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Halloween Candy: What to do with sugar spikes & crashes

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Do you eat too much candy or drink too much on Halloween? Sometimes the scariest part of Halloween is the next morning! Did you know one king-sized Snickers bar has 54 grams of sugar? That's more than a can of Coke (which has 39 grams). A small bag of Skittles has 47 grams of sugar, and two Reese's peanut butter cups have 20 grams. Not only are they also loaded with calories, but they're void of any fiber, minerals, vitamins, proteins or nutrients.

To get rid of those November 1st blues, try Activated Charcoal. The activated charcoal absorbs toxins and carries them out of your system.  Charcoal is classified as an "adsorbent" substance, which means particles stick to the outside of the structure, rather than being sucked inside as with "absorbent" materials.  Active charcoal is made by using controlled burning of bone or wood, which is then subjected to an oxidizing gas, like air or steam.  Just make sure to drink a big glass of water with it, otherwise it will pull the toxins out and they will just sit in your body. Take it an hour away from food, other herbal supplements, and prescription medications.

To prevent that nasty feeling and still eat your candies, make sure to eat a high protein meal for dinner.  Herbalist Rhonda Dial suggests chicken chili or a protein shake.  The protein keeps your blood sugar more stabilized.  Candy and cocktails make blood sugars spike and fall.  This could be an especially dangerous time of year for diabetics.  However, people who do not typically have trouble with glucose levels could see symptoms.  In children, these usually manifest themselves in mood swings.  So, if your child is acting differently or extremely thirty, they are crashing from the sugar.  Children could also get suddenly sleepy or irritable.  Experts suggest giving your child something easily digested such as orange juice, apple juice, honey or a piece of bread.

 

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