Your Addiction to Sugar Could be Killing You
Are you a sugar addict? If you answered “yes,” you’re not alone. With 18 percent of calories in the American diet coming from added sugar, sugar addiction is becoming the rule rather than the exception. Many Americans are even eating their weight in sugar every year: And people wonder why they’re tired, achy, “brain fogged,” anxious, and unable to lose weight. Cutting back on sugar not only lowers the risk of diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and heart attacks, but it also boosts your metabolism, making it easier to lose weight.
For most, simply trying to cut out sugar usually doesn’t work. Besides, who wants to cut out the things that give them pleasure―if living a long life means cutting out the things you enjoy, why bother? Instead of trying to quit sugar “cold turkey,” you need to understand and treat the underlying causes of your sugar addiction. Here, I explain how to figure out which sugar-addict type you are and give a few tips to get well. You’ll not only feel better, but your sugar cravings will drop, too. And you’ll still be able to enjoy having sugar―but in moderation as snacks and dessert where they belong, instead of as your main course.
The 4 Types of Sugar Addiction
To beat sugar addiction, you need to identify what type of addict you are and then follow a step-by-step treatment approach for your specific type. Here’s a sneak peek into my new book Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! (Fair Winds Press, 2010), which teaches you how to do this in a way that makes it easier to change from a sugar-laden to a low-sugar diet without sacrificing the pleasures of eating. Using simple quizzes, my book shows you which sugar-addict type you are and how to get well. This includes natural therapies and simple lifestyle changes, as well as directions for your inner journey―a journey that will not only heal your body but also your mind and spirit.
Type 1: Hooked on “Energy Loan Shark” Drinks ― Chronically exhausted and hooked on caffeine and sugar. When daily fatigue causes sugar (and caffeine) cravings, sometimes all you need is to improve nutrition, sleep, and exercise.
Type 2: Feed Me Now or I’ll Kill You ― When life’s stress has exhausted your adrenal glands. If you get irritable when you’re hungry and crash under stress, it’s important to treat adrenal exhaustion.
Type 3: The Happy Twinkie Hunter ― Sugar cravings caused by yeast/Candida overgrowth. If you have chronic nasal congestion, sinusitis, spastic colon, or irritable bowel syndrome, treating yeast overgrowth is critical.
Type 4: Depressed and Craving Carbs ― Sugar cravings caused by your period, menopause, or andropause. Standard blood testing for hormonal deficiencies will not reveal the problems until they are very severe, sometimes leaving people deficient for decades.
In upcoming blogs, I’ll explore the different types of sugar addition in more detail and outline some simple treatment approaches for each. Stay tuned!
By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Natural Solutions guest expert on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.