Some are more obvious than others, but all of them are a major dose of motivation to adjust your diet for the better.
Sugar Slows Down Your Cognitive Abilities
Consuming too many sugary foods over time can eventually lead to insulin resistance, a condition that makes it more difficult for brain cells to communicate with one another. An inefficient brain means memory problems and learning difficulties.
However, this is not the only way that sugar may slow down your cognitive function. Eating too much sugar may put the brain under stress due to inflammation, interrupting brain waves and causing clear thinking to become impossible.
Try replacing some of the sugar in your diet with foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids to support your brain’s health. Some of these include nuts, healthy oils, seeds, salmon, and tuna fish.
Sugar Causes Low Energy & Erratic Moods
The energy your body gets from sugar is fast-acting, but it isn’t long lasting. This means that consuming mostly sugar throughout the day will lead to repetitive blood sugar spikes and falls. The sudden drops in your blood sugar that may follow will leave you moody, shaky, hungry and weak. Focus your diet on nutritious foods that provide long-lasting energy spaced evenly throughout the day to avoid such circumstances in the future.
Sugar Wreaks Havoc on Your Oral Health
Everyone knows that it’s best to avoid acidic and sticky foods for the sake of your teeth, but sugary ones may do more damage than you knew. Sugars in the diet essentially feed bacteria in the mouth, leading to plaque build-up, enamel erosion, and inevitably, cavities.
Diets high in sugar can also up your risk of developing diabetes, which may increase glucose (sugar) content in your saliva. The problem here is the same as before; the bacteria in your mouth will flourish and no amount of fluoride will be able to save your pearly whites from ultimate decay and destruction.
Sugar Sabotages Your Skin
Just as blood sugar spikes and falls lead to inflammation that stresses the brain, they may lead to inflammation that sabotages your skin. Skin that’s stressed due to inflammation will break out more frequently and have a rather dull appearance. Sugar may also leave your skin dehydrated, which can cause puffiness, under eye circles, and dryness. Adjusting your diet to include less sugar and much more water might just save your complexion from chaos.
Sugar Exacerbates Preexisting Mental Health Conditions
This is true in more than one way, so if you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, or any of their comorbidities you’ll want to watch out. Sugar negatively impacts the body’s capacity to cope with stress, leading to worsened anxiety symptoms. It also decreases the function of a hormone called BDNF, which individuals with depression already have much less of than the average person. The research is still ongoing, but the bottom line here is that decreasing sugar in the diet may be integral to managing your systems and remaining resilient to stress.
As you can see, there are a great many very good reasons to keep the sugar in your diet to an absolute minimum.
The challenge is that many foods and drinks we consume every day have added sugar we may not be aware of, so it’s a good idea to check labels and always be aware of what you’re putting into your body.