Your body is the only certain home you can have. Treat it well and it will repay you fully.
Information is available to everyone now, and knowing the harmful sugar effects on your body is mandatory in order to preserve your health and lead a fruitful life.
1- Glucose Levels Spike
Blood sugar imbalance in your bloodstream has many symptoms which are not only harming you directly, because of their manifestation, but are, at the same time, strong indicators that something is not right in your body. Headaches, fatigue, mood swings and cravings are only some of the stages of the addiction to sugar cycle. Yes, sugar is addictive. Every “hit” you get by chewing a fruit-flavored gum or having a piece of chocolate (and we all know we often do not stop at only one piece) makes the victim – You – feel better for several hours, until the craving comes back again. This is caused by glucose spikes and plummets in your organism.
As the body can process only a certain amount of sugar, by transforming it into fuel for your daily activities, the rest is kept and transformed into glucose. Your spline can produce a certain amount of insulin in order to decompose that glucose, and the leftovers are kept in your bloodstream before turning into fat deposits.
You are basically forcing your body to adapt to higher and higher levels of glucose in the blood, causing it to want more, each time the bar drops under its set limit. To overcome this issue , you have to stick to a good diet program.
2- Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease
Except for some lucky few which have an amazing metabolism, the higher your sugar intake, the greater the chances you will gain weight. And it will not be the healthy, muscular gain, but abdominal fat, in most cases, which is strictly related to diabetes and heart diseases.
Often, type 2 diabetes patients are even restricted from eating certain types of fruit because, even if fructose is considered to be a healthy form of sugar (compared to the crystal-white processed form), the harm has already been done and no type of sugar is safe for them anymore.
3- Low Immunity
Even if research is still being done on this topic, the premise that bacteria and yeast feed on sugar is well founded, in order to conclude that an imbalance of sugar in your body will make it prone to infections, compared to a healthier body.
4- Chromium Deficiency
Both a cause and an effect of sugar and refined carbohydrates high consumption is a deficit of chromium in the body. Chromium’s main function is to re-establish the normal levels of sugar in your blood.
It can be found in green foods, seafood and animal foods. However, if your diet is based on everything else but these three, you will not get enough chromium in your body to lower the high sugar intake.
5- Age Faster
Even if it gives you instant energy some timer, sugar accelerates the aging process. By attaching itself to proteins, in the glycation process, sugar reduces the elasticity of the cells in your body’s tissues, from internal organs, muscles to skin, but, most important, in your arteries, making you prone for a heart attack.
6- Tooth Decay
This is an argument we are all aware from the first years of our lives. Unfortunately, it is not a myth. The longer the sugar stays on your teeth, the bigger the damage. Processed sugar is even worse than that found it fruits, as its molecules are smaller, thus being harder to remove.
7- Gum Disease and Complications
Even if some might consider it far fetched, there is evidence that inflammatory and chronic infections, like parodontosis can lead to coronary artery disease.
The unexpected link between these completely different conditions is the widespread effects of the body’s inflammatory response to infection, even if it is localized in a somewhat restrained area, like your gums.
8- Stress Increase
Even if in the first stage of eating your favorite piece of cake, a rush of satisfaction pours through your body, there are hormonal negative effects as well. After the sugar spike in your blood, the self-regulatory system of your body will create a dive of similar dimensions. Your body will then call the “fight or flight” team of hormones, in order to address this issue: adrenaline, epinephrine and cortisol .
In a potentially threatening situation, these hormones are required in order to provide the survival instinct and the reactions which help you get out of it. When these hormones are released due to an internal imbalance caused by the spike-dive cycle of blood sugar levels, they are stressing your body, making you anxious, shaky and even irritable and aggressive to others.
9- Replacement of Important Nutrients
Getting your daily fuel from sugar intake will make you unaware of vitamin and mineral imbalances in your body. Your energy levels will stay high, but important substances like Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Calcium will have levels below the minimum accepted limit.
The saddest aspect about this is that children and teenagers, those who need them most in order to grow, physically and mentally, are those affected most by these deficiencies.
10- Liver Function Overload
Every sugar intake might come from a different source, but once it is eaten, it always get broken down in two substances: glucose and fructose. They act and influence the body differently, being a part of the environment around us.
- Glucose can be found in every living cell on the planet. Each organism is capable of producing it if the intake is not enough, in order to maintain the levels we need to function properly.
- Fructose, on the other hand, can be found naturally in fruits, but also in its artificial form as a sweetener in processed foods. Your liver can process a limited amount of fructose, the excess being transformed into fat through the glycation process.
Completely eliminating sugar from your diet is not only impossible, but also not recommended. Your body needs its daily intake. But the supply you require can come from a grape or a banana, not a chocolate bar or that energy drink. Giving up on sugar (and most of all, artificial sweeteners) methods are plenty.What do they all have in common – baby steps.
Do not try to have a sugar-free diet overnight. It will not only be frustrating, but also UN-achievable. Take it slow. Even reward yourself with something sweet when goal are achieved. Remember your purpose: your health, your life!