Do you have a sugar addiction? 10 signs to recognize it and how to fight it

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Can you recognize the symptoms of a sugar addiction? Here are the signs to watch out for and tips for detoxing

Lo XNUMX/XNUMX cup sugar it is a substance that is pleasant on the palate but a little less pleasant due to the long-term effects it has on our organism, especially the refined one. Can you recognize the signs of a sugar addiction?

Excessive amounts of sugar can cause problems for our body, make us gain weight and lead to tooth decay or insomnia. I'm there are many foods in which sugar is hidden (also salty) that we risk eating every day by increasing the intake of this substance without realizing it.

But what are they the symptoms that can make us understand that we are full of sugar and that we are now addicted to it? Here are 10 signs not to be underestimated.

Skin problems

Acne can be a major symptom of too much sugar in your diet. A large consumption of this substance can contribute to one imbalance of female hormones and cause the appearance of acne as a result. Sugar, with its inflammatory power, can also cause long-term damage to the skin, leading to the appearance of wrinkles and premature aging.

Increase in caries

Dentists and parents always warn young children that eating too many sweets is bad for the teeth. And that's right. Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars, create harmful acids and destroy tooth enamel. In the cavities that are formed, then, it can go to generate a bacterial infection with the consequent appearance of caries.

Constant craving for sugar

A sugar addiction creates constant craving for sugars and sweets. The body reacts to this substance like a drug and requires more and more. In fact, foods high in sugar have been shown to activate the so-called reward system in the brain, releasing dopamine, similar to that released by some drugs. Often we do not even realize that we are in this situation.



Low energy

If at the beginning the intake of sugar gives us a feeling of charge, immediately after this substance has the consequence of discharging our body of its energies. Glucose is in fact essential for the production of energy throughout the body but it is important to keep the levels balanced. By eating sugars, however, we experiment the so-called peaks and the consequent collapses that make us feel very tired and exhausted.

Flautolence

It would be above all fructose, according to experts, to lead to the onset of flatulence and bloating as it is a sugar that our body does not absorb easily. Bacteria and yeasts in our intestines produce gas when food is not digested in the colon and therefore ferments.

Alteration of taste

Le taste buds, if excessively stressed by the sweet taste, they adapt to the high percentage of sugars that the body is consuming and slowly require more and more to satisfy their demands. The consequence is that, while before a certain food or drink felt particularly sweet, after some time, if you continue to consume it, it will instead seem normal in taste and maybe even more sugar will be added.

Low libido

High blood sugar levels block a gene responsible for producing sex hormones, causing a drop in libido. Men who consume too much sugar might as well start suffering from erectile dysfunction. Among other things, it has been seen that between 50 and 75% of men suffering from diabetes also suffer from erection problems, a percentage that is 3 times higher than in healthy men.

Weak immune system

Too much sugar weakens the cells of the immune system. Therefore, eating too many sweets exposes us to a greater risk of being prey to viruses and bacteria. A large percentage of our body's defenses are in fact found in the intestine but, if we follow a diet high in sugar, we feed the wrong bacteria and yeasts that negatively affect our body's defenses.



Weight gain

Weight gain is one of the most obvious signs that you need to turn to a healthier diet. When our body has to handle too much sugar it is programmed to maintain and store it so that it can be transformed into energy when it is needed. In the meantime, therefore, sugar is deposited in the form of fat in areas such as that of the stomach, where among other things the lipid accumulation puts you at greater risk of the appearance of certain diseases.

Insomnia

Sleep problems can also indicate the need to reduce sugar consumption. If you eat sweets before going to sleep it will be more difficult to fall asleep because the spike of substances in the blood does not favor a good rest.

How to detoxify the body from sugar

It is not enough just one of the symptoms listed above to say that you are actually addicted to sugar but certainly the presence of many of them must be evaluated in this sense. In case it is necessary to detoxify from sugars it is good to do it completely for a period of at least 21 days, the time it takes for the body to dispose of and recover.

During the detox period you have to avoid packaged and processed foods as much as possiblei, opting instead for whole, live foods like fruits and vegetables. You should especially increase the consumption of high-fiber foods which help keep blood sugar levels constant. Also to be avoided are alcohol, dairy products, starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn.

Others tips to detoxify yourself from sugar step by step you can find them here. A good idea might be to experiment with a more generic detox diet.

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