Sugar Addiction is Real, and Can Lead to Real Problems
Halloween offered us a quick strike example of what the next couple months will exemplify in regard to sugar intake which undergoes a Frankenstein like transformation into sugar addiction.
At the end of October, terrified by costumed kiddies, you spend time one evening fending them off with processed and sugary preventatives. The leftovers tend then to show themselves off in a slow trend toward the slough of excess weight that blossoms fully during January, after the traditionally celebratory and justifiable months of November and December. The main culprit is some type of con fectionered corsair, pirating your self control and piloting it into the dangerous waters of rationalization and calorie amnesia. So basically, you eat a lot of cakes, cookies, and other sundry candy or bread infused items that increase your physical influence on the rest of the world’s spatial social contracts.
The Truth Past Just Tooth Decay
There is a serious side to seeming innocuous but inordinate sugar fixations. Journalist Laura Barcello reported recently that doctors agree sugar can provide a high that’s intense and addictive as opiates. Nancy Appleton, PhD., enumerates 141 reasons sugar ruins your health. While the human body converts carbohydrates to sugar, and sweets in moderation will not melt you like you like to melt chocolate, excesses sugar consumption can lead to sugar addiction; which contributes adversely to cancer, depression, alcoholism, and migraines, among a host of other maladies. Sugar addiction is bad enough, but the bigger issue may be an addiction to food. Among those in the medical community, there is common agreement that a significant correlation exists between the consumption of chocolate and dopamine release, the chemical that when released produces a type of euphoria in the human brain. Narcotics like OxyContin, oxycodone, morphine, and other pharmaceutical opiates, as well as heroin all are known to disrupt dopamine receptors in the brain causing the malfunction to appear to be a “good thing” for the user. The end of this progression of logic usually ends in some type of addiction, from the career minded pill-popper to a full blown junkie trying to survive on the streets.
It is hard to make the jump from a sugar addiction to a pariah’ed substance abuser. But the links in the chain can materialize and self control is imperative in a person who struggles with unhealthily internalizing leftover Halloween candy and then the rest of the year’s celebratory feasting ventures. Be vigilant of your candy consumption, it may be a symptom of a deeper issue and help you see potential areas that lead toward other health problems.