Posted by on March 6, 2017

Spring is around the corner with its promise of lush greenery and warmer temperatures.  Traditionally, it’s a time of year to begin clearing out winter’s clutter.  Ahh, images of freshness and renewal come to mind when thinking about spring cleaning.  Spring is also a great time to renew your kitchen and go through your cupboards, rooting out the foods that cause inflammation.

One of the first things to look at is soda.  Whether sugared or sugar-free, these carbonated beverages cause harm.  After antibiotics, sugar is the biggest disrupter of digestion and bringer of inflammation.  And artificial sweeteners are nearly as bad.  Aside from setting an expectation of sweets in the brain, causing you to crave (and consume) more sweets, these powders contain no nutrition and what’s worse, are foreign to the body.  When you take in chemicals such as these, the immune system cannot recognize them as nutrition and issues a protect command to the body.  What does that mean?  Inflammation… systemic inflammation, which we know to be the foundation for most disease.

Not only that, but the phosphoric acid (in all soda, regular and diet) binds magnesium, zinc and calcium in your lower intestine and high levels of artificial sweeteners (like aspartame) or sugar increases excretion of calcium via urine. Sometimes I wonder if the proliferation of thinning bones has to do with all the soda we women have consumed that has helped to leach calcium from our bodies.

Most of us want to sweeten our beverages and food and there are some great alternatives to sugar.  Try 100% Stevia (read the label, they’re not all pure stevia!)  Honey is a wonderful alternative as is Coconut Palm Sugar, which digests more slowly and does not have the same glycemic load that sugar and high fructose corn syrup have.  You can bake with it too.

Be a Savvy Senior. Start your spring cleaning in the pantry and throw away the soda. Choose clean filtered water flavored with your favorite fruit or with a dash of fruit juice. Your body will thank you.

Anne Goldberg, The Savvy Senior, has a mission to help seniors know they are old enough to have a past and young enough to have a future. Her vision is to create an army of senior volunteers bringing their wisdom and experience back to the community. She helps seniors live into their future with vitality by teaching them how to use computers; with conferences & workshops on The Art of Living Longer ; with decluttering & organizing; and with “Tell Your Story Videos”, preserving the stories & wisdom of your life for future generations.
www.SavvySeniorServices.com  • (954) 536-8008

 

Comments

  1. secured
    September 28, 2017

    Leave a Reply

    Great article.

  2. financial planning help
    September 29, 2017

    Leave a Reply

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your webpage? My blog site is in the very same area of interest as yours and my users would really benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Thank you!|

    • admin
      December 13, 2017

      Leave a Reply

      Hi. I am sorry I did not see your question sooner. I don’t get email notifications of comments. I would be delighted for you to share my writing with any group interested as long as I am credited. I’d like to know more about what you do. Wishing you a happy holiday season.
      Anne

  3. educational sites
    September 30, 2017

    Leave a Reply

    Hi! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thanks

Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*