“Sugar is 8 Times More Addictive Than Cocaine”
“And What’s interesting while cocaine and heroin activate only one spot for pleasure in the brain ,sugar lights up the brain like a pinball machine ” – Dr.Mark Hyman.
DOES the thought of living life sugar-free fill you with horror? If so, you may unknowingly be addicted.
In fact, sugar is believed to be eight times more addictive than cocaine. Some people are more sensitive than others, but the more sugar you eat, the more likely it has taken hold of your addictive pathways and is driving you to eat – and drink – far too much.
When sugar hits the bloodstream, it stimulates release of a brain chemical called dopamine, which makes you feel good. The feeling is usually short-lived.
By the time you’re licking the chocolate off your fingertips or picking the last crumbs of biscuit from the plate, your dopamine levels will probably have fallen, taking you into a mini-withdrawal. This can trigger cravings for more sugar, urging you, against your better judgement, to pick up another biscuit or break off another square of chocolate so your brain can have another hit of dopamine.
Before long, the biological signals that would normally control hunger and satiety (fullness) are swiftly being overwhelmed by this dopamine stimulation, to the point where your body (and brain) starts listening only to sugar’s cues and ignores the fact that you have already eaten far more than you need. If you have even the mildest addiction to sugar, there is every chance that your ‘off’ switch no longer works properly in response to eating, either. That’s why one biscuit or scoop of ice-cream never seems like enough, even after a huge meal. The more sugar you eat, the more your tolerance adapts, so you end up needing more and more sugar to get the same boost – drug addicts and alcoholics experience the same cycle.
Although artificial sweeteners can confuse your system. and make it tougher to quit sugar, if you rely on them long-term (they can ‘feed’ your sweet tooth and spark sugar and carb cravings], on occasion they can make the change to a sugar-free life easier. So avoid aspartame, Splenda and Canderel, don’t touch diet drinks and only use more natural sweeteners such as stevia and xylitol. If, however, after two or three weeks on your LCHF programme, you are still feeling hungry or noticing sugar cravings, then sweeteners could be to blame, so gradually reduce your intake.
Any Withdrawal Symptoms?
YOU may experience slight physical discomfort, such as a headache, or cravings for sugar and carbs, but stick with the plan – this will pass. After a few days, you should notice improved physical well- being, less bloating, a clearer head, increased energy and improved mood.
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