The Truth about Sugar Addiction and What Happens When You Quit

Several types of white sugar - refined sugar and granulated sugar

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After decades of best-selling diet books and diet programs, many people are finding that their only real eating problem lies in excessive sugar and the consumption of hidden sugars in processed and packaged foods.

Research has also linked sugar to numerous health problems including:

  • Yeast infections
  • Premature aging
  • Gum disease
  • Various types of cancer
  • Tooth decay
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Digestive problems
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Fatigue or low energy levels
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Heart disease
  • Hyperactivity
  • Concentration problems

Many people find that when they stop eating sugar, they go through certain withdrawal symptoms including (but not limited to):

  • Mood swings
  • Fuzzy thinking or brain fog
  • Allergy symptoms
  • Fatigue or feeling sleepy after eating
  • Skin issues, such as itchy skin
  • Gas or bloat
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Joint pain

These are merely cries from your body for more sugar, and they will pass in a few days. This does not mean that your body is undernourished or that it needs food for energy, it’s merely your bran screaming for something that will release dopamine.

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