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The research we have on sugar is not at all sweet. Too much sugar in your diet has been linked to diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Even when skipping dessert, it is very easy to exceed the American Heart Association's daily recommended limit of 6 teaspoons for women and 9 for men. Sugar is added to everything from bread to pasta sauce to soup. When you trade a diet of processed foods for a diet containing natural sugars- the sugar found in fruits, vegetables, and milk- you will notice changes in your body. Because sugar is addicting, you may go through a period of sugar withdrawal. Once these symptoms have passed, however, these are some things you will notice.
Here are 6 body changes you should expect to see according to Prevention.com :
- Better Skin- Sugar contributes to wrinkles and acne. Without sugar running through your system, you will get a healthy glow back. Sugar also causes inflammation and inflammation is linked to acne. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition studied what would happen to a group of non-soda drinking participants if they drank one soda every day for 3 weeks. It was reported that the participants’ inflammation level rose by 87%.
2. Better mood- Sugar provides an immediate rush, but the crash leaves you feeling irritable and anxious. The rise and fall of your blood sugar causes your mood to rise and fall as well. When your body is no longer reliant on sugar, you will notice a more consistent and happier mood. That is something to smile about!
3. Better Sleeping Pattern- You won’t need that nap prompted by your mid-afternoon sugar crash. Yes, that same nap that keeps you up later at night then leads to dragging the next day. By kicking your sugar habit, you will have the energy you need to get through the day and set yourself up to get a good night’s sleep.
4. Clearer Mind- Sugar makes your brain foggy and less alert. Free yourself from sugar and you will be mentally sharper. This can lead to greater productivity and increased memory.
5. Weight loss- Sugar is addictive and makes you crave more and more of it. It also messes with your ability to sense when you are full. It provides you with empty calories, which lack nutrients your body needs. Replace those processed foods with nutrient dense foods, and your body will feel full for longer and you will eat less calories. Less calories each day will lead to the added benefit of weight loss.
6. Decreased health risks- Lower your sugar intake and you will greatly reduce your risks for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. You will even be less likely to catch the common cold and have better dental health. Now that is sweet!
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