Sugar addiction or compulsion frequently leads to addiction or compulsion to alcohol or harder substances and is often the root cause of relapse for alcoholics and drug addicts in recovery.
Refined white sugar is a pleasure drug. If you don't believe me, just put a spoonful on your tongue and observe the instantaneous effects. You'll experience a warming, comfortable feeling that makes you feel safe and happy. They're not called comfort foods by accident.
Sugar is, essentially, a legalized recreational drug that's socially acceptable to consume. And yet, just like other drugs, it destroys a person's health over time, rotting out their teeth, disrupting normal brain function, promoting heart disease and directly causing diabetes and obesity. The argument that street drugs are outlawed because they're dangerous to a person's health falls flat on its face when you consider what sugar does to the human body
White refined sugar is not a food. It is a chemical. It is an addictive drug. Yes, that's right, an addictive drug and when you remove it from your diet you can experience withdrawal symptoms as excruciating and serious as alcohol withdrawal, including tremors, flu like symptoms, headaches, and mood swings so intense you would damn near kill for a chocolate bar. Some say it is as addictive as heroin.
The biochemical make up of white sugar is almost identical to alcohol, except for one molecule. Refined white sugar is stripped of any nutritional value and is an empty calorie food; In addition to that, in order to be metabolized in the body it has to draw from your vitamin and mineral reserves and therefore is responsible for depleting mineral and vitamin levels, which in itself creates numerous health problems.
Classify sugar as an addictive substance for the following reasons:
-Despite negative consequences or the desire to give it up, the consumer eats it compulsively -Neurotransmitters in the brain, like dopamine and serotonin, are impacted in the same manner as alcohol and hard drugs like cocaine. -With continued use, tolerance occurs and sugar consumption must be increased to achieve the same experience -Over time, sugar is required for normal functioning
Withdrawal occurs when sugar consumption ceases
Sugar has many destructive effects on the human body, including but not limited to, damaging, altering and disrupting proper function of the nervous system, endocrine system, metabolic system, cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system and immune system as well as primary organs like the liver, kidneys, colon and pancreas.
Most common include: * depression * mood swings * irritability * depletion of mineral levels * hyperactivity * anxiety or panic attacks * chromium deficiency * depletion of the adrenal glands * type 2 diabetes * hypoglycemia * obesity * Candida overgrowth * high cholesterol * anti-social behavior such as that found in crime and delinquency * anger control issues * insomnia * decreased immune function * aggression * neurotransmitter deficiencies * high blood pressure * heart disease * asthma * alcoholism * acne * obesity * chronic fatigue * addiction or compulsion * hormone imbalance
Sugar is so destructive it can probably be linked to just about any health condition you think of and then some.
Breaking sugar addiction or compulsion can be very difficult. Be patient and forgiving of yourself and commitment to making permanent changes in diet and lifestyle you can succeed.
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