An interview with nutrition expert Doug Ingoldsby
We’re heading into the “sugar shock season” and soon we’ll be twitching from all the sugar pumping through our veins from Halloween to Thanksgiving pies to Christmas treats.
“Sugar consumption soars in November and December,” says nutrition expert Doug Ingoldsby. “It’s during this hectic time of the year that sensible eating habits – and good sense – often fly out the window.” (See also 150 ways sugar can ruin your health.)
Ingoldsby says holiday goodies get America’s blood sugar rising through November until Thanksgiving takes over with its sweet pies, cakes and pastries. Our binge continues until the end of December, when we cram our mouths full of Christmas cookies and homemade fudge, then wash everything down with our favorite alcoholic beverages.
“Of course on January 1st we all resolve to stop eating sugar… but only a few of us are actually able to break free of that addiction,” says Ingoldsby.
Ingoldsby says not only does the increase in sugar consumption during the chilly holiday season lower our immune response (making us more susceptible to colds and flu), but research shows excess consumption, especially in children, paves the way to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, failing memory, early aging and many more health problems.
“We need to remember that refined sugar is an UNNATURAL SUBSTANCE, and it creates heavy stress on the body,” says Ingoldsby.
“Sugar is very similar chemically to alcohol, and both give us immediate highs and then severely crash our energy levels within hours,” says Ingoldsby.
The immediate symptoms of sugar shock are easy to spot. After an initial burst of euphoria, abusers can become moody, anxious, depressed, unsociable, brain-fogged, quarrelsome, confrontational, hyperactive, or rowdy.
“The symptoms of sugar shock can be similar to symptoms of over-consumption of alcohol,” says Ingoldsby. “It can make one appear virtually drunk.”
What’s the remedy for Sugar Shock?
“Refined sugar grabs B vitamins from the cells, and those vitamins must be replaced or one will tend to feel extremely stressed and tired,” says Ingoldsby.
“Too often people attempt to fix sugar-induced stress and lethargy by consuming more sugar, a practice that is very unhealthy and ultimately will lead to a real physical breakdown,” says Ingoldsby.
“The correct remedy for sugar shock is high does of B-complex vitamins along with C. When one has sufficient levels of B and C, he or she usually doesn’t crave sugar in the first place so the vicious cycle of escalating sugar consumption never gets started.”