Before I quit sugar I didn’t really have much of an idea about the effects of sugar on the body. I knew that junk food wasn’t good and it caused all sorts of problems, but not really sugar in all it’s disguises. Over consumption of sugar can negatively effect people in many different ways. Some being a lot worse than others. It was only once I quit that I realised how bad my health had been suffering.
To help you understand how bad sugar can be for your health I’ve listed 7 of the most common effects that sugar has on the body.
The Effects Of Sugar On The Body
Sugar suppresses your immune system.
Sugar is known to weaken your defence against viruses and infections. This is because it inhibits the action of the white blood cells so they are unable to protect you against diseases. Sugar also messes with the balance of your gut flora, which regulates your immune system and overall wellbeing.
Sugar ages the skin faster.
Sugar ages the skin through something called glycation, this is where the sugar in the bloodstream attaches to the proteins in your skin to form AGEs (advanced glycation end products). AGEs cause the collagen and elastin to become damaged leading to your skin appearing wrinkled and saggy.
Sugar makes you fat.
This is because of the fructose in sugar. Sugar is made up of 50% Glucose and 50% Fructose. Glucose gets used by every cell in the body but this is not the case with fructose as it can only be converted by the liver into free fatty acids (FFAs), VLDL (the damaging form of cholesterol), and triglycerides, which get stored as fat. Essentially half of all the sugar you eat gets stored straight away as fat.
Sugar can cause diabetes.
This is one of the most dangerous effects of sugar on the body and is also one of the most common effects for people who eat excessive amounts of sugar and who are overweight. High amounts of sugar in the blood over a long period of time can cause insulin resistance which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Sugar can cause liver fatty disease.
A study in journal of hepatology study revealed that the participants of the study who had one or more sugar sweetened drinks a day had a higher prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), compared to the people who drank no sugar sweetened beverages.
Sugar makes you eat more.
Nearly every type of molecule we eat has corresponding hormones that regulates our appetite and tells us when we’re full. It’s like having a little person inside your body shouting, “hey thanks for the food we’ve had enough, you can stop now”.
The only problem is with fructose is, that doesn’t happen.
You see fructose creates leptin resistance, which means that you will still feel hungry and your brain can’t see it.
This is because with leptin resistance you have high levels of leptin from the high fructose intake which makes your brain think you are in starvation mode even though you could be obese, meaning you’ll keep storing more fat plus you’ll still feel hungry when you shouldn’t be which is obviously something you don’t want.
Sugar effects our moods.
Consumption of sugar has been known to cause to a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness. Sugar has also been linked through a study to major depression. That rollercoaster of sugar in the blood will keep us going up and down like a yoyo. No wonder it plays with our mood.
Now you can see sugar really isn’t as sweet as it may seem. These 7 are just a few of the many negative effects that sugar has on the body.
The only real way to stop and reverse these effects is to cut the white stuff out of your diet. Once you cut it out and feel the difference you’ll wish you had of quit a long time ago. And don’t just take my word for it. Cut it out of your diet and see the benefits for your self!