Do you crave sweets or carbs? You may not know it, but you could be a sugar addict. It's a dangerous addiction to have because there is sugar in nearly everything we consume. It's not just found in the candies and sugary sweets we eat either. Carbohydrates turn into sugar once they reach our bloodstream so if you're a carb lover and/or a sugar lover like me, you need to read this in-depth article on how to know if you're addicted to sugar and how to cut the cravings and detox so you can get healthy.
You've probably noticed that although sugar gives you an initial high (a rapid spike in your blood sugar), you crash several hours later, leaving you wanting more. It's because sugar takes away more energy than it gives. Eventually, you find yourself exhausted, anxious, and moody. I know I've definitely experienced this crash too many times.
Is the sweet taste worth the unpleasant effects? Think gaining weight is the only negative effect of consuming too much sugar? Nancy Appleton, PhD, author of Lick the Sugar Habit, describes some surprising ways sugar intake can negatively affect your health:
- Suppresses the immune system's defenses against bacterial infections
- Increases the risk of blood clots and strokes
- Contributes to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, and difficulty concentrating
- Can lead to hypoglycemia, kidney damage, an elevation in harmful cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and tooth decay
- Helps speed the aging process, including wrinkles and gray hair
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