How Sugar Addiction Affects Your Body and Mind

High sugar consumption is being linked to numerous negative health conditions. Does sugar cause things like heart disease? The collected evidence indicates yes.

Sugar is everywhere these days. And people can’t get seem enough sugar into their bodies.

Go to a Starbucks and take a look at what most people (kids included) drink from the popular coffee chain. Huge cups full of milk (all sugar and fat), syrups and other sugar-filled toppings (with an inch or two of coffee).

People who drink those drinks love them and claim that they look forward to their daily fix of their favorite drink. Sugar is a highly addictive substance and once you’re hooked can be a difficult habit to break, but it’s worthwhile to cut the cord on sugar.

The health benefits to cutting sugar out of your life are enormous. The physical benefits include lower levels of body fat and a steadier flow of natural energy.

When you give up sugar for good, you will see great improvements in your mood, anxiety level, positive changes in general outlook, less chance of depression, and a change in your appetite cravings.

Keep reading to find out more benefits and a few tips to help eliminate sugar from your life.

Cutting Out Sugar Helps Improve Your Mood

When you cut sugar out of your life your mood will improve.

This works on the same principle as any other addiction. When you’re addicted to something, you’re only “normal” when you have the substance you’re addicted to in your system. People who are going through withdrawals often seem to transform into a completely different person.

Excess sugar in your system causes crazy fluctuations in your blood sugar levels. When you first eat or drink the sugar, your levels spike high and you feel good. Soon after however, your blood sugar levels eventually crash. Along with the crash comes irritability, sluggishness and a general feeling of unhappiness.

Sugar and Anxiety

Sugar consumption can also give you anxiety.

Your general mood is affected. The consumption of sugar causes the eventual “sugar crash” with all kinds of unsavory results. One of which is increased levels of anxiety, especially if you’re prone to anxiety attacks.

When you have high anxiety and face the wrath of a sugar crash, you can experience shaking and tension. These symptoms can also be interpreted as an oncoming panic attack. For an anxious person prone to these attacks, an oncoming panic attack is not a good thing to experience.

One study done on rats showed long-term sugar consumption increased their rate of anxiety. It wasn’t 100% clear if it exacerbated pre-existing anxiety or created it, but the results showed a connection between sugar and increased anxiety.

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Sugar and Depression

Sugar and the clinical version of depression might have a strong link.

Dr. Mark Hyman says sugar is a leading cause of inflammation in the body. It’s become undeniable in fact that sugar causes inflammation. Consuming too much sugar creates insulin-resistant fat cells that damage both your body and your brain. He stated that psychiatrists are beginning to treat depression with anti-inflammatory drugs.

For a person already prone to depression, sugar consumption is not good and extra attention should be given to kicking the sugar habit.

Sugar affects insulin, blood sugar levels, and uses up vitamins your body needs to maintain a positive mood.

A study done on older people showed fried foods and sugar-filled desserts had an effect on their risk for depression: their risk of having a bout with depression increased by up to 58%. The other control group in the study ate a diet consisting of healthy whole foods such as vegetables and meat. Their risk for depression decreased significantly compared to the control group eating fried foods and desserts.

Sugar and Your Appetite

Your appetite is strongly affected by sugar consumption.

The introduction of sugar into your body does a strange thing to a hormone called leptin. Leptin basically tells your body when it’s full. It’s the trigger to stop you from eating way too much food.

Sugar messes with leptin normal activity. Sugar decreases your body’s sensitivity to leptin and prevents it from doing its job of telling your body it’s “full and time to stop eating.”

Many problems can arise from this. Particularly affecting obese people and children. The main problem many obese people have is stopping their consistent excess eating. The problem is that their battle is an uphill one, as their body won’t tell them when it’s time to stop eating. Children on the other hand, lack the initial discipline to know “I shouldn’t eat that” so they end up eating more than they should.

Sugar and You

High consumption of sugar is finally being seen as an addiction. For many years the sugar industry has payed for studies and research to show the positives of sugar. There isn’t much good to sugar besides its ability to make bland things taste good. Nutritionally speaking, it is empty calories with no real benefit for nourishment.

If you want to make significant changes to your health, take a look at your sugar consumption. Take an honest look at it and determine if you need to cut back. The recommended maximum daily sugar amount for adults is 25 grams for females and 37 grams for males, or a little more than a can of regular soda. The rest can be causing some serious health concerns well beyond the extra pounds.