The Benefits of a Sugar Detox
A detox or cleanse is the removal from the body of unwanted, unhealthy, or harmful substances. Originally used mainly in terms of alcohol and drugs, the term is now broader and extends to other unhealthy substances. There is a growing body of opinion that sugar, and processed foods, because they contain a lot of sugar (and salt), are quite bad for our health in the sort of quantities that we consume. It is therefore an excellent idea to undergo a sugar detox periodically to identify and remove it in all its forms, from your diet. This will help you break your sugar cravings and balance your blood sugar making weight loss and a steady stream of energy easy to achieve.
Many people eat far more sugar than is good for them. A heavy reliance on convenience foods and snacks to provide a quick energy boost is self-defeating in the long run, leading to fatigue and a desire for a repeat sugar rush. This kind of behaviour becomes addictive. The more you eat, the more you crave, the more you eat!
Sugars are referred to as simple carbohydrates, and when combined together can form complex carbohydrates or starches. Complex carbohydrates are the preferred source of energy as they release slower into the blood and so have less effect on blood sugar levels. Because simple sugars are so readily and quickly digested they cause a sharp rise in blood sugar levels that challenge the insulin system, designed to keep blood sugar concentration within certain limits. Too much or too little sugar in the blood has severe physiological effects.
Repeated or excessive sugar consumption can lead to a variety of disorders. The pancreas may not be able to keep up with demand for insulin and fail, or the body’s cells may become desensitised to insulin. Either situation can lead to diabetes. Other sugar related conditions are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and tooth decay.
The benefits of a sugar detox will become apparent as you control your blood sugar levels much more easily and effectively. You should substitute complex carbohydrates for the simple ones and eat instead more protein from good quality, lean meat and fish, plus plenty of fruit and vegetables.
It may be difficult at first, but as you get used to less sugar in your diet, you will begin to feel better and have more sustained energy. You could start by cutting down on sugar in tea and coffee, and then gradually cutting it out all together. After a while you would find a cup of tea too sweet and quite distasteful, if you added the two teaspoons of sugar you had been used to previously. You will need to avoid in-between meal snacks of any kind of refined carbohydrates. If you must have an afternoon snack it is better to have a handful of nuts or some veggie sticks and hummus. You should avoid cakes, chips, pastries, buns and biscuits.
By following a sugar detox you will gradually rid yourself of sugar cravings and will instinctively go for more savoury and nutritious foods. You will experience the benefit of more balanced blood sugar as more consistent energy levels, without sudden dips and bouts of tiredness. If you needed to lose weight then of course, removing sugars from your diet is the very best thing that you can do. It is becoming more and more recognised that obesity is due in far greater degree to too much refined carbohydrate in our diet than too much fat.
If you’d like to get rid of your sugar cravings, break bad habits, clear up your skin and lose a few kilos then this detox is for you. Go on a sugar detox and not only will your health benefit, but your appearance too! Check out my webpage for more details on our Online Sugar Detox Program.
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