Here are 7 signs that will help you realize you are eating too much sugar, and that it’s time you reduce the intake of sweets.
One of the most obvious signs that you are consuming too much sugar is being tired all the time.
High-sugar foods boost your energy, but only temporarily. Afterwards you experience a daunting crash. If you feel tired throughout the day, check on your dietary habits and see if you are consuming too much sugar.
2. Cravings for Sugar/Carb
Do you often find yourself craving for something sweet? If the answer is yes, you have probably become a sugar addict. Since sugar is very addictive, its intake can create a chain reaction of sugar cravings. .
3. Frequent Colds and Flu
Another sign that your intake of sugar has crossed the limit is falling ill more than you used to. If you consume too much sugar for a longer period, it can weaken your immune system and its ability to fight off a cold and even chronic diseases.
4. Foggy Brain, especially after a Meal
A common symptom of low blood sugar is brain fog. Instead of gradually increasing your blood sugar levels, consuming a lot of sugar rapidly increases and then drops the blood sugar.
5. Not the Same Sweet Taste as Before
Eating too much sugar will bombard your taste buds, increasing their tolerance to sugar. Therefore, you need more and more sugar in order to satisfy your cravings for something sweet. Although it’s hard to restore the normal level of sugar tolerance, if you reduce the intake of sugar and endure the suffering at the beginning, you can reduce your tolerance level and be satisfied with minimal sugar. Over time, you might even start feeling certain things are too sweet for you, and thus be content with a moderate amount of sugar.
6. Problems with Your Skin and Feet (Dark Circles under Your Eyes)
Consumed sugar has an inflammatory effect on our body, so it can as well cause inflammatory skin issues. Sugar might be the cause of your rosacea, acne or even excessive dryness and oiliness. A lot of people have reported to have greatly improved their skin problems by reducing their sugar intake.
A podiatrist in New York City, Dr. Sherri Greene, explains that sugar can as well have inflammatory effect on our feet that might result in plantar fasciitis. This is one of the main causes of feeling pain in the thick band of tissue on your soles, or heels. High sugar intake can be the reason for adrenaline fatigue, and one of its signs is the appearance of circle under the eyes.
7. Weight Gain
Sugar has no fiber and protein, so it doesn’t fill us up. In other words high amount of sugar means high amount of calories. Sugar also stimulates the release of insulin whose function is to carry the sugar to our organs in order to be used for energy.