One of our favorite holidays is right around the corner, Halloween! Whether you hang out at home and hand out goodies, have friends over, or go out on the town yourself, it’s such a fun way to kick off the Fall/Winter holidays.
Unfortunately, it can also be even a savvy health and beauty junkie’s downfall because of the…well…junk. The funnest part of Halloween is also one of it’s dangers: sugar.
We are now eating more sugar than at almost any other point in human history. A little sugar can be alright now and then but sugar is literally everywhere, and it can have some major consequences to your overall health. From your waistline to your complexion, here are some things to think about before you up your candy and sweet food intake this year:
When you ingest sugar, your body releases insulin to process it, which in turns signals to your body to store fat. And excess fat is directly related to heart disease and a host of other conditions!
Speaking of insulin, when our bodies have to respond to sugar spikes over and over, they gradually become less and less good at lowering the levels. This situation is a precursor to diabetes, which is also a growing health concern.
Anything in excess is bad for you. Some people believe that the sugars found in fruits aren’t as harmful, but that’s not exactly true. It is far better to get your sugars from fruit than from candy, true, but sugar is sugar whether you get your daily intake from a candy bar or a banana. This doesn’t mean cut out your fruits! Fruits also contain additional nutrients that keep your body happy and healthy, we’re supposed to eat them. Just be aware that eating fruit adds to the total amount of sugar you take in everyday – so put down the sweet snacks and eat an apple instead and you’ll be just fine.
Sugar is also a natural inflammatory, which means that it often leads to skin breakouts – which we know can lead to scarring or other damage. Some studies have also linked it to an increase risk of wrinkle formation and loss of skin elasticity. If you’ve been noticing problems with your skin lately, it may have something to do with your sugar intake.
Luckily, there’s a fairly easy way to combat skin and health issues related to sugar: learn how much you’re consuming and find ways that work for you to limit it. Dull and sagging skin can be revitalized with any number of treatments, breakouts can be reversed, and your whole body healthier, from your skin on down.
Now, we’d never tell you to cut out all your treats, but we will guarantee that knowing and taking control of your sugar intake is 100% smart. So go ahead and enjoy some of that Halloween candy (and all the goodies coming your way throughout the rest of the holidays), but do it wisely and keep your portions limited. And be willing to tweak your habits if you find that they are causing some side effects. As always, if you have any questions or think your diet might be affecting your body or skin, stop by for a consultation. We’re always happy to work with you to get your face and body fighting fit again!