Back Pain Coach

THIS ARTICLE IS FOR​: Men and women of all ages and walks of life who want ​major relief from back pain ​in ONLY 16 MINUTES

This Unusual 16-Minute,
8-Movement Method

…Relieves Years of Upper AND Lower Back Pain, Forcing Your Body to Gently Yet Naturally “Rebalance” Itself
In Just ONE SESSION!

Bonus​: Releases a Flood of Biochemicals in Your Body Designed to Finally Heal Your Back for Good!

Here’s Proof:

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If you suffer from chronic back pain and TRIED EVERYTHING to get rid of it over the years?

Right now, I want you to do just one thing.

And that goes DOUBLE if you’ve ever found yourself incapacitated for days, confined to your Lay-Z-Boy, Barcalounger or bed.

Hi I’m Ian Hart, and… you’re about to hear a life changing story…

…about how a 49 year old nearly-crippled bus driver… told by his doctors he needed to change careers or end up in the wheelchair…

…went on to completely transform his body, becoming totally pain-free something doctors said was impossible…

You’re Not Alone…

Did you know… more than one-third of Americans in their mid-50s and older have chronic pain in their neck or back?

And a similar percentage report chronic knee or leg pain.

In fact, more than one in five adults in their late 40s through late 80s has some other type of recurring pain.

Chronic pain conditions increase rapidly from about ages 25 to 60.1

All without any prescription drugs…. invasive, expensive surgery or steroid injections… or other over the counter “remedies.”

I’ll also show you how you can use the exact same 100% pain relief method he did to experience not only pain free movement, but…

…stronger muscles, better posture, and more flexibility in the next 16 minutes.

(I’ll even share with you the cause of your pain and the remedy right inside this article.)

Going from…

  • Excruciating pain, bedridden, confined to a Laz-Z-Boy for days on end…
  • Not being able to work…
  • Taking pain killers that leave you feeling sub-human…

To…

  • Pain-free
  • 100% off medication…
  • Able to work a normal shift without discomfort of any kind
  • Restoring back strength and flexibility
  • Flooding the back with healing nutrients

JUST BY ADDING
UNUSUAL 2-MINUTE MOVEMENTS
INTO HIS DAILY LIFE!

Here’s what’s really weird…

You’ll be shocked when you read his story and discover the easy solution  that freed him from a life of pain and agony.

Even after trying everything short of risky surgery to find a remedy.

So if you’re struggling with back pain, if you’ve tried workout programs and diets and seen little in the way of real results then this article could change your life.

That’s because…

These 2-Minute “Miracle” Movements Are So New, and So Different, You’ve Never Seen Anything Like Them Before!

And… in the next few minutes as you read this short article, you’ll discover:

  • Why you’re in pain, even though you did nothing wrong. (It has nothing to do with your bones.)
  • Why yoga, pilates and even other basic stretching exercises may be doing you more harm than good.
  • The easy way to “trick” your body to unlock a spasming back. The relief you’ll feel is immediate and wonderful…
  • And… how doing these simple movements regularly can GUARANTEE you never suffer back pain again…

But More Importantly Than All Of That…

Reading This Article To The Very End Reveals EXACTLY How You Can Use These 8 Short
2-Minute Movements To Help You
Get Out of Pain In Just ONE Session…

Your entire back is flooded with pain-relieving nutrients and oxygen… reducing inflammation… increasing overall flexibility… naturally correcting your posture… and relieving nagging aches and pains!

As you’ll see below, these uniquely sequenced movements have been privately tested and proven to work on men and women of all ages, body types, skill levels and in any physical state of health…

…quietly used all around the world “underground”… because these routines are based on the physiological mechanics of the body!

And… if you’re skeptical about getting out of pain, then I encourage you to keep reading.

Because…

You’ll discover everything I say is backed up by scientific study and research. Without a shadow of a doubt, the method allows your body to naturally unlock and release the pain for good.

The best part is…

These 2-Minute “Miracle” Movements Will Work For You With Zero Equipment… No Expensive Patches, Braces or Uncomfortable Girdles… and Most Importantly No Over the Counter or Pharmaceutical Drugs!

Before we go any further however, it’s important I give you fair warning:

The information in this article flies in the face of what you may have been told in the past about back pain.

Instead of giving the natural pain relief you need, mainstream healthcare professionals profit keeping you hooked on…

  • Mind-numbing medications…
  • Expensive, non-essential surgery…
  • Painful corticosteroid injections
  • Supposedly therapeutic massages…
  • Expensive electrical stimulation machines…

They know that when you learn real solutions exist like these 2-minute movements? You’ll NEVER have to spend another penny on their back pain procedures again.

OK… now that I have your undivided attention and I know you’re serious about eliminating back pain from your life using these 2-minute “miracle” routines, let me share with you a quick story about one of my clients…

It All Started With A 49-Year Old Bus Driver
Who Came To Me As His Last Resort.
His Pain Was Unbearable…

(Warning: What’s described below is
NOT for the squeamish)

At 49, Jim walked like a feeble, old man. Hunched forward, hand on his back, every step an effort.

“Can you help me, Ian?” he asked.

When he first stepped foot into my fitness studio, Jim was a bus driver getting close to retirement and his well-deserved pension.

Only one problem. He was in EXCRUCIATING pain.

I dare not ask Jim to touch his toes or do some other type of exercise to gauge his condition.

I immediately had him gently position himself on the floor, put a pillow under his head and guided him through the 1st of 8 healing, pain-relieving, 2-minute movements…

Like most service industries and professions, bus drivers are put in an incredibly difficult situation. Forced to sit uncomfortably all day for years, stressed out from traffic and customers, the job more often than not, results in the slow motion demolition of their spine.

(All the while they’re in pain, they’re told to smile.)

To make matters worse, as they get closer and closer to their retirement, their company does something rather devious. They look for every reason to lay the drivers off, rather than have to pay their future pension and healthcare.

Imagine Jim’s anger when he was told he would lose everything he worked so hard for.

It’s a SHAMEFUL way to treat a loyal employee at the end of their career. But the truth is? It’s not uncommon.

So when bus drivers aren’t able to do the job, hard working people like Jim, who gave their adult lives to the company, serving their local community, are often denied their rightful pension as well as healthcare.

They get old and they thrown out. Like garbage. It’s incredibly sad. It’s not his fault. But such was the predicament Jim found himself in. He was desperate.

Jim simply HAD TO WORK till retirement. He had no choice but to prove to the company he was able to drive a bus, so he could ultimately collect his pension.

Jim’s pain had started a couple years earlier, when electrical shooting pains, called sciatica, developed in his right leg.

He continued to work, but the shooting pains persisted. Then one day after work, the pain was unbearable. He went to the emergency room.

The news was not good.

An MRI scan showed a noticeable rupture of a disk below the fifth lumbar vertebra.

You see, disks—the spine’s shock absorbers—are sheathed in a fibrous casing called the annulus, which protects their gelatinous core. When a disk ruptures, bits of it break through the casing.

The MRI scan showed that the protruding edge of Jim’s ruptured disk was pressing up against the right nerve root as it exited the spine.

Unfortunately, the MRI showed something else disturbing. Some narrowing of the disk immediately above—an early sign of “degeneration.”

Jim was given different pain medications at different times, including Vicodin, Percocet and Darvon which he could only use when he wasn’t driving. Instead, he occasionally received epidural steroid injections. But his pain persisted.

Then, about nine months after Jim injured himself, an orthopedic surgeon performed a procedure called a discectomy, where a fragment of the ruptured disk is removed.

For 75% of patients with sciatica who undergo discectomy, the procedure helps relieve pain. In Jim’s case, his sciatica went away, but the pain in his lower back INCREASED.

Yet another MRI showed that the disk the surgeon had operated on had started protruding AGAIN. This time pressing up against both the right and the left nerve roots.

The surgeon told Jim that the next step would be TO FUSE his lower vertebrae together, which supposedly had become “unstable.”

The surgeon’s new plan was to remove Jim’s degenerated disk or disks that were causing the pain and mechanically brace the spine with metal rods and bone grafts.

Cost? $150,000.

First however, the surgeon wanted Jim to undergo an incredibly painful procedure called a discography–an invasive process that determines how much of his pain was coming from the lower protruding disk and how much from the upper, narrowed one.

This information would help the surgeon decide if one or two disks should be completely removed.

Regardless, the discography was performed at the hospital. Jim was asked to lie on a long metal table with his lower back exposed.

To Jim, what was about to happen next was nothing short of… MEDIEVAL TORTURE.

A radiologist trained in the technique, explained that he would be applying increasing amounts of pressure to his injured disks. Jim’s job was to try to discern whether the pain he felt during the procedure was “familiar,” or “different” from his current pain.

First, the radiologist administered an anesthetic just under the skin, so he could insert a needle called a “trocar” into Jim’s lower back.

Following his progress on a device called a fluoroscope monitor, he slowly advanced the trocar until it reached the edge of the disk, just above the ruptured one.

Then, the doctor inserted a fine-gauge needle into the trocar and pushed it slowly into the disk.Initially, Jim let out what could only be called a primal scream. “There are lots of nerve fibres in the annulus,” the doctor said. “I’m really sorry.”

It gets worse.

The radiologist took out an instrument resembling a huge syringe and fastened it to the fine-gauge needle, and began pressing on the plunger into Jim’s degenerating spine.

“Now, tell me if you feel any pain,” the radiologist said. “And whether the pain you’re feeling is the familiar pain you are suffering from.”

Can you imagine the anguish this surgeon planned on putting Jim through?

If Jim didn’t feel his familiar pain, this disk would serve as a control. A series of red neon digits raced across the monitor—20, 25, 28, then 30—representing the pounds per square inch of pressure that he was applying within the disk.

Jim gritted, screaming through his teeth, with each new increment. At 100, the doctor withdrew the trocar, while the technician recorded his reaction.

The doctor THE REPEATED the procedure an inch or so down Jim’s spine on the adjacent disk that was protruding into his spinal cord.

This time, when the pressure hit 30 pounds per square inch on the monitor…

Jim cried in pain… “Oh, God! Oh, God! Stop!”

”Is that your familiar pain?” the doctor asked.

Jim said the pain was like his lower spine was being crushed in vice. He also felt taser-like electric shocks into his butt and his thighs. At 49, Jim sobbing at this point, said his was familiar pain.

”Ok, you can relax, we’re done” the doctor said as he exhaled. He told Jim that he had done very well.

But to Jim? He really WAS done. After that ordeal, there was NO WAY he was going through with fusion surgery.

Especially when he learned the stated odds of success were merely 50/50… and that it could also leave him permanently disabled.

Leaving the hospital, the futility of it all set in.

And now today, Jim was in my fitness studio. Looking for hope. In order to get out of pain, keep his bus driving job and collect his pension, Jim needed nothing short of a miracle.

Relieving Jim’s back pain, especially after years of abuse, injury, and medication was a tall order…

Could I help him?

I have to admit, Jim was in pretty bad shape.

He came to me because I’d been recommended. Jim heard about the incredible results I’d produced with a couple of his bus driving buddies, adding years to their driving days.

So if he believed in me and my unusual method, I was willing to try.

Because not only had my method helped his colleagues… but years ago, I had experienced similar back trauma playing basketball. And I would have given ANYTHING to get out of pain.

From that day on, pain haunted me every single day. Doctors suggested I give up exercise–something I’d grown to love.

Over the years, in an effort to find relief, I tried just about every available therapy and treatment there was. Including…

  • Massage therapy…
  • Pain medication…
  • Acupuncture…
  • Ultrasound…
  • Electric stimulation (TENS)…
  • The “sheets of exercises” from physical therapists…
  • Yoga…
  • Chiropractors…
  • Pilates…
  • A stress relief therapy called alphabiotics…
  • And even Kinesis Myofascial Integration (offered at a whopping $125 per session)

I drew the line at surgery.

Then one day, after almost 10 years dealing with pain on a daily basis, I met a brilliant man that would forever change my life.

His name was Bojan. He was from Serbia.

One day, Bojan saw me hobbling and asked me what was wrong. I told him my story.

After asking a few general questions, he said in his best broken English…

“I have beautiful program to fix back pain and prevent it from happening again. You will like.”

That’s when he pulled me aside and guided me through 8 simple movements that amazingly, relieved my back pain. In less than 16 minutes, my pain was gone–doing for me what years of treatments and thousands of dollars could not do.

And I’ve run thirty miles a week ever since and have never experienced back pain again.

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HIS SECRET OBSESSION


ALL MEN are powerfully influenced by…

How do you become His Secret Obsession? It is when you tap into a man’s most primal, inner desire… he literally becomes obsessed with you.

And even though he’s starting to feel the deepest love connection of his life, he won’t know why.

This secret flies completely under his radar. It’s a recently discovered primal drive that ALL MEN are powerfully influenced by without even knowing it. Every man you know agonizes over this primal drive more than anything else, even his sex drive.

This drive is so hard-wired in a man’s mind that it subconsciously controls everything he does, from the time he wakes up to the moment his head hits the pillow at night. It’s something I’ve come to call “The Hero Instinct”

WHAT IS THE HERO INSTINCT

I now believe the Hero Instinct is the biggest secret to becoming a man’s deepest passion and priority in life.

In fact, it doesn’t matter how “in love” or “infatuated” a man is if the woman he’s with doesn’t bring out his Hero Instinct he’ll always feel like something important is missing and eventually seek out a woman who knows this secret.

On the other hand, when you know how to trigger a man’s Hero Instinct his heart will be yours, and yours alone, and he’ll go to the ends of the Earth to make you happy.

How can this be possible?

It’s because the Hero Instinct is a BIOLOGICAL DRIVE…just like hunger, thirst, and sex. But once this drive is triggered, it becomes more powerful than all 3 combined. This is what makes it virtually impossible for him to ignore.

The best way for you to understand how you can use the Hero Instinct, is to see how it worked for a real woman.

RACHEL AND THE 12-WORD SECRET SIGNAL

I want to you meet my friend Rachel. (Name and details changed to protect her privacy). She’s one of my favorite clients.

One night, I got a call just as I was closing up the office to head home. It was Rachel. I recognized it right away…the catch in her throat…the hurt in her voice. I rushed to meet her at the Starbucks around the corner from my office.

From the running eyeliner… And the red, puffy eyes… It was obvious it was really bad this time.

She told me about Mike… Three months ago she was smitten and in love. They’d met at her best friend’s wedding and instantly hit it off. He did everything right. He surprised her with lunch at work. He called her literally every night. He planned out fun and romantic dates. And Rachel felt like she’d finally found the love she had wanted so badly for so long.

That was until three months later when something happened that every woman dreads. Rachel first noticed the signs in Mike’s voice. He was suddenly so cold, quiet and distant… And Rachel didn’t know why, or what she had done wrong.

I knew what Rachel had to do. It was a long shot, but I explained my idea to her. I told her that since Mike wasn’t answering his phone, she needed to trigger his secret obsession, or what I now call The Hero Instinct.

It was with a signal that would immediately get his attention. Even something like a text message or Facebook message would work. So I gave Rachel a simple 12-word text that she could send to Mike. And though I didn’t realize it at the time, I had just created the very first “Secret Signal”.

Hidden in those 12 innocent words was a subtle “trigger phrase” that was about to change everything.

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Sugar Addiction

– Symptoms, Causes, and How to Break Free

This article first appeared on Sweetdefeat.

 

The latest health and fitness trends all seem to relate to some kind of a cleanse in order to change something about your diet. Typically, a cleanse is used to assist in purging sugar or other so-called toxins from the body, but how effective are these cleanses? When it comes to sugar addiction, the body is under constant pressure to consume something sweet or sweet-tasting, which can cause a myriad of symptoms and cravings.

While many tend to ignore the symptoms of a sugar addiction, a sugar addiction can have similar effects on the brain that illicit drugs do, thus suggesting that adults ought to take this addiction seriously. Listed below is a complete list of what you need to know about sugar addiction, its causes, and how to fight the addiction.

What is Sugar Addiction?

The big question in the debate of sugar addiction is to first define what sugar addiction is. When thinking about what effects sugar has on your body, it should be noted that your brain depends on glucose (sugar) for immediate energy. Without glucose, the brain would struggle to work properly. In particular, it appears that the hypothalamus plays a role in sugar cravings and addiction. For some people, the cravings may cause them to eat or crave certain foods more than they should, and it could encourage them to make poor dietary choices.

In contrast to simply craving sugar throughout the day, there are instances when your sugar addiction shows itself in certain meals in which you overeat. Overeating in any meal or snack can be a quick sign that you may have some addiction. Usually, overeating sweet foods, beverages, or treats is the route people take. For some, this is not a big deal, but it could be an issue that masks a sugar addiction. Here are some of the most significant symptoms of sugar addiction that you should be aware of.

Sugar Addiction Symptoms

Sugar addiction shows itself in subtle and obvious ways and this can vary for each individual. Paying close attention to the symptoms of sugar addiction is important if you want a better understanding of your energy levels as well as your health. Let’s take a closer look at the symptoms of sugar addiction.

You Crave Comfort Foods at Dinner

One of the first signs that you have a sugar addiction is when you crave comfort foods at dinner time. For some people, the idea of heading home or out to dinner with friends and enjoying a big bowl of pasta, bread, or other simple-carbohydrate-rich foods can be enticing, especially if you have a sugar addiction.

For starters here, carbohydrates are not necessarily to blame for your sugar addiction, but your brain may be craving the glucose that is processed from the carbs you eat. Similarly, addiction may be apparent when you crave salty and fatty foods as well. Keeping a close eye on these subtle signs may help you to recognize what form your sugar addiction takes.

You Crave Soda and Other Sweet Beverages

Soda has long been under fire for causing ill health, and usually sodas and sugar-laden beverages contain high amounts of sugar (in the form of high-fructose corn syrup). Are you drinking diet soda instead? Well, the sweetened sodas you consume throughout the day contain high amounts of artificial sweeteners that are estimated to be about 600 times sweeter than regular table sugar (sometimes even sweeter).

At this point, consuming a beverage that is much stronger than sugar can trick your mind into thinking you’re eating sugar, but actually it is causing you to crave more of the sweet stuff. Sodas are not the only kinds of beverages to look out for: most coffee shops add sweeteners and sugar to drinks as a way to enhance the flavor. Also, many flavored teas and calorie-free products contain sweeteners, so you need to pay attention to all of these possible sources.

Making Excuses for Your Sugar Habit

You may notice that you come up with reasons why it’s ok to eat or a drink a specific food to justify consuming it. For some people, this may be as simple as saying “it’s calorie-free” or “it’s organic.” The excuses you make for consuming sugar could be your way of trying to ignore how much your brain wants the white stuff, not to mention, it helps to cover up that perhaps there might be an addictive part of your personality. Regardless of what kind of excuses you make about sugar, chances are you may have a sugar addiction if you notice that you are making excuses at all for eating or drinking sugary foods.

Rewarding With Sugary Foods

Your brain is a smart organ. One sign that you may have a sugar addiction is if you make a bargain with yourself to reward yourself with sugar for completing something. The best example of this is going to the gym. Deciding that if you complete a challenging workout, you can have a sugary treat, is perhaps the single most common pattern. While it is good to reward yourself with something as a way to motivate you throughout a workout or something you have been meaning to do, using sugar as the reward is only reinforcing a good habit with a bad habit.

You Have Tried to Kick Sugar and Failed

This is a common sign that you could have a sugar addiction. Similar to how drug users and alcoholics struggle with kicking the habit, cutting out sugar from your diet only to fail and increase your intake again is a symptom that you have an addiction to the sweet stuff. Considering the amount of sugar that is around in daily life, fighting the urge to eat sugar is certainly a difficult challenge.

You Eat or Binge on Sugar When Alone

The last symptom in this list is comparable to other addictions. A sugar addiction can present itself for many when others are not around. If you live alone, have a night alone away from a spouse, or simply have some time to yourself, you may find yourself craving sweet foods and drinks. Ice cream, cakes, and cookies are commonly the sugary food of choice when adults are alone for a given time and have a sugar addiction.

What Causes Our Sugar Addiction to Sugar?

So what exactly causes us to get addicted to sugar? After all, sugar is not an illicit drug, but the brain acts in a similar manner to other substance abuse and addictions. One of the first and most noticeable causes of sugar addiction is that the brain wants sugar. The brain needs sugar (glucose) as a fuel source and your brain will continuously attempt to get glucose as a way to prevent a potential shortage of this nutrient. If you notice that you have a sugar addiction, the primary culprit is your brain controlling your movements and thoughts.

Sugar Rush

Another reason you could be craving sugar regularly is due to how it makes you feel after consuming it. Generally, a sugary treat causes a rush of both glucose and endorphins in your blood, which initially causes a short burst of energy. However, the euphoria you get from eating sugar does not usually last for too long. It can cause a fast crash in your energy levels, which can cause you to feel lethargic, weak, and potentially even depressed, all due to a sharp decrease in your blood sugar levels. This leads to a vicious cycle that may have you craving sugary foods. Consider taking a look at our guide discussing in greater depth the causes of sugar cravings.

The Taste

Let’s face it, sugar tastes great, and this is part of the reason why you may be hooked on it as well. Your taste buds are small receptors located on your tongue and inside your mouth, and they respond to various substances that you consume. Interestingly, if your taste buds are not working properly, you could have a stronger affinity towards sugar and sugar addiction.

Smoking

It seems that smoking pops up in virtually every health issue. Smoking has been linked strongly to lung cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), among  others, and now it appears that smoking may have an effect on your taste buds as well. A recent study of more than 60 smokers found that taste buds are greatly diminished as a result of regular smoking. It appears that the diminished taste buds may be due to a reduced blood circulation to the taste buds or tongue.

So if you have been fighting sugar addiction or have noticed that you may be addicted to sugar, it is important to find ways to quit smoking. Smoking can affect your health in various ways, and regardless of how long you have smoked, quitting is the best thing for your health. Consider seeking professional help when you decide to quit as a way to make the process more successful.

The Price of Convenience

One of the downsides to a sugar addiction is that you may have never had a choice in the first place. The truth is that sugar is added in high amounts to virtually every food you can find in the grocery store, including bread, pasta sauce, and foods that have no reason to have sugar. As a result, purchasing foods that contain sugar is a far too easy thing to do. If you take a look at the price of certain foods in the store, you may notice that healthier foods, organic, or sugar-free foods have a higher cost.

Why is this? A big reason is that corn is subsidized in the U.S., which means manufacturers include high-fructose corn syrup in foods because of their lower cost. Also, adding sugar to foods increases the chances that you, the consumer, will continue to purchase that food because it tastes great and it is cheaper for your budget. The price of this convenience probably has had a major impact in your life, and sugar addiction is likely not something you could have controlled in the first place.

How Sugar Addiction Negatively Affects Your Body

Now that you have a bit of information of what causes sugar addiction, now is the time to take a look at its consequences. As described above, sugar addiction is similar to drug or alcohol addiction in the sense that your desire to consume sugar is aggressive. In addition, breaking the habit is a lifestyle change that certainly takes time and effort (there will be further explanation below).

There are many consequences to sugar addiction that may not be obvious to the layperson, and these consequences may have serious implications for your health. Before getting started on how sugar can harm your body and health, consider checking out our article on how eating too much sugar affects your body.

1. Potential Heart Problems

A recent study outlined the negative effects of sugar on your health and its relation to premature death. This study, which looked at subjects over the course of 15 years, found that individuals who consumed 25% or more  of their calories each day from sugar were twice as likely to die from heart disease as those who got less than 10% of their calories from sugar. The takeaway here is that sugar can have a harmful effect on your health, and while it may not directly cause a heart attack, it is linked to heart disease and other conditions.

2. Increased Fat Storage

Too much sugar—or any nutrient, for that matter—can increase the amount of fat your body stores. Even though sugar is not in itself fatty, the excess you eat is converted to fat and stored for future energy needs. The body will continue to do this practically forever; it is capable of storing virtually endless amounts of fat.

Excess body fat is associated with cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other health conditions, so regulating fat accumulation in the body is important. So even though you may have switched to a low-fat diet in the past in an attempt to shed  weight, it is important to keep an eye on your sugar consumption.

3. Sugar Addiction Can Contribute to Depression

Your mental health can be greatly affected by sugar addiction. Consuming regular amounts of sugar due to addiction can cause your blood sugar to drastically fluctuate throughout the day. In addition, the highs and lows associated with that fluctuation can cause your mood to swing all over the place.

Recent studies have shown that consuming high amounts of sugar can lead to an increase in depression, and the effects may be worse among individuals with schizophrenia. This effect on depression has to do with certain hormones in the blood, and the suppression of a hormone known as BDNF seems to be affected by high amounts of sugar in the diet.

4. Inflammation

One of the biggest influences on  chronic health conditions is inflammation. Inflammation is a natural process that is caused by your body’s reaction when fighting infection or during the healing process; however, your diet can drastically contribute to inflammation as well, and that can be harmful to your health.

Certain foods, including sugar, can cause your body to be in a constant state of inflammation that can cause your entire body to act as if it’s sick. It can affect your arterial walls, heart function, stroke risk, cancer risk, as well as contribute to arthritis and other debilitating conditions. Inflammation is not something that you can see with your naked eye, but it’s a major consequence of sugar addiction.

5. Reduced Immune System Function

Your immune system is the main line of defense against invading organisms in your body, and it is always working hard to keep you healthy. However, there is a link between sugar addiction and reduced immune system function.

High sugar consumption can have multiple impacts on your immune system; it can prevent you from getting adequate sleep at night as well as increase inflammation (which can negatively impact your immune system). If you are struggling with sugar addiction and have noticed that you have been ill more frequently, chances are you could be feeling the negative effects of sugar addiction on your immune system.

6. Insulin Resistance

A lot of people are quick to state that sugar can cause diabetes. While there is a bit of truth to this, sugar addiction may have other consequences. Your body releases insulin in response to sugar in your blood, which occurs shortly after a meal (this is why you may feel sluggish after eating). As the day goes on, your body becomes less sensitive to the insulin your body releases. This is true even in people who are not diabetic, but it’s As a result, you become insulin resistant, which is associated with type 2 diabetes and obesity.

7. Diabetes and Amputation

Wait a minute, how can a simple sugar addiction lead to amputation of a limb? Amputation is the severing of a body part, usually to preserve health and prevent future health issues, and it’s a possible consequence of diabetes. In the case of sugar addiction, there is a chance that excess consumption of sugar can lead to type 2 diabetes.

With the continuing consumption of sugar (because addiction isn’t allowing you to stop) in the setting of type 2 diabetes, there is a chance that your peripheral areas stop receiving blood in adequate amounts. When blood supply is reduced to areas (usually the legs and feet), your cells can die and cause infections. When this occurs, an amputation may be needed—and that’s how it could be a major consequence of sugar addiction.

8. Hypertension

Approximately 34 percent of adults over the age of 20 years in the U.S. have hypertension, and this may be vastly underestimated since many adults have no clue they have hypertension. Defined as a blood pressure of at least 130/80 mmHg, hypertension can cause increased pressure in your heart chamber walls, which can lead to  the heart muscle to thicken (this process is called hypertrophy), which can then result in a life threatening condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. While not every individual responds in this manner, there is a risk for individuals to be diagnosed with hypertension, especially if the sugar you consume is combined with caffeinated beverages such as coffee and sodas.

9. Decreased Fitness Levels

High amounts of sugar consumption and sugar addiction can make you less likely to exercise. How does this happen? Sugar addiction can cause such drastic fluctuations in your blood sugar levels that you get a quick sugar high followed by a harsh crash later in the day.

Typically, this crash can occur prior to dinner time, which is when many adults hit the gym for a workout. As a result, many adults tend to skip the gym, since fatigue or lethargy sets in. The more you skip on the gym, the quicker your fitness levels will dip, which ultimately has an impact on your health.

How to Break Sugar Addiction

There are many health consequences to sugar addiction and while it may seem like it should be easy to just stop eating sugar, remember that sugar is as addictive as illicit drugs. With that said, there are some things you can do to break sugar addiction.

Some of the most challenging parts that adults face when trying to break the addiction is when cravings set in. Cravings can be a major challenge in the fight against addiction, but there are ways to fight them. For starters, consider reading our article on what to eat when craving sugar. In addition to those foods, read on for some helpful tips to help in your successful journey to breaking a sugar addiction.

1. Choose Healthy Alternatives

One of the best things you can do to fight your sugar addiction is to start by swapping sweet foods for healthy alternatives like vegetables. Yes, vegetables can be sweet, but the natural sugars you find in carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, and peas are so much lower than what you’ll find in treats such as gummies, cookies, or donuts. At the same time, they’ll satisfy your craving for sweetness and you can train yourself to eat these healthier choices over addictive sugary desserts.

2. Clean Your Pantry

In order to succeed in your fight against sugar addiction, it is important to eliminate any and all temptations in your home. Your home is where you are likely to cave in to a craving before bed or after a long day at work, so keeping  tempting foods out of reach can make it much harder to succumb.

Consider ditching all cookies, crackers (yes there is sugar in crackers), candy, chocolate (sorry, it is for the best), fruit snacks, dried fruit, and cereals that have any added sugar in them. This is not meant to be a punishment or a way to completely change your diet; rather, it is meant to give you every opportunity to succeed against your sugar addiction so that you can be as healthy as possible.

3. Cut Back on Alcohol

There are a few reasons to reduce alcohol consumption, and generally it relates to the fact that it’s harder to make healthy decisions when you drink. Many alcoholic drinks, especially mixed drinks, contain sugar as a way to enhance the flavor. And having something sweet makes you crave more sweets. That means when if you drink a few too many, your inhibitions are lowered and you’ll likely be tempted to eat sweets and other foods you shouldn’t.  Consider drinking in moderation, and if you are having a drink to be social, have a beer, a glass of red wine, or a spritzer as preferable options.

4. Be Aware of Sugar Substitutes and Alternative Names

Cutting sugar addiction is a challenge, and the first thing people cling to is “sugar-free” products. However, be aware of marketing ploys such as “no sugar added,” or “sugar free” because they artificial sweeteners in them. The best example of this is a sugar-free dessert. If you see this in a grocery store, chances are that cupcake is not sugar-free, but rather made with a sugar substitute. The rule of thumb is to read all food labels and  take extra care when you see foods labeled as sugar-free.

5. Have a Food Plan

The last small tip for fighting your sugar addiction is to generate a plan for how you will eat. You can write this plan out, post it somewhere, or simply keep a mental note of it, but a plan can help you to succeed in various situations.

For example, keep carrot sticks cut up in your fridge so that  after work, you can plan to snack on those instead of cookies. Or if you’re going out to brunch, decide that your plan is to order an omelette with vegetables so that pancakes (basically, a maple syrup delivery device) is not an option. The idea here is to have a plan for how you will succeed in various scenarios that typically create problems for you.

Bottom Line

The information presented here is a guide on what sugar addiction is, how it affects you and your health, and some helpful tips for success. While every situation may vary, many with a sugar addiction struggle in similar ways. While it appears that simply cutting sugar from your diet should be  easy to do, there are some barriers that can prevent you from meeting your goals.

Consider taking a look at what happens when you stop eating sugar altogether for more information on how to cut it from your diet. The best chance you have to quit sugar  and fight sugar addiction is to take it day by day and to make baby steps. The will is within you to improve your health, and the results will be amazing once you achieve success.

What Are Phytoceramides?

Phytoceramides


Phytoceramides might be one of the best anti-aging products for your money. If you’ve never heard of them, that may change soon if for no other reason than this: ceramides make up close to 40% of your skin’s structure.

And you lose them with age, which explains much of the wrinkles, sun damage and visible skin aging that people experience as they grow older.

Ceramides are lipids. They’re fats that occur naturally throughout the body, including the scalp, bones and skin. For an analogy, think of a brick wall. The bricks are held together by mortar. Ceramides are like the ‘mortar’ that holds your skin together, but they’re lost with age.

Phytoceramides are plant-derived molecules that allow you to replace lost ceramides, from the inside out, giving structure back to skin, which lets you fill in wrinkles and fine lines.

Benefits of Phytoceramides

Products like Phyto350 absorb into the bloodstream. This is very effective, because it stimulates change at the cellular level. Skin is strengthened, starting from molecules in the blood, which absorb into and buffer your inner and outer layers. This permits:

Fewer wrinkles and fine lines – You’re essentially ‘filling in’ wrinkles with phytoceramides.

Less hyperpigmentation – Complexion becomes smooth with phytoceramides because it heals damaged skin.

Better moisture retention – Phytoceramides allow skin to absorb and hold moisture, which gives skin a thick, more youthful appearance.

Stronger skin barrier – With stronger skin, it becomes less susceptible to sun damage – the leading cause of wrinkles.

There are the intangibles with phytoceramides too. Clients look younger without surgery or procedures like Botox. That increases confidence – even a little sex appeal – which helps make life more enjoyable.

The convenience of phytoceramides is great as well. They help customers fill in wrinkles and take years, sometimes decades, off their appearance with an all-natural capsule that is safe for clients with no specific health concerns or conditions.

Dr. Oz and The FDA

You’ve no doubt heard that Dr. Oz likes phytoceramides. In his words, they’re like “faking a facelift” because you take them orally. They’re powerful little molecules that go to work the moment you ingest them, and repair, restore and moisturize damaged skin.

They’re very well-tolerated. Japanese consumers have used phytoceramides for over a decade. The FDA approves of them too – with a 25 page analysis of phytoceramides in 2004, in which it concludes they are safe for most consumers because they occur in foods and are found naturally in human skin.

Of course, these combine for a marketer’s dream. So bear in mind that neither the FDA nor does Dr. Oz endorse any particular phytoceramide product. You need a place to start, however, so let’s review how to choose the best phytoceramides supplement for your needs.

How to Choose the Best Phytoceramide Supplement

A few things to look for when choosing a phytoceramide supplement

Dosage – As Dr. Oz says, phytoceramides at roughly 350mg per serving should be enough to produce soft, smooth skin in about 4 weeks.

Skin-Friendly Vitamins – Some phytoceramide products are formulated with skin-friendly vitamins like vitamins A and C. These are good to have, because you may see even better results.

A Quality Name – Yes, there are bandwagon jumpers with phytoceramides. Look for a product offered by a label that’s been around for at least 5 years and that has a good reputation.

A 60 Day Guarantee – If the company offers phytoceramides with a guarantee, that’s a sign they stand by the product and it offers peace of mind.

Note that many consumers report Phyto350 shows good results. The product works quickly and appears to actually live up to the hype of truly ‘faking a facelift’. If you’re looking for the best antiaging products, you might start there.