Sugar, in all its forms, is not an illegal drug.
But, you can definitely consider refined and processed sugar âtoxicâ to a certainÂ degree.
Think about it: When you donât get your doseÂ of sugar in a day, you feel anxious and uncomfortable.
Your energy level hits rockÂbottom whenÂ you donât get your ârequired doseâ. It makes you crave endlessly.
Being separated from itÂ completely is just unthinkable.
Now thatâs definitely a dependency to a substance; an addiction.
How does it happen with sugar?
Hereâs an explanation:
Sugar makes you happy = you want more sugar.
Do you remember how it felt when you took a bite of your favorite cake? Or how about that firstÂ swig of fizzy soda on a really hot day?
Just thinking about it can make you want to do it all overÂ again.
This is because sugar triggers the release of dopamine Â- the neurotransmitter that sendsÂ âhappy signalsâ to your brain.
Now who doesnât want those happy signals?
But thatâs exactly the problem that too much added sugar brings.
Your bodyâs dopamineÂ receptors, the elements that receive those signals, tend to become âweakerâ as you increaseÂ your processed sugar intake.
The effect your body will keep on wanting more sugar in order toÂ feel âhappyâ again.
You develop aÂ tolerance to it, an occurrence thatâs a hallmark of anÂ addiction to a substance.
Sugar messes up your bodyâs systems Â you think youâre not full, even when your bodyâsÂ had enough.
There was probably a time when you can eat just a regular-Âsized sandwich and youâd alreadyÂ feel satisfied.
Then, you decided to add some chips to the sandwich meal, and a cup of soda.
The next time Â you found it delicious. You opted for that combo again the next day.
And then theÂ next day it just didnât feel âenough,â soÂ you went for some dessert.
The unending cycle of wantingÂ more sugar in your eating process begins.
How does this happen exactly?
Your body has this sophisticated system of determining when your body has consumed the foodÂ it needs.
In âhealthyâ systems, this is when the hormone called leptin kicks in, signaling you toÂ stop eating because youâre already full.
Unfortunately, the sensation of fullness can also be numbed down by the excess of addedÂ sugars in the body.
The chaos that sugar causes, such as elevated insulin levels and increaseÂ in body fat, make it more difficult for leptin signals to be triggered and received.
You feel the need to eat more than what your body really requires.
Your bodyÂ âforgetsâ all about being satisfied with just a sandwich.
Sugar becomes a âcelebratory habitâ.
Many of us associate sugary, carbohydrate and calorieÂ-laden food, such as cakes, cookies, and pasta to pleasant memories of birthday celebrations and other special occasions. Even ourÂ childhood overflows with happiness due to sweet treats (think Halloween, Easter egg hunts,Â etc.).
Not only does added sugar make you feel happy, it also makes you âthink happyâ.
And this is why those who feel sad, anxious, or depressed tend to reach out for food that givesÂ them comfort Âfood that they associate with fun, blissful times.
With the modern manâs veryÂ stressful environment, comfort eating is no longer a rare occurrence, it has become a dailyÂ event.
All these point to one direction added sugar can become addictive, and the effects are scary.
What do you do when you need to get ârehabilitatedâ for a sugar addiction?
Do you eliminate itÂ gradually or do you go cold turkey?
One thingâs for sure, it can be difficult. But, itâs notÂ impossible to overcome either.
You would want to take on that challenge with guidance from people who know the ins and outsÂ of it, and will support you until you are completely âcleanâ and ready to face the world of sugar-laden food.
You can enjoy this kind of environment by taking on this dilemma with the help ofÂ Cleanfoodcrushâs 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge.
Thereâs more about the here: https://cleanfoodlove.com/challenge