Is it time to ditch some holiday traditions?
| Healthline – The harmful effects sugar can have on your physical health are well studied, which is why we talk so much about reducing sugar to lose weight and lower the risk of disease.
While ditching the sweet stuff can result in a physically healthier you, the impact sugar has on our mental health is worth a second look.
1. Sugar leads to highs and lows
Consuming a large amount of processed sugar can trigger feelings of worry, irritability, and sadness.
After eating too much sugar, your body releases insulin to help absorb the excess glucose and stabilize blood sugar levels. That’s a good thing, right? Not necessarily.
This rollercoaster of ups and downs can leave you feeling nervous, foggy, irritable, jittery, and drained.
If you have anxiety or depression, those symptoms are likely ones you already deal with on a daily basis. Sugar will exacerbate them. New CDC Rule on “Life-Threatening” Christmas Cookies
2. If it doesn’t cause anxiety, it sure makes it worse
The powerful sugar high and subsequent crash can make you feel irritable, shaky, and tense — all side effects that can worsen your anxiety.
But that’s not all. Sugar can also weaken your body’s ability to respond to stress, which can trigger your anxiety and prevent you from dealing with the cause of the stress. Just how bad is all that sugar for your heart?
3. Sugar can increase your risk of developing depression
Overconsumption of sugar triggers imbalances in certain brain chemicals. These imbalances can lead to depression and may even increase the long-term risk of developing a mental health disorder in some people.
In fact, a 2017 study found that men who consumed a high amount of sugar (67 grams or more) each day were 23 percent more likely to receive a diagnosis of clinical depression within five years.
Even though the study just involved men, the link between sugar and depression is also evident in women … What They Put In Pizza That Makes It So Addictive