Sugar is loved by almost all people. It adds flavor to almost everything tasty but if consumed in large amounts, it can be really bad for our health. If you know how it impacts the body, you won’t look at it the same way as you once did. There are warnings signs that our body sends us if we are already taking too much sugar and these signs should be considered as a wake-up call to reduce consumption or totally eliminate it from your diet. As a matter of fact, aside from the sweet flavor, sugar gives almost no health benefit to our body.
Here’s the list of warning signs our body sends us when our sugar consumption is already off the board:
TIREDNESS AND LACK OF ENERGY
One of the telltale signs of too much sugar consumption is a constant feeling of tiredness and fatigue. Although sugar gives you a spike of energy, it doesn’t last long. If ever you feel tired all the time, it’s time for you to check out your diet to see the real culprit.
CARB AND SUGAR CRAVINGS
Too much sugar consumption leads to more sugar cravings. Your body becomes more addicted to sugary snacks when you start taking too much sugar. If you notice yourself in deep sugar cravings, then it’s a big indication that you’re already addicted to it.
FREQUENT COLD AND FLU
Every once in a while, we fall ill to cold and flu and we consider it normal. But when we get colds and flu more often, maybe it’s because of too much sugar consumption. Your body’s immune system gets weaker and its natural ability to fend off colds, flu, viruses, and other chronic ailments also declines if you are consuming more than enough sugar.
YOUR BRAIN GETS FOGGY (ESPECIALLY AFTER MEALS)
One symptom of too much sugar intake is you get foggy or dizzy because of low blood sugar. After taking too much sugar, your body’s blood sugar level spikes up and then rapidly fall instead of gradually declining. This sometimes causes you to become dizzy, faint or even worse, get you into a coma.
NOTHING IS AS SWEET AS IT USED TO BE
Your taste buds, when bombarded with too much sugar becomes more and more tolerant to sweets. This causes you to need more sugar to satiate your cravings. Whenever your taste buds need sugar, it will need more sweets than it normally takes. Cutting off your sugar intake will gradually lower the tolerance of your taste buds to sweetness.
FEET AND SKIN PROBLEMS
Excessive oiliness or dryness, rosacea or acne, and eczema can be caused by overabundant intake of sugar. Dr. S. Green, a podiatrist (doctors who deal with foot, ankle and leg conditions) explains that sugar has inflammatory effects that lead to the appearance of plantar fasciitis that causes severe pain in the tissue’s thick band that runs across the foot’s bottom, the heels and almost the whole foot. Adrenal fatigue is also caused by excessive sugar intake.
Sugar is calories. Excess sugar intake means extra calories that your body needs to burn. Sugar doesn’t have fiber or protein and that means it can’t fill you up so you continue to eat and eat. It also triggers the release of insulin which plays a vital role in weight gain. Pancreas, the organ that releases insulin carries the sugar to other organs to be used as energy. Too much consumption, on the other hand, makes the pancreas produce more insulin and in time, the excessive production leads to insulin resistance. If the body is already resistant to insulin, it doesn’t respond properly anymore and the sugar ingested will not be used the right way. The disruption in the normal insulin response leads to weight gain because of the accumulated sugar that is not used as energy. If the pancreas is overworked for a significant amount of time, it can develop a nasty disease called diabetes.