Bittersweet Treats: The Scary Truth Behind Sugar & Halloween
Twas the eve of Halloween and despite our focus on ghastly ghosts and ghouls, one of the scariest things about this holiday is all around us. Filling store shelves and large decorative bowls. Something deeply entwined within our tradition of tricks and treats. That’s right, we're talking about the staggering amount of candy consumed by all of us leading up to, on, and beyond Halloween.
Studies show that the average child consumes upwards of three full cups of sugar, or nearly 170 sugar cubes worth of candy every October 31st. Funded by American Adults that collectively spend over $2.6 billion on Halloween candy each year. So, what exactly makes these numbers so scary? Well, when we consider that more than 34 million Americans — approximately 1 in 10 — have diabetes and 88 million American adults — about 1 in 3 — are prediabetic, that amount of sugar consumption is horrifyingly unhealthy.
"Your body's cells use sugar to keep your vital organs functioning, but too much daily sugar can cause weight gain. And, unhealthy weight gain and a lack of exercise can increase your cancer risks."
- Erma Levy, Research Dietitian
So how can you live your best life while indulging in celebrating the day of the dead? And how can the mattress you sleep on help?
Eat A Hearty Meal Beforehand & Set A Firm Candy Limit
Eating a healthy, filling meal that’s rich in fiber and low in sugars and carbohydrates will help curb your candy cravings. Since fiberful foods take longer to digest, you'll feel more full and the slower rate of digestion means less sugar is absorbed. This reduction in sugar absorption coupled with longer digestion time also means sugar spikes are far less common. It's important to note that there are two types of food fiber: insoluble and soluble. While both are found in healthy foods, soluble fiber has been shown to lower blood sugar levels more effectively. Foods that are high in soluble fiber include vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
Partake In Light To Moderate Exercise
Light to moderate exercise either before or after excess sugar consumption is one of the fastest and most effective ways to lower your blood sugar levels. Consistent exercise is particularly effective at improving your body’s insulin sensitivity over time and the capabilities of your muscles to absorb and use sugars directly from the bloodstream. These post-workout benefits last between 24 and 36 hours before returning to normal so it’s important to re-up each day with at least 30 minutes of light to moderate exercise.
Drink Plenty Of Water To Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated helps keep blood sugar levels within healthy ranges. Beyond preventing dehydration, it allows your kidneys to flush out any excess blood sugar through urine. Based on an observational study, those who drank water more often were less at risk for developing high blood sugar levels. It's important to remember that water and other non-caloric beverages are best for rehydrating the body. While sugar and sweetener enhanced drinks increase blood glucose levels, often result in weight gain, and ultimately increase the risk of diabetes.
Sleep On An FDA Determined Mattress
As demonstrated by a recent study, higher levels of sugar are responsible for stronger blood vessel contractions. These stronger contractions strain the heart which reduces oxygen levels within the blood and forces the lungs to work that much harder. Detox Bed® is the only mattress with FDA determined health benefits and while it won't directly lower your blood sugar level, our detoxifying sleep system features Far Infrared technology to increase blood flow throughout the body and enhance cellular recovery during deep rest. Both of which alleviate key health issues associated with excessive sugar consumption and diabetes.
So before you go reaching for the candy bowl this Halloween, make good choices: eat a filling healthy meal, get some quality exercise, stay hydrated with filtered water, and sleep deeply on your new Detox Bed®. Shop online at https://detox-bed.com/collections or visit https://detox-bed.com/pages/winter-park in-store to save up to 45%.