How does sugar affect your gut? Well…there is the obvious affect of sugar on the “external gut” or the waistline. Studies show the more sugar you eat, the larger the waistline and other fatty areas can become.
This article is looking at the “internal gut”, or your stomach and digestive system, and the ways sugar impacts them. If you are looking to improve your gut health, changing the amount of sugar in your diet is the biggest way to do that.
One big reason reducing sugar is the biggest and easiest step to take is because sugar is pretty easy to recognize. To be clear, I’m writing about a big reduction in processed sugar.
What Ways Does Sugar Show Up In Your Diet?
Sugar is a natural part of our food intake. So when we look at sugar for gut health, we must recognize the two types of sugar:
Simple Sugars: These are naturally occurring carbohydrates that are found in vegetables, fruits, honey and grains. Your body needs simple sugars to perform daily upkeep and to provide energy.
Refined Sugars: These sugars come from the sugar cane plant and are typically used in making processed foods, sweetened foods, baked goods, cereals, and white flour products. The short list of refined sugars are here. Please know there are many other names that mean refined sugar:
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
Refined sugar is the food source that we must reduce in a big way. Limiting this kind of sugar will improve gut health, body weight, and improve your immunity.
I like to refer to gut health as The Happy Hometown. Read more about it here.
Specifically How Does Sugar Affect Your Gut Health?
Refined Sugar Causes Inflammation – When sugar hits the gut, it causes the gut gets inflamed (bloating, upset, pain, and being gassy).
Refined Sugar Will Allow More Infections/Bacteria – An infection is another sign of inflammation in the gut. Sugar is a super charger of bacteria and infections. Sugar is the main ingredient used to produce Petri dish bacteria in lab experiments. Eliminating refined sugar will lower the bacteria in your body, lessening infections.
Refined Sugar Changes The Way The Gut Functions – Sugar is a big bully over microorganisms in your gut, because it changes the microbiome, so the gut can’t digest food in the best way. The gut is then less able to absorb the healthy nutrients in food.
Dr. Gundry’s Experiment really helps me see how sugar causes inflammation!
Look for my next article, where I will cover ways to detox from sugar and breaking the refined sugar habit.
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