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Will Cutting Out Sugar Change Your Health?

Can you “detox” sugar?

Sugar is on the tip of everyone’s tongue with heated arguments around regulating sugar, health warnings and taxes. But the big question is – will cutting sugar out of your diet really change your health?

There’s no doubt that sugar is big business; today’s consumption of added-sugars is 478.8g for men and 344.4g per week for women, which works out as an average of 16 to 11.7 teaspoons per day respectively.

The World Health Organisation and Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition in England advise:

  • Less than 9 teaspoons per day for men.
  • Less than 6 teaspoons per day for women.
  • Less than 3-6 teaspoons per day for children.

The sugar in our diets is almost exclusively from added-sugars hidden in foods, mostly sugar-sweetened beverages (e.g. soft drinks, milk drinks, energy drinks), and packaged and processed foods (especially cereals and baked goods). The prevalence of sugar in foods may be shocking, but food manufacturers use sugars with many different names, eg, corn syrup, maltodextrin, erythritol, brown rice syrup, agave nectar or syrup.

While a bit of honey in your tea may be harmless, regular consumption of foods laced with added sugars is a different matter. Large-scale studies of sugar-sweetened beverages have shown strong links to heart disease, obesity, and type-2 diabetes. In most cases the risks are similar in magnitude to smoking or not exercising.

Perhaps surprisingly, other diseases now strongly associated with sugar are gout, arthritis, autoimmune disease, fatty liver disease, depression and dementia.

Despite the popularity of sugar detox or reduction diets, only recently has light been shed on the health effects of quitting sugar. And it appears that detoxing sugar could indeed transform your health.

Sugar is now viewed as the new tobacco, with comparable health implications and controversy surrounding its regulation. The evidence clearly shows that too much is toxic, but many find it hard to quit. The problem is that modern, processed foods are sugar-coated, literally and figuratively. The taste buds become accustomed to the sweetness, and so a short, sharp sugar detox can be the most effective way to rehab from this sweet addiction.

Fortunately, there are natural supplements that can help rebalance blood sugars and make the ‘cold turkey’ period easier. Check out the new Viridian 7 Day Sugar Detox Kit, available at bodykind.

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Organic September: Viridian tell us why Organic is the way forward

If you have been out of the loop the last few weeks you may not have noticed that September just happens to be Organic Month by the Soil Association, the industry’s month long celebration to celebrate all things organic.  This year we have a whole month to celebrate as National Organic Fortnight has been replaced and has now become Organic September.  The message is to promote organic and encourage shoppers to discover their own favourite organic products – and there are lots to choose from.  This week in the bodykind blog Cheryl Thallon, founder & managing director of Viridian Nutrition has kindly provided us with her thoughts about the importance of the organic certificiation.

Discover Organic This September
Join in with Organic September 2011

Cheryl Thallon on Organic September

“This September we once again celebrate Organic Month and while you are choosing your chemical-free fruit and veg, have a think about your daily supplements.

With more than 70 percent of the British population now taking a daily vitamin, mineral, herb or other supplement, it is no surprise that the more discerning are starting to dig a bit deeper into the company behind their daily vitamins.

The health of the planet and the health of the individual are inextricably linked.  Clearly living on a sick planet will make us all sick too.  Take care of yourself with good quality food supplements, a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle; and help to take care of the planet by supporting sustainable agriculture.  Organic farming methods are gentler on the environment and wildlife, reducing chemical pollution.

At Viridian Nutrition we have a three-fold commitment to our customers, Purity, Environment and Charity.  Caring for the integrity of the ingredients from the seed to the recycling bank and for the health and wellbeing of our customers not only by the formulations, but also through green business practices and by supporting charitable community projects.

What’s so special about Soil Association certification?

The Soil Association believes it is vital that organic standards are kept high and enforced effectively.  It has led the way in the development of high organic standards.  These not only meet the legal minimum requirements but are often higher, particularly in farm animal welfare.  The Soil Association can do this because it is an independent charity and is not motivated by profit.

Clearly not all vitamins and minerals can be grown organically, if you want therapeutic levels of these nutrients they are generally not extracted from fruits and vegetables but are produced in a laboratory. Not to say that this is unethical, simply put, the only organic multivitamin is one that offers a low potency blend of superfood powders – fine for stopping deficiency symptoms, but not for therapeutic use.

Viridian Nutrition is committed to organic ingredients and 40% of our range is Soil Association certified, creating one of the largest ranges of certified organic supplements available.  The Viridian organic range includes herbs, herbal tinctures, food blends, nutritional oils and balms – all certified organic by the Soil Association.   Other key products include the Organic Weight Management Plan, Organic Elderberry Throat Spray, Organic Ultimate Beauty Oil, Organic Soul Food Greens, Organic Equinox Elixir, Organic Chickweed Balm and Organic Mineral Complex.”

Written By Cheryl Thallon, Viridian Nutrition

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