Halloween is just around the corner, and that means so are the holidays. The last quarter of the year can feel like one long sugar rush! But it’s important to know what sugar does to your body, especially if you have a chronic illness.
Too Much Sugar Affects Everything
Basically, there’s no part of your body that sugar doesn’t affect, from your brain to your blood to your bones. We’ll only hit the highlights here, but suffice to say, sugar is a substance you want to limit and have only in moderation.
Sugar is Addictive
Sugar signals to your brain to release dopamine, which, in short, helps you feel good. Unfortunately, you need more and more sugar to get the same “sugar high.” This is why it’s hard to break the sugar habit once you’ve developed one.
Sugar Triggers Fat Storage
Sugar makes your liver want to store fat more efficiently. While efficiency may sound like a good thing, in this case, it’s very bad. When triggered by sugar, your liver stores fat in places it normally wouldn’t, including around your liver itself. That can lead to fatty liver disease.
Sugar is Bad for Your Heart
Excess sugar can cause your artery walls to thicken, which puts extra stress on your heart. Over time, this can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and even stroke.
Sugar Weakens Your Bones and Teeth
Sugar is linked to both calcium depletion and increased cortisol levels, both of which can weaken your teeth and bones. And on top of that, you probably already know that a diet with too much sugar can lead to tooth decay since teeth-destroying bacteria love to eat sugar.
Sugar Affects Your Mental Health
As we mentioned above, sugar causes a “high,” but along with that comes the low. After an initial hit of energy, you may feel jittery, shaky or even anxious as your blood sugar crashes thanks to insulin release. Some studies have even shown a correlation between a high-sugar diet and risk of depression.
Stay Healthy During the Holidays at IVX Health
The good news is, if you stick to a mostly healthy diet, a treat here and there can be just that — a treat. The key is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which includes making sure you’re sticking to your treatment plan for chronic illness.
If IV medication is part of your chronic illness treatment program, know that you have options on where and when to receive your infusion.
IVX Health makes it possible for you to get your treatment and engage in self-care with a spa-like environment and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.
We’re invested in helping you live your best life, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.