Cutting back on sugar can have amazing health benefits. In the third part of the DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES, we will dive deep into the health benefits associated with quitting or reducing refined sugar intake. You probably know all about the dangers of refined sugar. It rots your teeth, increases your risk of chronic disease, causes weight gain, and much more. But quitting refined sugar doesn’t just allow you to avoid these adverse effects, but also allows you to enjoy a variety of benefits. The list below highlights five of the top benefits you can enjoy by quitting refined sugar.
ENHANCED ENERGY LEVELS
Refined sugar enters your bloodstream almost instantly which causes your energy levels to quickly surge and crash. When you start to eat less refined sugar, these fluctuations in energy levels will become a thing of the past and you’ll find that you generally have much more energy throughout the day. Not only does this help you feel great but it also makes you much more productive and allows you to perform all your daily tasks effectively.
YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN
One of the biggest negatives of consuming refined sugar is that it damages your skin in numerous ways.
First, it causes the collagen and elastin in your skin to become inflamed. These structural proteins help your skin stay firm and youthful-looking. When they constantly become inflamed as a result of regularly eating large amounts of refined sugar, they become less effective which causes your skin to sag and wrinkles to form.
Second, the inflammation caused by eating sugar has been shown to aggravate various skin disorders including acne (a disorder characterized by red pimples on the skin) and rosacea (a skin disorder characterized by burning and redness).
When you stop eating refined sugar, you’ll also stop damaging your skin in the ways described above and you’ll find that it looks much smoother, more vibrant, and youthful.
EASIER WEIGHT LOSS
Sugar passes through the digestive system very quickly and because of this, foods that contain high levels of sugar aren’t as satiating as foods that contain minimal amounts of sugar. This means it’s much easier to overeat and consume large amounts of calories that lead to weight gain when you’re eating lots of refined sugar.
Quitting sugar will mean that you’ll feel much fuller every time you eat and naturally eat less food. Food cravings will come less often and because you’re consuming fewer calories, it will be much easier to lose weight.
The energy surges and crashes caused by eating lots of refined sugar are upsetting to your sleep patterns. They make it difficult to sleep and have a negative impact on your sleep quality when you do fall asleep.
Cutting sugar out of your diet stops it wreaking havoc on your sleep cycles and allows you to enjoy restful, better quality sleep.
Numerous studies have shown that refined sugar is a huge contributor to chronic disease. It causes inflammation in the body, damages your blood vessels, and has a negative impact on your vital organs which leaves you open to a wide range of ailments, illnesses, and diseases.
Reducing your intake of refined sugar stops it from damaging your body in this way and allows it to heal. Not only does this make you less susceptible to ailments that are directly caused by refined sugar but it also boosts your overall immunity.
TRY THE GREEN GODDESS SMOOTHIE RECIPE BELOW TO HELP MAKE YOUR SKIN LOOK AGELESS
In case you missed parts 1-2 in the DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES? Check the links out below.
DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES PART 1: What Sugar Does to Your Body
DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES PART 2: Alternatives for Refined Sugar
Up next in the DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES:
DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES PART 4: Fruits that are High in Sugar
DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES PART 5: The Perfect Low Sugar Drinks that Cure that Sweet Tooth Craving
GREEN GODDESS SMOOTHIE
- 1 cup of tightly packed spinach
- 1/2 ripe medium banana
- 1/4 of an avocado, without skin and pit, removed
- 1 Tablespoon sunflower seeds
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
Put everything in a blender. Blend and pour.
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