The Health Impact of Sugar – Its More Than Just Your teeth
Your cosmetic dentist in Greenville SC, Dr. Gregory Ayers has seen the harmful effects of sugar on the body and is here to share more about what this toxic substance will do if not kept in check.
Why is sugar harmful to the body?
The human body cannot digest sugar well. Because of this, ingesting too much sugar can result in fermentation. Fermentation affects the pH of our blood because too much acid destroys good bacteria and the intestinal flora. Candida albicans can result because sugar affects the flora balance in the body and creates yeast infections through the elevated levels of fermented substance.
What are some other harmful effects of sugar?
Another harmful effect of sugar according to Dr. Greg Ayers is osteoporosis. Calcium cannot be used by the bones without the presence of phosphorus. Sugar wastes our phosphoric stores and calcium may be in the body, but is not in the proper form. The body borrows calcium from bones and teeth as a result. Many people think that dentists tell their patients to avoid sugar because of the harmful effects of the acidic saliva on enamel. However, the imbalance of calcium in the bloodstream is even more harmful because the body will steal calcium from the teeth leading to tooth decay. Because refined sugar has lost its minerals, it will eat minerals off the tooth. If you were to take two freshly extracted teeth and soak them in refined sugar vs raw sugar. The one soaked in refined sugar would be full of holes.
Sugar also attacks the ability of the white blood cells to do their job. White blood cells search the body and attack any foreign substances that it finds. In addition, sugar also binds to proteins that are in the digestive tract and creates what is called glycenated protein. Because the body does not contain enzymes to break down these foreign substances, the digestive system has to work extremely hard. If you eat a lot of meat and sugar together at one time you may feel slightly nauseated (BBQ Ribs).
How can I curb my sugar cravings?
Your dentist in Greenville has some helpful tips on how to curb your sugar cravings in his blog article here.
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