Don’t Trust the Energy Sugar Gives you

by Valerie Demetros

For many people, the thought of cutting sugar from their diet for 30 days can cause anxiety and panic.

But the plain fact is sugar is not your friend. Sure, it may give you a lift, but soon afterward you’re craving a bit more and suffering an energy crash.

Cutting back on sugar can have some pretty sweet effects on your health. The American Heart Association reports that Americans consume about 77 grams of added sugar per day. The daily recommended amount for women is just 25, which means most people triple that each day. For a visual, 77 grams of sugar equals about half a cup.

Giving up sugar for just one month can be difficult, but it can prompt lifelong benefits:

Less inflammation

Chronic inflammation affects around 125 million Americans and is linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and arthritis. Living with reduced added sugar may help reduce the risk of some of these inflammatory conditions.

Increased energy

Even though sugar is a source of energy, it’s short-lived energy. Refined sugar found in processed foods and candy can make you feel sluggish and lethargic. By giving these up, you increase your energy and feel better.

Improved gut health

Cutting out sugar is beneficial to your digestive health, aiding “good” gut bacteria. Sugar and refined carbs feed bad bacteria in the gut, which leads to digestive issues like gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation.

Healthier teeth

According to one study, adults who consume one to two sugary drinks per day have 30% more dental disease than those who don’t. Children who regularly drink them are at nearly twice the risk of dental decay compared to those who don’t.

Better mental health

Chucking sugar for a month can have positive mental health results. A 2019 study found that higher sugar intake is associated with a higher risk of depression. It also can cause neurobiological brain function changes and anxiety. Sugar may be soothing, but in the long run it’s not worth it.

Lowered diabetes risk

Regardless of a person’s weight, drinking just one sugar-sweetened beverage a day is associated with an increased risk of diabetes. This means the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can be lowered by limiting added sugar.

Better skin

Studies show too much sugar leads to premature aging by breaking down collagen, a protein that helps to make your skin look soft and smooth.

Weight loss

Reducing sugar intake will help improve your health, and as an added bonus, most people drop a few pounds.

Be aware that strict detoxing can cause fatigue, dizziness and low blood sugar. It may not be appropriate for diabetics, extreme athletes or anyone taking medication to control blood sugar. It is also not recommended for pregnant women.