One in two Australians exceeds the recommended daily sugar – which is meant to be approximately 6 teaspoons a day! One doughnut already contains 6.75 teaspoons of sugar!
The majority of us prefer sugary treats – we enjoy pancakes for breakfast, or even granola with a dollop of yoghurt on top. It makes us satisfied and ready to go about our day. However, there are reasons why we should cut down our sugar levels.
1. Weight loss
Sugar acts as a fuel for the body – however, if we don’t burn the sugar off, it’ll turn into body fat, making it harder for you to lose weight .
2. Increased energy
Decreasing your daily sugar intake would overtime train your body to become less dependent on sugar! This’ll mean that you’ll have longer lasting energy to go about your day.
3. Stabilises mental health
A stabilised mental health will make you feel more confident about yourself and boost your self-esteem!
4. Lowers blood pressure
Having a low blood pressure will decrease your chances of getting a heart attack or a stroke during your lifetime.
5. Improved digestion
Improving your digestion would make it easier for your body to absorb the necessary nutrients that your body needs to function properly! Not only that, the toxins would be flushed out of your body quicker.
6. Skin clarity
Having clearer skin means little to no pimples! You won’t need to be self-conscious about the imperfections on your skin.
7. Steadies heart rate
A steadier heart rate means that your heart won’t have to work as hard to pump the blood and oxygen around your body!
8. Increased motivation
When we see an improvement in our body, we become more motivated and willing to pursue our goal! You will definitely see positive changes when you decrease your daily sugar intake.
9. Improved sleeping patterns
We always complain about feeling tired on a daily basis. However, cutting sugar does get you better quality sleep! So you’ll have more energy to go about your day (and less complaining about feeling lethargic)!
10. Controls cravings
The moment we open a packet of Skittles, we can’t stop snacking until we are close to finishing the whole packet! Sugar triggers our brain to think that we need more sugar in our body than we actually do. By cutting down the daily sugar intake, the cravings will eventually stop.
11. Decreases dental problems
Sugar is one of the causes for cavities in our teeth, and this over time would lead to rot and tooth decay. Cutting back on the sugar means less trips to the dentist!
12. Saves money in the long run
Satisfying your sugar craving isn’t cheap, so it is best to avoid sugar altogether! Not only that, your bank account will thank you later when you don’t need to spend as much on health funds.
13. Positive mindset and creativity
Having a positive mindset and creative mindset will make you feel happier about your life!
14. Decreases mood swings
No one likes to feel moody! Sugar might make you feel better in the short-term, but in the long-term, these sugar cravings won’t make you feel better about yourself.
15. Improved overall health
Who’d say no to having an improvement in their overall health? It means you’ll have less things to worry about and more time to go out exploring and enjoying life.
Written by Flora C.
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