Sugar is added into pretty much everything these days, food or beverages. Sometimes, we eat foods we consider healthy and we aren’t even aware that they’re full of sugar. Still, sugar is something we have to try to avoid.
Sugar, especially refined sugar can contribute to the appearance of different illnesses and diseases. Its substitutes are also found in numerous types of food and beverages we consume every day.
These are some of the most common:
- Hydrolyzed starch Corn syrup/sweetener
- High fructose corn syrup
- Malt syrup
- Rice Syrup
- Evaporated cane juice
When our body is full of sugar, these are some of the symptoms that can appear:
Cravings for Carbs/Sugar
Researches claim that sugar causes a kind of addiction similar to the one cocaine causes. When we stop consuming sugar we start craving for sweets. Sugar has the ability to stimulate a greater production of a hormone for pleasure known as dopamine. Anytime we eat something that is sweet, we just desire some more sugar.
Tiredness And Lack of Energy
Our brain contains orexins. These are amino acids otherwise known as neuropeptides that are responsible for the creation of protein in our brain. We need them for our cycle of waking up as well as our sleep. Increasing the sugar in our body will cause sleepiness and tiredness in us, commonly known as “crash.”
Weight gain is one of the common signs that too much sugar in our body can cause. Physical activity is also important as well as the metabolic rate. In order to have energy, our body starts burning sugar. In case we can’t use this energy, it becomes stored and becomes fat.
Intake more protein so that you can be more active and awake and not tired.
Frequent Flu and Colds
Our immune system also suffers because of too much sugar. As a results, diseases, illnesses and viruses appear.
Dull Taste Buds
Our taste buds should be able to know different flavors, but eating too much sweets causes them to become very dull.
The consumption of a greater amount of sugar causes damage in the brain, too. Eating too much sugar for a period of 2 months can cause problems with our learning and memory, so our brain appears as foggy.
We need collagen so that we can have elastic skin, but consuming too much sugar causes the collagen cells not to be so mobile, so our skin as well as its tissues become stiff. Problems like wrinkles become very common for us.
A greater consumption of sugar can also cause the appearance of acne and dermatitis.
Sugar also causes a bacterium in our digestive tract to spread faster. It’s called candida and it’s also present on our skin. Consuming too much sugar makes us susceptible to athlete’s foot, vaginal infections, oral thrush and nail infections.
Hugh blood sugar is also one thing which causes the appearance of diabetic neuropathy which is characterized by tingling and pain in the patient’s feet.
It is a well-known fact that one thing that feeds cancer cells is sugar. They start growing and spread very fast.
Soda And Its Dangers
Every child’s favorites nowadays include soda and soft drinks. They are abundant in sugar and are known to cause obesity as well as diabetes, because inflammation starts to appear.
Sugar is naturally present in fruits. We have to consume them more because we’ll only benefit from them.
We need to intake about 100 calories every day which equals 6 teaspoons of added sugar in women e.g. 30 grams. In men, it’s a bit different. They should consume about 150 calories which equals 9 teaspoons of added sugar e.g. 45 grams.
Try to check the packages of the products you’re buying so that you find our the amount of sugar in them.
This is what some typical foods contain:
- 39 grams of sugar in a 12-ounce can of cola
- 19 grams of fiber and sugar in a medium-sized apple
- 6 grams of fiber and sugar in a medium-sized carrot
- 1.5 grams of added sugar in 1 slice of white bread
- 68 grams of sugar in 100 grams of typical breakfast cereal
- 25 grams of sugar in 100 grams of pasta
- 28 grams of sugar in 100 grams of rice
Are Artificial Sweeteners A Better Alternative Than Sugar?
We know that people use artificial sweeteners, but they aren’t a good alternative since they’re known to cause chronic headaches, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, depression, metabolic syndrome, obesity, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease, etc.
These are the artificial sweeteners people usually use:
- Sweet ‘n’ Low (saccharin)
- High fructose corn syrup
- Aspartame (Equal®, NutraSweet®)
- Splenda (sucralose)
One thing you can do is try to include natural sugars: honey, maple syrup, molasses and fruits. They have a low glycemic index and are actually beneficial for our body.
Honey (organic) is full of nutrients, antioxidants, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Maple syrup is full of unique phytochemicals, anti-inflammatories, antioxidants and minerals which can destroy cancer cells.
Molasses contains a lot of minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium, selenium and calcium.
Fruit juice, no matter if it’s blended or squeezed from fruits with no sugar contains a lot of natural sugars vitamins and minerals.
What Can We Do Against Sugar Addiction?
addiction can appear, but it can be treated.
These are some of the symptoms of withdrawal you’ll experience when you stop consuming a lot of sugar:
- Weight loss
- Impulsive behaviors
- Food cravings/changes in appetite
Make conscious dietary choices. Stop consuming sugar slowly and let your body heal well.
You can also:
- Burn more sugar by exercising more often.
- Consume more proteins because their digestion is slow. Include more nuts and beans.
- Drink a lot of green tea with lemon. It will help you eliminate the sugar faster.
- Consume a breakfast that will contain a lot of proteins and small amounts of carbohydrates. You’ll supply your body with energy for the day.
- Prepare smoothies with some fruits and vegetables.
This Is An Example For A Step-by-Step Recovery:
Stop consuming sugary snacks and artificial sweeteners.
You should try to make more conscious choices. Don’t feel guilty if you’re addicted to eating sugar.
Go out with friends. Do anything that will make your mood better.
Consume more green leafy vegetables, cocoa, beans, cultured dairy, fish, cruciferous vegetables, poultry, eggs, corn and spinach.
Drink a lot of water. All the sugar in your body which is too much will be eliminated faster.
Consume more foods that are healthy.
Eat green vegetables and sea vegetables. They are full of minerals.
Foods rich in probiotics should be a part of your everyday diet: kombucha, miso, kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir.
Apply some peppermint oil on your temples and wrists to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal.
Foods rich in chromium are also very important: garlic, turkey, broccoli, grapes, beef, shellfish and brewer’s yeast.
Consuming less sugar will help you live longer, happier and healthier! Start cleansing your body today!