According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average American consumes 156 pounds of added sugar per year.
Did you know that refined sugar is far more addictive than cocaine — one of the most addictive and harmful substances currently known. An unbelievable 94 % of rats who were allowed to choose mutually-exclusively between cocaine and sugar water, chose sugar. Those rats who were addicted to cocaine switched their preference to sugar.
Refined sugar consumption damages health in more ways than most realize. It suppresses immunity and causes weight gain.
Research has linked sugar consumption to numerous other conditions, including
• Premature aging
• Various cancers — breast, ovary, prostate, rectum, etc.
• Digestive problems, including chronic indigestion
• Fatigue and low energy
• Heart disease
• Hyperactivity and concentration problems
• Loss of muscle mass
• Nutritional deficiencies, including decreased ability to absorb calcium and magnesium
• Tooth decay and gum disease
• Yeast infections
What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Eating Sugar
Here are some of the symptoms of sugar hangover
- Fuzzy thinking or foggy mind
- Fatigue or sleepiness after meals
- Gas, bloating or extended stomach after meals
- Joint pain
- Skin problems
- Allergy symptoms
- Mood swings
Understanding the symptoms, and preparing to deal with sugar withdrawal, can help you permanently reduce your sugar intake. But it is important to realize that a craving is NOT the same as hunger.
Craving is not your body’s calling for energy, it is the brain calling for something that releases a lot of dopamine.
You need to be determined and disciplined and here are a few things you can do to help you overcome these cravings:
- Eat sour foods. Sour foods, like apple cider vinegar, will naturally curb your cravings for sugar.
- Eat fermented foods and probiotic beverages.They are full of beneficial bacteria, which drive out disease-causing bugs that increase our desire for sugar.