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What goes on in your body when you have too much sugar? The impact of sweets on your organism is much more complex than you think. It won’t just lead to weight gain, but it will also bring, together with a pleasure that doesn’t last for too long, the risk of creating a set of unbalances in your body.
Did you know…
Sweets can age your cells just as much as smoking cigarettes can?
Your brain answers to the stimuli provided by sugar in a similar way to cocaine.
Sugar consumption leads to an increase of dopamine and serotonin pretty much like cocaine or the use of any drug would. This means that your body will ask you to get more of the substance next time. What happens when you have too many sweets? Your body will start generating insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas, which absorbs the excess sugar from your blood and balances sugar levels.
Sugar consumption will give you a state of fatigue
When your body will produce insulin, it will eat up all of its energy. This will give you a sensation of thirst/hunger. The installment of fatigue is also triggered by the fact that your body is not getting sufficient nutrients, so important when it comes to energy production.
Obesity can lead to insulin resistance
Fat and obesity can lead to an extremely negative effect on your cells, which means that they can become resistant to insulin’s effects. They will begin the battle for producing a bigger amount of insulin, attracting in this process your body’s entire energy. This is where your pancreas comes into the scene as well. It will begin pushing the production of insulin more and more, but your cells will fail to react to the increasing quantities – the excess sugar will then end up floating in your blood vessels (because it has nowhere to go).
- What’s the role of the liver when it comes to sugar?
The liver is your own sugar warehouse, so excess sugar is stored in the liver (but only in certain quantities) and it is stored in the form of glycogen. When your cells need energy, the liver releases the produced glucose into the blood. Interesting, isn’t it? Why doesn’t the liver store the entire sugar excess and where does this excess go in the end?
Exceeding the specific sugar quantity that can be stored by the liver will be transformed into fatty acids and will lead to the formation of a fatty liver (you probably heard of it).
The conclusion is that the excess of sugar can damage all the organs of your body and its arteries as well.
8 steps to giving up sweets:
- Eat fresh and delicious fruits, and as colorful as possible. Red fruits are rich in antioxidants. Do avoid fruits that are collected in an inappropriate manner and come from a very distant country. Opt for local fruits instead.
- Use natural glycemic sweeteners instead of sugar – stevia, honey, agave syrup. But avoid aspartame, maltitol, and sorbitol (they are damaging both for your body and brain).
- Instead of having dessert, choose to consume fruits with a low glycemic index like – apples, raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry.
- Look for creativity in the kitchen, play and don’t be afraid to try new recipes that include using only natural and healthy ingredients.
- When you dine out, don’t be afraid to ask questions about what you will eat. My advice is to avoid sauces, anything that is fried, Chinese foods, and Caesar sauce.
- Always, before purchasing a product, read its label!
- Drink a freshly prepared fruit juice and you will see that your sweet tooth will disappear!
- When our organism craves for sugar it actually means that it requires more energy, so enjoy more rest. Sleep 7 to 8 hours every night to enjoy plenty of energy throughout the day and an improved health.