With the Holiday season upon us, it’s a good time to re-evaluate how your family’s is going to handle all the sugary treats put before them. We’ve all heard about the dangers of eating refined sugar. It’s over 99% pure calories, without much nutritional value. Yet, various resources report that Americans are still eating 150 to 170 pounds of sugar a year.Sugar is often a hidden ingredient in many of the prepared foods you buy. It can be labeled “organic,” “raw,” or “unprocessed”; whatever form it comes in, it activates a chemical reaction in your body that is comparable to the addictive effects of drugs like cocaine, meth, nicotine, and morphine.
According to a study on the NCBI website reports, “Sugar is noteworthy as a substance that releases dopamine and thus might be expected to have addictive potential.” Another sugar addiction study was published the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Sugar addiction is hard to kick because of the resulting withdrawal symptoms.
What are some of the ways sugar affects your present and future health? Sugar…
- spikes blood sugar, triggers the release of insulin, leading to a sugar crash;
- makes people hungry and tired;
- causes weight gain;
- contributes to mineral deficiencies;
- interferes with the actions of calcium and magnesium;
- suppresses the immune system;
- increases inflammation;
- contributes to aggression, depression, ADHD and hyperactivity;
- raises bad cholesterol, lowers good cholesterol;
- feeds cancer cells; and
- alters learning and memory, according to a study at UCLA.
When your blood sugar drops, your body goes into emergency mode, so you crave a fast fix of sugar. It becomes a never-ending cycle that you have to consciously break. The good news is that you can make behavioral changes that support a healthier lifestyle. I recommend a holistic approach because there’s an inseparable connection between the mind and the body. When you learn to manage the complicated interactions that take place between the mind, body, and the outside world, you’ll be able to stop your sugar addiction.
If you can’t seem to break the sugar habit on your own and live near Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA please contact my Jantzen Beach office and schedule an appointment. I also offer online therapy if that works best for your busy schedule.