You may love your sweat treats, but sugar is bad for you. The sweet things can easily turn you into an addict, but researchers have found that sugar has detrimental effect on your overall health.
Are you addicted to sugar? Go through the signs listed below, and determine your “level of addiction.”
- Sugar/Carb cravings
How often do you crave for chocolate or sweets? Sugar will only make you crave for more, and excessive consumption of sugar triggers a chain reaction of sugar cravings.
- Poor energy and fatigue
If you are often too tired to do anything, cut down your sugar intake. Sugary foods give you an instant energy boost, but it will later crash, leaving you tired throughout the day.
- Weight gain
You may eat a king-size portion of your favorite dessert, but you get zero protein and fiber. Sugar stimulates the production of insulin, and it’s later carried to every organ in the body.
Eating too much sugar makes your body release more insulin, and you will later develop insulin resistance. The body won’t be able to react to insulin, and use sugar properly.
Insulin resistance leads to uncontrolled weight gain and diabetes.
- Colds and flu
High sugar intake affects your immunity, and you’re more susceptible to colds, viruses, flu, and chronic ailments. Cut down your sugar consumption to prevent the development of serious health problems.
- Loss of taste
Sugar “kills” your taste buds, and increases their tolerance to sugar. This means that you will always crave for something sweeter than your favorite chocolate cake.
Reduce your sugar consumption, and go step by step. In this way you will be able to control the amount of sugar you eat, and things will be better within a short period of time.
- Brain fog
Brain fog is a common symptom of blood sugar issues. Eating too much sugar causes spikes in blood sugar levels, and experts say that this increases the risk of cognitive issues and impairment.
- Skin issues, “panda” eyes
Sugar increases the risk of developing issues like eczema, rosacea, acne, dry/oily skin, etc. Eat less sugar intake to improve your skin complexion.
According to Dr. Sherri Greene, a podiatrist in New York City, sugar acts as an inflammatory and causes plantar fasciitis. This causes pain and discomfort in the soles.
Eating too much sugar leads to adrenal fatigue, and you get those “nice” dark circles around your eyes. If you have any of the symptoms listed above, consider limiting your sugar intake.