8 Tips for a Successful Sugar Detox
The Poisonous Sweet
“Sugar is the sociopath of foods. It acts sweet but is really poisonous.” Sugar is one of the most common and dangerous ingredients of our daily foods. It is alluring, tempting and irresistible but once your body ingests it, it turns into a poisonous snake that releases such harmful chemicals that it ends up doing a lot of damage to your body. It is one of the most common reasons for increased obesity in children and adults alike. Sugar in its pure form is the most harmful but mixed with other ingredients such as the different types of flours, it can cause immense damage to your body. It is said that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. Heart disease, cancer, dementia, type 2 diabetes, depression, and even acne, infertility and impotence are the common diseases caused by sugar. It is known worldwide as the white poison. Sugar is a major part of our daily diet, may it be in teas, coffees or regular food. How do we suddenly stop consuming this poison which we have been
ingesting slowly since our childhood?
Tips for a Successful Sugar Detox
It is not an easy task to suddenly give something up that is such a major part of our daily diet. Start by slowly reducing the sugar content in all your daily foods. Try black coffee or green tea. Turn towards fruit-based smoothies rather than milkshakes.
The next step would be to stop consuming bakery products, homemade or store-bought alike. Bakery products are a major source of sugar high especially for kids since they contain huge amounts of sugar and flour alike.
Begin your detox regime by replacing refined sugar with natural sugars such as honey, maple syrup, fruits etc. But keep in mind, your ultimate goal is to give up any and all kinds of sweeteners. Refined sugar breaks down very quickly, while natural sugars have minerals and other compounds that make it easier to digest and not spike the blood sugar quite as much.
Stock your fridge with natural sweets such as fruits and berries. If you get a sudden craving from sugar withdrawal, try your best to satiate your cravings with natural sweeteners or try to prepare sweets from scratch at home using natural sugars.
Keep yourself constantly hydrated. The liver needs glucose and water to produce glycogen (energy stores). If the body is dehydrated, it’s much harder for it to produce glycogen, so sugar cravings set in.
Avoid sugar-based foods such as doughnuts, cereals or bagels during breakfast. It’s very important to have a fibre based, nutrient-dense meal at the beginning of your day. This will help you to deal with sugar cravings for the rest of the day as well.
Getting enough sleep is also an important part of the sugar detox. Sleepless nights can result in a rise in your blood sugar levels.
Prepare yourself mentally to handle the side effects such as headaches caused by withdrawal, and support your liver and other elimination organs in the meantime by drinking plenty of water, eating lots of nutrient-rich foods
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