The average American consumes 156 pounds of added sugar in one year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Can you believe that the refined sugar is more addictive than the cocaine1 – one of the most harmful substances and also most addictive currently known. 94% of rats who were allowed to choose between sugar water and cocaine, they chose sugar. Those rats who were previously addicted to cocaine switched to sugar.
If you consume refined sugar that can cause damages in your health in many ways. It causes weight gain and suppresses immunity.
One research has linked sugar consumption to many other conditions, including:
- Various cancers: ovary, breast, rectum, prostate, etc.
- Premature aging
- Digestive problems, including chronic indigestion
- Heart disease
- Low energy and fatigue
- Loss of muscle mass
- Hyperactivity and concentration problems
- Yeast infection
- Nutritional deficiencies, including decreased ability to absorb magnesium and calcium
- Gum disease and tooth decay
Some symptoms of sugar hangover
- Fatigue or sleepiness after meals
- Foggy mind or fuzzy thinking
- Bloating, gas or extended stomach after meals
- Joint pain
- Mood swings
- Allergy symptoms
If you understand the symptoms and prepare to deal with the sugar withdrawal, all that can help you reduce the sugar intake permanently. But it is really important to realize that a craving is not the same thing as hunger.
Craving is not that your body is calling for energy, but it is the brain calling for food that can release a lot of dopamine.
You need to be disciplined and determined and here are a few things that can help you to overcome the cravings:
- Eat probiotic beverages and fermented foods – they are rich in beneficial bacteria that drive out the disease-causing bugs that are guilty for our increased desire for sugar.
- Eat sour foods – sour foods like the apple cider vinegar can naturally curb your sugar cravings.