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Recently the FDA announced plans to update the current Nutrition Facts label, and one of the things health experts hope to see is more clarification about the amount of total and added sugars in our food. Now, the World Health Organization says our daily sugar intake should amount to only 5 percent of our total calories—half of what they recommended previously. It seems the sweet stuff’s bad reputation is finally catching up to it.
According to WHO officials, the exorbitant amount of sugar consumed in the United States is contributing to poor nutrition, weight gain, obesity (and obesity-related health problems), and the development of dental diseases—treatment for which soaks up a large portion of the national health budget.
“I applaud the WHO for tightening up their recommendations on added sugar intake,” says ReNew Life founder and natural digestive care expert Brenda Watson, C.N.C. “A reduction of sugar intake is a step in the right direction. But honestly, I believe added sugar has no place in a healthy diet. Overconsumption of sugary foods, along with foods high in refined and starchy carbohydrates, is a major—if not the major—contributor to chronic disease. And if you have ever experienced sugar cravings (who hasn’t?), you know that there is a fine line between ‘just one bite’ and ‘just ate the whole cake/pint of ice cream/box of cookies.’”
The new draft guideline, currently online and available for public comment until the end of the month, recommends a reduction to below 5% of our total energy intake per day for an adult of normal Body Mass Index (BMI)—equal to about 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar daily. However, that means our average sugar intake would have to drop by two-thirds, according to a recent FOX News article.
The WHO’s last attempt to revise its sugar guidelines came in 2002, when the proposal to cut sugar consumption to less than 10% of our daily calories evoked a less-than-sweet reaction from the U.S. sugar industry. However, the more we learn about sugar and its harmful effects on the body, the more health experts are taking steps to increase awareness and encourage healthier eating habits.
You’ve turned the clocks forward, so now what? Before you start stacking your “spring cleaning” to-do list with tasks like organizing the closets, repotting the plants and planning a garage sale to get rid of all the clutter, ask yourself this: What about the clutter on the inside?
We are constantly being bombarded by harmful toxins from our air, food, water, household cleansers and other products we use each day, and over time those toxins can build up in the body and cause our health to decline. The good news? Regular cleansing and detoxification can help reduce our toxic burden by helping the body more efficiently eliminate harmful toxins.† Here are three important reasons you should add “Spring Detox” to your to-do list!
- Jumpstart Weight Loss: One of the best ways to jumpstart your weight loss program is with cleansing.† Studies show toxins are commonly stored in fat cells in the body, so the more fat cells you have, the more toxins your body will retain. As you lose weight, however, those toxins are drawn out and released into the bloodstream. There, they can inhibit your weight loss efforts by slowing down metabolism and making it harder to burn fat, which is why regular internal cleansing is often recommended.†
- Better Digestion: A buildup of toxins in the body can overwhelm our natural cleansing organs, especially the bowel (or colon), causing the digestive process to become sluggish and contributing to problems such as occasional constipation, gas and bloating. Cleansing the colon helps purge unwanted toxins and waste, and clears the way for other organs to function properly.† Look for a total-body cleansing program with an added colon cleanse to stimulate healthy bowel function and promote at least one healthy bowel movement daily.†
- Support for Your Natural Detox Channels: Your body has seven key channels of elimination that help filter and remove harmful toxins and waste from the body: the blood, bowel (colon), kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs, liver and skin. If any one of these channels is not functioning properly, overall health can suffer. For this reason, many natural health practitioners recommend a total-body cleanse at the beginning of each new season to help the body cope with its constant task of eradicating problematic toxins.†
Make it your goal to cleanse at least twice a year to flush out toxins and waste.† A spring total-body cleanse can help restore digestive regularity and overall health after a period of cold-weather stagnation†, but there are also cleanses formulated specifically to jumpstart weight loss and address particular issues such as liver health, exposure to heavy metals, , and microbial and yeast imbalance (particularly in women).†
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