In my January newsletter we discussed general detoxification after the holiday season. Now I would like to talk about sugar detoxification. For most of us sugar is a symbol of love and nurturance since our first food is milk, containing lactose-milk sugar. Later in life sugar becomes a symbol of comfort. In Traditional Chinese Medicine desire for sugar or sweet flavor is considered a craving for mother. The yin craving that represents the need for comfort and security. A desire for spicy or salty food represents looking for father. The yang craving represents energy or power and direction.
Our problem with sweets comes from the type of the sugars and the frequency we eat them. Refined sugars that we eat mostly consist of glucose and fructose made from beet or cane sugar. These are whole foods. During the process of manufacturing almost all nutrients are removed and stay in the form of molasses, the rest just sugar- empty calories!
Sugar is not good for us. Some of the problems associated with high sugar intake are:
- Nutritional deficiency
- Yeast overgrowth
- Immune deficiency
- PMS and hormonal problems
- Mood swings
- Tooth decay
- Hyperactivity in children and adults
- Leaning disabilities
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Premature aging
Our intake of sweets is increasing due to an increase of using hidden sweeteners such as: fructose, malt sugar, dextrose, maple sugar, corn syrup, honey and artificial sweeteners.
Although sugar addiction is common, sugar withdrawal is usually physically mild. Some people may have cravings, fatigue, anxiety, poor sleep, or irritability.
The first step to take in sugar detox is eliminating sugar from your kitchen and start using foods that can replace sugar. Some examples are:
- Fruits and vegetable slices
- Rice cakes
- Mixed nuts
- Almond and peanut butter
- Protein smoothies
Here are some foods with hidden sugar that you should avoid:
- Baking mixes
- Salad dressings
- Canned fruits
- Luncheon meats
- Cheese dips
- Prepared seafood
- Tartar sauce
- Sweetened yogurt
A diet rich in whole grains, (millet, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat), complex carbohydrates, and protein foods help to stabilize blood sugar and minimize a desire for sugar. So you have to concentrate on a diet consisting of proteins and vegetables, which is not difficult. Just remember, that your choice of vegetables should be low glycemic index vegetables. Some examples of low glycemic index foods would be all greens, zucchini, eggplants, lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, some beans, kale, cabbage, broccoli, and bock Choy.
Sugar Detoxification Nutrients Program
This is the recommended daily nutrients that your body needs for sugar detoxification:
- Water-10 cups /day
- Vitamin E-200-800 IU
- Vitamin C-2,000mg/day
- Vitamin B-50-100mg/day
- Essential fatty acids-2-4 capsules
If you understand the importance of sugar detoxification and are persistent, your results will be great! To know if you are addicted to sugar or not, come to our office. We will check it out and you will know in 5 minutes. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office, I will do my best to help you.