Everybody knows that sugar rots your teeth. Did you also know that sugar turns your body into a fat storing machine?
Sugar consumption results in your blood sugar rising and triggers the pancreas to release a surge of insulin to enables your muscles and cells to use the sugar in the blood. This blood sugar spike sets up a pattern of mood swings and cravings that sap your vitality and inflate your waistline.
As you crave more sweet or starchy foods, your body metabolizes them into sugar, which spikes your blood sugar and sets the vicious cycle in motion again.
In this respect sugar acts like an addictive drug. You should also stop eating so much processed sugar because excess sugar in the blood attaches to the proteins that enable the muscles, cells, and fat to respond to insulin. When these proteins are coated with sugar, they no longer respond to the insulin. This triggers insulin resistance, otherwise known as metabolic syndrome. People with insulin resistance are at risk for developing diabetes 2 and heart disease.
Some other reasons to stop eating sugar that you might not be aware of are that sugar is a primary contributor to blemishes, edema-related puffiness, under-eye circles, and wrinkles. Sugar destroys collagen and leads to the cross-linking of fibers that provide skin’s elasticity. This causes the development of wrinkles.
Sugar breaks down protein in the skin and the rest of the body in a process called glycation. This process results in brown spots, inflammation, sagging, and pre-mature aging.
All forms of sugar produce the same results, regardless of whether you use refined white sugar, raw turbinated sugar, or dehydrated cane sugar. Excess glucose and insulin also make your blood acidic, and as your body fights to neutralize it, problems can develop. In particular, sugar creates uric acid in your body. This raises your blood pressure, and can cause inflammation. The result can be any of the following: Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, It speeds up aging, Dementia, Kidney, and Liver problems. These are only a few of the potential problems.
Following are some tips to avoid sugar crash:
- Eat a balanced breakfast with no added sugar (i.e. avocado on toast or museli)
- Limit sweets to 2 times a week or less if you can avoid it
- Stay away from white flour and eat plenty of vegetables
- Eat metabolically balanced but smaller meals each day (protein, fat, carbohydrates)
- Eat sweets only after a balanced meal (with plenty of protein)
- Eat plenty of complex carbs throughout the day (vegetables and whole grains) 7. Don’t consume processed sugar before you sleep
So try and reduce your sugar intake starting now! Take a look here for more great health tips and ideas.