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November 13, 2017

Eliminating sugar from your diet isn't easy, but you'll reap numerous benefits from doing so. Not only will your energy levels skyrocket, but your skin tone will improve, your chances of developing diabetes and depression will plummet, and you'll sleep better at night.

You won't have to wait long to see these improvements; they start to accumulate soon after you banish sugar from your meals and snacks.

Here's precisely what happens when you eliminate sugar from your diet and replace it with a variety of healthy food.

You'll Look Younger
Sugar causes wrinkles and fine lines to develop by triggering glycation, a process in which sugar molecules negatively affect the collagen and elastin in your skin. Collagen and elastin are proteins that work together to give skin firmness and elasticity, and anything that impairs their ability to do so can accelerate the aging process. Cutting back on added sugar slows glycation, giving your skin a firmer, more youthful appearance.

You'll Feel Happier
Researchers have linked excess sugar intake to an elevated risk of depression. A high-sugar diet can cause cellular inflammation, which impacts brain functioning and may result in clouded thinking and slower processing speeds. Cutting back on sugar can lessen or eliminate this inflammation, resulting in clearer thinking and an improved outlook.

You'll Decrease Your Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes
Giving up sugar allows your pancreas and liver to start working more efficiently. Within a few hours of reduced sugar intake, your pancreas starts producing less insulin while your liver begins processing some of its stored toxins. Over time, this lowers your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, a disease that affects the way your body processes sugar.

In the past, researchers were unconvinced that sugar intake played a direct role in type 2 diabetes, but current research shows a visible link. The results of an extensive study conducted by researchers at UC San Diego suggests that sugar intake does play a direct role in type 2 diabetes development. The study found that an increased amount of sugar in an area's food supply related to higher rates of type 2 diabetes in the population.

You'll Sleep Better
Eating sugary foods close to bedtime can lead to a blood sugar spike followed by a crash while you're asleep. Low blood sugar at night can cause nighttime wakefulness and restlessness. It can also prompt your body to produce too much cortisol, a stress hormone, which increases anxiety and often robs you of a sound sleep.

If you need a bedtime snack, it's best to eat it at least an hour before going to sleep. Try a small bite with a balance of healthy carbohydrates and protein. Half an apple with a dollop of peanut butter or some nuts and dried fruit are two good choices.

Takeaway
There's no downside to reducing the amount of sugar you eat. It'll help you feel better, look great, and sleep well. You have nothing to lose and numerous benefits to gain by cutting out the sweet stuff, so don't wait. Get started today. Live Young.

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