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Health + Infertility: Sugar

I am continuing my series about various chemicals, foods, or products that not only effect our health, but our overall fertility too. Today’s topic is sugar. This isn’t about sugar found in natural sources like fruit, but this is about refined sugar.

Because I eat healthy, I am often given a hard time, “You don’t need to lose weight,”many say. What people don’t understand is that it’s not about weight, but it’s about overall health. I believe that every piece of food you put in your body matters. You have control over choosing to feed yourself food that will heal and help your body or the alternative of eating food that will hurt and destroy your body. I believe food is natural medicine and the best way to align your bodies to function properly is to eat healthy.

I could go on and on about that, but let’s stick to the topic of sugar. Do you know that sugar isn’t good for you? Do you really understand the negative impact it can have on your body? There are various types of sugars and you might recognize several different terms like glucose, maltose, sucrose, and lactose. Sugar offers nothing good for you. It’s not only empty calories, but it has no nutritional value either. No vitamins. No healthy fats. Nothing.

There are so many negative effects of consuming sugar. The list is too long to cover everything, but here are a list of some reasons not to eat sugar:

  • Sugar turns into fat which then damages the liver
  • Sugar causes dysfunction to your metabolic system
  • Sugar increases risk of disease
  • Sugar can be addictive
  • Sugar casues insulin disorders such as diabetes
  • Sugar leads to obesity because empty calories lead to more eating
  • Sugar can lead to cancer due to it’s harmful effects
  • Sugar can raise LDL which leads to high cholesterol
  • Sugar stores as bad bacteria in your mouth which is bad for your teeth.

As if all of that isn’t bad enough, sugar also has a negative effect on fertility. Sugar causes the release of cortisol and adrenalin which in turn causes a hormonal imbalance. It also has negative effects on PMS, endometrosis, and also depletes essential vitamins.

Clearly I am no doctor, but I hope this post opens your eyes to avoid sugar and if it hasn’t done that, then I hope you at least take your time to do your own research. I am not saying you can never have sugar again, but I highly recommend keeping it to a very minimum, when possible. Your best bet is to only eat natural sugars, like what is found in fruit. Make a shift in your mind and start thinking of food as medicine. Please know that sugar does nothing good for your body and your body wasn’t created to eat it. Look at the labels of the foods you eat and check to see how many sugars you consume a day. Your best bet? Avoid processed food all together. I will be the first to tell you that balance is good, but I do believe the best way to heal your body is to eat as healthy as possible. 

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23 Comments
  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 08:45h, 26 February Reply

    Great info, Caroline. Ugh…even knowing this, why is is so hard to avoid sometimes? P.S. I’m going to do a post about replacing beauty products, do you mind if I link back to your posts from this series?

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 08:47h, 26 February Reply

    This is my struggle. I try to keep it limited & I use 2 tsps in my coffee just because I think artificial sweeteners are worse…
    But I dont think people are aware of how dangerous sugar is.
    i’ve heard it said before that Native Americans use to call it “The white man’s cocaine”… that’s so real to me on the description.

  • Ryanne
    Posted at 08:48h, 26 February Reply

    Sugar is absolutely my downfall! I’m working towards transitioning to more natural forms of sugar and less of it but dang, its hard! Its a goal for the long term!

  • Belinda Jordan
    Posted at 09:55h, 26 February Reply

    This post is perfect timing for me. On Monday, I started a Whole 30 for omnivores eating plan with 3 other girls seeking to improve our fertility by feeding our body whole and better foods. The leader was just teaching us last night about our endocrine system and our main goal is to stabilize our blood sugar. Another group for you to visit with if you get the chance to spend a week in Tulsa 😉

  • Lily @ Beauty With Lily
    Posted at 09:57h, 26 February Reply

    This is where I struggle the most..I’m trying my best and have even lost some weight. But it’s SO hard! Chocolate is my weakness…why do I have to be a chocolate lover!?! Such a great series, Caroline!

  • Jessi Wallace | LifeAbundant-Blog.com
    Posted at 10:22h, 26 February Reply

    Thank you for sharing this! The struggle is REAL! When I first started the 21-Day Fix, I was detoxing from caffeine and sugar… between the two, I had a couple of days of wicked headaches. I hope I never let myself get that bad again.

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 10:34h, 26 February Reply

    So glad you shared something like this! We have recently cut out almost all (sometimes I have to have a Thin Mint lol) bad sugars and honestly, we haven’t looked back. Just the other day, sweet folks {pun intended} brought in donuts and ginormous cupcakes. It was so easy to walk right by it with my bowl of strawberries, knowing that the natural sugar I was putting into my body is way better. It’s not about weight loss for me – it’s about feeling good in my skin.

  • Christina K. Rambo
    Posted at 11:04h, 26 February Reply

    I am a sugar addict… Can’t have it in the house. I consider it poison just like any illegal drug. It directly affects my anxiety. It is so maddening that it is EVERYWHERE. I am desperately trying to teach my kids about sugar, because when they go to friends’ homes, or even church activities… there is always sugar being offered! It is out of control.

  • tiffanyatouchofgrace
    Posted at 11:57h, 26 February Reply

    I love when you say it’s not about losing weight, but overall health. Yes! I hate when people assume you are eating healthy to lose weight. No, I’m just healthy, haha!
    Sugar is definitely a weakness for me at times.

  • Upside of IF
    Posted at 12:26h, 26 February Reply

    YES! Sugar is so so bad for your body, and honestly, it’s in so much food already without us even realizing it… so eating stuff like ice cream and candy, etc, is just compounding the problem. I have hypothyroidism, and ever since I got diagnosed I have been so much more aware of and intentional about the things I put in my body.

  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard
    Posted at 13:35h, 26 February Reply

    I do really well with this until about 10 pm. Then I start craving chocolate, just a few bites turns into way too much. I have become more aware of what I’m eating and have cut so much unnecessary sugar from our diets. We eat fruit more, I use pure organic stevia, and eat more foods that use pear juice, dates, etc to sweeten them. But I do need to keep working its way out of our house.

  • Biana @ BLoved Boston
    Posted at 14:40h, 26 February Reply

    I actually had no idea that sugar could affect fertility so thank you! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Katie
    Posted at 16:28h, 26 February Reply

    Eh, hard truth. I vacillate. Sometimes, I’m able to completely do with out it, but it always seems to sneak back in. Like today, in the form of salt water taffy that my mother dropped by. 😉 Thanks for the this reminder. I’m backing away from the taffy.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 02:21h, 27 February Reply

    This is so true and such a good warning to us all. Thank you for caring and for sharing!

  • robertalschneider
    Posted at 05:11h, 27 February Reply

    Too many places where it is hidden. Too often it feels like a losing battle!

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 05:51h, 27 February Reply

    I try to limit my sugar intake and feel so much better when I don’t have it. Good information!

  • Tara
    Posted at 13:13h, 27 February Reply

    Sugar is so addictive. I am trying to give it up, but not doing too well right now! I will keep on until I can do it!

  • Jennifer HenryNovich (@JustAddGlam)
    Posted at 22:02h, 27 February Reply

    Sugar is SUCH a bad thing for us, yet I crave it so bad! Whyyyy

  • callienicole7
    Posted at 22:32h, 27 February Reply

    I remember quitting sugar when I was having some fertility issues, and now I think it can even have bad effects postpartum – my emotions have been all over the place after having Clarice, and it seems to be worse when I have too much sugar and not enough nutritious food (which hard since I run on sugared coffee these days). I’m trying to cut it out more!

  • Brianna George
    Posted at 23:26h, 28 February Reply

    I admit I am completely sugar addicted. I need a detox in the worst way.

  • lifeofaministermom
    Posted at 23:31h, 28 February Reply

    Very informative! Thanks!

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 13:38h, 10 March Reply

    I definitely have a sweet tooth, but I guess it’s a good thing then that we can’t afford to buy snacks (sweet nor salty) very often at all! And I only drink water so I don’t consume any sugar in drinks. BUT come PMS, Hubby is bound to bring home a chocolate bar for me! I crave sweets so much during PMS!! At least it’s dark chocolate…

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    Posted at 03:17h, 19 March Reply

    I believe moderation is key, but you made an excellent point about it being addictive. I agree that limiting your sugar intake is about so much more than losing weight.

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