From ice cream to cookies to even just a simple drop of honey or your favorite breakfast cereal…
Sugar is everywhere.
In fact, it is one of the most addictive ingredients in the population – most popular just as a day to day sweetener. While you might not readily attribute some of your “problem spots” to an excessive intake of sugar, you might actually be ignoring the very warning signs that you are eating too much sugar.
That muffin top that will not move or those belly problems that seem to be an increasingly regular part of your day might be your body’s way of letting you know it is time to reevaluate the amount of sugar you are consuming.
The body is an intelligent being and knows how to send a signal when something is not right – but it is up to you whether or not you listen to that signal.
A few common signs of too much sugar include:
- Wrinkles: An excessive consumption of sugar affects the quality of the elastin and collagen in your skin, two proteins which give your skin its strength and elasticity. Sugar does this by generating a process called “glycation” which means the glucose and fructose bind to the other proteins and lipids, accelerating aging.
- Painful teeth: Cavities are caused by a number of bacteria that live in the mouth which feed off of sugar. So, by excessively consuming sugar you are just continuously feeding those harmful bacteria.
- Anxiety: Similar to a drug addiction, sugar creates a pathway in your brain when you eat it and your brain rewards with pleasure. The more you eat, the more you crave. While sugar does not necessarily cause anxiety, it does worsen it as it impairs a person’s ability to cope with stress.
- Inflammation: On average, people consume more sugar than their body can actually process. Your body literally cannot keep up and you are eating sugar faster than it can process, resulting in an increase in the levels of cytokines – the pro-inflammatory messengers.
- Intestinal problems: Too much sugar can cause a system malfunction in your digestive system which can result in intestinal leakage, inflammation, and several other uncomfortable situations.
- Visceral fat: Sugar becomes fat, which is stored in the body in various places. However, sugar is specifically commonly stored around the middle and internal organs, resulting in those problematic “muffin tops.”
Sugar affects the body in a variety of ways. While you cannot avoid it altogether as it is found naturally in several things, such as fruit, you can greatly decrease your intake by checking the nutrition facts on foods.