Your cappuccino really tastes much better with a scoop of sugar in it. And that pastry also looks irresistible. And what are you eating tonight? Pasta! Nice and easy to assemble and very tasty. We may not always think about it, but during the day we get a lot of sugar. But when is there now too much sugar?
Did you know that you can only ingest a certain amount of sugar per day? Yet we often consume much more sweets than recommended. Of course you can let yourself go once in a while, but if your body gives the following signals it is wise to reduce when it comes to sugar.
1. Sugar cravings
Sugar has an addictive effect; the more sugar you get, the more your body craves. If you can think of nothing but sweets, pastries and chocolate, chances are that you consume too much sugar. Especially when this urge is not satisfied by less sweet, healthy snacks. Don’t miss those sweet snacks to avoid more sugar cravings.
2. After sugar dip
As soon as you take sugar your body gets a huge boost. Sounds great, right? Nothing is less true. Sugar provides fast energy that unfortunately also runs out quickly. Do you have a dip one to two hours after your meal? Then you probably got too much sugar. Sidenote: Not only sweets and baking contain sugars, after digestion, carbohydrates are converted into sugars. Delete fast carbohydrates such as white rice and pasta and white bread.
3. Ups and downs
Your brain is largely dependent on your blood sugar levels. Too much sugar can cause huge fluctuations in your blood sugar levels, which will constantly change your mood. Are you very happy at one moment and suddenly you can’t enjoy it anymore? Even then too much sugar can be the cause.
Your night’s sleep will be disturbed if you eat a lot of fast carbohydrates just before bedtime, so that you are very tired during the day. All in all, fluctuations in your blood sugar levels can cause a poorer focus and a less sharp mind. Your concentration and mind will get worse if you sleep poorly, so you can better eat a nutritious meal in the evening!
5. Uneven skin
Sugars can cause inflammation in your body; also in your skin. In addition, your body must produce large amounts of insulin, which means that it can extract moisture from your skin. Do you suffer from dry skin, acne, dark bags or impurities? Then sugar could be the culprit.
6. Much thirsty
Your mouth and throat become drier from too much sugar intake, so are you thirsty too much? Then don’t grab a glass of soda or fruit juice, but prefer water or tea. Otherwise you will remain thirsty during the day!
7. A weak resistance
Do you have a cold every once in a while and do you often have the flu? One of the unpleasant consequences of sugar is that it can cause nutrient deficiencies – nutrients that are indispensable for healthy body functions – in your body. This lowers your immune system and makes you more susceptible to diseases.
8. High blood pressure
More and more studies show a link between sugar and high blood pressure. High blood pressure is associated with dizziness, headache, restlessness, shortness of breath, chest pain and ringing in the ears. Do these symptoms appear familiar to you? Delete some more sugars from your diet!
9. Dental problems
Dentists don’t warn us of the dangers of candy for nothing. Sugar can cause cavities in the teeth. Sugar is converted into acid by bacteria in the mouth. This acid dissolves the tooth enamel of teeth and molars, which may result in cavities. Fill that candy jar on your desk with sugar-free snacks!
10. Weight gain
Last but not least; you gain weight from too many sugars.