Science has proven that sugar has the ability to age you – along with many other negative body effects that can be serious. It actually weakens your muscles, causes wrinkles on your face and even fades your eyesight. What’s worse, cancer cells actually feed on sugar and so if you have been diagnosed with it, you must avoid sugar at all costs. If there is no sugar in the cells, the cancer won’t be fed and will not proliferate.
- The way sugar changes our bodies is that it revs up a biological process known as “cell division.” Usually, this happens on its own at a slow pace, but with excess sugar, it forces cells to divide prematurely and puts aging into overdrive. Every time your cells divide, a small portion of your DNA is lost. This is the “string-like” section at the end of the chromosome, called the telomere. When you eat sugar, the telomere gets shorter and shorter until it disappears and the cell stops dividing and dies. Physical aging occurs faster as more and more cells reach the end of their telomeres and die.
Why is the addiction to sugar so strong?
- Cocaine and sugar can cause you to feel euphoric and more energetic. They both
increase dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for producing pleasurable feelings in the body. Cocaine users experience powerful cravings for the drug and those same types of cravings occur in rats who are allowed to binge on sugar, according to many studies.
- Once the body develops a tolerance for cocaine, it needs more and more of the substance in order to achieve the same pleasurable effects. These studies have revealed that the same phenomenon happens in the sugar-laden lab rats.
- Cocaine withdrawal symptoms often include anxiety, restlessness and cravings. These same symptoms happened in study rats once they were removed from their month-long sugar binge.
What to do – you may feel too weak to quit?
According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman after three days of being off sweets, you will notice any headaches and/or fatigue will lift and you’ll have less intense needs for a sugar fix. Then, you can really begin the work of retraining the taste buds, to enjoy food with a lower level of sugar intensity and in normal amounts.
- When a sugar addict eats even a small amount of sugar, they want more and more. Their intention may be to have a few scoops of ice cream and before you know it, they’ve eaten the entire tub. We have to break the cycle that triggers the brain into a binge attack, and it gives us a window to allow significant withdrawal and detox to take place. Without this withdrawal period, you’ll continue to experience recurrent uncomfortable symptoms whenever not eating sweets. This means no honey, no maple syrup, no agave nectar, no artificial sweeteners and nothing sweet except for fresh fruit.
- In the beginning of your detox it may be a tough 72 hours, but you won’t be left without a life raft. Eating regular meals and small snacks with the right choices will help with the cravings – especially eating the good, healthy fats such as avocado, almond butter, coconut oil, nuts/seeds and real butter. Along with that, make sure to choose a healthy choice protein, carb and fat at each meal, as balance is critical to alleviating your cravings.
If you need further guidance or regular accountability with a professional, please feel to contact me and we can set up some appointments to get and keep you on track and figure out the right eating plan just for you.