Sugar: Additive & Addiction

6 08 2010

Sugar: Additive & Addiction

Historically spoken, when we began consuming sugar, it was designed for the sole use royalty and it was an occasional sweet threat because of its high cost.

Today we consume it as high as 18% of our daily calories. It is added as an additive in food processing. Whatever you mix it with sugar always increases the taste and because of its low cost it is added in the majority of processed food.

Because of the high sugar products exposure, it is very likely that you are addicted to sugar and unaware of it.  It is so common in the Western industrialized nations that we don’t suspect it.

When you consume sugar, it goes straight to your brain giving you a high by influencing a nerve transmitter called serotonin that promotes good mood. It creates a pleasure from the center of your brain and right as it pushes your pancreas into producing a maximum of insulin to balance out your blood sugar and digest the simply sugar.  Once your insulin levels drop below normal because your pancreas is exhausted, you feel an immediate sensation of fatigue and drop in your mood.  Our bodies were not designed to handle heavy amounts of sugar. Over the years this increased consumption leads to a pancreatic dependency for simply sugar to regulate your body’s blood sugar levels

A few simple ways to fight off the sugar addiction is to

  1. Exercise is efficient for raising your serotonin. It promotes a better mood and energy level.
  2. Take Vitamin C, B Vitamins and chromium to help reduce sugar cravings
  3. Keep your refrigerator and cupboards free of processed food with sugar associated ingredients.
  4. Eat plenty of greens and drink green tea.

These are the symptoms of a sugar addiction.

  • hypoglycemia
  • diabetes
  • chronic constipation
  • chronic stomach upset
  • intestinal gas
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • headaches
  • osteoporosis
  • heart disease
  • obesity
  • chronic Candida infection
  • tooth decay
  • inflammatory bowel disease

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