I have learned that sugar is a big contributor to how I feel everyday. An autoimmune disorder can cause me to feel fatigued and sometimes worn out. Sugar can add to my feeling of fatigue. I have learned that I need to cut out anything that is going to contribute to that feeling. My diet is the best place to start.
Sugar offers a double dose of dietary bad news. It contains a lot of empty calories that can lead to overweight, and those added pounds also contribute to fatigue. “A common disabling symptom of many people living with MS is fatigue.” “A diet high in processed sugar and simple carbohydrates can cause frequent swings between high and low blood sugar, and these swings can worsen fatigue in MS patients.” – Dr. E.J. Gettings
Sugar and Brain Fog
Half of all MS patients suffer from depression, while invisible symptoms, such as “brain fog” and severe fatigue, often leave them feeling misunderstood and alone.
Brain fog is not a medically recognized term but is a commonly used phrase that sums up feelings of confusion, forgetfulness, and lack of focus and mental clarity. Having brain fog is fairly common, but it’s not normal.
- Refined carbohydrates like sugar and high fructose corn syrup send your blood sugar level skyrocketing up, then crashing down.
- And since your brain uses glucose as its main source of fuel, this puts your brain on a roller coaster ride — first too much, then too little glucose.
- Low brain glucose leads to brain fog, mood swings, irritability, tiredness, mental confusion, and impaired judgment.
5 Reasons to Give Up Sugar
#1 Impaired Learning and Memory – Added sugars from beverages and food items are likely suspects for health complications including poor memory. Avoiding foods with added sugars will help you stay fit and keep your mind healthy.
#2 Depression – Since the brain depends on an even supply of glucose it is no surprise to find that sugar has been implicated in aggressive behavior, anxiety, depression, and fatigue.
#3 Obesity – People who are overweight or have obesity have added pressure on their body’s ability to use insulin to properly control blood sugar levels, and are therefore more likely to develop diabetes.
#4 Faster Aging – Prolonged periods of elevated blood sugar levels attack nerves, affects the elasticity of your skin, clouds your brain’s thinking ability, decreases blood flow to your extremities, and causes your kidneys, among other organs, to work overtime.
#5 Imbalanced Gut Flora – A recent study suggests sugar can promote the growth of bad bacteria in the gut. This could lead to irritation in the gut, which could even manifest itself as an autoimmune response (allergies and skin conditions are two milder problems). There’s even recent evidence suggesting depression is actually your body’s response to swelling in the gut.