Sugar-related illnesses are on the rise. Diabetes, cardio-vascular problems, cancer and even adrenal fatigue are just some of the serious chronic diseases connected to over-indulging in the sweet white poison.
Many people realize they are addicted to sugar when throughout the day, they would often find themselves craving something sweet and comforting that would give them a little lift. Have you become a sugar addict? Are you eating too much sugar? Here are warning signs you’re eating too much sugar.
7 Signs you are Eating Too Much Sugar
1. Tiredness & Lack of energy
If you are constantly feeling tired and you lack energy, you are probably consuming too much sugar. Foods high in sugar temporarily boost the energy, and afterwards, you are experiencing a crash, and you remain tired throughout the day.
2. Cravings for Sugar/Carbs
You are probably a sugar addict if you often crave for something sweet. Sugar causes addictions, and its consumption leads to a chain reaction of sugar cravings.
3. Frequent flu and cold
If you fall ill more often than usually it can be caused by having too much sugar in the diet. If every virus finds you and makes you sick, it can be because of the penchant for sugary treats. Consuming too much sugar can weaken the immune system and make the natural ability of the body to fight off flu, colds, viruses and chronic disease weaker.
4. Your brain tends to get foggy, especially after a meal
This fog is a common symptom of low blood sugar. When you eat a lot of sugar, your blood sugar levels rapidly rise and fall instead of gradually doing so. Poor blood sugar control is a major risk for cognitive issues and impairment.
5. You’ve put on a few pounds
That mid-afternoon snack has to go somewhere, and snacks high in sugar typically pack pounds onto your midsection. That is because too much sugar leads to increased insulin levels. And that insulin often puts fat in your belly as opposed to other body parts. So if your jeans are suddenly snug, it may be time to curb the sugary snacks and sugar-sweetened drinks.
6. Not the Same Sweet Taste as Before
Alpert claims that the intake of too much sugar bombards the taste buds by increasing their tolerance to sugar. Hence, you will start craving for even sweeter foods over time.
It is difficult in the beginning, but if you succeed to reduce the intake of sugar, you will also lower the tolerance level and thus you will be satisfied with low sugar amounts. After a certain period of time, some things will become just too sweet for you.
7. Skin and feet problems (including dark circles under your eyes)
Sugar has an inflammatory effect on the body when it is eaten, so it can also contribute to inflammatory skin problems.
If you find yourself suffering from acne, rosacea, eczema, or even just excessive oiliness or dryness, sugar could be to blame. Some people find that cutting sugar out of their diets greatly improves their skin problems (not to mention their overall health).
According to Dr. Sherri Greene, a podiatrist in New York City, sugar could also have an inflammatory effect on your feet. This inflammation could appear in your foot as plantar fasciitis, which causes pain in the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot, in your heel, or elsewhere in your foot.
Too much sugar consumption can also cause adrenal fatigue and there are people who believe that one of the signs of adrenal fatigue is dark circles under the eyes.