Sugar has snuck its way into nearly every packaged food item that it seems nearly impossible to avoid. Unfortunately, a diet high in sugar is linked to numerous health problems. No, we don’t expect you to cut out sugar completely, but here are some amazing health benefits of reducing your sugar intake that are so much sweeter than sugar itself.
You'll Have a Healthier Relationship with Food
Ever wonder why it's so hard to stop at one bite of your favorite dessert? Sugar can be highly addictive. Sugar causes an increase of dopamine in the brain, also known as the "reward center." But, like a drug, the more we consume, the more we want. By reducing our intake, we can find a sort of "freedom" from the sugar trap and finally begin to take control of our healthy eating habits. Don't let sugar be the devil on your shoulder.
Sugar causes surges in energy...followed by major crashes. And when we're low on energy, we naturally crave foods high in sugar and carbohydrates. It's a vicious cycle. By eating a diet rich in protein, vegetables, fruit and some complex carbohydrates, you will keep your blood sugar levels even keel and energy soaring.
Eating a meal high in carbohydrates/sugar before bed has the same result as eating a donut for breakfast. Your blood sugar will spike, then crash, resulting in a release of cortisol, the stress hormone, and thus disrupts the sleep cycle.
Sugar increases insulin in the body, which leads to increased inflammation. Inflammation is linked to acne, wrinkles and even conditions such as eczema and rosacea.
Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is commonly linked to a high sodium diet or pre-existing heart conditions, but sugar is a big culprit as well. High blood pressure can cause heart disease, diabetes, kidney and liver disease, among other life threatening conditions.