Ahh, sugar. Our favorite sweetener has been getting an increasingly bad rap lately. Not only is it bad for your teeth and your waistline, but in high doses it can also cause insulin resistance and lead to type 2 diabetes, lead to unhealthy changes in the body, affect your mood, sleep, brain, and more! Now, there’s even evidence that sugar can negatively affect your body’s production of Human Growth Hormone.
So what’s the story with sugar and HGH? It’s not a matter of moderation, because as we know, having a little bit of most things won’t cause lasting damage. The problem is that with sugar, it’s almost impossible to eat it in moderation. Sugar hides out in all kinds of sneaky places, and the impact on our health can be staggering. According to information from the American Heart Association, most Americans are eating double the amount they should be. It’s estimated that adults in our country get 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day. To put that in perspective, that makes 150 pounds of extra sugar a year. The effects of this excess sugar include diseases such as cancer and heart disease, visible effects on the skin, and excess body fat. Too much sugar can even alter your outlook on life, as research shows a link between too much sugar and depression.
If you’re focused on creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself, one where you are preventing disease and the signs of aging for a longer, happier, healthier life, keeping a close eye on your sugar consumption is very important. Coupled with the fact that sugar can have an effect on your body’s HGH production, which could then effect how your body ages, you see how all this excess sugar can really take a toll on your health and appearance. For Human Growth Hormone to really work effectively in your body, the amount of sugar you take in needs to be carefully monitored. Pay close attention to your daily intake, and look for foods that have hidden sugar. You know that sugar is in soda, fruit drinks, desserts, and packaged snacks. But you may be surprised to know that sugar is found in many of our sources of protein, including hamburger, lunch meat, chicken and salmon. There’s also sugar in peanut butter, salt, cereal, and ketchup. Other foods sugar hides in include yogurt, bread and salad dressing. Checking the label may not be immediately helpful, as sugar has many aliases to camouflage it. These names include high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, sucrose, or cane juice.
In addition to paying attention to your sugar intake, in order to help boost your body’s levels of HGH, you also need to pay careful attention to when you’re eating sugar. Exercise is a great way to stimulate natural production of HGH, but if you eat sugary foods, like a candy bar or energy bar with sugar, fruit juice, foods with high carbs, or even sports drinks right after a workout, it can actually negatively affect the production of and effectiveness of HGH! Your body actually continues to burn fat for up to two hours after a good workout, so if you complete a workout and don’t eat sugar during that crucial time, plus limit your overall sugar intake, you’ll be setting yourself up for a healthier future!