10 reasons you should reduce the amount of sugar in your diet ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿซ

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Sugar sugar!ย  Are you consuming to much of the sweet stuff ? Probably yes ๐Ÿ˜ You may of heard of people doing a sugar detox and thought about trying it but sugar is just everywhere ! And we all love some sugary deserts ๐Ÿ˜Š In this post I’m not advising you to remove sugar entirely from your diet, just explaining the benefits of cutting down and you will thank me for it.

So let’s begin :

1. Improved mental health

Hey hey who doesn’t want this benefit ?

Over-consumption of sugar leads to imbalances in certain brain chemicals, doubling the chances ofย outcomes like depression & anxiety. In particular, it seems excessย sugar impacts dopamine–the neurotransmitter that fuels the brain’s reward system!

Chronically high blood sugar levels have also been linked toย inflammation in the brain. And as some research has suggested, neuroinflammation may be one possibleย cause of depression. Don’t let this demonise sugar, the human body needs sugar ! But the correct amount. We are eating 5 times our daily intake it has been proven in scientific studies.

2. Reduce aging &ย roll back the years

In numerous detox participants there has been fantastic results in skin appearance after the reduction of sugar in the diet,ย Collagen and elastinย are the most important proteins for healthy wrinkle free skin. They are the two building blocks essential to keeping your skin smooth and flexible. Theย British Journal of Dermatologyย explains, โ€œDryness and lack of elasticity occurs when these proteins become damaged.โ€

The science is this: When you have sugar molecules in your system, they bombard the body’s cells like a meteor ยญshowerโ€”glomming onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation. This forms advanced glycation end products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed. Much of what is known about glycation’s ill effects comes from diabetes research: The connective-tissue damage and chronic inflammation resulting from diabetics’ sustained high blood sugar can lead to debilitating conditions, such as cataracts, Alzheimer’s, vascular tightening, and diseases of the pancreas and liver. From http://www.elle.com

ย Foods rich in antioxidants fight the effects of aging by reducing free radical damage. They can also help keep sugar from attaching to proteins. Sugar attaches to these proteins when you consume too much sugar!ย  This leads to damage to Collagen which means older looking skin ๐Ÿ˜œ So now you’ve been scared into eating fruit and veggies haha I don’t feel guilty because I know it will help you ๐Ÿ˜€

The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so plump and springyโ€”collagen and elastin. When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discolored, weak, and less supple; this shows up on the skin’s surface as wrinkles, sagginess, and a loss of radiance. The presence of AGEs also makes the complexion more vulnerable to bad-news assailants such as UV light and cigarette smoke. As New Yorkโ€“based dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, MD, puts it: “Number one, the glucose makes the cells abnormal; and number two, it creates free radicals. So you get a double whammy when it comes to aging.” From http://www.elle.com

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