3 Ways Sugar Lowers Your Quality of Life
by Joan Kent, PhD
Catching Colds (and Other Stuff)
If you eat sugar frequently, you may get frequent colds. Sugar has a direct impact on the immune system.
This isn't a post for getting technical, but sugar triggers high levels of the hormone insulin. Some people are especially sensitive to sugar and may secrete extra-high levels of insulin when they eat it.
In turn, the insulin can trigger the production of inflammatory substances in the body, such as cytokines and series 2 prostaglandins. Inflammation is currently medically recognized as the root cause of most, if not all, disease.
A diet that's low in sugar may help you decrease your risk of both serious diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes, and inconvenient ones, such as colds.
If you eat sugar, especially on a regular basis, you may notice that your appetite increases.
Sugar triggers the release of endorphins (beta-endorphin), and the endorphins block the effect of the brain's satiety center. Satiety is the feeling that we've had enough food and don't need more.
The likely result is an increase in food consumption. The increase might be for sugary foods — or it might just be for more food in general.
Believe it or not, there was a time (1970s) that the sugar industry created ads to convince us that a snack of a candy bar or soda would actually help us control appetite, but actually — as recent history has shown — an increase in appetite is probable.
That appetite increase may feel out of control. And it starts with sugar.
Changing Food Preferences
Sugar will change your food preferences, and not in a good way. Again, this involves endorphins.
When we eat an endorphin-triggering substance like sugar, the response is often a desire for other endorphin-triggering foods. Examples would be foods high in sugar, of course, or foods high in fat. Or foods high in both.
Healthful foods seem much less appealing when sugar is a frequent part of the diet. One client in particular was drawn to heavy, greasy foods (like bologna) whenever she was using sugar. Her weight consistently reflected the sugar level of her diet.
In a different direction, every client I've ever had who hated vegetables was someone who ate sugar in fairly large quantities, or frequently during the day or week.
Sugar can diminish your quality of life in a number of other ways, as well. Constant, nagging sugar cravings are only one of them.
These points may seem minor, but when you experience them on an ongoing basis — or rotate through them because life seems to revolve around the next sugar fix — it can truly diminish your quality of life.
You deserve better.
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