I want to go over 8 of these easy to spot signs. So, let’s get started.
1. The first indicator that you’re taking in too much sugar is a constant feeling of lethargy and tiredness.
You see, When you eat sugar, it gets converted to glucose, which then enters your bloodstream.
This will cause an immediate energy rush. But then your pancreas will be stimulated to release a hormone known as insulin in order to balance out that high blood sugar level.
The insulin stores some of the glucose in your muscles, some in your liver, and any excess gas stored as fat,but ultimately it winds up depleting your blood glucose levels which causes an energy crash.
This is a vicious cycle because, after that blood sugar crash, you’ll start craving more sugar.
And if you Satisfy that urge you’ll end up going through the whole energy high and low crash cycle again.
Now, many people don’t even notice it, but they’re going through this process all day every day especially since a lot of this sugar tends to be hidden.
This will cause you to feel tired all the time, which is a definite sign that you need to cut back on your sugar intake.
2. The next sign that you’re putting too much sugar in your body is constantly craving sweet foods.
Researchers have been taking a closer look at precisely how sugar dense foods affect our brain waves. It has led them to come up with a new term known as hedonic hunger. Hedonic hunger refers to the times
when we have an insatiable desire for food despite the fact that our body has no need for it. The stomach is actually full, yet our brains still crave certain foods. The body’s conventional hunger response is known as homeostatic hunger.
Hormones and neural pathways produce a rumbling sensation in the pit of our stomach when our readily available energy supplies have been used up and we have to dip into our reserve.
Then, after we’ve eaten to replenish this energy reserve, hormones send signals to the brain that we’re full.
In a 2008 study that was published in Neuroscience magazine, rats that were given sugar in their diet were seen to have huge increases in the release of dopamine that was equivalent to amphetamines and alcohol.
At the same time, they had a greatly reduced satiation response, which meant that they weren’t feeling full, even after filling up on sugar.
Even though this study was conducted on rats rather than people, The lead researcher of the study concluded that ‘
The reviewed evidence supports the theory that, in some circumstances, intermittent access to sugar can lead to behavior and neurochemical changes that resemble the effects of substance of abuse.
In centuries gone by, the consumption of high sugar foods was a rare event, and the energy derived from doing so was needed by the body to function. The challenge today is to not eat too much.
If it has a similar effect on our brain’s reward center as cocaine, that can be very difficult. Just seeing and smelling sweets can be enough to excite our reward center.
Then, from the instant that the food makes contact with our taste buds, messages rush off to the brain and the hormone dopamine is released.
Dopamine is a feel-good hormone which brings on a strong sense of satisfaction. When we overindulge and eat too many sweets, a huge amount of dopamine is released.
In fact, so much is released that we start to become desensitized to its effects.As a result, larger amounts of sugar required to get the desired pleasurable effect.
Before long, a vicious cycle has emerged, requiring you to eat more and more sugar. This keeps you hungry all the time.
3. Let’s move on to Sign 3 which will be pretty obvious in the mirror… you start gaining more body fat…
Our bodies are made to be able to process a limited amount of sugar. Like I already mentioned In addition to removing excess glucose from the blood
and storing it in your liver and muscles, insulin also stores excess glucose as fat.The worst part is that if you eat too much sugar you’ll decrease insulin sensitivity and create insulin resistance,
which will cause more insulin to be released every time you eat sugar and more fat to be stored.The bottom line is the more sugar you eat, the more efficiently your body’s fat storing mechanism works.
But elevated insulin levels are not the only way sugar will cause you to store body fat.
You see, Sugar is made up of two molecules – glucose and fructose. Glucose is essential to our metabolism and is required for energy production.
Fructose, however, is a different story. It’s not a part of the metabolic process and the body has a hard time dealing with it.
In fact, the liver is the only place where it can be used. In the liver, fructose is metabolized into fat.
it’s then secreted into the bloodstream. Fructose has the ability to cause resistance to the hormone leptin, which is secreted by fat cells.
Leptin’s job is to send signals to the brain that we have enough energy and therefore don’t need to continue eating.
it enters into the bloodstream, where it raises blood triglyceride levels. This prevents the transporting of leptin through the blood to the brain.
As a result, the brain doesn’t get the message that the body is full. It actually thinks that we’re starving and produces the urge to keep on eating when we don’t have to.
That means that our daily calorie count goes way up and we start putting on the pounds.
4. Another sign that your sugar intake has reached its upper limit is that you start experiencing dental problems.
Believe it or not, Sugar itself is not bad for your teeth. The problem is the lactic acid which is produced by the bacteria in plaque that eats the sugar.
Lactic acid will lower the pH level of your oral cavity. It will also remove vital protective minerals from the enamel.With its protective layer gone the tooth is now exposed to all sorts of pathogens and bacteria.
Tooth decay is now a definite possibility. However, the less sugar you eat, the less lactic acid you’ll have in your mouth,
and the healthier your teeth will be. Sugar can also cause white patches on your teeth as a result of damaging the protective enamel that they’re coated in.
If your teeth feel painful, overly sensitive to changes in the weather, or sensitive when you bite down,it could be a sure sign that you’re putting too much sugar in your mouth.
5. The next big sign of excessive sugar intake is that you feel yourself becoming more anxious. While sugar does not cause anxiety, it can make the symptoms of anxiety worse.
These symptoms include nervousness, irritability, inability to concentrate, and panic attacks. The sugar rush that’s followed by a crash can mimic the same symptoms of anxiety,
such as shaking and feeling jittery. Animal research has confirmed that too much sugar can bring on anxiety-like effects.
In one study rats were over-fed sugar which led to an imbalance in dopamine ultimately resulting in increased symptoms of anxiety.
Another study, from 2009, showed that in addition to the anxiety symptoms excess sugar consumption also impaired memory.
So, feeling more anxious than normal and finding yourself more forgetful are further signs that you’re consuming too much sugar.
6. The 6th sign that you’re overindulging in sugar is that you’re starting to break out in acne or having other skin issues like excessive oiliness or dryness.
Diet plays a key role in the management of acne. Sugar directly affects the hormones in your body that control the rate of cell exfoliation.
It causes them to become imbalanced, which, in turn, causes the pores of the skin to become inflamed.
It also increases something known as sebum levels which end up blocking the pores, resulting in acne.
On top of the increased likelihood of acne, too much sugar can cause a chemical reaction known as glycation which causes premature aging.
When you’ve got too much sugar in your body, the sugar reacts with proteins and fats to produce what are known as advanced glycation end products, or AGEs.
These AGEs break down the collagen and elastin which keep your skin looking youthful.
As a result, your skin will start to become wrinkly, you’ll have an uneven skin tone and you’ll start getting age spots.
So, if your skin is starting to look worse, or if you’re having acne breakouts or wrinkly areas starting to appear, you’re seeing another concrete sign that you need to cut back on your sugar intake.
7. The next thing that you’ll want to look out for is if you’re constantly getting colds and the flu more easily.
The reason for this is because Eating too much sugar has been shown to depress the immune system.
Specifically, it impairs the proper functioning of white blood cells. Our white blood cells keep us from getting sick by destroying the viruses that cause us to get sick.
To do their job, however, white blood cells need Vitamin C. in fact, there’s 50 times more Vitamin C in white blood cells than there is in the blood that carries those cells.
Now, Glucose can cause problems because it’s structurally very similar to Vitamin C.When there’s a lot of it in the blood, the white cells will mistake glucose for Vitamin C and pull it into the cell.
The problem with this is that glucose is obviously not vitamin c and the glucose makes it much harder for the white blood cells to do their job of wiping out the viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, colds and the flu.
This impaired functioning of white blood cells is the reason that diabetics are more likely to pick up viruses and have a harder time healing their wounds.
But it’s not just diabetics who are affected. Any person who’s overindulging in sugar is going to negatively affect their insulin sensitivity making it harder for insulin to do its job of lowering blood sugar.
This leads to yet another vicious cycle where there’s more glucose in the blood being picked up by more white blood cells.
Eventually, the immune system winds up being negatively affected, making it more likely to get sick.
So, if you’re finding yourself getting sick more often than you’re used to, it could be one more sign that you’re overdoing it with sugar.
8. The last sign of too much sugar in your diet is your blood pressure going up. For a long time, salt has been believed to be the major villain that causes high blood pressure.
Yet, recent research seems to indicate that sugar is the real culprit. In a review that was recently published in the journal Open Heart, the authors state that excess sugars in the diet may be more strongly associated with high blood pressure than the consumption of sodium.
Fructose is the sugar component that does the most damage. The increases in insulin and leptin levels caused by fructose consumption lead to insulin resistance,
whereas I said your cells are simply overwhelmed and no longer able to take in insulin efficiently.
Now you might be thinking, “what does that have to do with high blood pressure…” Well, insulin stores magnesium,
so when you can’t take insulin into your cells, you’re not able to store magnesium in them either.
And this is a big deal because the Magnesium in your cells relaxes your muscles.
But when you don’t have enough magnesium, your blood vessels won’t be able to relax.
This will cause a rise in your blood pressure. While that’s going on, fructose is also causing an increase in uric acid.
This restricts the nitric oxide levels in your blood vessels, making them less elastic.
This also causes an increase in blood pressure. So, if you’re noticing that your blood pressure has shot up, there’s a good chance that you’re taking in too much sugar.
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