Date: 2018-11-04 06:56:03
Sugar is delicious. Anyone who denies that is lying. But because life is unfair, sugar, especially in copious amounts, is really bad for your health. It’s found in everything from the carbs we eat, to the drinks we consume. But it’s important to watch how much sugar we are incorporating into our diet because it can cause serious side effects and impact your quality of life.
So how do you know if you’re eating too much? Here are 6 red flags your body is sending you that it’s time to cut back on the sweet stuff.
Refined carbs increase your blood sugar levels – causing your body’s joints to inflame. This is because when your body takes in sugar, it reacts by releasing inflammatory messengers called: cytokines. These can make existing joint pain worse. If you have joint pain, excess sugar intake could be part of the problem.
When bacteria chow down on food particles in between the teeth, acid is produced, which causes tooth decay. Our saliva maintains a healthy balance of bacteria on its own, but eating sugar can impact the pH and throw off the natural ecosystem. This gives the bacteria a chance to thrive and multiply, leading to cavities.
Excess sugar is excess calories, and since it has no protein or fiber, it doesn’t fill you up so you just keep eating it.
Leptin is a hormone that lets your body know when it’s had enough to eat – and in a study cited by Business insider an increase sugar intake could lead to a leptin resistance – which could also lead to weight gain.
So if you find yourself gaining weight, examine what it is that you’re eating – chances are it could be foods that have excess sugars.
4.Increased hunger levels
Sugars aren’t just in candies – sugars are found in carbs like bread and pasta. So if you ate a meal that was mostly sugary carbs, your body is going to have an energy crash and that’s going to cause your body to start craving more food to replenish itself.
Sugars increase your body’s need for insulin – which is a hormone your body uses to convert food into energy. So when your insulin levels are high your body’s sensitivity to this hormone is reduced causing the glucose to build up in your blood.
What this can cause is hunger, fatigue, and even that foggy feeling in your brain where you feel like you can’t concentrate. This insulin resistance is also what ultimately leads to diabetes – so it’s important to be aware of these symptoms and understand what leads to diabetes itself.
6.Your skin won’t stop breaking out.
If you find yourself suffering from acne, rosacea, eczema, or even just excessive oiliness or dryness, sugar could be to blame. Some people find that cutting sugar out of their diets greatly improves their skin problems not to mention their overall health.