6 Symptoms of Sugar Consumption and Why You Should Consider a Sugar Detox
Americans are addicted to sugar. Not only do we put it in our coffee, indulge in sweet snacks, and drink sugar-rich drinks such as soda, juice, and cocktails, but it also hides in many everyday products. Pasta sauce, yogurt, cereal, and granola bars are packed with added sugars despite being marketed as healthy options.
It’s no wonder we’ve become reliant on sugar to get through the day or when life becomes too stressful. Unfortunately, over-consuming sugar leads to a variety of unpleasant symptoms, which could turn into chronic health issues over time. Here are six symptoms of sugar consumption and why you should consider a sugar detox.
1. Brain Fog
If you struggle to stay focused at work, are often forgetting things, or find yourself confused frequently, you may be experiencing brain fog. This is a common symptom of sugar consumption that is caused by your body’s rapid swing in blood sugar. The peak that comes with a rush of sugar is followed by a sudden and rapid crash, which leads to difficulty concentrating, low energy, and lack of mental clarity. Chronic brain fog can affect your job performance, relationships, and ability to participate in hobbies and other activities.
2. Sugar Cravings
After a crash in blood sugar, your body will begin signaling that it needs another sugar fix for energy. These signals come in the form of hunger for sugary foods. More specifically, you’ll begin to crave sweets as your body demands more energy. You may find that you feel “hangry,” and end up continuously reaching for candy, sugary cereal, cookies, or granola bars throughout the day, only to feel hungry again shortly after.
Eating sugar-filled processed foods alters your taste buds, making naturally sweet foods such as apples or grapes taste much less sweet to you than they actually are. This means that when your sweet tooth begins to act up, you’re less likely to reach for a banana and will opt for a chocolate bar or ice cream instead. Soon enough you will find yourself wrapped up in a vicious cycle of sugar addiction that gets more difficult to break the longer it goes on.
We recommend taking part in a sugar detox to help retrain your taste buds so you can curb those sugar cravings for good.
3. Energy Crashes
Do you ever fall victim to the midday crash while you’re working or studying? That sleepy, sluggish feeling probably keeps you reaching for candy, chocolate, or caffeine to help you get through the rest of the day. These symptoms are indicators of a blood sugar crash.
When you consume carbohydrates or sugary foods, the glucose passes into your bloodstream, causing your blood sugar levels to rise. This prompts your body to release insulin as your cells take up the glucose to convert it into energy. Once this process ends, your blood sugar levels return to normal. This is a natural occurrence that we all experience when we eat, and it protects us from hyperglycemia. However, when your blood sugar levels spike too quickly, your body will release high amounts of insulin, which then causes your blood sugar levels to rapidly decline to below-average levels. This is what we call a blood sugar crash.
Blood sugar crashes can affect your daily life and make it much more difficult to remain alert and productive all day. If you want to feel more energetic throughout your day, consider a sugar detox to get your body back in its normal blood sugar cycle.
While the primary job of your large intestine is absorbing water, sugar can hinder this process and will either draw water into the large intestine or prevent the water from being absorbed correctly. This often leads to a feeling of fullness or heaviness in your gut called bloating.
Additionally, when excess sugar can’t be broken down and absorbed, it sits in your bowels to ferment. The fermenting sugar moves slowly through your large intestine and feeds the bad bacteria in your gut. This causes an uncomfortable buildup of gas that can contribute to bloating, as well as cramps and abdominal pain. With a sugar detox, your organs can function without excess sugar buildup.
5. Stress and Anxiety
The rapid high-low swings that come along with sugar consumption can lead to fatigue and irritability. When this happens day after day, it takes a toll on your body, affects your ability to get a good night’s sleep, and saps your energy. Over time, you’ll likely experience high levels of stress and anxiety that can eventually lead to mood disorders.
Chronic fatigue caused by blood sugar spikes and crashes further affects your mood by making it more difficult for you to participate in regular activities. You are less likely to exercise, which means you won’t reap the benefits of endorphins, and you have less energy to go for walks and work on hobbies, which are important for stress and anxiety management. At Five Journeys, our physical health treatment also benefits mental health, including engaging in a sugar detox.
6. Achy Joints
Sugar is a well known cause of inflammation, gut permeability, and autoimmunity. Chronic inflammation may lead to joint pain and discomfort, whether or not you have an autoimmune condition. The most effective way to alleviate joint pain is to do a sugar detox to optimize your blood sugar levels.
A Functional Sugar Detox
At Five Journeys, we offer an online 7-Day Sugar Detox Program to help retrain your tastebuds and finally kick your sugar addiction. Find relief from joint pain, anxiety, bloating, brain fog, energy crashes, and sugar cravings once and for all. To schedule a consultation, contact our team at Five Journeys today!