While you may joke about needing your daily sugar fix, a growing body of research indicates that refined sugar may actually be a legitimate addiction for many people. Here’s what you need to know about why sugar is bad for you, along with how you can take steps to cut out sugar and enjoy enhanced health and wellness.
Sugar’s Effect on the Body
You may not think that extra scoop of sugar in your morning coffee is doing much harm, but an abundance of research suggests otherwise.
You may already be aware that sugar contains no essential nutrients and is therefore a primary source of “empty calories.” However, the research is much more troubling than that. In addition to promoting weight gain, sugar has been linked with a number of other health conditions, including fatty liver disease; insulin resistance — and the accompanying increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes; cancer; and tooth decay.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School have even connected high-sugar diets with increased risk of dying from heart disease. While saturated fat has long been blamed for heart disease, excess sugar consumption has since been determined to increase triglycerides, raise blood glucose and insulin levels, and lead to increases in “bad” cholesterol — all of which are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
This Is Your Brain… This is Your Brain on Sugar
But sugar isn’t just bad for the body. When you eat sugar, your body releases dopamine, AKA the “feel good” hormone. According to research published in Neuroscience, “sugar can have effects similar to a drug of abuse,” under select dietary conditions. Particularly for people who are already prone to addiction, this can trigger a physiological response prompting heightened cravings and perpetuating the cycle. One study even concluded that refined sugars surpass cocaine in terms of the reward delivered upon consumption!
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have also linked diets high in sugar with increased risk of mild cognitive impairment in seniors. Just how large a role does sugar intake play on brain function? Study participants were a whopping four times more likely to become cognitively impaired than their non-sugar consuming counterparts. In short, while moderate sugar is necessary for brain function, scientists believe that too much may impede the brain’s use of the sweet substance. Published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the study highlights the importance of eating a well-rounded diet, along with lowering your intake of both carbohydrates and sugar.
How Hypnotherapy Can Help
It’s no surprise that so many people struggle with stopping the cycle of sugar addiction. If you’ve tried and failed to step away from the soda, cookies, cereal, and candy, there’s still hope: hypnotherapy.
This proven therapeutic technique can help you break bad habits and regain control of your health and life. Endorsed by the American Psychological Association, hypnotherapy is an effective tool for accessing your subconscious mind and changing habitual bad behaviors, including everything from excess sugar consumption to procrastinating at work.
While “all things in moderation,” may be the general rule of thumb, keeping your sugar intake within reasonable amounts may be a losing battle — particularly if you try to go it on your own. To learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you kick your sugar addiction once and for all, call 843-252-0573 or visit our website today.