Literally every food product you buy today is filled with sugar. This means that you’re probably consuming way more sugar than you even knowing it. This is directly connected to increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, and many other diseases.
Foods that don’t have sugar listed on the ingredients have something similar as malt syrup, maltose, disaccharides, fructose, diglycerides, dextrin, glucose, sorbitol, corn syrup, sucrose, etc.
Here are the eight signs that show that you’re consuming too much sugar:
1. Sugar and Carbohydrate Cravings
Do you know that sugar is addictive? It’s as addictive same as cocaine is, and it even has similar effects. When you eat sugar, it stimulates your dopamine production, which is known as the pleasure hormone.
According to a study, the consummation of too much sugar has dopaminergic, opioid, and cholinergic effects similar to psychostimulants and opiates, which contribute to addiction.
2. Skin Problems
Collagen is the most prevalent protein found in your body, which is responsible for your skin’s elasticity. In case there’s too much sugar in your body, the collagen cells become less movable so your skin gets stiffen and result in wrinkles.
The excessive consumption of sugar can cause cell inflammation, acne, dermatitis, and many more skin problems.
Carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and rice elevate your androgen and insulin, which leads to pimples, higher oil production, and clogged pores.
Orexins are neurotransmitters that regulate your wake and sleep cycle. The thing is that they’re sensitive to sugar and respond to the glucose found in your body.
When there’s a small glucose increase in your blood, it prevents the neuro signal transmission and a sleep state is initiated. If you consume sugary foods, you will feel more energized, but after a while, you will experience a ‘crash’ and fatigue.
4. Brain Fog
A study published in the journal Neuroscience reviled that mice that were fed foods filled with saturated fat and refined sugar had a reduced brain function in 60 days. This means that eating these kinds of foods can reduce your brain function because too much sugar has a negative impact on the proteins and neurotransmitters in your brain.
5. A Dulled Sensitivity to Taste
British researchers found that overweight people had a dulled sensitivity to taste and when healthy and fit people started to drink 2 soft drinks a day they also started to have sugar cravings and a dulled taste after a month.
6. Frequent Colds and Flu
Excessive sugar consumption weakens the immune system, because glucose lowers the activity of white blood cells responsible for prevention of viral infections. This means that we’re more prone to disease when we consume too much sugar.
7. Weight Gain
The body is designed to burn sugar first, and the amount that can’t be burned gets stored as fat. So, excessive consumption of sugar contributes to weight gain. Sugar also suppresses the hormone leptin that regulates the appetite, so you may end up overeating.
8. An Increased Cancer Risk
According to many studies, sugar interferes with the normal cell function and contributes to tumor cells development. Because of the higher production of insulin and high levels of inflammation in the body, the cells start to reproduce fast and abnormal.
The Amount of Sugar You Should Eat Daily Depends on Your Physical Activity, Age, and Body Weight
According to the American Heart Association, women are supposed to eat no more than 30 g of sugar a day and men need to eat no more than 45 g a day.
Less than 5 g of sugar a day is too low, and more than 22.5 g is too much. It is optimal to consume 2 thousand calories a day, of which 900 to 1300 calories should be carbohydrates.
Artificial Sweeteners Aren’t a Healthier and Safer Option than Sugar
Most people think that artificial sweeteners are a healthier and safer option, but, they contribute to many health issues like diabetes, obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, depression, and many more.
Instead of artificial sweeteners use natural sources of sugar such as honey, fruits, molasses, and maple syrup, as they contain natural sugar, vitamins, and minerals.
Here Is How to Overcome Sugar Addiction:
When you try to overcome sugar addiction, at first you may experience symptoms like dizziness, appetite changes, weight loss, headaches, fatigue, anger, anxiety, and/or depression.
– Get regular exercise.
– Keep your blood sugar level under control, eat healthy foods rich in chromium such as turkey, beef, shellfish, broccoli, grapes, and garlic.
– Avoid all sugary snacks.
– Use peppermint oil to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms.
– Consume more fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso, kombucha, and kefir, since they contain probiotics that can help you process sugar and rebalance your gut flora.
– Eat green leafy and sea vegetables to increase your energy level.
– Stay hydrated, because dehydration contributes to sugar cravings.
– Eat foods like fish, corn, eggs and vegetables.
– Boost your mood by doing things you love.
Reducing the amount of sugar you eat every day will help improve your overall health.