Let’s discuss Ninja community, shall we!! I could literally list about 10-20 different items you should stay away from with you have an auto-immune disease like Multiple Sclerosis. Today I am going to talk about one in particular. So many people use it and sometimes we don’t even realize we do. Fake Sugars. Yep, that is it, FAKE SUGARS.

DISCLAIMER!!! – – I feel the need to state here, I am not a doctor. I can only state my experience with Fake Sugars and what others have told me to validate my experiences. This may or may not be the case with you.

Her are some of the side effects that occur when consuming Fake Sugars (Sucralose and Aspartame most commonly known as Splenda and NutraSweet respectively)

  • Migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Digestive Issues
  • Bloating
  • Tinnitus
  • More Seriously concerns that have not been verified but stated (MS, Lupus, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s)

A lot of research done will say no real harm can be found when ingesting these fake sugars. HOWEVER, this is what I do know. Even if they do not cause the aforementioned “more serious concerned’ diseases but you happen to have been diagnosed with one and you get any of the more common side effects, you will more likely than not, have a flair up.

Our bodies are meant to process natural foods, foods that were created of the earth and grown naturally. Over the decades we have become a society of convenience and want everything fast and in a hurry. Our children play less outside and do more on computers and video games. Over time, this has created a society of obesity. As they take away our children’s arts and physical activities from the schools and replace them with the all-powerful technology of the future, it’s becoming more evident that sitting, computing, gaming and going through a drive through has become our day-to-day.

Everyone then wants the quick fix to becoming obese. The fad diet, famous cleanses, and FAKE SUGARS seemed to be the answer. Trust me when I say, it’s not! Unfortunately, you can find these sugars in all kinds of things without even knowing it. It’s in oatmeal, yogurt, snacks, just about anything that says diet or low calorie and a lot that doesn’t advertise at all.

When I would ingest the foods with these sugars my body didn’t process it properly and it ended up confused. I never lost the weight I wanted and I would eat more than I should based on cravings and not feeling full. Those common side effects listed above, I probably had every one of them. And when I do, they trigger my symptoms and make me feel like CRAP! My migraines were so bad I had to take preventative medications just to get through a day. I had more migraines in a month than I didn’t. When I started my healthy life-style change fake sugar was one of the first things I removed from my diet. I immediately noticed a change in my migraines and in my symptoms. Now if I accidentally eat something that has fake sugar in it, without knowing it’s an ingredient, if it’s a large enough portion I will feel it immediately! Everyone may not have the same sensitivity to this as I do, but I have spoken to numerous individuals with MS and other autoimmune diseases that have made healthy life-style changes and they too have seen similar results.

When my body is not “feeling right” and I am feeling “off’ for some reason, I know I attribute it to not eating the way my body is meant to be fueled about 90% of the time. My MS will trigger very shortly afterwards and I know I have to get back on track.

This is not the holy grail of what to do when you have one of these diseases, but I would definitely try it for at least 90 days. It takes your body at least that long to gather it’s senses and start seeing a difference. What could it hurt? I mean, it could lead to a lot of good and if it absolutely does nothing you can return to your old ways!

BONUS INFO: HYDRATE…HYDRATE…HYDRATE…

Our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water. When we are dehydrated our body goes into over drive and we can cause inflammation in certain areas of the body…again causing symptoms in individuals with autoimmune diseases. If you drink a lot of caffine, increase your H2O cup per cup over the daily amount. Your daily amount of water should be approximately ½ your body weight in ounces.