Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How Sugar Harms Your Health (and Your Recovery)

Some people say that sugar is toxic and should be regulated like tobacco and alcohol. Too much sugar has been found to wreak havoc on your physical and mental health. This includes damage to your: 
  • Weight
  • Metabolism
  • Skin 
  • Brain
  • Heart
  • Mood
For those in recovery, a high-sugar diet may even get in the way of a full recovery. This is because sugar triggers the release of the feel-good brain chemical dopamine, causing rewards and cravings similar to those induced by drugs like cocaine and heroin. This can easily cause a cross or transfer sugar addiction.

While it’s nearly impossible to avoid sugar 100 percent of the time, it’s important to be mindful of your intake and the negative effects of this addictive substance. The American Heart Association recommends that women have no more than 25 grams, or six teaspoons, of sugar per day.

Sugar and Your Mental Health
The roller coaster of high blood sugar followed by a crash may accentuate the symptoms of mood disorders.
  • A high-sugar diet can mess with your blood sugar, causing mood swings, anxiety and depression. 
  • Too much sugar can cause blurry vision, difficulty thinking and fatigue, which mimic signs of a panic attack.  
  • Too much sugar forms free radicals in the brain and compromises nerve cells’ ability to communicate. The result: trouble remembering instructions, processing ideas and managing moods.
  • Heavy sugar consumption has been linked to an increased risk of depression and worsening of schizophrenia symptoms. 

Cooking Classes and Nutritional Guidance 
At Rising Roads Recovery, we aim to fix old patterns and replace them with a healthy relationship with food. As part of our holistic approach to addiction rehab, we offer weekly nutrition courses, in addition to shopping preparation and cooking classes. To learn more, call: 866-746-1558.

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