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Truth Behind Sugar

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The holidays are upon us and our sugar intake is sure to skyrocket. However, you may rethink that after learning the truth behind sugar. The History The origination of sugar is believed to be 5,000 years ago, yet first recorded in 1099. Western Europeans dubbed it as “new spice,” speaking of how pleasant it was. Only royalty and the wealthy could afford it and considered it “white gold.” In 1619, sugarcane arrived in the United States. As sugar production increased so did the need for labor. Working in sugarcane fields was dangerous and hard, so the British West Indies imported over four million slaves from Africa. Once slavery ended in the United States, slave refugees from Haiti migrated, and sugar plantations began in Louisiana all the way to Hawaii. Through the 1800s, canning, ice cream, and candy greatly increased the demand. The consumption of sugar for the average American went...
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What are the Effects of Stress?

What are the Effects of Stress?
“I’m stressed out all the time. What can this do to me?”  A little bit of stress is normal. It is your body’s natural way of responding to scary or unfamiliar situations. However, the effects of stress over prolonged periods with no relief or relaxation can cause serious mental and physical problems. Some of these issues include chronic fatigue, depression, digestive issues such as an upset stomach, headaches and back pain. If you remain in stressful situations these are a few of the things which may be happening to your body: Your Immune System While short bursts of stress may boost your immune system, long-term stress can leave you more susceptible to infection and worsen skin conditions such as eczema, hives and acne. Your Heart Long-term stress can cause your arteries to narrow and elevate your cholesterol levels. This increases your chances of having heart disease, a heart attack and...
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