September 15 2017
We all love sugar, if you say you don’t love sugar then you are a dirty liar and should not be trusted. Sugar is a broad term because there are many different types and sources for it. When we think of sugar, we typically think of the really sweet, dissolvable carbohydrates that are found in a lot of foods. We also hear about some of the intense damage it can actually do to your health when you over indulge and the more you consume, the more you crave. It is even possible to develop an addiction to sugar! Sugar addiction is a physical addiction and has the potential to be just as difficult to deal with as any other addiction. Our natural tendency is to crave sweet tastes because it is ingrained into our minds as a primal instinct back when our ancestors were foraging for herbs, ground roots and berries. Bitter tastes were often associated with something poisonous and sour things were usually considered to be foods that have gone bad. The majority of modern diets involve a lot of sugar in one form or another. Sugar is very difficult to avoid, as it is included in most prepared and prepackaged foods. From soft drinks and alcohol to salad dressings and condiments, sugar is involved in most foods. People use sugar as a comfort food which can turn into a form of self-medication. Sugar increases your energy levels and releases chemicals in your brain which make you feel happy. After there is a drop in blood sugar you get a “sugar crash” which leaves you feeling sickly and lethargic. Any form of sugar to an excess is actually incredibly unhealthy.
So how could one go about slowly cutting down on sugar? Or cutting out of their diet all together? Like with many other forms of toxic build up in your body, one of the best options is to detoxify yourself. Refined carbs and sugars like white flour products, white sugar, glucose, honey, syrup, dextrose and high fructose corn syrup get absorbed rapidly into your blood stream causing a rise in blood sugar levels which triggers the release of insulin. The refined sugar has been stripped of all its nutrients so your cells have to rob your tissue stores of minerals to turn it to glucose and then have it turn to energy. As a result, refined sugars cause a lot of problems with weight management, diabetes, poor metabolism, tooth decay, increased anxiety and depression, tooth decay, and increase your risk for certain types of cancer. In order to detoxify your body from any excessive amounts of sugar you need to do the following:
- Stop adding sugar to your food and opt for natural sweeteners like Xylitol or Stevia.
- Avoid sugary foods.
- Read the labels on any food item you buy, many processed foods contain lots of sugar.
- Drink lots of water and avoid fruit juices, sodas, alcohol or any beverage that has added sugar.
In a few months your energy levels will be back to normal, your skin will look better, your digestive system will work more efficiently and your anxiety and depression levels will be far more stable. Opt for foods with a lot of natural water content, or if you must have something sweet, go for the most natural sugar sources possible aka fruit. Learn to make your food at home rather than living off of processed foods and most importantly is to take this one step at a time. No addiction is easy to break and it will take time and effort and support, especially from yourself.