Sugar can be harmful for people’s body but what most people don’t realize is sugar can harm a person’s emotional state as well. The harm comes from wreaking havoc with the brain, creating space for anxiety to heighten. Learn more about how sugar makes anxiety worse and how to find better alternatives.
Everyone has their thing when it comes to stress. Some people eat chocolate, some people shop, and others go for sugary treats to curb their anxiety and woes. The problem with doing this is, over time, a sugar crash will come and dip you down low. Consuming a large amount of processed sugar can trigger depression and irritability. After eating too much sugar, your body releases insulin to help absorb glucose in the bloodstream. For people with anxiety, sugar or caffeine are two of the worst things to put in the body as it makes the symptoms worse.
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The body cannot respond when it is in a weakened state. The powerful high and super low of sugar crashes can give you a tense, irritable feeling. If you are already anxious, this can just set you over the edge. Sugar may also weaken your stress response. When you are under stress, then your body will not be able to handle it as well as normal because of the issues you are having with sugar overload.
One of the hardest things to combat is depression when you eat a lot of sugar. This is also true if you drink a lot of sugar in beverages. This vicious cycle of consuming sugar to numb emotions only makes symptoms of fatigue and hopelessness worse. Overconsumption of sugar triggers imbalances in certain brain chemicals. These imbalances can lead to depression and may increase long-term risk of developing a mental health disorder.
One of the main sources of fructose for people is high-fructose corn syrup in food and beverages. The brain and body are not meant to consume sugar in high dosages. This will only result in them being unable to process and function properly with the heightened sugar. If you want to curb your sugar intake, it helps to read labels and meet with a nutritionist who can help you cut down on the amount of sugar you take in so you can help lower your anxiety. If you are on medication, too much sugar can also overload your system. The key is to help your body heal, not put more chemicals into it that make it harder to heal. If you focus on natural healing with whole foods, along with your treatment plan, you can find hope for recovery from anxiety, addiction, and the other challenges you face on the other side of substance abuse recovery.
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