We all know that sugar is bad. It has been linked to all sorts of diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and so on. Sadly, sugar intake is increasing by the day. The surprising thing is some folks consume sugar unknowingly. This is due to the tricks manufacturers use to hide sugar.
Even though reading labels will help reduce sugar intake, you need to be aware of the signs of excess sugar intake. Here are warning signs you’re eating too much sugar.
1. Tiredness and lack of energy: High sugar intake can cause you to feel tired and lack energy all the time. Sugar may give you a temporary energy boost but it’ll be followed by tiredness and lack of energy for the rest of the day.
2. Frequent colds and flus: If you have never-ending colds and flus you’re probably eating too much sugar. Do a sugar detox to see if the colds will stop.
3. Weight gain: Sugar can prevent you from losing weight. It’s high in calories, increases cravings, and causes insulin insensitivity. You need to check your sugar intake if you experience unexpected weight gain.
4. Dental infections: How often do your cavities require filling. Well, if you find yourself visiting the dentist frequently, you definitely need to reduce your sugar intake.
5. Frequent brain fogs: As you may know, we experience blood sugar dip a short while after consuming sugar. Low blood sugar levels are known to cause brain fog. Reducing sugar intake will balance blood sugar and consequently reduce brain fogs.
6. Sugar cravings: Research shows that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. So the more sugar you consume the more you will crave.
7. Sugar tastes less sweet: Do you find chocolate less sweet than before? Well, researchers say that taste buds are ruined when you bombard them with sugar. Once you reduce sugar intake you’ll find sugary foods sweeter.
8. Diabetes: Sugar causes insulin resistance, weight gain and raises blood sugar levels. These changes increase risk of diabetes.
9. High blood pressure: High salt intake isn’t the only thing that causes high blood pressure. Excessive sugar intake can also cause high blood pressure.
10. Depression and anxiety: Sugar affects our emotions. You may become depressed if you consume too much sugar.
11. Skin problems: High sugar intake can cause acne, eczema, and skin dryness.