Sugar sugar sugar.
Let's not pretend that I don't love sweet things or that sugar doesn't make most things more delicious BUT at what price?
It is recommended that humans consume no more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar per day. The avergae British person consumes about 22 teaspoons and the avergae American 32!
Sugar is hidden in all processed and pacakage foods and when it says "no added sugar" or "sugar free" you'll find sugar hidden in the ingredients list under another name.
Sugar is highly addictive. Some studies have reported that it can be 8 times more addictive than cocaine..
Sugar causes chaos in the body and helps diseases and illnesses develop at a faster rate.
It's the devil in desiguise and I am guilty of being addicted to it too.
I am writing this because I know that I've been having too much sugar and my body isn't liking it at all.
Honestly, for me, reducing my sugar intake isn't just about my abs and body fat. It's because I know all the horrible things it can do to my body. It's like I can hear them happening inside of me.
So if like me at the moment you can't seem to tame your sugar intake and your body doesn't feel great but you don't know why then keep on reading.
Here are 7 signs that you are body is in sugar shock:
1. SPURTS OF WEIGHT GAIN
As we’ve discussed, sugar is a catalyst to weight gain. It increases blood sugar levels, which in turn primes our body to store more fat. Furthermore, sugar does little to nothing to create satiety, or feelings of fullness. The result is we consume more food and store more fat.
2. CONSTANT CRAVINGS
Sugar is a complex carbohydrate – a type of food that not only stores fat, but causes sudden cravings. It is common for those that eat large amounts of sugar to indulge in their habit only to be hungry a short period of time later. Simply put, if one desires to feel full for a long period of time it is advisable to abstain from sugar.
3. FEELING LETHARGIC
Similar to caffeine on a smaller scale, sugar can stimulate our nervous system. This stimulation is short-term and leads to a “crash” that indicative of sugar’s suppressive effect on our metabolic system. Known as “reactive hypoglycemia,” a glucose (sugar) crash creates sudden feelings of fatigue after consuming a large amount of complex carbs.
4. LIVER PROBLEMS
Similar to alcohol’s effect, sugar can wreak havoc on our liver function. Known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), excessive intake of sugar over a long duration of time can irreparably damage this vital organ. Interestingly, sugar metabolizes in the liver the same way that alcohol does. As such, this can lead to fatty liver, insulin resistance and abnormal fat levels in the blood.
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5. BRAIN FOG
This symptom can best be described as episodes of suboptimal brain function, or “foggy thinking.” There are times when our cognitive faculties are not performing at a level necessary to perform daily tasks. This could be due to a number of reasons, and sugar is one of them. Many sugar products undergo heavy processing which, when consumed, create overall feelings of lethargy and periods of “brain fog.”
Sugar stimulates the release of free radicals, which adversely interacts with proteins in the body. This interaction produces a chemical response that results in inflammation of the joints and other areas of the body. Diabetes is an accurate representation of this reaction, as the condition’s myriad symptoms include painful inflammation.
7. OTHER, UNEXPLAINABLE HEALTH ISSUES
Granted, this last one is very broad. But the truth is that excessive intake of sugar is toxic. Anytime that a toxic substance is introduced into the complex entity that is the human body, countless health problems can surface. This is the result of sugar directly or indirectly producing systematic, harmful responses in the body.
Happy Healthy Living,