With the drastic rise in obesity and other dangerous health conditions, it is no wonder that sugar has gotten a bad name.
New studies have shown how powerful the additive nature of sugar is, and regular consumption can cause lasting, damaging effects within your body. While researchers say that it can take up to six weeks to fully kick your sugar habit, by starting the process today you will start to feel the benefits immediately.
Here are seven amazing things that will happen to you when you stop eating sugar for good:
1. Improved Energy
It may seem counter-intuitive that quitting sugar will increase your energy, especially when we have all seen the effects that candy has on children!
Consuming sugar on a regular basis affects your body’s ability to stabilize your blood sugar levels, causing drastic swings in your energy. When you stop eating sugar, your body will function more efficiently, and your energy levels will remain steady throughout the day.
2. Weight Loss
The fitness and diet industry is booming right now, and it’s easy to see why! People everywhere are looking for a quick-fix to drop those stubborn pounds.
Instead of spending money on a fad diet, start by cutting out sugar from your daily routine. By doing this, your cravings for sweets will reduce, hunger levels will stabilize, and the pounds will start to melt away!
3. Better Sleep
High blood sugar levels confuse the body and makes it nearly impossible to get a decent night’s sleep, making sugar the second leading cause of insomnia. By keeping your blood sugar levels stable with quality food, your body will readjust its natural rhythm, allowing you to get a solid night’s sleep.
4. Stronger Immune System
Your immune system is your body’s defense against the onslaught of germs that you encounter on a daily basis. Sugar is a leading contributor to chronic inflammation, and an inflamed body is not able to adequately protect you from everyday illness.
5. Better Skin
The condition of your skin is directly related to the type of food you eat. When you stop eating sugar your skin will start to rejuvenate, acne will disappear, and you will feel younger and more confident without the use of makeup and magic potions!
6. Moods will Stabilize
Known as one of the ultimate comfort foods, it is ease to turn to high-sugar products after a bad day. But did you know that sugar has a direct effect on your mental health?
Studies show that reducing your sugar intake also reduces your risk of mental health disorders, such as depression and schizophrenia.
7. You will Look and Feel Younger
Eating sugar has been shown to directly correlate to how old someone looks. A 2011 study showed that those with higher blood sugar levels consistently looked older than their counterparts.
Sugar also is known to attach to collagen in the skin, causing inflammation and a dull appearance that can make you look older than you are. Cutting sugar out of your diet will do more than raise your energy levels and improve your appearance. By reducing your sugar intake, all of your body systems will begin to function more effectively.
This will not only make you feel healthier, it will result in a decreased risk of illness and improved quality of life!
This article was originally posted on hackspirit.org