Sugar is most certainly an addictive substance – up to eight times as “addictive” as cocaine; only sugar is not an “emotional addiction,” but a biological one. Those who consume sugar at disproportionately high levels significantly alter the brain’s mechanisms of pleasure and reward. Practically-speaking, they may reach for a stashed soda or candy bar without really even realizing what they’re doing. They’re hardwired for sugar . At some point in our lives, a sugar detox is necessary to reset our body and brain.
Here are a few statistics to kick-start this article:
- – The average American consumes over 150 pounds (? 69 kg) of sugar per year.
- – The average American child eats over 228 pounds (? 103 kg) of sugar per year.
- – The average American consumes over 146 pounds of flour per year.
- -Flour is known to raise human blood sugar at a higher rate than sugar.
Statistics aside, high intake of sugar – in its various forms – is detrimental to human health.
“The facts are in, the science is beyond question. Sugar in all its forms is the root cause of our obesity epidemic and most of the chronic diseases sucking the life out of our citizens, our economy, and increasingly, the rest of the world. You name it, it’s caused by sugar: heart disease, cancer, dementia, type-2 diabetes, depression, and even acne, infertility, and impotence.” – Mark Hyman, M.D.
So, the question is what to do about it. Well, as with any addiction, it is necessary to flush the substance from the body with the aid of the following sugar “detox”
This brings us to the main topic of the article – a 10-day sugar detox. It is beyond the scope of this article to detail the precise means of an elaborate detoxification program; instead, we will provide 10 generally-accepted detox principles that can be completed in a 10-day period.
Here’s the 10 day sugar detox plan you’ll want to follow:
1. Decide (and commit) to doing a sugar detox
Make a strong commitment to detox from sugar by understanding its ramifications.
Dr. Mark Hyman, the author of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, asks us to answer the following questions to help with this decision to detox:
– Do you have belly fat?
– Are you overweight?
– Do you have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes? Do either conditions run in your family?
– Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
– Do you experience “food guilt”?
– Do you experience brain fog, memory or mood problems, gas, reflux, joint or muscle pain?
In answering in the affirmative to one or more of these questions, you may benefit from a 10-day sugar detox.
2. “Go Cold.”
Similar to many other addictions, the best way to stop is to “Go Cold,” or “Cold Turkey.” Immediately refrain from eating all variations of sugar, flour, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods.
Sticking with real, fresh, whole foods will both benefit your health and help you navigate the 10-day detox.
3. Don’t reach for those drinks
The dangerous thing about sugar-laden beverages (juices, sodas, sports drinks, sweet teas) is that sugar consumed from these products is streamlined into your liver; this increases cravings for unhealthy (read: sugar- and carb-laden) foods.
Gatorade: 14 teaspoons of sugar. A 20-ounce soda: 15 teaspoons of sugar. Forget about it.