Sugar ... sweet, delicious, addictive sugar and oh how we love it! Despite our adoration, there are some pretty scary and damaging affects of sugar on the human body. Sugar can be toxic, especially considering the whopping amounts people consume yearly.
Did you know that the average person takes in nearly 130 pounds of added sugars? If you figure that out ... wait for it now ... that's about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day! Holy sweet tooth! Here are some of things having a sugar overload every day can do to your body.
- It makes your organs fat. Sad, but true. Over time, it can cause fat to build up around your liver and bring on liver disease.
- A precursor for the on-start ofType-3 Diabetes
- Beats the heck out of your heart because diabetes and heart disease are so interrelated.
- Massive amounts of sugar causes excess insulin in the bloodstream. This really takes a toll on your body's circulatory system, making your vessels grow faster than normal. The end result can prove deadly, putting you on the path toward high blood pressure, which can lead to a stroke or heart attack.
- Major spike in bad cholesterol
- It's addictive just like street drugs. Your body develops a tolerance, needing more and more of those feel-good opiods and dopamines (those pleasure chemicals in your brain).
- Kind of turns you into an uncontrollable eating machine. Eating too much mixes up your body's ability to tell your brain you've had enough.
- You become crazed for energy. It's like when you eat a candy bar and you get that zap of energy. Sugar also releases serotonin, which is a sleep regulator. You'll always need an energy boost and never quite get enough.
- Messes up your face. A constant sugar overload in your bloodstream attaches to these proteins that form harmful molecules. These invaders actually attack the collagen and elastin in your skin that are important for keeping your skin firm and elastic. Hence, leading to wrinkles and saggy skin.