Sugar Vs Crack
We all joke that sugary snacks can be a little like “crack”. Often, just the thought of them gives us a jolt of gotta-have-it-ness. The fact is, there really isn’t that much difference between the white stuff you find for free on the table in every diner, and the stuff they are selling in back alleys. You might be surprised to find out that sugar to our bodies is just as detrimental as any illegal controlled substance.
One of the troubles we face with sugar is that even when we know it harms our health, we still WANT MORE…that, my friends is called addiction. Heck, we even go through drug-like withdrawal when we don’t have it for a few days, headaches, mild depression, let’s face it, we even get a little pissed off. However, getting off of sugar will definitely save your life.
Below are a few of the negative effects sugar has on health. Sugar:
- Contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection
- Upsets mineral relationships in the body
- Interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium
- Interferes with the absorption of protein
- Changes the structure of protein
- Increases the body’s fluid retention
- Causes hormonal imbalances
- Is intoxicating, similar to alcohol
- Is high in empty calories and carbohydrates
Possibly the most impactful problem our bodies face with sugar is its affect on the immune system. Not only does it promote inflammation in the body, but it actually further damages the immune system. In fact, after consuming about 20 teaspoons (equivalent to a liter of soda), the immune system is paralyzed for up to 7 hours. Leaving the body’s defenses against opportunistic infections deemed useless.
I, for one, don’t see a lot of upside to keeping sugar in my diet. It makes me fat, grumpy and sick – no thank you!
Here are some things you can do to wean yourself off the crack-like substance once and for all:
1) Eat more protein. Protein-rich foods like meat, nuts, and beans, on the other hand, provide a steady and balanced source of energy for your body, which can help eliminate cravings for empty sweets.
2) Take pro-biotics. A major cause of sugar addiction today is bacterial overgrowth in the body, or an excess proliferation of harmful yeasts and bacterial strains that literally feed on sugar. Eliminating this bacterial overgrowth and balancing your gut flora is key to overcoming your sensory sugar craving.
3) Balance your hormones. Eating high amounts of sugar may initially boost brain levels of serotonin, also known as the “happiness hormone,” leading to temporary feelings of pleasure, but doing so can also create too much serotonin, which can lead to not only a deficiency in dopamine, but also a dependence on sugar for serotonin. By increasing your amino acids, you can begin to regulate hormones like dopamine and serotonin. Consuming products like bee pollen, organic grass-fed meats and raw dairy are excellent sources.
4) Eat more healthy saturated fats. It may seem counter-intuitive based on conventional wisdom, but increased fat consumption can actually help you beat your sugar cravings while improving your health. Contrary to popular opinion, saturated fats like coconut oil and raw grass-fed butter are excellent healthy fats that will provide solid sustenance for your body and brain, which can help naturally eliminate your cravings for sugar.
Sugar is not doing your body any favors. You’re health will dramatically improve once sugar is no longer part of your diet.