The fact that an overabundance of sugar in the diet can lead to many health problems is hardly news to anyone. However, in his new book, ‘Beat Sugar Addiction, Now!’ Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum suggests sugar addiction is a sign of underlying health problems. He identifies four main types of sugar addiction defined by the health problems triggering them, and gives guidance for overcoming the problem. When you understand the four sugar addiction types and determine which one sounds the most like you, it may be easier to go through with a quitting sugar detox.
Do you often find yourself stressed, tired and burdened with sweet cravings? Are your muscles tense and do you suffer from frequent headaches? These are all signs of an underactive thyroid.
The first step to solving this issue is to drink more water, and cut back on caffeinated beverages. Your body would also benefit from a no sugar diet, one that is lacking in processed foods and flooded with whole foods that not only take longer for the body to digest, but also keep blood sugar levels stable. After adjusting your diet, pay close attention to not only the amount of sleep you are getting, but the quality. Getting more sleep will optimize your energy levels and reduce your appetite making sugar cravings a thing of the past.
Is it seemingly impossible to get through your day without bread or some form of sugar? Do you regularly take an antibiotic or antacid? Both of these have a negative effect on the yeast build up in your body. While antibiotics kill the good bacteria, antacids neutralize stomach acid that should be taking care of the bad. Together, this triggers an over-population of yeast which feeds on sugar and causes cravings.
When you give into these cravings, the yeast continues to grow and puts you on the roller coaster of cravings and energy crashes throughout the day. These cravings become constant when you add in the stress-induced hormone cortisol which suppresses the immune system and allows yeast to run wild.
The best way to tackle a yeast infection is by switching to a no sugar diet, and include a probiotic supplement in your daily routine.
Commonly known as ‘Hanger,’ those who suffer from adrenaline overload are often irritable when they are hungry and feel stressed or faint when standing. Those falling under this category may also find themselves with frequent sore throats, thirst and trips to the bathroom. The adrenal glands sit around the kidneys and pump out stress hormones. When under constant pressure the glands become sluggish causing cravings for sugar for an energy boost.
To overcome the sluggish feeling, eat smaller protein-packed meals throughout the day to keep energy levels up and make it easier to undergo a quitting sugar detox.
Menopause of PMT
If you experience mood swings, low sex drive, irregular periods with insomnia, headaches, fatigue and hot flashes the week prior to your period, you could fall under this type of sugar addiction.
Whether you are going through menopause, perimenopause or PMT, when hormone levels drop women are more prone to insulin resistance. These changes intensify cravings for sweets since sugar releases the feel-good hormone serotonin.
By switching to a no sugar diet especially during these sensitive times, your body will be better able to produce prostaglandins-a substance known from improving mood. You may also wish to take Vitamin B6 which helps eliminate the deficiency of prostoglandins.