Not all sugars are created equal, and they’re hidden in most of today’s processed foods. Many health-conscious people are still under the mistaken belief that as long as the sugar is all-natural, it’s fine to eat.
Not so. Agave, natural fruit juice, raw cane sugar, and any number of other natural sugars will still wreak havoc on your health.
Sugar is one of the most damaging substances that you can ingest, and what’s terrifying about it is that it’s just so abundant in our everyday diet.
According to experts, sugar consumption is the cause behind the majority of chronic illnesses prevalent today. Diabetes, cardiovascular problems, cancer and even adrenal fatigue are just some of the serious chronic diseases connected to over-indulging in the sweet poison.
Many people realize they are addicted to sugar when throughout the day, they would often find themselves craving something sweet and comforting that would give them a little lift.
To end sugar cravings, your body needs to burn fat as its primary fuel
whether the sugar comes in the form of a muffin, a fruit juice-sweetened yogurt, or a smoothie, it’s all the same thing to your body.
Once you break free from your body’s constant need for yet another sugar fix, you’ll experience great levels of energy and clarity of mind. But in order to get there, you need to retrain your body to burn fat as its primary form of fuel instead of sugar. This can be a real challenge for many.
Here are warning signs you’re eating too much sugar:
Tiredness & lack of energy
A constant feeling of tiredness or fatigue is one of the biggest signs you’ve got too much sugar in your diet.
Although high-sugar foods can give you a big carbohydrate boost and temporarily lend a feeling of increased energy, the crash that comes afterward is a daunting one. Feeling tired all the time may be a sign that it’s time to reexamine your diet to see if you’re eating (or drinking) too much sugar.
If you find yourself craving the sweet flavor of sugary snacks on a daily basis, chances are you’ve become a sugar addict.
Sugar consumption can create a chain reaction of sugar cravings because it is so sweetly addictive. If you hear the carbs calling your name with every move you make, you could be in the throes of a deep sugar addiction.
Frequent colds & flu
If you find yourself falling ill more often than you used to, it could be due to having excessive sugar in your diet.
If every virus that goes around seems to find you and make you sick, it could be due to your penchant for sugary treats. Consumption of too much sugar can weaken your immune system, making your body’s natural ability to fight off colds, flu viruses, and even chronic disease weaker than it would be if you avoided foods with added sugars.
Skin and feet problems (including dark circles under your eyes)
Sugar has an inflammatory effect on the body when it is eaten, so it can also contribute to inflammatory skin problems.
If you find yourself suffering from acne, rosacea, eczema, or even just excessive oiliness or dryness, sugar could be to blame. Some people find that cutting sugar out of their diets greatly improves their skin problems.
This inflammation could appear in your foot as plantar fasciitis, which causes pain in the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot, in your heel, or elsewhere in your foot.
Too much sugar consumption can also cause adrenal fatigue and there are people who believe that one of the signs of adrenal fatigue is dark circles under the eyes.
Excess sugar is excess calories, and since it has no protein or fiber, it doesn’t fill you up. It also triggers the release of insulin, a hormone that plays a big role in weight gain.
When we eat sugar, the pancreas releases insulin, which carries sugar to our organs so it can be used for energy. When you load up on sugar, your body’s told to produce more insulin—over time, that excessive output can lead to insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance means our bodies can’t respond to normal amounts of insulin properly and therefore can’t use sugar the right way. The initial weight gain from simply eating too many calories from sugar is being compounded by the disruption to your normal insulin response.
Virtually everyone has heard that sugar is no good for your teeth, and it’s the truth. If you keep finding yourself in the dentist’s chair due to constant cavities requiring fillings and root canals, it could be the sugar you eat causing the problem.
Consuming too much sugar or sugary foods can cause weight gain, and weight gain can increase your risk of developing type II diabetes.
Even if you haven’t ever been diagnosed as full-on diabetic, many people are “pre-diabetic” and don’t even realize it. If you find yourself constantly thirsty or hungry in spite of regular eating and hydration and feel flushed after a sugar binge or extremely weak and “off” when you skip a meal, you may wish to talk to your doctor about your diabetes risk.
High blood pressure
Blood pressure problems may not be due to the sodium in your diet, but rather, to the sugar in your diet.
In one 2010 study performed by researchers at the University of Colorado – Denver, more than 4,500 adults were studied and the data gathered showed that there was a link between hypertension (high blood pressure) and excessive sugar consumption.
Nothing tastes as sweet as it used to.
Among other things, eating too much sugar affects your taste. In other words, high sugar intake increases your sugar tolerance, so you find yourself eating more and more sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth. This means that it takes lots of sugar to feel like something is really sweet.