Posted by Nicole on March 18, 2014
are times when nothing can give you a more effective pick-me-up than something
fast and sweet, but is there any science behind our love of candy and how it
can effect our mood? Sugar's long been a staple in the human diet, dating back
to our hunt for fruits and berries that could give us the energy we needed for
long voyages. We've used sugar for breads, early grain alcohols, and for the
many sauces we use to compliment our meals. We've harvested it from furious
bees, and long fields of cane, but does it effect us in ways we're not aware
Too Much of a
you were a child who was allowed to enjoy sugary snacks and sodas, or if you're
a parent whose had to deal with your child's sugar rush, then you're already
familiar with the concept; sugar gives you energy. When our blood sugar is
high, we feel energetic, sometimes anxious, and it can even be an addictive
experience, particularly for children who may be sensitive to chemical
interactions in the brain.
always the matter of the crash, however; the body produces too much insulin,
which leads to a sharp drop in blood sugar. That leads to fatigue,
irritability, and a host of other issues that can effect your mood negatively.
In other words, while a little dose of sugar can give you a quick boost, too
much sugar will have the opposite effect given time.
shouldn't be a surprise that scientific studies have linked sugar to
depressed mood, either. While a cupcake isn't going to ruin your mood for the day,
frequent sugar eaters experience that sugar rush, and crash, more frequently.
The resulting fatigue can lead to chronic days of feeling like you're not at
best way to avoid these peaks and valleys is to balance your sugar consumption
throughout the day. As an adult, that means simple steps, such as:
- Avoid putting too much sugar in your
coffee. Some sugar replacements can still cause that dreaded insulin spike.
Combining the sugar rush with caffeine creates higher peaks, and lower valleys.
- Get your sugar naturally, as in from
fruit. You may be surprised at how much energy you can get from something as
simple as an apple. Remember that our biology is actually specialized to turn
that simple apple into energy. Candy bars, not so much.
- Get more fiber. This one may not sound
as fun as a milkshake, but there are fiber supplements you can mix into a
smoothie that will taste just as good. Fiber helps you to regulate your blood
sugar levels, and keeps your intestinal tract in good shape so that you can
more readily absorb minerals and nutrients that can give you focus and energy.
Fewer slumps means more good vibes.
Watch your weight. Being overweight can easily lead to conditions that affect your body's ability to properly manage blood