How to Know if You’ve Been Having Too Much Sugar

How to Know if You’ve Been Having Too Much Sugar

Sugar is the quick way to get the “feel good” neurotransmitters, which enhance mood and boost energy. Although effective, it is always short-lived.  

Now that the holiday season is here, the stocks of sweets in your household will not fall short, especially for Filipinos who have a fondness for local delicacies such as puto bumbong and bibingka, leche flan, and ube halaya. It can be irresistible, but being mindful of your sugar intake  will do you some good.  

Consuming excessive sugar can increase your risk of dying from heart disease. It can also cause unplanned weight gain, which can trick the body into turning off its appetite control system.  

 

Signs You’re Having Too Much Sugar  

If you are unsure whether you should cut back on sugar, here are some of the signs that you’re having too much sweets:  

  • Increased hunger and weight gain  
  • Irritability  
  • Fatigue and low energy  
  • Always anticipating a high level of sweetness in food  
  • Craving for sweets  
  • High blood pressure  
  • Acne and wrinkles  
  • Joint pain  
  • Digestive issues  
  • Sleep problems  
  • Brain fog  
  • Compromised oral health  

 

How to Decrease Sugar Consumption  

If you think you’ve been having too much sugar, here are some tips to slowly step away from excessive sugar consumption:  

  • Cut sugary drinks and swap it with water  
  • Start your day with a breakfast rich in protein and fiber instead of reaching for a sweet breakfast  
  • Check labels and snack mindfully  
  • Reconsider dessert options  
  • Manage stress levels and exercise regularly  

 

Get professional help if you are unsure about your next steps for your health.

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