Any food that we consume has either a long term or a short term effect on our body functionality. In this same way, foods can lower our brain functionality or boost and enhance it.
Our brain uses a lot of energy. Studies have shown that glucose is its main source of fuel. For instance, how does consuming too much sugar affect our brain? Well, in this case, less is better.
Consuming too much sugar has been found to impair our cognitive skills. In addition, too much sugar highly affects our self-control. We tend to become “hyped” after too much sugar consumption. A perfect example is toddlers or kids. They tend to get a “sugar rush” after an unusual consumption. Scientists have proven that sugar becomes addictive and causes a craving for more.
Too much sugar results in reduced attention time span, memory loss and slower cognitive skills.
A study in the journal Scientific Reports, 2007 showed that in regard to people with a high sugar consumption, 23% are more likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder than those with the lowest sugar intakes.
If one decides to withdraw from sugar intake, which refers to not just cake, candy and juices but from all foods that contain sugar including dairy products and some fruits e.g. bananas, grapes etc., one is likely to experience withdrawal symptoms;
- Heightened cravings for anything sweet.
- Cravings for foods like pasta and other carbohydrates.
- feeling moody and being irritable.
Your coping with symptoms and effects of long-term sugar intake will depend on why you want to change your consumption and how you deal with the symptoms of withdrawal. Some people will binge eat during this process. Binge eating is part of the exaggerated sugar intake cycle.
Effects of too much sugar include;
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Tooth Decay
- Cardiovascular disease
- Aging and uneven skin tone
Be proud for taking small steps towards achieving your target. Gradually, sugar intake can be controlled.