Refined Sugar Consumption
Americans are addicted to sugar. Consumption of refined sugars increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and of course, weight gain. Cognitively, it increases brain fog and may have a negative impact on a persons memory. Your daily sweet treat from the vending machine also accelerates aging and worsens skin conditions such as acne.
Cutting refined sugars out of your diet can improve your overall health. In the first couple of days without sugar, your body, particularly your gut begins to heal itself. Since over-consumption of sugar contributes to bad gut bacteria, ridding the body sugar helps healthy gut bacteria flourish and keeps the unhealthy microorganisms down. A healthy gut promotes a healthy immune system, heart and brain health and even better sleep. After just a week your body’s inflammatory response will start to improve, your insulin level will stabilize in turn, stabilizing other hunger hormones and you will notice increased facial clarity and less puffiness.
Because sugar causes your brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical, you’re more likely to crave sugar. Your also likely to experience unpleasant symptoms when you cut sugar out of your diet. Irritable moodiness, sadness and drops in blood sugar may be symptoms of sugar withdrawal. Try consuming fresh fiber-rich veggies, protein and healthy fats to fight these symptoms.
After just a few weeks, you will no longer have cravings for refined sugars. Your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke will decrease substantially after just one year without refined sugars.