We all know that sugar isn’t good for us, but not many people are aware of the damages of sugar to our mood and mental health. People generally crave sugar when they’re tired, stressed and/or upset, but sugar might be the very cause of feeling that way in the first place.
When you consume, and even when you look at sugar, your body secretes a chemical known as dopamine. Dopamine is known as the reward hormone, when you eat or see sugar your body secretes dopamine thinking of it as an award causing you to be happy and spritely. Your blood sugar spikes and your pancreas secretes insulin to carry the sugar to the cells for energy and you get that short burst of feeling awake and energised.
But that feeling of reward and feeling energised doesn’t last long and that’s when you crash. Your body then reacts to that crash by secreting stress hormones, such as adrenalin, which is telling your brain that you need more sugar to give you energy.
Overtime, the constant cycle of feeling tired, eating sugar, feeling energised, then crashing and repeating that process, can lead to mental illnesses, such as depression, due to the imbalance of those hormones.