3 Simple Steps to Breaking a Sugar Addiction

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Back in 2010, the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that sugar causes the human brain to release endorphins, creating a similar effect as opiates. And when studied further, researchers found that the response to, and subsequent withdrawal from, sugar is nearly identical to the response to and withdrawal from various drugs. In addition to this, according to a study conducted by California State University, it’s been found that there are actually genetic markers connecting a sugar addiction with obesity, bulimia, and alcoholism.

So how do you break the sugar addiction?

1) The first step is consuming organic fruits and vegetables, which are rich in natural sugars as well as complex carbohydrates. Together, these two nutrients drastically slow the rate at which your body breaks the food down, but also reduces that “high” feeling without eliminating sugar all together.

2) Once the inevitable “I need something sweet” feeling takes over, choosing a slice of whole grain bread drizzled in raw, unpasteurized honey can help to squelch that feeling without sending you into a sugar coma.

3) And, when the desire for something crunchy and sweet hits (like your favorite hard candy), choose nuts and trail mixes instead. This gives you the crunch and sugar you’re craving, while still providing protein and healthy fats, both of which help your body to process the sugar without feeding the addiction.

You can take control over your body again by beating the sugar addiction, and after one to two weeks of making these changes, you’ll be amazed at the difference. With so much attention lately on evidence piling up on the toxic effects of sugar, these simple changes should not be taken lightly in decreasing the amount of processed sugar in your diet.

You may also find it helpful to put more attention on your nutritional supplements in case your sugar cravings are actually just symptoms of nutritional deficiencies. For example if you are reaching for sugar because you are low on energy, maybe you are vitamin B12 deficient like nearly 40% of Americans are.

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