may be moody, irritable, tired, and achy, and possibly have flu-like symptoms. But hang in there! After only one week off the poisonous sugar people whom have participated in sugar detox in studies find their energy levels are more balanced, their thinking is clearer, and they are not eating as much because they feel satisfied with smaller meals. A plus side, if you need more, is that eliminating sugar from their diet often helps people identify some food allergies or sensitivities they may not realise they have.
It is said if you can kick a habit for twenty-one days, you can kick it for life. Let’s all give it a go, shall we? Here’s to our good health!
Many thanks for reading! I do appreciate my readers and hope everyone found something here of use to them. Please share via the various social media buttons below and a like. I also welcome comments and will answer back. Many warm blessings to all whom wander this way x
*Some information from Southwark Council, creators of Fizz Free February