When I was growing up, every meal had dessert after it. I was just telling a client yesterday that there were mornings we even had pumpkin pie for breakfast. Okay, it wasn’t often—but it did happen!
There’s a pretty significant dark side to sugar though, and if you’re going to have dessert you want to be aware of this information. It’s your call what to do with it—depending on where your pain levels are and what other changes you’re making. You definitely want to take this pain-relieving process step by step and not overcommit to changes you’ll find hard to maintain.
But know this—sugar can damage your body. If you’re starting to heal and relieve your pain by changing your gluten or food additive intake, you wouldn’t want to just re-damage it by having excess sugar.
Here are a couple of reasons why sugar connects to pain:
- Sugar interferes with absorption of magnesium. Magnesium relaxes muscle, and can help relieve pain levels.
- Sugar can cause arthritis, which is the cause of much pain for people.
- Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis. Strong bones play a big part in holistic pain relief.
- Sugar changes the structure of collagen, a significant component in connective tissue. Compromised connective tissue can increase muscle and other types of pain.
- Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention. Fluid is a function of inflammation, and connects to pain.
Maybe you’re thinking that switching artificial sweeteners for sugar is your solution. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it isn’t going to help your pain levels either.
Aspartame, a common artificial sweetener is strongly linked to migraines. But did you know that in 2010 Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology published findings that aspartame is linked to fibromyalgia pain and fatigue?
For me, the question of artificial sweeteners goes back to “great-grandmother” foods. How would I explain aspartame or sucralose to my great-grandmother? Would she just automatically know what it was, like we do?
Here’s another thing I think about with sugar. Sugar causes abnormal cell growth. Most people would rightly link this to concerns about cancer, but again that’s another topic. But many people with arthritis have a condition called nodules. Nodules are little lumps of tissue that grow near joints and can cause pain and discomfort.
If nodules are abnormal cell growth, is it possible that eliminating sugar would start to shrink them? Would it prevent the growth of more nodules? I’m not a scientist or a medical professional, but if I were a person living with nodules and the associated pain I would definitely try this.
As with everything here at Confident Wellness, this is your choice. If you’d like a medical professional’s perspective, get it. If you’re not ready yet, that’s okay. Our pain is individual to each of us, and so is the way we go about pain relief.
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