Sugar may be tasty but we need to know that sugar can be our important enemy. Although we all agree that sugar tastes great, it has long had a bad reputation. While our bodies need sugar in the form of glucose to keep us energized, it’s best to consume natural sugars found in fruit and dairy products and starch in whole wheat products and some vegetables.
Added sugar is the obvious culprit, such as sweets, pastries, processed foods and sugary drinks, which can have negative effects on our health. While weight gain may be a side effect of too many sugary treats, there are other insidious signs that you’re eating too much sugar.
1. Your skin looks lifeless
Too much sugar can damage collagen and elastin in the skin, helping to keep it supple and shiny, according to a study in the journal Clinics in Dermatology. This can lead to early fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Sugar can also cause an imbalance in the gut microbiome-the bacteria in our digestive system-and trigger things like rosacea and acne along the jawline.
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2. You constantly feel weak, hungry or tired
While glucose is vital for the body to feel full of energy, an imbalance in your blood sugar levels can cause your energy levels to drop rapidly as you rise. Not only do you feel sleepy right after eating your afternoon lunch, you may also be craving an afternoon sugary snack.
Every time we consume sugar, our pancreas secretes insulin to help our bodies transfer sugar to glucose. This initially gives us energy, but when we have too much sugar in our bloodstream, subsequent insulin can cause our glucose levels to drop, which causes us to ask for more sugar, and so the cycle continues.
3. You feel bloated all the time
There are many factors that contribute to bloating, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gluten intolerance, constipation or indigestion. But if you regularly experience bloating and discomfort, there may also be excess sugar. Sugar feeds off bad bacteria in our gut, which can lead to excessive gas production and therefore bloating.
4. You are struggling to shake this fungal infection
Researchers found a significant link between yeast infections and high blood sugar, especially in diabetics. It creates an excellent opportunity for yeast to grow, especially in the vagina, when there is an increase in sugar in the body. Yeast, which is responsible for this disturbing itching and stinging, is fed on sugar.
5. You’re always struggling to sleep
If you like to lie down for a late-night sugary snack, you may have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Like caffeine, sugar can be stimulating. But snacks that evening aren’t the only things that can disrupt your sleep. The more sugar you eat during the day, the more likely you are to wake up in the middle of the night, which makes you feel tired the next day and makes you want even more sugar to give you energy.