You need sugar. No matter how much the next diet fad denies it, it’s a fact. This is why even the most carefully planned meals has carbohydrates, which are broken down as glucose. Once glucose enters the bloodstream, it acts as fuel for your brain and powers your body in all your activities throughout the day.

That being said, you only need to take in just enough sugar in order for you to function well. More than that can cause an array of unhealthy physiological changes, and too much can get you addicted. In fact, a Princeton University study says that that when taken without care, sugar can be as addictive as common dangerous substances, so much so that “sugar-bingeing” causes the brain to undergo changes that appear to mimic those produced by substances of abuse, including cocaine, morphine, and nicotine.

Before this happens you need to know when to stop. If you start seeing these signs, then you may need to lay off a bit on sweets.

You’re always tired and you’re gaining weight.
One of the most obvious effects of sugar-bingeing is excess fat. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking in real or artificial sugar – the body processes it the same by releasing insulin, which causes your body to take glucose from the blood and store it as glycogen for later use. Storing too much sugar can cause insulin levels to spike, which in turn makes you feel tired, and your body will look for more sweets to keep it up. It’s a vicious cycle, but you can break it by determining whether you’re really hungry or just craving, as well as picking the right things to eat when you actually are.

Your skin doesn’t look too healthy.
Too much sugar can cause inflammation, which is why if you’re getting acne and wrinkles, you may want to check if you’re way into sweets. According to WebMD, “when sugar travels into the skin, its components cause nearby amino acids to form cross-links. These cross-links jam the [the skin’s] repair mechanism and, over time, leave you with premature wrinkles.” To avoid this, read the labels of the food products that you buy and steer clear of processed sugars—steer clear of ingredients like high fructose, glucose, sucrose.

You get mood swings that sometimes lead to anxiety attacks.
Sugar crashes don’t only lead to physical tiredness, but can also trigger psychological and emotional fatigue. Those who are addicted to sugar tend to feel down when they haven’t gotten their fix. If you think that it’s common for you to turn to sweets when you’re feeling low, you may need to adjust your diet.

There is a significant increase in your blood pressure.
Salt isn’t always the culprit to having high blood pressure. Oftentimes, it’s consuming more sugar than what the body needs. Medical News Today says that certain sugars, specifically monosaccharide fructose found in processed food, play a huge role in hypertension. It further explains that “ingesting one 24-ounce soft drink has been shown to cause an average maximum increase in blood pressure of 15/9 mm Hg and heart rate of 9 bpm.” If you’re constantly battling hypertension, visit your doctor to learn about the exact dietary changes that your body needs.

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