Have you considered your daily bubble tea is KILLING your Mental Health?
In Asia, who doesn’t like a bubble tea (or any cold sugary drinks) as a refreshing pick-me-up PM drink? But have you ever thought about its negative impact on your mental health? Yes, sugar content is the main culprit. While it’s only 1 cup, let’s check out its sugar content here.
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With a minimum of 8 tablespoons of sugar per drink, you may as well shoot a torpedo directly at your metabolic health and kiss your mental wellbeing goodbye. Alight, let’s give some color to this conclusion and lay out five ways it can impact us.
Metabolic health = our bodies' ability to efficiently process and utilize energy from the foods we eat. With an optimal metabolism, we can maintain balanced blood sugar levels and regulate various hormones.
Balanced Blood Sugar and Mood Stability:
Bubble tea comes with high amounts of added sugar, leading to blood sugar spikes and crashes. These fluctuations can wreak havoc on your mood, causing mood swings, irritability, and fatigue.
Optimal Brain Function:
A well-functioning metabolism ensures that your brain receives a constant supply of glucose for optimal function. When metabolism is unhealthy, you probably experience problem to stay focus and distract by external environment quick easily, which also means you may be more likely to make mistakes.
Reduced Inflammation and Mental Well-Being:
Sugar invites inflammation in your body. Chronic inflammation is linked to mood disorders, including depression and anxiety.
Hormone Balance and Stress Management:
Metabolic health is tied to hormone regulation. Excessive sugar consumption can lead to imbalances in hormones like cortisol, linked to stress, and serotonin, a mood-regulating neurotransmitter.
The Gut-Brain Connection:
Daily dose of bubble tea can disrupt the balance of the gut microbiome. This will compromise neurotransmitter production, mood regulation and the gut-brain axis normal operation, which can potentially contribute to mood disorders like depression and anxiety.
While occasional bubble tea (sugary intake) may not have a severe impact, daily consumption of sugary beverages can harm your metabolic and mental health. Let’s be more aware of our habits and how they can impact our mental health strong and resilience.
If you are already experiencing brain fog in pm, agitated easily & extra tired these days, I would highly recommend you to work with a dietitian or a functional nutritional counselor to plan this out. You can also book a zoom chat to explore this topic further with me.