Recognize These Warning Signs Telling You to Cut Down On Sugar
1. Frequent Urination
Whenever blood glucose concentrations in the blood become too high, as in the case of consuming too much sugar or being diabetic, the body will attempt to get rid of the sugar through your kidneys. The need to expel glucose will also require your kidneys to filter out more water, causing you to urinate more. This is a condition called polyuria, a condition where you are producing abnormally large amounts of urine frequently all through the day and even through the night. Polyuria is one of the most telling symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes and will continue to happen if your condition is poorly managed.
2. Constant And Extreme Thirst
Constant and extreme thirst happens in conjunction with the frequent urination triggered by your kidneys’ inability to use up all the glucose that is in your bloodstream. In your kidney’s efforts to filter out glucose, it expels copious amounts of liquid through urine.
Polyuria could cause you to urinate as much as 3 liters a day or more. Urinating such huge amounts of water could leave you feeling quite dehydrated.
Drinking more water is not going to help too. For as long as the glucose in your blood stream remains high, your body is going to keep expelling all that water.
Sugar tends to take your body on a rollercoaster ride. One minute you’re high as a kite, and the next you’re sleepy, groggy and unable to focus.
In fact it only takes 30 minutes for your sugar high to come crashing down on you. High sugar levels in the blood can cause an increase in the synthesis of insulin. The synthesis of insulin uses up amino acids like dopamine and norepinephrine. Low levels of these amino acids are linked to ADHD related behaviors. However, the absence of these amino acids in the blood means that tryptophan (a precursor) of serotonin can easily enter the blood-brain barrier without competition. Serotonin can make you tired and sleepy.
Another way that sugar causes fatigue is by inhibiting the function of orexin. Orexin is a brain chemical that keeps you feeling awake and alert. While sugar lowers orexin levels in the brain, thereby making you groggy, protein does the exact opposite of what sugar does, making you more alert.
4. You Crave It Constantly
We generally crave what we constantly eat. Therefore, huge cravings of sugar might be a sign that you have been eating too much of it. High sugar or high glycemic food is addictive in the same way that heroin and cocaine are addictive.
Food that is high in sugar or those that can spike up sugar levels in the blood rapidly (white bread, white potatoes and refined starch) have been found to stimulate an area in the brain that is linked with addictive behavior such as gambling and drug-use. This area in your brain is known as the nucleus accumbens. The nucleus accumbens has a significant role in the cognitive processing of motivation, pleasure, reinforcement and reward and is believed to be area responsible for addiction.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition illustrates that the body actually processes different types of calories differently be it fat, sugar or protein. Another thing that they found during the trial was that food that can spike up blood sugar in the body can highly trigger the nucleus accumbens, and that these types of foods are actually biologically addictive.
So the next time you’re craving for a sugary treat consider whether you are really hungry or just feeding into an addiction.
5. You’re Always Hungry
Ever feel like you’re always hungry, despite the fact that you just ate a full meal about an hour ago?
This could be a sign that you have too much sugar in your diet. Sugar, fructose in particular, has been found to induce leptin resistance in animals. Leptin is a hormone that helps you regulate your appetite. When leptin hormones rise that’s usually your body’s signal to stop eating because you have had enough. When fructose interferes with the function of leptin it can leave you feeling hungry even if you are not.
Sugar is not inherently a bad thing. It is the most readily available type of energy for your body. The only problem with sugar is that it has become so needlessly ubiquitous resulting to humans ingesting far more than they need on a daily basis.