6 Benefits You'll Notice From Cutting Down Your Sugar Intake!5 mins 15 Nov 21
As much as we might love the taste of sugar, and the feeling we get from eating it, it’s hard to escape the truth, that too much sugar isn’t good for us. Knowing why sugar isn’t a heathy choice however can be a different story. So here we’re going to talk about the top health benefits from cutting down on the sweet stuff.
And as you’ll see from our list, cutting down on your sugar intake isn’t just beneficial in terms of losing weight…
- Consuming large amounts of sugar on a regular or even daily basis is bad news in terms of our blood sugar levels. The more sugar we eat and the more often, our delicate blood sugar management system (that’s all to do with the hormone insulin) can fall out of balance. We may eventually develop insulin resistance, where we need more insulin to deal with the sugar flooding our blood. This can eventually lead to damage to our cells and organs and put us at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
- It turns out that our childhood dentists were right. They weren’t just empty threats, sugar can and does lead to tooth decay by softening the enamel that protects our teeth. Cutting down will help to keep our teeth strong into our old age.
- A high sugar diet also puts us at risk of developing chronic inflammation. Some inflammation is good for us, it’s all part of our immune response. But if we consume too much sugar, inflammation can build up, putting us at increased risk of developing chronic inflammatory conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, pain and weight gain. So that’s another tick for reducing our sugar intake.
- Lower sugar diet? Hello younger looking skin! Inflammation caused by excess sugar in the diet can also cause our skin to appear sallow, dull, lacklustre and aged. Inflammation can cause the degradation of collagen, the skin plumping protein which then causes fine lines and wrinkles.
- Hello too, to boosted energy levels. A high sugar intake causes our blood sugar levels to rise and fall, meaning that our energy levels also rise and fall. Keeping our blood sugar levels more constant will help to level out our mental and physical energy, breaking the sugar rush – sugar crash – reach for sugary snacks cycle.
- And of course, reducing our sugar intake can also have an impact on our weight. The body stores excess sugar as fat, particularly around our abdomen – and it’s this belly fat that’s often the most difficult to shift even with diet and exercise. Abdominal fat is also the most dangerous as it’s linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease later in life. Think of reducing your sugar intake as an investment for your future – your future self will definitely thank you for it.