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Karen Salmansohn, a best-selling author has very rightly said that “sugar is the sociopath of foods. It acts sweet but it’s really poison”.
Craving sugar is something almost all of us experience more often than we would like. It’s nothing uncommon, but we don’t give it as much thought as we should. Whenever we get such cravings, we give into it without thinking how it’s going to affect our bodies.
Food allergies, hormonal changes in women, parasites, adrenal fatigue, bacterial overgrowth etc are few of the reasons why we crave sugar. For instance, when we feel weak in order to boost our energy we usually consume sugary products. Though sugar does give your body that instant energy supply that it needs but sugar stresses your body as well. And in the long run this does more harm than good.
The underlying issue is that sugar impacts just about every organ system in the body and sadly, not in a good way. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves which will help you deal with sugar addiction like a boss.
- Drink plenty of water
Sometimes we feel that our body is craving sugar but in reality, it is actually dehydrated and needs water. So next time you crave sugar, first go drink water.
- Try and avoid processed foods as much as possible
When we consume sugar or processed food it stimulates a part of our brain nucleus accumbens to produce dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. After a while when dopamine levels drop we start feeling low and thus crave more of these products.
- Keep your blood sugar level stable
You must ensure that your blood sugar levels remain absolutely stable. Because it is only when your blood sugar levels drop that you start feeling tired or lazy and crave sweet food in order to get that energy boost. The easiest and simplest way to ensure this is by eating smaller healthy meals after short intervals. A big no-no is skipping your meals because this will only result in your blood sugar levels to drop. Which you of course don’t want! Skipping meals can also result in overeating during your next meal which in turn can result in poor or bad food choices. Adding proteins to your diet is a big YES, as they help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Also, adding wholesome complex carbohydrates that are rich in fibre will help as these foods slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, avoiding the sharp spike in blood sugar levels.
- Sea veggies should definitely be added to your diet
Sea vegetables have a high mineral content, while eating anything with sugar immediately depletes minerals from your body. So, include sea vegetables or seaweed as a part of your diet in order to get the minerals your adrenals need.
- Include fermented foods and drinks to your daily diet
This is the most effective way to reduce or eliminate sugar cravings. The sour aftertaste of fermented foods and drinks reduce the desire for sugary products as well as processed foods. Another advantage of this is that if you do happen to eat something sweet the probiotics in fermented foods and drinks will eat up the sugar, reducing the damage that sugar would do in your body.
- Boost your serotonin
Serotonin can be raised by following a healthy diet, exercising every day and the right sleep schedule. Higher the serotonin level in your body the less you’ll crave sugar.
- Say yes to green drinks
Green drinks which are extremely nutritious boosts our energy thus eliminating the craving for processed foods and sugar.
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