Sugar, Sugar, Sugar…. it’s the curse of the 21st Century.. It’s behind obesity, heart disease, anxiety, depression, migraines, chronic fatigue, mood swings, PMS, Type II Diabetes, inflammation in the body (which of course leads to other significant health conditions) and don’t even get me started on kids behaviour when they’re on a sugar high.. So how do we kick it?
These days foods are highly processed so there’s sugar in everything we consume even if we’re not consciously aware of it. The best thing you can do is avoid processed foods where possible and read the labels. If you’re reading a package and it mentions sugar (sucrose, glucose, fructose, corn syrup) as one of the top 3 ingredients don’t touch it. Soft drinks and commercial fruit juices should also be avoided and if you’re going to make juices at home they should be more vegetables and less fruit.
Of course, at this stage some of you are saying.. yeah that’s all good and I know that but like any type of addict these foods are designed to leave you wanting more so what can you do to balance the sugars in the meantime and stop those sugar and processed food cravings..
Here’s some suggestions for things you can take to help balance the sugars and correct gut health.. but don’t get me wrong.. there is no magic pill, you’re still going to need a little bit of will power and determination as well.
Probiotics and probiotic food:
Poor gut bacteria feeds on sugars, starch and high carbohydrate foods so the worse your gut health the more you’re going to crave those foods. Taking good quality probiotics and having a variety of probiotic food such as Kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt and kombucha will also support good gut health.
I use this herb regularly given it’s main use is for Metabolic Syndrome because it has the ability to abolish the desire for sugar in an instance as well as working on keeping the sugar levels balanced in the body which in turn decreases the sugar cravings.
Another herb I use in most of my herbal remedies in combination with Gymnema it also supports sugar balancing as well has having antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which also makes it a good one for supporting a healthy gut. Additionally it’s a great one to use for Helicobactor Pylori.
Big in sugar balancing blends, Chromium is good way to improve blood sugar control by helping to normalise blood sugar levels and improve the body’s utilisation of blood sugar thus reducing the need for insulin in patients with glucose intolerance and insulin resistance.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a great antioxidant which can be used for a variety of conditions including blood sugar regulation. There are products out there that combine all of these ingredients and can be a great support when you’re trying to kick the habit.
Like with anything new you’re wanting to start I always recommend seeing a qualified healthcare practitioner to make sure what you’re about to embark on is the right plan for you.
Additionally to taking the supplements to support getting off sugar get into your pantry and throw out all the processed foods. Get yourself a walking or exercise buddy and commit to a goal together so you don’t let each other down. If you’re really motivated find a personal trainer or join a gym that you like and add that into your routine. It’s also important to avoid the triggers that would normally send you for the lolly jar, the same way a smoker needs to avoid theirs.
Keep all of this in mind when kicking the habit and you’ll be successful.
Until next time, stay calm and stay healthy.