How To Detox From Sugar Easily

If you've read my post about why we crave sugar, you know that sugar is addictive. If you haven't read it, you can find it by clicking here: Why do I crave sugar and what to do about it. Also, sugar is really hard to avoid because it is in almost everything we eat. I'm not talking about the natural sugar found in fruit. I am talking about the added sugar that is used to make foods shelf stable and taste good (think salad dressing, jarred tomato sauce and bread).

detox from sugar

Even though sugar is almost impossible to avoid, you can detox from sugar and reset your body.

 

In this article we will cover:

  • What Does Detox Mean

  • Why Detox From Sugar

  • How Does Detoxing From Sugar Help The Body

  • My Services

  • Different Types of Detox Methods

  • How To Prepare for a Detox

  • What To Expect During a Detox

  • How to Exit A Detox

  • Summary

 

WHAT DOES DETOX MEAN


The most basic definition found in a dictionary is: a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. No matter what food, additive or substance you are focusing on, the basic plan is to stop using it for a period of time. When it comes to sugar, since it is found in so many foods, it is unrealistic that you will stop eating it altogether for the rest of your life.


WHY DETOX FROM SUGAR


A detox helps to start what is (hopefully) a life-long journey to reducing the amount of sugar you eat in a year. The average American consumes about 57 pounds of added sugar a year which is about 17 teaspoons of sugar a day. In reality, we should only be eating 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 teaspoons for men. (Source: University of California) Remember, this is added sugar! Not sugar that comes from fruit.

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Where is this added sugar coming from? The typical culprits: soda, sugary cereals, packaged cookies, crackers, snacks, fruit drinks, ice cream, bread, yogurt, just to name a few. The constant intake of added sugar destroys the body's ability to maintain a natural balance of hormones. Added sugar spikes glucose in the bloodstream and signals the pancreas to release insulin. As we eat more sugar, more insulin is released and higher insulin causes the body to store more food as fat.


It gets worse! Higher insulin levels also mean that the hormone Leptin, can no longer tell our brain that we are full. Leptin is our natural appetite suppressant. When the brain can no longer hear leptin's signals, we overeat leading to weight gain and potentially obesity. Also, when leptin is imbalanced, it makes us feel lethargic which makes it difficult to be active, leading to more weight gain. It is a vicious cycle! (Source: University of California)


HOW DOES DETOXING FROM SUGAR HELP THE BODY


Detoxing from sugar is a great way to kick-start reducing sugar in our lives. Not only will it help with any weight loss goals you may have, it will also help with the following health conditions:


  • Increases Energy. Added sugar is a simple carbohydrate. They're digested fast and enter your bloodstream quickly, providing a rush. But once that shot of sugar is metabolized, you're in for a crash. Reducing sugar in your day will lead to more energy.

  • Reduces the Risk of Diabetes. About 1 in 10 people have diabetes, with 90-95% of them having Type 2. Type 2 is the result of a poor lifestyle (think not exercising, eating too much sugar and unhealthy fat, to name a few). While Type 2 typically strikes age 45 and older, more and more children, teens and young adults are developing it. (Source: CDC)

  • Promotes a Healthy Heart. Research suggests added sugar can take a real toll on the cardiovascular system. A 2014 study revealed that people who consumed 17% to 21% of their daily calories from the sweet stuff had a 38% higher risk of dying from heart disease compared with those who kept their added sugar intake to 8% of their daily calories. (Source: Health.com)

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  • Improves Gut Health. A diet high in processed foods and added sugars can decrease the amount of good bacteria in your gut. This imbalance can cause increased sugar cravings, which can damage your gut still further. High amounts of refined sugars, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, have been linked to increased inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be the precursor to a number of diseases and even cancers. (Source: Healthline)


MY SERVICES


Does any of this sound like you?


👉Diarrhea and/or constipation

👉Bloating and gas

👉Weight gain

👉Congestion, coughing, wheezing

👉Brain fog, difficulty recalling words, short term memory issues

👉Headaches and migraines

👉Acne and itchy skin

👉Tired all the time

👉Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals


If you said yes to just one of the above, your body is telling you something is not right. It might be the food you are eating or something else. Discovering the root cause and how to have a healthy gut can be confusing and hard! I am here to help.


I offer a FREE 30 minute strategy session where we will talk about your specific symptoms and how the Simply Great Health program can help.

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How would eliminating your symptoms improve your life? You could:


✅Be more present with your children

✅Focus at work

✅Sleep better

✅Have more energy

✅Stop running to the bathroom

✅Workout without fear of an accident or farting

✅Lose weight

✅Restore your confidence

✅Be able to cook healthy meals for you and your family

✅Take an active vacation

✅Reclaim your life!


Simply Great Health is a customized 5 Step plan that heals your body and fits your busy lifestyle.


Book your call by clicking here.

It’s very simple. No jumping through hoops and NO PRESSURE.

If we determine it’s not a fit, we’ll go our separate ways for now.

If it is a fit, we can take the next step and get you started on the path to healing.


DIFFERENT TYPES OF DETOX METHODS


Detoxing involves a variety of different methods. Finding the one that works for you will take some trial and error. Below are some of the more popular methods.


3-day Kitchari Cleanse


This is the best detox cleanse, in my opinion. It focuses on eating Kitchari for each of your 3 meals for 3 days. This can be extended to 5 or 7 days, like most cleanses. Kitchari is a mix of basmati rice, lentils (or mung beans) and vegetables of your choice. The spices used in the meal are anti-inflammatory, making this meal really easy to digest.


Another benefit is you are eating real satisfying food. If you are new to cleansing for any reason, a Kitchari cleanse is the best way to start. It is easy on the body and satisfying. Click on the article name to read more about Kitchari on Yoga Journal. A recipe for cleansing Kitchari


3-day Soup Cleanse


A soup cleanse is exactly like it sounds, you eat soup for 3 days. But not just any soup. A variety of pureed vegetable soups are the best. Preferably homemade but if you don't have time for that, you can purchase premade frozen soups for the cleanse. Every 2 hours from when you wake up to 2 hours before you go to bed, you drink soup.

vegan asparagus soup

Liquid cleanses are very easy on the digestive system and will help to keep you full since they are loaded with fiber and will often contain healthy fats such as coconut milk to make the soup rich. Below are a few detox soup recipes so you can get a feel for the types of soup to eat if you choose this cleanse.


Ultimate Detox Soup From Detoxinista

Detox Soup From Skinnytaste

3 Warming Soups For Liver Cleanse and Detox From The Awesome Green

Cleansing Detox Broccoli Soup From EatWell101


3-day Juice Cleanse


A juice cleanse is a bit more challenging so if you are not used to cleansing, I would wait until you have a couple under your belt. Just like the soup cleanse, you will drink juices every two hours. While the juices are a blend of both fruits and vegetables to keep glucose levels from spiking, it is less filling than a Kitchari or Soup cleanse.

carrot juice in a glass

Juice naturally has the fiber removed from it so it is hard to have a full feeling. Below are a few detox juice recipes so you can get a feel for how to put a juice cleanse together.


11 Healthy Detox Juice Recipes From MindBodyGreen

Naturally Sweet Green Detox Juice From Inspired Taste

10 Detox Juice Recipes From Audrey Johns

3 Healthy Detox Juice Recipes From Healthnut Nutrition