Sugar can be found in many of the foods you eat every day. Yes, sugar is in candy and some of your favorite snacks, but it’s also hidden within many “healthy” options. The average American consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar per day, while the recommended amount for men is nine teaspoons and woman is six teaspoons. The long-term effects of sugar on the body as a whole can be toxic and damaging. Monitoring your sugar intake to stay at or below your average recommended amount of sugar can save your body. Let's take a look at the deeper effects that sugar can have on your body.
Outside of the Body
Although sugar goes into your body, it can affect the outside of your body the same way it does inside. Consuming too much sugar on a regular basis can be rough on you skin. Sugar can break down elements of your skin like collagen and elastin. The breakdown of these elements gives the ageing process a head-start by providing the skin less tension allowing it to wrinkle and sag. High sugar consumption can also lead to excess hair growth and dark patches around the neck and body creases. Another visible reaction from sugar is your teeth. Excess sugar can cause teeth to decay and increase the potential for cavities.
Inside of the Body
Excess sugar consumption, unfortunately, can cause a wide variety of issues inside of the body. Some of these problems can cause health issues and pain. Sugar can affect the brain, heart, joints, kidneys and sexual activeness.
- Brain: Sugar can alter the brain’s behavior by decreasing its ability to form new memories, store information, concentration difficulties, anxiety and depression.
- Heart: Triglyceride levels rise significantly when too much sugar is consumed, leading to lowering of “good” cholesterol, increase your risk of heart attack or stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
- Joints: Too much sugar can increase the likelihood of osteoporosis, arthritis, and overall joint pain, making simple activities difficult and painful to do.
- Kidneys: Sugar can increase kidney size, chances of developing diabetes, kidney disease or kidney failure.
- Sexual Activeness: Excess sugar can cause erectile dysfunction in men and sexual arousal disorder in women, leading to a decrease in sexual activeness.
Managing your sugar intake can help you avoid many of these health-related issues. Monitoring your sugar consumption could save your life down the line. Stress eaters may have an increased risk of over consuming sugar if they overeat sugary or processed foods. InterHealth’s ingredient Relora® has been shown to demonstrate positive effects on mood and provide weight maintenance specifically for stress eaters. If you are looking for assistance with stress eating or managing your mood, look for products in vitamin and health food stores that contain Relora®. For more information head to our website, or you can give us a call at 1-800-783-4636.