THE POWER OF HEALTH:

In­tro­duc­ing Fiber's four cus­tom­ized healthy eat­ing pro­grams

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We all know that as­par­tame sweet­en­ers found in diet bev­er­ages are bad for our ner­vous sys­tems. How­ever, a new study pub­lished by the En­docrine So­ci­ety in the Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal En­docrinol­ogy & Me­tab­o­lism in­di­cates that reg­u­lar sugar-sweet­ened bev­er­ages can have a neg­a­tive im­pact of sup­press­ing your body’s im­me­di­ate re­sponse mech­a­nism to stress and re­duce the hor­mone cor­ti­sol, while diet bev­er­ages with as­par­tame sugar didn’t have the same ef­fect. Peo­ple might be­lieve that the in­take of sugar causes im­me­di­ate psy­cho­log­i­cal re­lief, yet truth is that sugar makes us edgy, ir­ri­ta­ble and re­duces our body’s nat­u­ral stress-de­fense mech­a­nisms, not to men­tion the ex­ten­sive re­search mak­ing the strong cor­re­la­tion be­tween the con­sump­tion of soda bev­er­ages to di­a­betes, obe­sity and can­cer. The study con­ducted showed that women who drank sugar-sweet­ened bev­er­ages just be­fore tak­ing a math test had more ac­tiv­ity in the hip­pocam­pus part of their brain than those who sim­ply con­sumed bev­er­ages with as­par­tame. The hip­pocam­pus is di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for mem­ory and stress reg­u­la­tion, and is usu­ally in­ac­tive in nor­mal sit­u­a­tions when the body is un­der­go­ing high stress lev­els. So the next time you are feel­ing stressed, it is best to avoid so­das all to­gether as not to over­re­act.

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