Do you know the two times you should not eat sugar? If you do not, eating sugar at these two times of the day can strain your system and wreak havoc on your strength, fitness and health. In just a moment, you will discover these two very important times. But first, here’s some important news about… Common Over The Counter Medications And Brain Damage… According to a July 13, 2010 issue of Neurology, drugs called anticholinergics block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter, and are widely-used medical therapies. They are sold over the counter under various brand names such as Benadryl®, Dramamine®, Excedrin PM®, Nytol®, Sominex®, Tylenol PM®, and Unisom®. Other anticholinergic drugs, such as Paxil®, Detrol®, Demerol® and Elavil® are available only by prescription.
Older adults most commonly use drugs with anticholinergic effects as sleep aids and to relieve bladder leakage problems. Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine conducted a 6 year study with 1,652 African-Americans over the age of 70 with normal cognitive function. Results: “We found that taking one anticholinergic significantly increased an individual’s risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and taking two of these drugs doubled this risk. This is very significant in a population, African-Americans, already known to be at high risk for developing cognitive impairment,” said Noll Campbell, PharmD, first author of the study.
Dr. Campbell is a Clinical Pharmacist with Wishard Health Services. “Simply put, we have confirmed that anticholinergics, something as seemingly benign as a medication for inability to get a good night’s sleep or for motion sickness, can cause or worsen cognitive impairment, specifically long-term mild cognitive impairment which involves gradual memory loss. As a geriatrician I tell my Wishard Healthy Aging Brain Center patients not to take these drugs and I encourage all older adults to talk with their physicians about each and every one of the medications they take,” said Malaz Boustani, M.D., IU School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine, Regenstrief Institute Investigator and IU Center for Aging Research Center Scientist.
Now for… The Two Times NOT To Eat Sugar… When you work out, exercise triggers the release of human growth hormone (HGH). If you consume a high sugar meal or high sugar sports drink within 2 hours of your workout, you will seriously diminish the release of HGH. This is important because the HGH release helps in fat burning for 2 hours after you work out. An important note: Research has shown eating carbohydrates after a workout starts the protein synthesis recovery process faster. There are several studies involving young cyclists who compete for several days back-to-back, and quick recovery is their priority, not maximizing HGH. The second time NOT to eat sugars if you want to maximize HGH is 90 minutes before bed. Here is why: HGH is dependant on sleep and a major hormone surge occurs during the first 30-70 minutes of sleep. If this sleep is disrupted, the hormone surge can be dramatically reduced. Carbohydrates can disrupt this HGH output because carbohydrates stimulate the production of insulin… which reduces HGH. So, according to HGH magazine, if you want to maximize HGH output, do not eat carbohydrates 90 minutes before you go to sleep.