HealthCombat fatigue, cravings, and skin issues by reducing sugar intake

Combat fatigue, cravings, and skin issues by reducing sugar intake

Beware of sugar - these signals are a warning that you are consuming too much of it.
Beware of sugar - these signals are a warning that you are consuming too much of it.
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15 June 2024 13:12

Excessive sugar consumption can have serious health consequences. Despite its widespread presence in many foodstuffs, certain signs indicate overconsumption.

Lack of energy and fatigue are primary problems

After consuming sugar, blood glucose levels spike, triggering the pancreas to release insulin. Insulin is responsible for transporting glucose to cells, converting it into energy. Unfortunately, we feel fatigued and lack energy after the blood sugar level drops. It's a very bothersome problem.

Constant craving for something sweet won’t go away on its own

Such a sudden rise and fall in energy leads to a renewed craving for sweets - this phenomenon is recognisable immediately. It's a situation that is not easy to escape. This is referred to as the sugar cycle, where the body demands another dose of sugar to regain energy quickly.

A body accustomed to frequent sugar consumption has a much higher demand for this ingredient than one that receives it in moderate amounts. Therefore, reducing the amount of sugar supplied to the body is necessary, even if gradually.

Skin problems can be easily resolved

Excessive sugar intake causes other problems, too. It also affects the condition of the skin, leading to acne, uneven skin tone, and other issues. Sugar can disrupt hormonal balance and cause inflammation, which directly affects skin conditions.

Importantly, in the case of excessive sugar intake, wounds appearing on the skin heal much slower. Additionally, the skin becomes noticeably drier and often itchy.

Reducing sugar consumption often brings visible improvements in skin appearance. Changes are visible even after a few weeks.

How much sugar should we eat?

The World Health Organization recommends consuming no more than 50 grams of sugar per day. However, many consume significantly more—sugar is found in sweets and products such as processed meats. Therefore, we should check the sugar content before consuming a meal.

Symptoms such as constant cravings for sweets, lack of energy, and skin problems can be warnings that we are consuming too much sugar. Recognising these signs and making dietary changes (including products rich in protein and fibre) can positively affect health and well-being. Remembering a balanced approach to nutrition and mindful selection of the food we consume is important. Sugar in appropriate amounts is necessary for the proper functioning of the body.

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