Wendy Russo, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach
Splenda, also known as sucralose, is an artificial, chemical sweetener.
Despite advertisements stating “Made from Sugar, so it Tastes like Sugar”,
which attempt to confuse consumers, Splenda is not natural and contains no
elements of natural sugar.
The name sucralose, very similar to the natural sugar sucrose, is also
extremely confusing to consumers…just one more way “big pharma”
tries to pull the wool over your eyes into thinking this chemical sweetener is safe.
Fact is, there have been no long term studies done on sucralose and Splenda and
there is no telling what devastating side effects could be in store for those
who continue to put this unnatural chemical in their bodies daily.
You may also be surprised to learn that Splenda contains chlorine. Yes, the
same chlorine that goes in swimming pools. And here’s the worst side effect:
Just like chlorine kills off micro-organisms in swimming pools, Splenda and
sucralose kill off healthy bacteria that lives in your gut — healthy bacteria
that is vitally important to virtually every aspect of your health.
Recently, a study at the University of Duke confirmed this
very finding. Not only is sucralose a heavily-processed, chemical artificial
sweetener, but it’s also damaging to your gut health, which goes on to affect
every other aspect of your health.
Here’s a direct quote from that study:
“Splenda suppresses beneficial bacteria and directly affects the
expression of the transporter P-gp and cytochrome P-450 isozymes that are known
to interfere with the bioavailability of nutrients. Furthermore, these effects
occur at Splenda doses that contain sucralose levels that are approved by the
FDA for use in the food supply.”
Did you know that over 80% of your immune system finds its home in your gut? In
fact, there are more than 100 TRILLION living bacteria in your gut that control
many aspects of your health, and due to things like the ingestion of artificial
sweeteners like Splenda, most folks have created a massive bacterial imbalance
in their body.
But, it doesn’t just stop with the use of Splenda or other artificial
sweeteners. Here are some other common items that are contributing to the
bacterial imbalances that BILLIONS of folks are silently suffering:
*Diet beverages and “sugar -free” food items (remember, sweeteners are added to MANY foods,
beverages, and supplements)
*Processed, packaged foods
*Certain brands of mouth wash, chewing gum, and toothpaste
If you ingest any of these items, it could be contributing to a
serious imbalance in your gut bacteria and an overall decline in your health.
What’s more, if you suffer from irregular bowel movements, constipation, gas,
bloating, acid reflux, indigestion, skin problems, overall sickness, bad
breath, fatigue, urinary tract infections, sugar cravings, and/or an inability
to lose weight, these symptoms are a near tell tale sign that your gut bacteria
is ALREADY severely imbalanced.But even worse, here are some of the more serious consequences that can result
from gut imbalances left unaddressed:
*Severe irritable bowel syndrome and extreme daily discomfort
*Serious skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis
*A constant battle with ongoing fatigue and low energy levels
*A life full of chronic sickness and pain due to a declining immune system
*Type II Diabetes
Fortunately, you can correct imbalances in bad bacteria by supplementing with
“good” bacteria known as probiotics. In fact, research is now suggesting that supplementing with a quality probiotic supplement every single day just may be even more important for your health and longevity than taking a daily multivitamin. Spend a little more when purchasing a probiotic. Do some research and use them daily. Most of all commit to making your intestines a
healthy place and get rid of those chemicals you are putting into your body!!