Psychotherapist, Brain Health Expert, and faculty at The Addictions Academy, Teralyn Sell, Ph.D. is featured in this article in Healthline about how Eating Excess Sugar Is Worse for You During COVID-19. You can join Dr. Teralyn at the Brain Health Recovery Coach class to learn how to support the health of your client’s brain during the addiction recovery process. Dr. Teralyn also works with individual clients on brain health.
Sugar is largely one of the most addictive substances on the planet. The amount of sugar consumed in a day, let alone in a year is alarming. Sugar consumption leads to an array of health-related issues including, but not limited to, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. But, most people don’t realize that sugar is also implicated in mental health issues as well. Not only does the amount of sugar you consume have a relationship with whether or not you will experience a mood disorder, but it also exacerbates pre-existing mental health issues.
In a pandemic such as COVID-19, we have been isolated from our friends, family, and even work life. Stress is at an all-time high. What we know is that we like to reach for things that bring us comfort and unfortunately, sugar is one of those things. As highlighted in the article:
- During stressful times, sugar can bring comfort.
- Sugar affects neurotransmitters in the brain.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people with underlying health conditions, including metabolic syndrome, are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19.
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