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8384110298_da510e0347_bThe consequences of diet plans that include a high amount of sugar include developing resistance to insulin, decreased metabolism, damage to the liver, and type 2 diabetes –  just to name a few.  In addition to these negative impacts on the body, sugar affects the brain as well.  

Creates A Cycle of Cravings: When you eat sugary foods like cookies and cakes, your tongue’s taste receptors send signals to your brain to release dopamine, “the pleasure chemical.”  Your brain recognizes the reward associated with eating a small sugary snack, but overloading your diet plans with sugar rewires this process and causes cravings.

Increased Risk of Depression and Anxiety: Eating sugary foods causes blood sugar levels to spike and fall rapidly.  Peaks and drops in blood sugar affect your mood.  If your body is continually experiencing the blood sugar spikes and drops, it disturbs the neurotransmitters that are responsible for keeping mood stable.  Overtime, overworking these neurotransmitters may lead to anxiety and even depression.

Impaired Memory and Brain Fog: Consuming large amounts of sugar can cause insulin resistance.  Insulin is an important hormone in the body that regulates brain cells.  Insulin helps strengthen communication between brain cells, helping form stronger memories.  When the brain is unable to benefit from the full presence of insulin in the brain, cognitive functions may become impaired.  Moreover, sugar creates free radicals in the brain that negatively influence the nerve cells’ ability to communicate with the brain’s membrane, making it difficult to remember tasks and process ideas.

Increased Risk of Dementia: Diet plans high in sugar affect blood sugar levels.  Blood sugar levels affect many areas of the body, but the brain takes a huge hit when blood sugar levels are not stable.  There are research suggesting that insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels are associated with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Regularly indulging in sugary foods may satisfy your sweet tooth but hurts the brain and ultimately your entire body and how it functions.  Replacing items high in sugar with natural foods will not only allow you to be more healthy but give you the opportunity to enjoy better mood and sharper memory while reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders and minimizing cravings.

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