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Are You Addicted to Sugar?

By Sara Butler

Sugar isn’t good for you, but you probably know this by now. But you may not be aware just how unhealthy sugar is. New research has found that sugar may interrupt your body’s ability to feel sated, leading you to eat more, more often. That’s why it makes sense to take an honest look at your refined sugar intake and take steps to reduce it. Here are some ways you can tell if your sugar intake is a problem to your health.

Do Your Crave Sweets?

If you crave the sugary stuff when you’re not hungry, then you might be addicted to sugar. A study out of MIT found that the part of your brain that craves sugar is separate from the part of your brain that plans out healthy, balanced meals. That’s your brain on sugar.

Do You Binge?

The three stages of sugar addiction are bingeing, withdrawal, and then craving. What that means is that if you overeat sugary treats on a consistent basis and then feel anxious when you can’t get your sugar fix, then you may actually be struggling with an addiction to the sweet stuff.

Do You Plan Sugar in Your Day?

If you have your sugary treat planned ahead of time into your daily schedule, then it might mean you have a problem. A sure sign of a sugar addiction is always having something on hand so you can grab it when you want to fulfill the urge to have it. So, if you always have a snickers bar in your bag, then you might want to get honest with yourself about the role sugar plays in your life. And if you hide them so you don’t have to share with others, that’s an indication of an issue, too.

What Can You Do?

If these questions seemed familiar and you suspect you may struggle with too much sugar in your diet, then there are steps you can take that can help. Too much sugar in your diet can have a detrimental impact on your health. It can cause fatigue, weight gain, and irritability. If you can make an effort to cut down on sugar or cut out refined sugar from your diet, you’ll notice that you feel better all day long. So, try to find some ways to cut down on the sweet stuff in your day.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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