Sugar is everywhere! You can't avoid it! You can't run from it! It's enticing, addictive, and really not that good for you when you think about it. It's loaded with carbs and just about everything you consume throughout the day has some kind of sugar added to it. But like everything, if you have too much of it in your system, it can have some rather nasty side effects. So here are some indications that you might be overdosing on sugar.
It's in your cereal, or maple syrup for your waffles in the morning. It's in your soft drink when you're at lunch, and obviously in candy, which you have plenty of to get through the work day.
Among them are those dreadful headaches that feel like someone has taken a sledge hammer to the inside of your skull. In most cases, it's no different than the symptoms of a hangover.
You won't find any protein or fiber in your sugar intake, but what you will get is plenty of excess calories that will lead to some serious weight gain, even if you exercise.
For just a short period of time, you may notice a weight loss caused by frequent urination, which is common when your glucose levels are high. It can temporarily increase your glucose metabolism.
Remember that high blood sugar levels cause your kidneys to stop absorbing fluid, causing your body to stabilize the glucose in your cells by dissolving blood with intracellular fluid, making you urinate more.
According to Rebecca Kazin, M.D. of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, insulin spikes from sugar consumption can cause acne and rosacea outbreaks.
Cognitive issues and mental impairment are very common in people who don't have control of their sugar intake, which could lead to issues at school or at work.
Well, guess what, Buttercup? Sugar is like your Kryptonite and if you're consuming too much of it, then you'll feel like someone's zapped the life out of you.
The bacteria in your mouth rely on food that gets stuck in your teeth, like sweets, which can lead to tooth decay. Also, sugar can have a negative impact on your mouth's pH balance too.
The more sugar you consume, the more your taste buds adapt, meaning you'll be wanting to add more sugar to your meal simply to get a sweeter taste from it.
Too much sugar can wreak havoc on your HDL, aka your good cholesterol, and increase your bad cholesterol (LDL) as the sugar in your blood stream increases triglyceride production.
Infections like athlete's foot in particular will go away on their own, but if you're a sugar fanatic then the fungus called dermatophytes, will take up residence between your toes a lot longer.
An excess in sugar intake will make your toenails look absolutely hideous. Even a pedicure won't be enough to mask all that toe fungus that's making your nails look brittle and yellow.
Remember that dehydration is a given if your blood sugar levels are too high, which can cause the cells in your eyes to become warped, resulting in blurry vision.
A lack of good blood sugar control can cause the arteries to stiffen and the blood vessels to narrow, which will leave your body unable to heal wounds and fend of bacterial infections.
Men should only consume 37.5 grams, which is about 150 calories per day, while women should limit their sugar intake to 25 grams, or 100 calories of sugar per day in order to avoid dry, flaky skin.
Scientists have found that there are many foods that are tied to pain and inflammation to the body. Just eating 3 or 4 inflammatory foods every day could be making your knee, elbow and other join pain even worse. Break the sugar habit and go for homemade replacements, such as stevia-sweetened oatmea,l flour-free muffins, or frozen banana bits. It's about being creative, and playing Tetris with diet-friendly low sugar ingredients until you find a recipe that works for you. Try cooking some vegan, flour-free energy bars. You'll never go back to sugar again!
Who knew foods could put us in such a bad mood? Science is finally catching up to our bad habits, and slowly finding the culprits of our emotional-roller coasters. Eating sugar and refined grains increases our risk of depression and anxiety-like feelings, whereas eating fiber, fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, resulted in lower odds of depression. Foods with high GI scores, such as boxed cereal, white bread, soda, potatoes, rice and pasta could be the cause of depression, or worsen symptoms that are already there. These foods enter the body and cause an array of chemical and hormonal reactions that end up bringing blood sugar levels down, causing you to feel irritated, anxious, tired, and moody.