In men, the risk of heart disease increases after age 45. In women, the risk increases after age 55. In people who have diabetes, the risk of heart disease increases after age 40. * US department of Health and Human Services
You don’t have to have diabetes to put your heart at risk. the more refined sugar we eat over the age of 40 the more likely we are to develop heart disease, high blood pressure and a greater risk of stroke.
Even though the flavour for a healthy Stomach/Spleen in Traditional Chinese Medicine is sweet, too much of a good thing can weaken these organs. It is the spleen (pancreas) that is responsible for insulin production which enables the absorbtion glucose (sugars) into the cells of the body.
Too much sugar means either the spleen cannot produce enough insulin or insulin that works (diabetes type 1) or the body becomes insulin resistant (diabetes type 2) Glucose that is unprocessed by insulin remains in the blood stream damaging arteries causing high blood pressure and heart disease.
High glucose levels also inhibit the digestion of fats and triclyceride levels within the blood rise. Tryglycerides don’t dissolve in the blood they move around the arteries where they can cause hardening, increasing the risk factor for stroke and heart disease.
So what can you do?
Refined carbohydrates such as white bread and pasta give quick sugar hits but are missing the fiber and minerals of whole-grains. In Chinese Medicine to keep the Stomach/Spleen and Sugar levels healthy we would use wholegrains such as brown rice, millet and quinoa and starchy vegetables such as carrots, butternut squash, sweet potato, parsnips. Perhaps you think these foods are boring, that they won’t meet the needs of your sweet tooth? but healthy food doesn’t mean boring food – with my recipes it means the opposite – it means delicious, sexy scrumptiousness – if you consciously love your food, you love yourself. One tip from Chinese Medicine is to CHEW CHEW CHEW your food. This is where the sugars are released into the mouth, broken down by the teeth and saliva, sending signals to the brain that this is sweet, tasty food.
If you want more ways to lower your sugars, your risk of diabetes and your blood pressure, come and visit my online kitchen table and watch me prepare delicious dishes full of healthy ingredients that help to tone and heal the Spleen, balancing blood sugars and stopping the addictive cravings that refined sugars bring. The 6 week supported online programme to Stop Sweet Cravings is full of videos demonstrating how to make dishes that are sweet , satisfying and healthy. They can reduce blood pressure, the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Because of the supportive 1-1 nature of the course it is only open to 20 participants maximum. Be in the first 10 to sign up and receive a 15% discount by entering the code MONEYOFF4U. Enrollment is open now and will close on the 30th October which is when the first live online lesson will begin. For full details go to Information page
By finding healthy alternatives, to refined sweet foods such as pasta, bread and chocolate, that taste REALLY GOOD we are more likely to make a change to a nourishing, wholesome, healthy life. This is especially important as we progress through life and our bodies repair and regeneration takes a little longer. (click here to read sugar’s effect on premature ageing and what to eat to stop it)
So be sugar smart, keep your blood sugars healthy, blood pressure down and your heart pumping strongly