Harmful Sugar Effects on the Body
Your body is the only specific 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 to preserve your health and lead a fruitful life.
1- Glucose Levels Spike
Blood sugar imbalance in your bloodstream has many symptoms that harm 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 stages of the addiction to the 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.
The body can process only a certain amount of sugar by transforming it into fuel for your daily activities; the rest is kept and converted into glucose. Your spline can produce a certain amount of insulin to decompose that glucose, and the leftovers are saved in your bloodstream before turning into fat deposits.
You are forcing your body to adapt to higher and higher glucose levels in the blood, causing it to want more each time the bar drops under its set limit. You have to stick to a good diet program to overcome this issue.
2- Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease
Except for some lucky few who have a fantastic metabolism, the higher your sugar intake, the greater your chances of gaining 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 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 primary function is to re-establish the normal sugar levels 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 sometimes, 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 the skin, but, most important, in your arteries, making you prone to a heart attack.
6- Tooth Decay
We are all aware of this argument from the first years of our lives. Unfortunately, it is not a myth. The longer the sugar stays on your teeth, the more extensive the damage. Processed sugar is even worse than that found in fruits, as its molecules are more minor, 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 periodontosis, can lead to coronary artery disease.
The unexpected link between these different conditions is the widespread effects of the body’s inflammatory response to infection, even if 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 also hormonal adverse effects. 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 to address this issue: adrenaline, epinephrine, and cortisol.
In a potentially threatening situation, these hormones must provide the survival instinct and the reactions that 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 stress 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 essential substances like vitamin A, Folate, vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Calcium will have levels below the minimum acceptable limit.
The saddest aspect about this is that children and teenagers, who need them most to grow, physically and mentally, are 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 gets broken down into two substances: glucose and Fructose. They act and influence the body differently as part of the surrounding environment.
- Glucose can be found in every living cell on the planet. Each organism can produce it if the intake is not enough to maintain the levels we need to function correctly.
- On the other hand, Fructose can be found naturally in fruits, and its synthetic form is a sweetener in processed foods. Your liver can process a limited amount of Fructose; the excess is transformed into fat through glycation.
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 be not only frustrating but also UN-achievable. Take it slow. Even reward yourself with something sweet when goals are achieved. Remember your purpose: your health, your life!