The Doctors: How Much Sugar Is Okay?
There was an article this past week promoting a round table discussion about the role sugar plays in a nutrient-dense diet for toddlers 12-24 months old. The organizer of the round table was the Sugar Association. We pretty much all know that we’re eating too much sugar, but not all sugars are created equally. Dr Jennifer Ashton said the effect of sugar on the body has been thoroughly studied and researched, and we consume way too many added sugars.
They’re certainly not saying no sugar at all is the option, but the data is clear that sugar works like opioids in the brain. The good news is that at least it’s being talked about. On average, we consume 152 pounds of sugar a year, each. The WHO says a woman shouldn’t consume more than 25 grams of sugar a day while a man shouldn’t consume more than 34 grams of sugar per day. You can get to that incredibly quickly.
Do you know how much sugar you consume per day? Are you close to the recommended amount?
The Doctors: Jill Dictrow Health Concerns
The Doctors were talking to TV host Jill Dictrow about her new TLC show when it was revealed that although she’s successful in front of the camera, she struggles on the inside. Jill has been so happy with everything going on with her new show, but hates what she sees in the mirror. She’s gained weight and can no longer fit into a lot of her clothes. She’s a single mother to two teenagers and has turned to food to cope with her stress, gaining about 40 pounds in the last two years.
Jill went to see Dr Andrew Ordon and told him she wanted liposuction, cool sculpting, and a breast lift. Dr Ordon said he loves to operate but she’s not morbidly obese, so he suggested she instead lose weight with diet and exercise. He even told Jill that he would find her the hottest trainer possible so that she would really be motivated. Plus, Dr Ordon called up Dr Travis saying that he needed his help on the nutrition side of things for Jill.
The Doctors: Jill Dictrow Body Transformation Plan
Jill said she hasn’t had much success because she’s been so stressed out. Dr Travis said a bad diet can increase stress and more stress mans you’re less likely to exercise. It’s a vicious cycle that Jill has to find a way to break. They welcomed Jill’s hot trainer to the show explaining that they really wanted to get her started so that she could be on the way to better health. PJ Stahl, her trainer, explained that he has a 12-week health program for Jill. They were also going to lower the amount of sugar she eats.
Jilll said she was truly motivated and ready to make a change. What did it take for you to get back in shape and improve your health? If you’re not there yet, what would it take to get you motivated?
The Doctors: Why Reading Is Important
Did you know that 90% of your child’s brain develops in the first five years of life? It’s never too early to start reading with your kids. Reading to your kid can boost brain power, academic excellence, speech skills, and logical thinking skills. Studies show that babies who are read to have more advanced math skills later in life and are less likely to drop out of high school.
Dr Travis Stork said reading isn’t just important for children, and a recent study found that one in four adults hadn’t read a single book last year. If you don’t want to read a book, read a magazine! One study found that reading for just six minutes can reduce your levels of stress by 70%. Reading allows you to relax and clear your mind. Mind was the word of he day! You can use the word mind on The Doctors’ website to enter for a chance to win the children’s tablet Fable.
The Doctors: Sugar & Thinning Hair
The Doctors then shared that sugar could be to blame for your thinning hair. Too much sugar causes a spike in blood glucose which can disrupt your hormones over time, which can disrupt your hair cycle causing it to thin or fall out. The good news is that it’s reversible!