Can you actually be addicted to sugary foods and beverages? Sugar Addiction
Awareness Day of October 30 presents an opportunity to learn more about
the problem. The overview below provides information on how sugar affects
your brain and general health, as well as gives tips in how to be free
of the addiction.
What Does Sugar Do to Your Brain?
Research shows sugar triggers the release of natural chemicals in the brain
called opioids, just as illicit drugs do. These chemicals stimulate the
brain’s pleasure center, which causes you to want more. The rewarding
sensation you receive when you consume it overrides self-control and leads
How Does Sugar Affect Your Health?
Eating sugar takes a serious toll on your body, producing an extensive
array of adverse effects. Behavioral changes include depression, antisocial
behavior and difficulty concentrating along with learning disorders in
children. Physical changes involve premature aging, suppression of the
immune system and hormonal imbalances in addition to an increased risk
of cancer, diabetes, and obesity. For more information about the link
between sugar and diabetes, see
Can Reducing Sugar and Starch Improve Health Outcomes for Diabetics?
How to Be Free of the Addiction
Noted natural health practitioner
Dr. Joseph Mercola recommends several measures to free yourself of the sugar habit. His dietary
advisories include eating plenty of fiber-rich foods, avoiding foods containing
high-fructose corn syrup and drinking ample amounts of water. He also
advocates the healthy lifestyle practices of getting enough sleep, exercising
regularly and managing stress levels to minimize the effect of too much
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