Our bodies need some sugar to function, but most of us go overboard with the amount of sugar we consume. Keep reading to learn how you can benefit from a sugar detox.
Don’t you love the taste of sugar? It’s so easy to love! It tastes delicious, and it’s so easy to eat more. We crave it!
Sadly, our bodies don’t get along with too much sugar.
We end up consuming too much sugar on a daily basis. It’s lurking in all sorts of food like bread and salad dressing. It’s even in some health supplements!
It’s no wonder our sugar consumption is skyrocketing. Unfortunately, all this added sugar is doing a lot of damage to our health. Plus, it’s making us gain weight in record numbers.
It’s time to cut added sugar from our diet!
Six Reasons to Do a Sugar Detox
1. Too Much Sugar Spikes Insulin
Insulin is the hormone that is in charge of keeping blood sugar levels from rising too high. Also, insulin converts extra sugar into fat for storage.
It’s a delicate process.
Consuming too much sugar will cause insulin to spike. Too much sugar abuses this mechanism. This is when sugar starts to cause an adverse effect on your health.
2. Too Much Sugar Causes Inflammation
You don’t have to be eating a lot of sweets and pre-packaged food to gain weight. Overdosing on sugar causes inflammation.
When inflammation is present, our body will hold on to fat making an environment that makes it very difficult for us to lose weight.
I have seen time and time again, get rid of the inflammation, and it almost feels like fat is melting off the body.
3. Too Much Sugar Makes You Hungrier
Since the late seventies, health authorities advised consumers to watch and lower their fat intake. Since then, the food industry produced all sorts of low fat and fat-free food options. To make these low-fat foods taste ok, they added a lot of sugar.
Take a look at regular and low fat or fat-free salad dressing. The lower fat options have a lot more carbs and in particular, sugar. You may not taste it, but it’s there.
Since sugar digests faster than fat, you’re hungry sooner after consuming a low-fat meal. The result is wanting to eat more to feel satisfied resulting in weight gain.
4. Too Much Sugar Increases Your Risk For Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
With all that increased sugar and weight gain comes a higher risk for diabetes and a condition called metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic Syndrome is a group of symptoms and behaviors that put you at a much higher risk of developing Type II diabetes and even heart disease.
To our benefit, both conditions are reversible, and the first step toward better health is to cut out the sugar.
5.Sugar is Not Nutrient-Dense
Nutrient-dense foods are packed with nutrition. Our bodies need a healthy amount of sugar from healthier food options like fruit and vegetables. These foods also happen to be nutrient-dense.
The problem is the average person’s sugar intake is from added sugar, and these foods usually have very little nutritional value.
For a sweet tooth fix, you’re much better off grabbing a piece of fruit than a cookie. At least with fruit, you’re getting some vitamins and fiber.
To lose weight or improve your health, the first thing you can do is avoid added sugar.
6. Sugar Lowers the Immune System
It’s vital to cut out sugar when you’re fighting an illness since sugar lowers the immune system. It’s no wonder why so many people get sick around the holidays after celebrating with eating more carbs and several desserts.
If you’re struggling with sugar cravings, there is an amino acid supplement that can help curb those cravings so you can go on your sugar detox with less difficulty. After a few days of eliminating extra sugar, you’ll find you don’t need to supplement with L-Glutamine anymore.
I hope this post motivates you to cut the sugar out of your diet with a sugar detox. Your body will thank you!
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Great encouraging article. It’s not always easy but remembering all these benefits does help.
My husband and I just started the Keto diet and I have to say today I struggled with my sweet tooth. I’m a recovering sugar addict! These were great reminders to help me remember why sugar is just not a healthy choice.
Samantha M says
I need someone to come remove the sugar from my home. I’m so addicted. It’s so bad and overwhelming at times.
Tanya S. says
Love this, Stephanie! Your writing is to-the-point, easy to understand, and motivates me. Thank you!
Kirsten @ ObtainingBliss.com says
Such great points! It’s not easy to give up sugar but it can be done and your body will totally thank you!