How to Beat Sugar Addiction Easily

How to Beat Sugar Addiction Easily

Posted on 21. Sep, 2016 by in Articles

By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Are you a sugar addict? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. american adults consume about 15 to 18 percent of our calories from sugars that are added to foods during processing — or 140 to 150 pounds of sugar per person per year! A mind-blowing 37 percent of added sugars are consumed in sugar-sweetened beverages, while another 18 percent of calories comes from white our (which acts a lot like sugar in our bodies). It’s not surprising that we have become a nation of sugar addicts. like many other addictive substances, sugar may leave you feeling a bit better for a few hours, but then it wreaks havoc on your body and can cause long-term health problems.

The good news? There is a solution that works. There are four types of sugar addicts — and in each type, there are different forces driving the addiction. By treating the underlying causes that are active in your type of addiction, you’ll nd that not only do your sugar cravings go away, but you also feel dramatically better overall.

Addiction & Consequences

In addition to immediate fatigue and emotional problems, sugar can cause long-term health problems. For example, according to a study published in Diabetologia, drinking just one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Another study showed that one can of soda a day ups your heart attack risk.

A variety of other medical problems are associated with sugar in the diet, including chronic fatigue and bromyalgia, decreased immune function, irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune disease, metabolic syndrome, hormonal problems, and attention de cit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sugar is also a mood-altering substance, causing stress, anxiety, and depression. To beat sugar addiction, rst you’ll need to gure out which type of sugar addict you are.

Types of Sugar Addiction

Type 1: The Energy Loan Shark — Chronically exhausted and hooked on quick hits of caffeine and sugar
Type 1 sugar addicts are exhausted by life’s demands and addicted to energy drinks, coffee, and/or soft drinks to get a quick energy boost. Unfortunately, one to three hours later you feel even more fatigued than before. Fatigue drives sugar cravings, and sugar consumption drives fatigue. Getting energy from sugary drinks is like borrowing money from a loan shark—it costs you way more in the end.

A better solution? Create healthy energy by focusing on SHINE: sleep, hormonal support, infections, nutrition, and exercise. Our published research shows that even in the worst energy crisis, bromyalgia, SHINE helped 91 percent of people with an average 90 percent increase in quality of life.

Type 2: Feed Me Now or I’ll Kill You — When life’s stress has exhausted your adrenal glands
The type 2 sugar addict is constantly reacting to stressful stimuli in the environment, which activates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline). When your adrenals become overtaxed by the constant tension of modern life and don’t respond by giving you a kick of energy, you may get recurrent drops in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia.

Starved of glucose (its food), your brain feels like it’s suffocating. You become anxious, jittery, and lightheaded. You need to eat now. And if you don’t eat — preferably something sweet — the symptoms just get worse. This “feed me now or I’ll kill you” feeling has even resulted in a new expression: “hangry!”

If you’re a type 2 sugar addict, you feel like you are always in crisis. When you feel burned out by stress, you reach for sugar. When you crash, you reach for a sugar fix to artificially pump up your tired adrenal glands, which fuels your sugar addiction. You might suffer from chronic sore throats. You get respiratory infections often and have difficulty recovering.

When your adrenal glands are exhausted, you’re more likely to consume sugar in large quantities in an attempt to get the energy you need. When the sugar hits your system, blood sugar skyrockets and your body dramatically increases insulin production to process the sugar out of the bloodstream into the cells. This causes a steep dip in blood sugar levels, which results in hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia stimulates a craving for sugar, along with anxiety and irritability.

Type 3: The Happy Ho-Ho Hunter — Sugar cravings caused by yeast/candida overgrowth
A type 3 sugar addict needs sugar fixes regularly. From morning to night, you nosh on donuts, cookies, and other sweets. Without knowing it, however, when you feed yourself sugar, you are also feeding Candida albicans, the type of yeast that grows in your digestive system from fermenting sugar and carbs. When yeast uses your gut as a fermentation tank, it sends your sugar addiction spiraling out of control.

A type 3 sugar addict often feels tired; you may even have chronic fatigue syndrome and bromyalgia. It doesn’t stop there. Yeast overgrowth fueled by sugar can cause sinusitis or post nasal drip. You may also have problems with digestion, such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Yeast can make you feel like you have no will power, triggering your sugar cravings by releasing a certain chemical, so you’ll feed them their favorite food. Although science has not yet identi ed the chemical that triggers sugar cravings, experience with thousands of patients shows that sugar cravings decrease dramatically after the yeast have been killed off.

Type 4: Depressed and Craving Carbs — Sugar cravings caused by your period, menopause, or andropause
Hormones are a critical part of your body’s communication and control system. For this reason, hormone deficiencies — or even imbalances — can wreak havoc with your physical and emotional well-being. If you have a deficiency of estrogen, progesterone, and/or testosterone (if you’re a woman) or testosterone (if you’re a man), you’re likely to crave sugar. When these hormone levels are low, you become sad, even depressed. You start craving sugar as your body tries to raise its level of serotonin, “the happiness molecule.”

Thanks to hormonal fluctuations, women can have more difficulty controlling their emotions at certain times during their menstrual cycle. You may feel tired, irritable, and cranky — and you crave sugar.

If you are in perimenopause or menopause, you have hot ashes, fatigue, mood swings, headaches, and intense sugar cravings when estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels plummet during the four to seven days around your period. If you are a man older than 45, you may experience a hormonal imbalance called andropause, when testosterone levels decline, causing you to crave sugar.

In the short term, eating sugar raises serotonin levels and makes you feel happier. This occurs because as the sugar raises insulin, the insulin drives amino acids into your muscles, but not tryptophan, leaving more tryptophan free to go into your brain to make serotonin. Unfortunately, as insulin resistance occurs, the feel-good benefts of sugar decrease. Although eating something sweet may initially make you feel better, it leads to even worse sugar fluctuations, exacerbation of your symptoms, and ultimately sugar addiction.

Cut Out the Sugar

The first step in breaking your sugar addiction is to change the way you eat. The most important thing, of course, is to stop eating excessive sugar. Start simply by getting rid of high-sugar foods in your diet, including fast foods, sodas, and fruit drinks.

Read labels — sugar has many other names. Besides those ending in “ose,” such as maltose or sucrose, other names for sugar include high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, corn sweetener, honey, or fruit juice concentrates. As a rule of thumb, don’t eat anything that lists sugar in any form (sugar, glucose, fructose, or corn syrup) as one of the top three ingredients on the label.

Better yet? Here’s the simple secret to determining a food’s “sugar price tag.” Simply divide the grams of sugar on the nutrition label by four. This will tell you how many teaspoons of sugar there are per serving. Your gut instincts will then tell you if it’s worth the “sugar price.” Meanwhile, stevia can be a healthy sugar substitute.

Supplements to Restore Health

Even our best efforts at eating a nutritious diet can leave us short nutritionally. Therefore, it’s smart to supplement with a good multivitamin. In addition, a variety of nutrients can help keep your sweet tooth under control and restore energy naturally.

For All Sugar Addicts

Vitamin D: When vitamin D levels are low in the body, the hormone that helps turn off your appetite doesn’t function and you feel hungry, no matter how much you eat. Low vitamin D is also associated with an increased diabetes risk.

Omega-3s: Found in cold-water sh like cod and salmon, omega-3 fats are good for healthy brain function and mood, as well as glucose control. A higher intake of omega-3s can help reduce insulin resistance, lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.

For Type 1 Sugar Addicts
Ribose: When you’re exhausted, your body craves sugar as it tries to get an energy boost. The body uses sugar as fuel, where it is “burned” to recycle energy. A special type of sugar called ribose is an excellent nutrient for energy production. Research has repeatedly shown that ribose is the key building block to stimulate energy recovery, and in two of our published studies it increased energy an astounding average of over 60 percent after three weeks! Imagine what 60 percent more energy would feel like. And unlike sugar, ribose does not raise blood glucose or feed yeast overgrowth. Take 5 grams mixed in water (or any food or beverage) one to two times a day.

B vitamins: All the B vitamins play a critical role in energy production for type 1 sugar addicts. B vitamins are also important for immunity, nerve and brain function, and more. Look for a multivitamin containing high levels of all the B vitamins.

Magnesium: This mineral is critical for producing energy in your muscles. A deficiency causes muscles to spasm and shorten, producing achiness sometimes seen in type 1 sugar addicts. Magnesium deficiency can contribute to obesity by causing insulin resistance. Take 200 mg a day.

For Type 2 Sugar Addicts
Vitamin C: Your body’s highest levels of vitamin C are found in the adrenal glands and brain tissues. Vitamin C is crucial for optimizing the function of your adrenal stress handler gland. Vitamin C can also boost immune function, helping to prevent the sore throats and respiratory infections that type 2 sugar addicts are predisposed to.

Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): Critical for optimal adrenal function, pantothenic acid helps balance the production of the stress hormone cortisol.

Tyrosine: The body uses this amino acid to make adrenaline, another adrenal stress hormone. It also makes the thyroid hormone (critical for energy) and the neurotransmitter dopamine, which decreases cravings of all kinds. Dopamine also decreases depression and improves mood, so you’re less likely to turn to sugar for a quick high.

Glutathione: This nutrient supports insulin function, stabilizing blood sugar and helping
to decrease cravings. It is also important for maintaining optimal blood sugar levels.

For Type 3 Sugar Addicts
Probiotics: Chronic yeast overgrowth in the gut takes months to eliminate, and it’s important to replace the yeast with healthy bacteria or it will simply grow back. Probiotics like acidophilus can help restore the balance of good bacteria.

Zinc: Maintaining a healthy immune system is critical to getting rid of yeast, and zinc may be the single most important nutrient for optimal immune function. Take 15 mg daily.

For Type 4 Sugar Addicts
Vitamin B12: This B vitamin helps not only depression but also mood in general.

Vitamin B6: This is important if you have PMS because it eases the deficiency of the “feel-good” hormone prostaglandin E1. When this hormone is low, irritability and sugar cravings can result.

Theanine: If you experience anxiety-related PMS, theanine can help. It stimulates your body’s production of GABA. Theanine also naturally stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine. Along with melatonin and magnesium, theanine can also aid sleep problems associated with menopause, so you’re more energetic and feel less need for sugar.

For more than 30 years, I have incorporated sugar detox into treatments for countless patients suffering from chronic health problems. Sugar addiction is the canary in the coal mine. It usually points to a larger problem that is also dragging you down. I want you to feel great! And you will when you treat the problems accompanying your sugar addiction. I encourage you to trust your intuition and listen to your body as you recover and see what makes you feel best.

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