There’s mounting evidence that high levels of sugar consumption has a negative effect on brain health — from cognitive function to psychological wellbeing. Americans eat about five times the amount of sugar they should consume. This not only consumed through sweets, but through everyday health products like yogurt and so called healthy protein bars. The other silent culprit is alcohol consumption. Alcohol is broken down in the liver and brain the same way high fructose sugar is and turned fat in our bodies.
· It creates a vicious cycle of intense cravings
· It impairs memory and learning skills
· It contribute to depression and anxiety
· It’s a risk factor for age-related cognitive decline and dementia.
Chronically high blood sugar levels have also been linked to inflammation in the brain. And as some research has suggested, neuro-inflammation contributes to the cause of depression. If you suffer from depression or anxiety you need to take this nasty culprit out of your diet.
The best way to wean yourself of is destructive addiction 1) read labels for carbohydrate levels. If you eat a 2,000-calorie diet, shoot for 225 to 325 grams of carbs per day; and if you eat 2,500 calories a day, aim for 281 to 406 grams of carbs 2) choose healthy carbs, fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts and whole grains. 3) If you need a sweetener switch to honey. 4) Turn to kombacha instead of alcohol. Kombucha is high in Glucaric acid, which is beneficial to the liver and aids its natural detoxification. As Kombucha also supports healthy gut bacteria and digestion, it helps the body assimilate food more easily and provides quick and easy energy without caffeine. It also helps to curb the sugar cravings and helps sooth your energy.
Kombacha can be pricey if bought at the store but is very inexpensive to make all you would need to buy online is a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast)that look like a jellyfish.
*How to Make Kombacha.
- Distilled Water
- White Sugar (yes! Believe it or not this is for fermentation process)
- Tea Bags Green or Black teas are best
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Active Kombacha SCOBY(order online at www.culturesforhealth.com)
· 1 tablespoon loose tea OR 4 tea bags (black or green teas)
· ½ cup sugar
· 6-7 cups water
· 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- Combine hot water and sugar in a glass jar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. The water should be hot enough to steep the tea but does not have to be boiling.
- Place the tea or tea bags in the sugar water to steep.
- Cool the mixture to 68-85ºF. The tea may be left in the liquid as it cools or removed after the first 10-15 minutes. The longer the tea is left in the liquid, the stronger the tea will be.
- Remove the tea bags or completely strain the loose tea leaves from the liquid.
- Add distilled white vinegar may be substituted.
- Add an active kombucha SCOBY.
- Cover the jar with a tight-weave towel, cheesecloth or coffee filter and secure with a rubber band.
- Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed at 68-85°F, more or less room tempature, out of direct sunlight, for 7-30 days, or to taste. The longer the kombucha ferments, the less sweet and more vinegary it will taste.
- Pour kombucha off the top of the jar for consuming. Retain the SCOBY and enough liquid from the bottom of the jar to use as 1 cup starter tea (instead of vinegar)for the next batch.
The finished kombucha can be flavored and bottled, if desired, or enjoyed plain.
Plain and simple stop poisoning your mind. You don’t have to be a saint, but at least try to maintain a healthy environment in your body that supports your mind and wellbeing most of the time. If you’re dealing with depression or anxiety then I suggest being a saint – at least for awhile until your body can find its balance again. You must think of your body like a Lamborghini. If you keep putting in poor octane gasoline you’re going to get poor results on your ride and eventually a car that fails. Luckily for us our body can heal it’s self so no matter how bad we treat (within reason) it will rejuvenate. Choose choices that can make you feel good, it may be difficult to start but in the end it sure beats feeling bad.
*recipe from www.culturesforhealth.com