Let me start by saying that five seconds ago, I was drowning cookie after cookie in a pint of tea. So, I have no right to give you a lecture about how bad it is for you to eat too much sugar. From the minute I wake up to the hour before bed, sugar is always there in some form or another. It’s in the white bread I choose to have for lunch. It’s in the pasta with sweet chili sauce I eat for dinner. It’s in the cookies I have for tea and in just about anything else that goes in my mouth. Am I a sugar addict? Yes, I’m too high on it to want to come down from there — ever.
The thing is, I, like you, realize that sugar is bad for me. This is not just about weight gain or diabetes, I’m talking about other more pressing issues. Take your skin for instance. Have you ever gone on a sugar break long enough to watch your face clear up and look oh so smooth? It happens when you start eating clean.
There are other issues too much sugar causes like anxiety problems. Those lows and highs aren’t good for someone who’s prone to debilitating anxiety. Anxiety isn’t fun, is it? Especially not when you add panic attacks into the mix. Really, those two things together make up a nice little path for depression to come through.
So yeh, sugar comes with a few problems — alright, a lot. Now, since I’m on a sugar high and won’t be craving anything sweet for the next hour, I thought I would list down nine signs that indicate that we’re consuming too much sugar. Maybe the minute I start craving sugar again I can look at this list and reach for some kale instead. OK, let’s do this.
When our body functions mainly on glucose, then we can start getting a little too snappy with everyone around us. Remember, energy from sugar lasts far less than that from a much healthier food like fiber. Accordingly, excessive irritability, nervousness, a short-temper and even apprehensiveness are all signs that your body is loaded with sugar.
Here's a not so popular sign. If you're eating too much sugar, your body could become far slower at healing itself. That means that if you have any cuts or bruises, it may take you longer than usual to heal.
No one ever said yuck about sugar. How can they? It's just so sweet. Well, it turns out, sugar may not be disgusting but having too much sugar can lead your body to suffer from some disgusting things. We're talking yeast infections. Sugar makes our body an "auspicious environment for reproduction of bacteria and yeasts."
Too much sugar will also make us want to go pee every five minutes. This is because our blood sugar would be super high and our kidneys will refuse to absorb so much fluid. And so, for the body to balance the glucose out, it will tell you that you need to pee again, even though it wasn't long ago that you visited the bathroom.
Strange, I know, because sugar is there to give us the high we need. But, as sad as it is to hear, sugar makes us feel even more tired. Our body needs proper nutrition to function properly and to feel balanced. Sugar highs will only make those lows feel even worse.
The thing with an addiction is that the more you have it, the more you want it. When was the last time you had one tiny piece of chocolate and that's it? Usually, we eat the whole chocolate bar and then, five minutes later, we crave another type of carb. When we're having too much sugar, we're always craving carbohydrates and often avoiding protein and good fat.
Another sign of too much sugar is the problem of hunger. Somehow, no matter how much chocolate we eat, we're always feeling hungry. That's because our body isn't getting the right nutrients it needs to fill up on the right kind of energy, so you'll constantly have hunger pangs or cravings that will make you think you're hungry.
One sign of too much sugar you may not be aware of is that of constant thirst. Having a dry mouth and constantly feeling thirsty is another way your body can indicate that you’re loaded on sugar. Hypothalamus is that which “assesses the level of dehydration and it causes thirst, telling your brain to go and drink something.” Now, rather than a soda, ideally, you’d reach for plain old water.
And for the last sign, an obvious one — failure to lose weight. It doesn't matter if you're eating small portions or very sparingly. If what you're eating is loaded with sugar, you're still going to find it hard to lose weight. That's because our body will decide to change insulin into fat and well, fat does one thing and one thing only — it makes it hard for us to get into our jeans.
It’s not like we don’t have the resources. We know what we need to do to cut down on sugar — avoid sodas, eat dark and unprocessed food. Eat as fresh as possible and keep away from pre-packaged food. You see, we know this. The problem is saying no to the high that sugar brings with it. Yeh, that’s the real challenge here.