Tips to Grow Younger

Sugar can nix meditation

Pull quote: Sugar can cause depression by interfering with brain cell communication.


No doubt you already know that too much sugar is bad for you. It can harm your heart, your pancreas, your kidneys, your joints and cause depression. And that's just the beginning of the list.

But did you know that too much sugar can also prevent your meditation from raising your consciousness? Here's how:

One of the things that can happen in meditation is activation of the pineal gland. That's the little pine cone-shaped, light-sensing organ, which is also called The Third Eye. It's located near the center of the brain, tucked between the two hemispheres. Raising your frequency through meditation activates The Third Eye and can move you into higher consciousness.

For centuries esoteric traditions have considered the pineal gland to be the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Activating the pineal gland through meditation has been the way to access those inner realms.

The problem is that calcification deactivates the consciousness-boosting effects of the pineal gland. And here's where the connection to sugar comes in: too much sugar contributes in a major way to calcification of the pineal gland. One of the best ways to reduce the crystallized calcium deposits is to cut way down on sugar.

Besides inhibiting the consciousness-raising effect of meditation, sugar can cause depression by interfering with brain cell communication. I have to be careful with sugar, not only because too much causes depression in me, but also because Alzheimer's Disease is now being called Diabetes Type 3 by some scientists studying the brain. Although I reversed the symptoms of early Alzheimer's, I still have to be careful with sugar to keep that Alzheimer's linked APOe4 gene I inherited in the "off" position.

Now, I'm not saying that sugar is bad. Your brain and body need and use sugar as energy to function. The difficulty is that we consume preposterous amounts, and that's harmful to our health.

As I'm writing this, I'm also talking to myself. I have a terrible sweet tooth and love having ice cream after dinner.

I've had to curb that, though, so my substitute has been plain yogurt mixed with fresh or thawed-out frozen berries. I also use stevia instead of sugar to sweeten food and drink.

Stevia has zero calories, does not spike your blood sugar levels and does not trigger stress hormones, among other benefits. For those of you with the same sugar addiction, there's exciting news! Ice cream is now made with stevia, and it's available in Taos.

Ellen Wood of Questa is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of "Think and Grow Young: Powerful Steps to Create a Life of Joy." Her new book is "Joy! Joy! Joy! 7 Mind Body Spirit Self-Help Practices to Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Reverse Memory Loss and Live Happy." Contact Ellen at