6 Tips to Cutting Your Body’s Enemy: Sugar

There are hundreds of reasons our bodies seem to always be craving sugar. Unfortunately, after years of research we have found that sugar is one of the top reasons so many people have trouble losing weight.  In fact, animal research has shown that sugar isn’t just something we crave- it is as addictive as drugs. Sugar contributes to cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 Diabetes, and kidney disease among other health concerns.  As the holidays approach, here are our top 6 tips for beginning to cut sugar out of your diet.

  1. Increase Water Consumption

Water is vital for the body to survive. It flushes the body of toxins and maintains the body’s fluid balance. Drinking more water will help your body better transport more nutrients, aid in digestion, and regulate body temperature. Increasing your water consumption will help your body reset so that you are ready to take on a sugar-free lifestyle.

  1. Eat More Greens

Green vegetables are full of nutrition. Rather than making you feel temporarily full and nutritionally starved, greens will satisfy the nutrition that your body craves.

  1. Boost Serotonin

Serotonin is a chemical that is naturally produced by the body. It allows the brain and nervous system cells to communicate with each other. Boost serotonin through exercise, good night’s sleep, and a healthy diet. Higher levels of serotonin will reduce sugar cravings.

  1. Avoid Processed Food

If you are eating processed foods, chances are it is ridden with high levels of sugar. The average American consumes a whopping ¼ to ½ POUND of sugar each day, and 75% of processed foods contain sugar! This shocking statistic will probably make you look a little closer at the nutrition facts on those labels. By making it a habit to NOT consume processed foods, you will dramatically cut down your sugar intake.

  1. Increase Fiber Consumption

Increasing your fiber consumption is not only good for your body, but it will help you to feel full longer. Start your day with oatmeal and eat lots of veggies throughout the day to keep your fiber intake high. Your digestive system will thank you!

  1. Low-Sugar Fruits

Eating fruit is obviously better for you than eating a candy bar, but it is important to be conscious of the high levels of sugar that naturally occur in some of your favorite fruits. For example, mango packs about 23 grams of sugar in per serving, while raspberries only have about 5 grams per serving.

If you can resist sugar during the rush and temptation of the holiday season, then you will be fine the rest of the year. Good luck, and let us know if you have any other tips for completely cutting sugar or limiting your intake.

For more tips on cutting sugar and improving your diet, consider diet, lifestyle, and nutritional counseling from Vibrant Life Medicine.  Contact us today to learn more about becoming your most vibrant self.

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