Written by Christi Mintz-Lasher, M.N.T.

Trick or Treat?
With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the costumes, the parties and what most parents dread, the candy.
The American Heart Association lists the following foods as containing high amounts of refined sugars.
*carbonated soda *candy *cookies *fruit juice drinks
*dairy desserts *ice cream *cereals *waffles *pies

Watch your list of ingredients!
Refined sugar will appear in product labels under other names, such as:
*brown sugar *corn sweetener *corn syrup *high-fructose corn syrup
*malt sugar *dextrose *lactose *cane sugar *molasses

What are the dangers of refined sugar?
Not only are sugary foods high in calories, but it also suppresses your immune system, can cause sleep problems, weight gain and feed the bad bacteria growth in your belly. The dangers of refined sugars can wreak havoc on your body.

In the book, Sugar Shock, by Connie Bennett C.H.H.C., with Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. defines this havoc:
A mood-altering, emotionally devastating, mentally damaging, physically destructive constellation of symptoms affecting million of people worldwide, who are caught in a cycle of overindulging in refined sweets and much-like-sugar carbohydrates like white bread, pasta and chips. Mounds of research reveal that repeatedly over consuming these nutrient deprived quickie carbohydrates and caloric sweeteners wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, over stimulates insulin release, triggers inflammation, and could contribute to 150-plus health concerns, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, failing memory, sexual dysfunction, and infertility. Victims of SUGAR SHOCK! May also experience depression, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, cold sweats, anxiety, irritability, tremors, crying spells, severe PMS, nightmares, heart palpitations, mental confusion, muscle pains, blurred vision, temper outbursts, suicidal thoughts, and more. Ultimately, this insidious roller-coaster effect, which occurs whenever you eat lots of sweets and quickie carbohydrates, hampers sufferers’ ability to function at full or even half throttle.

At The Healing Center we can support you with:
1. “Cleaning up” your diet
2. Reverse hypoglycemia →symptoms include irritability between meals, sugar cravings, unexplained weight gain, and moodiness
3. Support your adrenals → symptoms include difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and afternoon fatigue
4. Prevent serious disorders → such as diabetes and heart disease
5. Stabilize your miscellaneous and hard to diagnose disorders and autoimmune disorders

Learn more about the dangers of refined sugar and how The Healing Center can help stabilize your diet. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.