Sugar on the Brain
Getting headaches? You may be hungry or dehydrated. Our body needs carbohydrates to produce energy and fluids to help with circulation and organ function! Our brain loves carbs and fluids- the natural ones! Eating something sweet that is full of natural sugars lets our brains know that energy is on the way.
Our brain uses the majority of the calories we intake. Think about what the brain does. It regulates the body's functions and helps to keep us in a state of balance.
Artificial sweeteners are unhelpful and useless to our bodies. Our taste receptors send messages to the brain to let it know that something sweet is coming in but the lack of caloric satisfaction leads to unmet expectations. Expecting a reward, the brain releases dopamine. When the actual sugar does not enter our system, this can cause mood swings and frustration.
Sugar can cause several issues physiologically and biologically. In the Harvard Heart Letter (2015), they found that diabetes and high blood sugar have been linked to vascular dementia and one of the main factors in Alzheimer’s Disease, “…the development of amyloid plaques” (p.6) Both high blood sugar and diabetes cause inflammation in the body. The writers of the Harvard Heart Letter (2015) found that, "… diabetes damages small arteries in the brain, leading to ministrokes and brain tissue death…gradual loss of mental function. In addition, high blood sugar levels and insulin resistance appear to disrupt the communication pathways within the brain." (p.6) The pathways in our brains need to function properly. This is how our brains send messages throughout our bodies!
Disruption in the communication pathways in the brain can cause loss of function. Loss of function in the brain can impact speech, memory, movement, and smell, taste, and hearing. Fisch (2009) supports this when writing, “In Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s dementia, loss of olfactory function is an early symptom of disease…” (p.382) Asking clients about changes in their tastes can help therapists and doctors diagnose these conditions sooner, helping to prevent the onset of illness. If you notice changes, go and see your physician and let them know this is happening.
Don't wait! Waiting = more brain tissue death! If or when you notice changes like those stated above, let your physician know asap. Prevent mental deterioration.
Remember to eat throughout the day. Consume natural sugars like those found in fruit, Manuka honey & natural juices. Stay away from the chemicalized sugar replacements and things full of corn syrup, like sodas. They're chemical filled & not made with your health in mind.
Eat naturally. Make your own teas. This has helped me with sugar reduction. You can order these tea accessories on our site! Fill them with herbs and sweeten to your liking. Moderation is key. Support your brain's health. It supports you!
When it comes to sugar, also consider your skin's health! High sugar intake has been linked to faster aging. Our skin shows what's going on inside. High sugar and wrinkles are being linked in new studies. Just like our skin ages, so do our organs. Support your body's needs!
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Fisch, A. (2009). Neuroanatomy : Draw It to Know It. Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA.
Blood sugar on the brain. (2015). Harvard Heart Letter, 25(8), 6.