Sugar is a beloved food in our country. Sugar is also responsible for many health issues including beauty concerns and mental health. Although it sounds overwhelming to stop eating sugar, once sugar is mostly out of your diet you will find you don’t crave it like you did when you ate it every day.
Sugar Can Trigger Migraines and Headaches
Eating a high sugar diet can cause rapid hypoglycemia. Our brain requires a continuous supply of glucose. If glucose levels drop because of reactive hypoglycemia our brain doesn’t receive enough glucose, therefore causing the headache.
Sugar causes Inflammation
Instead of just a swollen belly, you also get a swollen mind when you eat sugar, which causes depression. Along with these symptoms, you can experience fatigue, irritability, insomnia, excessive sweating, excessive thirst, forgetfulness, poor concentration, digestive disturbances and blurred vision.
Sugar Causes Premature Aging in our Skin
Advanced glycation end products or AGEs are the harmful molecules resulting from eating sugar. These molecules attack collagen and Elastin, the protein fibers that keep our skin firm and elastic, therefore causing premature aging. Furthermore, your skin will show early wrinkling and sagging. Ugh!
Cancer Cells Feed Off of Sugar
It is how sugar affects the inflammatory pathway that increases cancer cell growth.
Sugar Can Make Varicose Veins Worse
Extra weight gain will put additional pressure on the vein walls increasing the chances of valves collapsing and varicose veins getting worse than before. Refined starches, soda, Whole milk, dairy, deep fried foods, and foods containing sugar are all culprits.
Sugar Causes Hormone Imbalances
High insulin can tell the ovaries to make more Testosterone. Too much sugar, flour, and white rice cause your insulin levels to spike. Too much insulin causes insulin resistance. The result is low energy and mood swings. Once the hormones are affected they, in turn, affect a broad range of body functions which causes sweating, racing heart, and shortness of breath.
Sugar Causes You To Want It More
Because sugar causes massive amounts of dopamine to release into the brain, most people become addicted to it. When the blood sugar levels fall a person can feel sad and depressed, so they consume more sugar. Even then the feeling doesn’t last long, and people find themselves eating sugar more frequently to feel better. It’s easier to make healthy eating a lifestyle if you’re not fighting a losing battle.
Sugar Could Cause High Cholesterol and Heart Disease
The proof is growing that sugar, not fat, may be one of the leading causes of heart disease because of the harmful effects of fructose on metabolism.
Up Your Battle Against Sugar by Choosing The Best Substitutions
Remember to use all these products in moderation. Even all natural organic products can harm your health if used in large quantities.
Try using whole foods to sweeten your food and drinks instead of risking harmful chemicals and additives.
Organic Coconut Palm Sugar has a slight caramelly taste and is tasty in beverages, baked goods, and oatmeal.
Xylitol increases your body’s absorption of calcium. You can find it in some sugarless gums and candy.
Stevia is all natural and extracted from the leaves of a South African Shrub. It has zero calories and has no adverse health effects.
Try honey, fruit juices, and applesauce as sugar substitutes in cooking and baking. Look for organic sources and check the labels to be sure there are no added sugars.