Are you a sugar addict? If the answer is yes, you are not alone! Food processors add over 140 pounds of sugar to our diet each year, and another 18% of our calories come from white flour (which acts a lot like sugar in our body). With people basically eating their weight in sugar and flour each year, it is not surprising that we have become a planet of sugar addicts. Like many other addictions, it may even leave you feeling a bit better for a few hours -- only to wreak havoc on your body later.
Simply telling people to stop sugar does not usually work. What's needed is to understand the cause (or causes) of your sugar addiction and to treat those. This not only leaves people feeling much better, but also cuts the sugar cravings a lot. Because of this, people become able to healthfully enjoy sugar in moderation, eating them as snacks and desserts where they belong, instead of as the main dish. This way when we say, "avoid sugar," I can happily add the 3 magic words "...except for chocolate!
Why is Sugar Addictive?
When consumed the way humans ate sugar for thousands of years, which basically was whatever sugar was found naturally in food, it was not a problem. It was a treat. But now over one-third of our calories come from sugar and white flour added in food processing. And our bodies simply were not designed to handle this massive load.
Many of you have already noticed that although sugar gives you an initial high, you crash several hours later and this leaves you wanting more. In fact, sugar acts as an energy loan shark, taking away more energy than it gives. Eventually, your "credit line" runs out and you find yourself exhausted, anxious and moody.
The Benefits of Breaking Your Sugar Addiction
Besides the obvious long term benefits of markedly lowering the risk of diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart attacks -- the major killers of modern life -- cutting sugar intake will help many other conditions. These include:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Anxiety and depression
- Pain of many kinds
- Decreased immune function (a 12 ounce can of soda can drop immune function by 30% for three hours!)
- Chronic sinusitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome and spastic colon
- Autoimmune disease
- Metabolic syndrome with high cholesterol and hypertension
- Heart disease
- Hormonal problems
- Candida and yeast infections
It also helps boosts metabolism so that people can finally lose weight as well!
The Value of Sugar Detox
I know the value of ridding the body of excess sugar. For over 30 years, I have incorporated sugar detox for countless patients who have chronic health problems. I have also seen thousands of people whose chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia were aggravated by their sweet tooth.
I also understand the problem firsthand, having been a sugar addict myself, and coming down with chronic fatigue syndrome in 1975. Eliminating my sugar addiction was an important part of my recovery.
Sugar addiction is the canary in the coalmine. It usually points to a larger problem that is also dragging you down. I don't have anything against sugar. I simply don't want you feeling poorly and getting sick because of it. In fact, I want you to feel great! And most of you will when you treat the problems accompanying your sugar addiction. Ready to get off the sugar roller coaster? I will teach you how!
In upcoming blogs, I will explore the four main types of sugar addiction, offer simple quizzes so you can tell which type(s) of sugar addict you are, and outline a simple treatment approach for each. These will not only decrease your sugar cravings, making it much easier to cut back on your intake of sugary foods, but will also leave you feeling and looking much better!
Sugar addiction, the types of sugar addicts, and how to recover from sugar addiction are so important that I've written a book on the subject, Beat Sugar Addiction Now!, which will be out in March.
Love and Blessings,