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Effects of sugar on your important organs
Please stop eating sugar immediately!
Sugar has been linked to obesity and diabetes, but it can have much more devastating effects. Too much sugar can dis-regulate the acid needed to break down food properly, leaking food particles into the bloodstream. Chronic high blood sugar levels have also been linked to brain inflammation.
Sugar interrupts the supply of important neurotransmitter precursors through the blood-brain barrier – and particularly ones that help produce serotonin and dopamine, which influence mood. Too much sugar can increase the risk of anxiety and depression due to a mix of energy rushes after ingestion followed by subsequent sugar crashes. The constant roller coaster of adrenaline surges can severely impact the function of the central nervous system. Chronic high blood sugar levels have been linked to brain inflammation and potentially a cause of depression.
When you eat sugar, harmful bacteria within the mouth can feed off the sugars you eat and multiply. Frequent exposure can lead to gum disease or halitosis and over time can lead to enamel decay. Further repeated exposure to acid from sugar can destroyed tooth enamel and cause cavities to form. The form of permanent damage can only be repaired with a filling.
Studies have shown a correlation between skin aging and high blood sugar levels. Excess sugar is thought to attach itself to the collagen, or structural skin proteins, causing advanced glycation (the process of digested sugar attaching itself to the collagen). Right away, the sugary foods can cause an eruption of inflammation within the body and eventually lead to skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
High glucose levels can cause the the blood vessels to contract and eventually harden the arteries. It also affects the production of nitric oxide which reduces blood pressure. A lack of nitric oxide can lead to a risk of high blood pressure. Other vascular problems include forced pressure on the heart and other organs, limiting the blood supply which could lead to high blood pressure.
Increased sugar levels can decrease the amount of good cholesterol in the bloodstream and increase the amount of bad cholesterol, as well as blood fats. These factors all lead to an increased risk of heart disease. As explained before, sugary foods convert to glucose, which causes insulin to be released in a matter of minutes. This rapid process raises the heart rate, as well as the risk of high blood pressure. As an indirect impact on the heart, sugar has been linked to obesity – which puts pressure on the heart and contributes to hypertension and cardiac arrest.
The liver struggles to process excessive amounts of sugar. The unprocessed sugars are converted to fat calls, which are distributed throughout the body. As a result, you can gain weight and are at risk for fatty liver disease and even obesity. Over time, the liver can become resistant to insulin which can lead to elevated insulin levels throughout the body.
The pancreas regulates blood sugar levels either by lowering them with insulin or raising them through glucagon. Maintaining blood sugar levels helps several organs function including the brain, heart and liver. When sugar is eaten in excess, insulin is constantly released to clear glucose from the blood stream. Eventually, the cells become resistant and you can develop insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes.
KIDNEYS AND ADRENAL GLANDS
High blood sugar levels in the body damage the kidneys’ natural filtration system that separates useful substances from waste products. The adrenal glands, which sit right on top of each kidney, also manage glucose regulation. Blood sugar fluctuations caused by high intake increases the demand on the adrenal glands. When the glands’ workload increases due to managing blood sugar regulation, this diverts resources away from other tasks and can reduce the ability to manage stress appropriately.
Too much sugar in the body can cause bacteria to migrate from the colon to the small intestine, where nearly no bacteria is present. As they proliferate on the foods digesting in the small intestine, it can cause bloating, acid reflux, gas and abdominal cramping. Enzyme function is also affected which can lead to significant nutritional deficiencies occurring over time. As blood sugar levels crash and the stress hormone cortisol is produced, the body cannot produce the acid needed to properly break down food. These undigested food particles can leak through the lining of the gut and make their way into the bloodstream, known as leaky gut.