Sugar tastes good, and everything that contains it tastes even better! The sweet crystalline carbohydrate seems to be everywhere. Most of us love to dwell on the unforgettable taste of our favorite desserts when we’re hungry. However, what might seem to be an innocent pleasure is actually the reason for many complicated health issues when we consume it in large amounts. Today, sugar is hard to avoid but many of us don’t even realize how addicted to it we actually are.
We have gathered several warning signs your body gives you that indicate it’s time to step away from the sweet stuff.
9. Frequent colds and flu
Eating or drinking too much sugar blocks the immune system cells from attacking bacteria when you get sick. The vitamin C that your body needs to fight flu is very similar in its chemical structure to glucose. Instead of looking for and working with vitamin C, your immune system takes glucose that has zero power against flu bacteria. Therefore, instead of fighting a disease your immune system suffers from it.
To prevent such a scenario, cut down on sweets when you’re at risk of getting a cold or flu and eat more fruits and vegetables that are rich in nutrients and vitamins C and E, as well as beta-carotene and zinc.
8. Weight gain
It’s never a pleasant surprise to find that your jeans feel tighter around the waist. You never expected that a chocolate cake you ate a week ago could backfire in such nasty way! However, one of the most obvious signs of overdoing it with sugar is putting on some weight.
Snacks and sweets usually store pounds in your midsection. A high level of sugar increases the production of insulin that stores excess fat in your belly rather than some other place.
7. Energy highs and lows
Glucose is responsible for the energy supply in your body, which why it’s very important to keep the level of sugar in your blood at a proper level. Any deviation from this may lead to energy yo-yo-ing throughout the day. When you eat sweets, the pancreas releases insulin to help bring glucose to the cells leaving you with a rush of energy. Once the cycle ends, you feel the level of energy drop because your body wants more sugar.
To maintain your energy levels, avoid eating sweets and unhealthy snacks. Instead, opt for lean proteins and healthy fats. Get “real” energy for your body from healthy foods. This more even level of sugar in your blood won’t cause energy spikes and dips.