Do you crave sweets and sweet foods?
Do you want to know why and the one hack to help you?
Why do we crave sugary foods?
Sugar found in food triggers a part of your brain called the nucleus accumbens. This basically triggers the brain to produce a chemical hormone called Dopamine. Dopamine is the reward hormone that’s released when you do something good.. If you’ve ever felt good about doing something like exercise or accomplishing a task, that’s dopamine.
The trouble with dopamine is that the feeling gives you a high that becomes addictive. Sugar is a quick way to get a hit of dopamine and the body realises this. The body likes exerting the least amount of effort so sugar is the easiest way for it to get that hit.
The trouble here is, the effects of dopamine become less each time if dopamine is constantly secreted. This means more and more dopamine is required to achieve satisfaction which means more and more sugar.
This is one reason that sugar is likened to drugs due to it’s addictive nature and effects on brain chemistry.
So what’s the one tip to help you get over sugar addiction?
As you may have seen in our 14 day detox guide, Charles Poliquin has a remedy for the sugar cravings but before we remind you about it, let’s talk about what happens.
When you eat sugary foods (carbohydrates that are usually rapidly absorbed unlike say, vegetables)
Your blood sugar rapidly rises.
Your pancreas is signalled to release insulin to get rid of the dangers blood sugar.
When you constantly do this, you become insulin resistant (anyone that’s been to my detox workshop will remember)
When you’re insulin resistant, you need more and more insulin to deal with blood sugar. Excess insulin causes you to go into a state called Hypoglycemic (diabetics whose blood sugar goes too low will know all about hypo)
Hypoglycemia effects amino acid absorption, in particular, tryptophan which is a precursor for serotonin (the hormone that relaxes and calms you)
When serotonin is low, you become cranky and even depressed. You then crave a quick shot of dopamine, the happy hormone. The vicious cycle here is that you get a dopamine hit from the sugar but then it perpetuates this cycle.
So, what do you do?
According to Charles Poliquin. Mixing a shot glass of cream or coconut cream with 30g of glutamine and a small amount of natural sugar-free sweetener (stevia) will kill off any sugar and junk food cravings.
Regular use of the concoction can stave off chronic cravings but may need a month or two of taking it to get into the system and regulate everything.
So, now you know!