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Have your muscles and joints been feeling stiff, tender or inflamed lately? Too much sugar might be the reason. While incorporating fundamental movements into your routine is crucial to reducing or avoiding painful joints and muscles, it isn't the only factor.
While Vimocity usually focuses on articles that are related to movement. We would be remiss to ignore the fact that the food we eat affects our muscle and joint health. Especially because research has shown that there is a strong connection between inflammation and the foods we put in our bodies, with certain foods like sugary drinks and refined carbs shown to have the most negative effect.
As your body breaks down these unhealthy foods, it perceives the components as undesired and activates the immune system to deal with them; this is when the immune response goes into overdrive and results in inflammation, particularly in the joints and muscles.
Why Reduce Inflammation?
Painful joints and sore muscles are not only inconvenient but also downright debilitating at times. All this inflammation makes it more difficult for you to enjoy your days, and it can block you from achieving your peak level of work productivity. Reducing inflammation, however, takes a bit of understanding, and it starts with recognizing one of the main causes: sugar.
The Sugar Problem
What you eat can impact your health, and if you're like many Americans, you tend to consume foods and beverages with a higher sugar content. Studies have even shown that the average person consuming a Western diet now eats as many as 20 to 22 teaspoons of sugar every day, or 66 pounds over the course of one year. It's a staggering number, don't you think?
All that excess sugar isn't doing your body any favors. Too much sugar can release proteins called cytokines, which often build up and can trigger inflammatory responses (rheumatoid arthritis is just one example). Excess sugar can even impact your weight, blood sugar levels and ability to resist those tasty dessert cravings.
6 Simple Steps for Eliminating Sugar
Here are six easy ways to eliminate processed sugar from your diet, so you can reduce muscle and joint inflammation and start living your best life.
Skip the soda and sugary juices, and try to drink more water (if you find plain water too... well, plain, try flavored water or water with lemon.)
If you choose a juice, make sure it is 100 percent fruit juice; add water if too concentrated.
Don't give in to sugar cravings. Reach for fruit instead of desserts like cake, pastries and ice cream.
Read the labels to avoid hidden sugar. It might appear as syrup, glucose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup or another term ending in "ose."
Eat whole foods, not processed foods; think leafy vegetables.
Try to make your own meals so you can control the ingredients.
We want to help you eat wisely, keep moving and achieve better health. Help your muscles and joints retain their freedom of movement when you take part in regular movement prep and eat a healthy diet free from inflammatory-generating sugars.