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Signs You're Eating Too Much Sugar

By Sara Butler

Sugar is everywhere, which can make limiting your sugar intake difficult if it’s not something you’re keeping a close eye on. But how do you know if you’re eating too much sugar? It turns out there are some signs that can help clue you in that you’re getting too much of the sweet stuff -- and here are a few of the most common ones.

The Risks of Sugar

Scientists are beginning to understand that chronic inflammation may be at the heart of many chronic diseases and sugar contributes to this kind of inflammation. Sugar also increases your chance of obesity, diabetes, and may increase the chance of developing certain types of cancers as well as heart disease. That’s why it’s so important to keep tabs on just how much sugar you’re having.

Sign No. 1: You’re Moody

Some studies have found that too much sugar in the diet can make mood disorders such as depression worse. Sugar can cause swings in your blood sugar, which can make you moody but can also alter the neurotransmitters in your brain that help to regulate moods. Sugar can cause spikes of feel-good hormones such as serotonin in your brain. Once the sugar “high” goes away, your neurotransmitters may tank right along with it, causing mood issues.

To help combat this, keep your blood sugar and mood stable with foods that take longer to digest, such as protein, whole grains, and fiber.

Sign No. 2: You Have Trouble Sleeping

Your body needs a good night’s rest in order to function optimally but eating sugar too close to bedtime can disturb your ability to fall asleep and stay that way. That’s because sugar provides a temporary energy boost by spiking your blood sugar, which can make settling down to go to sleep much more difficult.

The best way to avoid this is to not eat anything with sugar in the two hours or so leading up to bedtime. That will help you to avoid blood sugar spikes and make it easier to relax and fall asleep.

Sign No. 3: You Crave It

The more sugar you get in your diet, the more your body will want it. That’s because aside from tasting good, sugar sets off a chemical reaction in your brain that bathes it in hormones that make it feel good. So, naturally, it will want more of that feeling.

Try to identify when you crave sugar the most, such as right after meals, and work to reduce how much sugar you eat during those times.

Work to identify how much sugar you get per day and try to cut some out!

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

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