In today's society it is a rare person that does not know the pains of sugar addiction.
It’s 2:00 PM in the office. Like clock work, your sweet tooth kicks in. “Are their still donuts in the kitchen?”
Ten minutes later, you’re still distracted by your ravenous cravings.
“No, you don’t need a donut” you tell yourself-“but you’ve been so good this week…”
Seconds later, sugar wins the battle and a scrumptious chocolate eclair is inhaled…you even question if you should have another. You already ate one donut, might as well eat a second, right?
Sugar addiction is one of the reasons some people argue that sugar should be regulated, similarly to alcohol and tobacco. That second donut (or third) could lead to substance abuse, causing a slew of health concerns including skin problems. As it turns out sugar is the enemy of natural beauty!
Because our brains evolved to crave it as a potent source of caloric fuel this addictive and dangerous substance has become a staple in the Standard American Diet. It is now far more available than ever before in human evolution. It is cheap to purchase and is front and center in snack displays as well as hiding in many processed foods.
The truth is ugly. Common risks of sugar consumption include cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Too much sugar consumption inevitably leads to weight gain and can even make you age faster, meaning more wrinkles and sagging skin!
If you are consuming high quantities of sugar your skin health is definitely suffering. You may see this show up in your skin health as skin problems like acne, rashes, and even eczema. These disruptions are trying to tell you that your body is out of balance. Sugar feeds detrimental bacteria in your small intestine and can cause insulin resistance. This sets up a whole range of inflammatory reactions in your body.
Because of the availability and clever marketing of sugary foods most people are unaware of the health hazards they face as a result of sugar consumption. The risks are well-documented in scientific literature, though.
Despite the potential consequences, the average American consumes 135 pounds of sugar per year! In nature, sugar is an uncommon substance, and is found mainly in fruit which is only available when they are ripe and in-season. In the modern world sugar is hard to avoid and is available 24/7 and 365 days per year. Sugar can be found in your breakfast cereal, pasta sauce, fruit juice, and even salad dressing. In fact, its hidden in most of your processed foods.
The only way to change how sugar is affecting your skin health is to eat much less of it. As you taper off you may see your skin become brighter and more clear and firm. Over time you will save yourself years of skin aging by reducing your sugar consumption. This is as important of a step as using a good quality skincare product.
Everyone indulges once in a while but it's important to keep perspective and balance. By teaching ourselves to enjoy foods that are unsweetened we appreciate the actual flavors of our foods more and free our mind and body of addictive cravings.
Do you see any changes in the quality of your skin when you consume sugar? Do you think that sugary foods have any place in your natural beauty lifestyle? How will you take steps to improve your quantity of sugar consumption?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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