Sweet, but Dangerous. What Does Sugar Really do to Your System?

SWEET BUT DANGEROUS : WHAT DOES SUGAR REALLY DO TO YOUR BODY?

1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

You are not crazy for developing a strong bond with sugar.

This loving bond is actually backed up by science! Studies show that sugar activates our pleasure centers located in the brain. So when we eat sugar, we feel happy and the happiness of course makes us want to consume more sugar and more often.

And this is how people end up addicted to sugar! And not too many people know this, but sugar is actually 8 times addictive than one of the most powerful drugs out there: cocaine. So just imagine how difficult it can be for sugar addicts to detoxify their systems.

Leptin: The Good Guys
Good news is our bodies have a natural built in defense system in the form of a hormone called “Leptin”. Leptin is the ‘satiety hormone’. It opposes the actions and effects caused by sugar and attempts to regulate your consumption. Now, dependent on the sugar crazy you may be on and the levels of sugar you may be consuming on a regular basis, you may be rendering the leptin hormone useless. When the body consumes too much sugar, the body becomes leptin resistant. So even if your body is telling you to stop eating sugar, your brain is unable to read that signal and goes on eating it.

Not only does consuming too much sugar render leptin useless but it creates an Insulin resistance as well. Insulin resistance can create big problems. At this point your body is now working overtime to pump Insulin to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. We’re talking serious overtime. When blood sugar levels become too high, your body’s naturally produced insulin is no longer fit to do that job and crashes. Ongoing high blood sugar can cause damage to your nervous system, organs and can lead to a series of complications including diabetes and cancer.

Beware of High Fructose Corn Syrup
Common food/drink items like sweet breakfast cereals, ice creams, juices and cocktails, salad dressings, frozen food items etc contain High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in them. So when you consume these food/drink items, the leptin signals ultimately stop being received by the brain. This is why even after eating a large plate of fries your brain tells you to eat more because you are still hungry!

The fructose from these such food items is directly passed on to the liver and a mechanism known as “lipogenesis “ sets off. In “lipogenesis” sugar is directly turned into fat. A fatty liver becomes vulnerable to inflammation and inflamed liver results in even more of the insulin resistance we spoke about earlier.

Hopefully now you can see why several health experts consider sugar to be nothing less than poison, a toxin. Every time you increase the level of sugar intake, you would need even more of it the next time around to experience the same amount of pleasure. To keep these health concerns at bay, it is essential that you keep your sugar consumption in check.

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