Processed foods add more than 140 pounds of sugar to our diets each year. Another 18 percent of our calories come from white flour — which affects the body a lot like sugar.
With people basically eating their weights 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 better for a few hours ― only to wreak havoc on your body later.
Simply telling people to stop eating sugar doesn’t 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.
Because of this, people are able to healthfully enjoy sugar in moderation, eating it in snacks and desserts where it belongs, instead of as a main dish.
This way, when I say "avoid sugar," I can happily add the three magic words: except for chocolate!
Why is Sugar Addictive?
When used in the way that humans ate sugar for thousands of years — which basically was eating whatever sugar was found naturally in food —sugar was not a problem. It was a treat.
But now, more than one-third of our calories come from sugar and white flour added during food processing. And our bodies simply were not designed to handle that massive load.
Many of you have already noticed that although sugar gives you an initial high, you crash several hours later. 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.
Benefits of Breaking Sugar Addiction
Besides the obvious long-term benefits of lowering the risk of diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and heart attacks — the major killers in modern life — cutting sugar intake will help many other conditions, including:
• 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 percent 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
The Value of Sugar Detox
I know the value of ridding the body of excess sugar. For more than 30 years, I have incorporated sugar detox for countless patients with chronic health problems. I have also seen thousands of people whose chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia were aggravated by their sweet tooths.
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 own recovery.
I don't have anything against sugar. I simply don't want people getting sick because of it. So if you’re ready to get off the "sugar roller coaster," I’ll 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!
In the meantime, you can read more in my book, “Beat Sugar Addiction Now!”
Posts by Jacob Teitelbaum
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