The taste of sweet is simply irresistible, but as soon as you learn the effects of sugar, you should definitely try to stay away from it as often as possible. Sugar can cause serious side effects and impact your quality of life.
The following signs indicate that you consume too much sugar, and it is high time to do something about it:
1. Joint pain
Refined carbs increase your blood sugar levels – causing your body’s joints to inflame. This is because when you’re 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.
Just like your dentist told you as a kid – sugar causes cavities. Excess sugars on the teeth creates an acid that eats away at the essential enamel that coats your teeth. If you have a lot of cavities, you’re probably eating too much sugar in your diet.
3. Weight gain
We all know sugar leads to fat – and fat leads to weight gain. But a hormone in our bodies could also be affected by increased sugar intake.
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 fructose 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.
5. Mental fog
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.