3. – Causes Moodiness And Depression
What constantly consuming excess empty sugar does is directly effects mood, resulting in accelerating mental health issues. One that we’re all familiar with, is the daily “sugar crash” that we experience on those mornings, that we consume any type of bad sweets.
The body’s blood sugar level spikes up, once absorbing any type of fructose laden food or beverage. After this sugar high, it then suddenly plummets downward, which leaves feelings of anxiousness, moodiness, and even depression.
Along with this sugar crash, what excess empty sugar does is impairs our neurotransmitters, which is responsible for keeping our moods stable. One key neurotransmitter is serotonin, which automatically boosts our mood, this once consuming sugar.
What the body has however, is a limited supply of serotonin that it stores, and the more frequently that it’s released, the quicker that the supply is depleted, which leads to symptoms that’s associated with depression.
2. – Impairs Learning Skills As Well As Memory
For those who consumes excess amounts of fructose that’s found in a variety of processed foods and beverages, which is usually hidden so that they’re not even aware they’re consuming them, does is produces less neurotrophics in the brain, such as BDNF.
What the chemical BDNF in the brain does is helps it learn new processes while retaining them, as well as forming new memories which the brain stores. Once it becomes deficient, we then fail to remember much of anything, and begin having those “senior” moments, all activated by too much bad sugar.
What research also shows is that a diet that’s high in fructose, does is slows down the thinking process in the brain. In lab studies, those who consumed excess sugar compared to those who didn’t, damaged their synaptic activity in the brain, which is impairment of the communication between brain cells.
1. – Activates Cravings and Addiction
Having an addiction to sugar is a very real issue, similar to having an addiction to tobacco or alcohol. It’s become a growing concern for many, because of the modern “instant” and hectic world and lifestyle that we lead.
The reason why this happens, is that once we decide to consume even small amounts of sugar, the taste buds instantly becomes activated and sends “happy” signals to the brain, releasing the feel good hormones, such as dopamine.
Although it’s perfectly okay to reward the pathways leading to the brain, with these sugary treats from time to time, like any other addiction, what’s needed is regulation. What over-activating these hormones on a continuous basis does, is leads to too constantly craving for more sweets, as well as developing an increased tolerance to it.