Sugar addiction: overcome sugar cravings quickly
If you can’t refuse candy, cookies, and soda, you may be one of the millions of people addicted to sugar. For some people, sugar acts like a drug in the body and, like any other drug, it can cause an initial euphoria followed by withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms of sugar addiction include:
- powerful cravings for sugar, refined carbohydrates, or alcohol
- humor changes
- irritability or anger
- feeling better after eating sugar
It’s not just a lack of willpower, it really is an addiction
Studies have shown that sugar has a similar effect to cocaine, morphine, and other addiction drugs. Eating large amounts of sugar releases a brain chemical called dopamine that makes you feel alert, energetic, motivated, and enthusiastic. But over time, sugar reduces the brain’s sensitivity to dopamine and it begins to get addicted to sugar; You need more dopamine just to feel normal and without a sugar hit to increase your dopamine production, you feel sluggish, tired, hazy, and irritable.
If you are addicted to sugar, it is important that you eliminate sugar from your diet completely so that your brain has a chance to recover, but doing without morning sugar can seem unattainable. You may be wondering how you can get through the day without sugar and how you will deal with constant cravings. Fortunately, a vitamin, mineral, and amino acid program can quickly stabilize blood sugar, eliminate cravings, and overcome withdrawal symptoms.
Many studies have shown that chromium stabilizes blood sugar levels and reduces cravings for sugar and refined carbohydrates. In one study, blood sugar dropped nearly 30 percent in participants who took 1,000 micrograms of chromium picolinate per day. Sugar, alcohol and white flour reduce the absorption of chromium in the body and this creates a vicious cycle: high sugar intake causes chromium deficiency, which contributes to blood sugar problems and exacerbates links with the sugar. Chromium supplements can increase chromium levels and disrupt the vicious cycle.
L-glutamine is an amino acid (a building block of protein) that the brain can use for fuel when blood sugar is low. It also helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Usually 2 teaspoons taken three times a day between meals is enough to eliminate cravings, but if you still have cravings, try sprinkling some glutamine powder under your tongue and letting it dissolve; your cravings will disappear almost instantly.
Research has shown that 3,000 mcg per day of a B vitamin called biotin helps eliminate cravings and stabilizes blood sugar in people with low and high blood sugar levels. Additionally, zinc, vitamin E, various other B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids can help maintain blood sugar and reduce cravings.
Once you’ve dealt with the cravings, switching to a healthy diet will be much easier – avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates, eat plenty of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and moderate amounts of complex carbohydrates. Protein should be ingested at every meal, as it helps maintain blood sugar levels by stimulating the release of glucagon, a hormone that balances the action of insulin. Fresh fruits and vegetables provide a good supply of vitamins and minerals necessary to keep blood sugar stable.
It is important to avoid all forms of sugar, including so-called “healthy” alternatives like brown sugar, honey, and nuts. Don’t be tempted to cheat – your brain is sensitive to sugar, and having “just one” cookie or soda may be enough to trigger cravings, trigger a sugar binge, and start the cycle of cravings and binges all over again.
You will be amazed at how different it will feel after a few weeks without sugar. Many people describe a sense of calm and balance, relief from depression or anxiety, increased energy, and better health, not to mention weight loss and an end to constant hunger. The next time you feel the need for a sugar hit, reach for your L-glutamine and get over your sugar addiction.