Are you addicted to sugar? 8 signs that say you are
Sugar is not good, you need to throw sugar out of your diet … just some of the statements we hear almost every day. What is really the problem with sugar and are you addicted to sugar, read below.
Why is sugar bad?
Nutritionist Kinsey Jackson explains that all carbohydrates (and most proteins) break down into sugar – glucose. Consuming food rich in carbohydrates such as bread, chips, candies, starches and juices causes increased blood sugar levels, followed by a sudden fall. Our body experiences this fall as dangerous, causing our adrenal glands release cortisol, which causes more cravings for sugar. Large fluctuations in blood glucose (sudden rise and fall in blood sugar levels), long-term harms the body.
Many alternatives to sugar, which give a sweet taste are made using chemicals that come with a lot of health problems. They may not be causing blood sugar, but their sweet taste can still boost insulin response. Not only are artificial sugars causing direct liver damage but are also stored as body fat because our bodies are simply not designed for the metabolism of these foreign chemicals and they do not know what to do with them.
Are you addicted to sugar?
These 8 signs will give you an answer to the question are you addicted to sugar. If you identify with any of these signs, we bring you the solution to the problem.
1. You have the need to eat or snack during the day
If you feel the need for food all day, it is possible that you are becoming addicted to sugar. It is advisable for you to always choose a combination of fat, protein and carbohydrates when selecting meals. Carbohydrates should never be eaten independently.
2.You crave for coffee, sweets or alcohol
Sweeteners and other combinations used in coffee and alcoholic beverages may contribute to the intake of sugar into the blood. The advice is that instead of sugar and honey in coffee add fat such as coconut oil. Be sure to drink alcohol in moderate amounts, and skip dark colors of liqueur and beer, which is full of sugar.
3.You are stressed out all the time
Permanent stress causes the cortisol hormone levels of the adrenal gland to become consistently elevated. Cortisol stimulates hunger and craving for sugar, as well as consumption of sugar can increase the level of cortisol. Learn how to respond to stress by exercising breathing through your nose and abdominal breathing techniques. Try not to eat when you’re under stress, but walk instead.
4.You crave for something sweet before or after meal
If you can not go through dinner without thinking about dessert, there’s a good chance that you are addicted to sugar. Craving for sweets during or immediately after a meal may be a symptom of adrenal fatigue, SIBO (bacterial rearrangement of the small intestine) and sugar addiction. If you think you have fatigue of adrenal glands, there are saline tests that can confirm this. If you suspect you have SIBO or some other form of dysbiosis, there are breath, urine, and stool tests that can detect the hidden causes of infection that can contribute to the intolerable craving for sugar.
5.You suddenly become hungry
If your hunger comes suddenly, encouraging you to eat something right away you may suffer from hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar attacks. Eat protein and fat at each meal and snack, especially if you eat carbohydrates. Never eat carbohydrates independently.
6.You crave carbs in the mornings or late at night
The desire for something sweet in the morning, in the middle of the night or when waking from sleep can be a symptom of secretive addiction to sugar, hypoglycaemia or low function of the adrenal gland. Eat breakfast rich in protein that contains healthy fat and vegetables without starch.
7.You eat a lor of fruit or drink a lot of juices
Don’t let it fool you – fruit is sugar. Fruit juices are especially high glycemic, and if you often crave or eat fruit, this can be a sign of hidden sugar addiction. Focus on fruits with more nutrients and less sugar. Strawberries are full of antioxidants and other beneficial phytochemicals, and contain less sugar than most other fruits. If you drink juice, make sure that fresh green juice comes mainly from vegetables.
8.You crave sugar more when you’re not consuming it
Try to give up sugar for a few days and see how you feel. Paleo diet helps naturally balance glucose levels by ensuring a healthy macronutrient concentration and focusing on low glycemic carbohydrates to maintain ongoing blood glucose control throughout the day.
What to use sugar for? For body scrubs!