Sugar Addiction: How to Overcome for Better Health- Thomas DeLauer

Sugar Addiction: How to Overcome for Better Health- Thomas DeLauer

Sugar Addiction: How to Overcome for Better Health- Thomas DeLauer

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it’s time to go to sugar rehab and I’m here to guide you through how you can wean off that addictive sugar and still not trigger the reward system in your brain that’s going to make you crave more all right we know sugar sad we’re here at timing time again the FDA tells us that like ten percent or less of our overall calories in a given day should come from sugar but I think a lot of us know that it needs to be even less than that to truly be healthy in this video I want to break down how sugar can literally be more addictive than some street drugs like cocaine and how it works in the reward center of your brain okay so first and foremost let’s talk about the different kinds of sugar because when you look at a label you may not recognize some of them but generally speaking you want to look at the ones that end in OSE so I’m talking about lactose talking about maltose I’m talking about dextrose talking about sucrose I’m talking about glucose I’m talking about high fructose corn syrup I’m talking about most corn syrups in general and honestly there’s many many more so just keep a keen eye out for all these little imposters that don’t necessarily look like sugar on the label but they are alright and what exactly is that sugar doing in our body that is making us addicted to it all right so we have this Center in the brain that triggers the release of what’s called dopamine and that dopamine is your reward system for example if someone were to say something positive to you and it makes you feel good it makes you crave that attention more you’re having a dopamine response if you reach your hand out to touch a doorknob that anticipation of what it’s going to feel like is dopamine it’s sort of that anticipation or that natural reward system for everything that we do well sugar triggers that reward system like mad well it doesn’t just release dopamine within the body it triggers what are called opioid receptors and if you’ve ever heard of opiates before like morphine rocks cotton anything like that then you know how important that is when it comes to addiction you see the interesting thing is if that sugar actually possesses the four main qualities that make up something that’s addictive we’re talking about binging withdrawal cravings and something that’s called Cross sensitivity what that cross sensitivity is is essentially something like a gateway drug so want you to think of this you consume a drug that drug causes you to crave other drugs not just the same drug that’s cross sensitivity okay sugar does the same thing it triggers cross sensitivity making you crave other things that are bad now that’s an indirect way of saying that you might consume sugar and then crave drugs or you might take in some sugar and then crave some unhealthy fats the thing is you’re going to start having Cross sensitivity to anything that triggers a dopamine response now here’s the interesting thing and here’s what prompted me to do this video in the first place there was a study that literally found that sugar and sweet foods and sweet things in general were more powerful than cocaine this study was done on rats but it was still a very distinct study they gave these rats two choices they gave much choice of something sweet one of each sugar or artificial sweetener or they had the opportunity to have intravenous cocaine okay something that is obviously very addictive here’s what’s alarming 94 percent of the rats chose either the sugar water or the saccharin artificially sweetened water over the cocaine that right in there tells us that sugar and sweet things not just sugar but artificial sweeteners can be more addictive than cocaine so now the meat of this video how do you wean yourself up if artificial sweeteners are just as bad that kind of throws out the window the whole idea of just switching over to super low or switching over to aspartame or something like that well here’s what I want to propose to you fructose responds a little bit different the body ok fructose doesn’t trigger as much of an insulin spike it doesn’t trigger as much of that dopamine release so if you can start subbing your sugar for a little bit more things like a Gavi they’ll chedi things like that you’re off to the races however if you’ve seen my other videos you don’t want to be loading up on fructose because it’s not too good for the waistline so here’s what I recommend you take something like stevia something like stevia that’s still a natural sweetener but has a high sweetness and it still would trigger that same dopamine response but you cut the amount of sweetener that you would use in half okay so you cut down the stevia in half and then you use the other half agave or the other half still Chetty and then you slow please slowly migrate yourself off the sweeteners all together until you’re maybe just using a drop or maybe a half a pack of the stevia then you find doing that after just a couple of weeks or sleep patterns going to start to regulate and once your sleep pattern starts to regulate your neurotransmitters and your hormones start to level off and you actually won’t be craving the sugar in the first place so there you have it the simple way that you’re going to combine fructose and a natural sweetener like stevia or Truvia to really get the most out of coming off of the sugar addiction and kicking the habit that might not be helping your waistline all to much as always keep it locked in here on these videos and make sure you hit the comment button below and let us know exactly what you want to see in the future what videos are going to be helpful for you I’ll see you in the next video

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Sugar Addiction: How to Overcome for Better Health- Thomas DeLauer… Join me in the Kitchen to learn more-
Sugar Overview: Humans have an evolutionary pull towards sweet foods. Consuming too much sugar is tied to many health problems, most notably:
● Type-2 diabetes
● Obesity
● Cardiovascular disease
● Chronic inflammation

Sugar is hidden in processed foods – breads, candy, frozen foods, baked goods, sodas and even canned goods. We are recommended from the FDA is to keep our daily added sugar intake to less than 10% of our total calories, but the closer to zero the better. The World Health Organization suggests a lower quantity of sugar each day, suggesting that the FDA guideline may be a bit too high. The average American consumes around 13% to 16% of their total calories from added sugars. This is about 32 teaspoons of added sugar daily! These kinds of foods are new to humans, so our bodies are not made to consume so much sugar.

These added sugars are extremely dangerous for our health – some of the many names of added sugars include:
● Dextrose
● Fructose
● Corn syrup
● High-fructose corn syrup
● Glucose
● Sucrose
● Maltose
● Lactose
● And many more!

Sugar is Addictive! So why do we consume so much sugar even when we know that it isn’t good for us? Consuming sweet foods triggers the reward centers in our brains. This reward circuitry is similar to that of drug abuse!
● Both induce the release of dopamine and opioids, which give us positive feelings

Additionally, sugar displays the 4 characteristics of an addictive substance:
1. Bingeing
2. Withdrawal
3. Cravings
4. Cross-sensitization
a. Example is when one is sensitized to amphetamines they will tend to show an escalated intake of cocaine (ie gateway drugs)

One study on rats found that sweet foods are actually more addictive than cocaine!
● Rats were given the choice between saccharin-infused water (a calorie-free sweetener) and intravenous cocaine
● 94% of the rats chose the sugar!
● The same preference was shown for sugar water
● This preference did not change even when the rats were highly addicted to cocaine

Imagine of the human brain has found neuroadaptations in the brains of obese individuals that mimic those of individuals cocaine and other drugs. How to Overcome the Addiction? Just like any addiction, a sugar addiction can be overcome.

Here are some tips:

1. Avoid processed foods
a. Eat more whole foods, eat less to no processed foods.
b. Processed foods have tons of added sugar in them, often as high-fructose corn syrup, a highly processed sweetener that is horrible for your health.
2. Eat natural sweets, such as berries.
3. Eat a full breakfast, lunch and dinner, and keep healthy snacks around
a. Try not to allow yourself to get too hungry or you will likely give into temptation
4. Exercise and meditate
a. Moving your body and calming your mind will help you control cravings
5. Get 8 hours of sleep
a. When we are exhausted or stressed we are more likely to give into temptation
6. Drink 8 or more glasses of water per day
a. This will keep you full and cravings low

Do these things for 2 weeks and you will find your cravings disappear! When you do decide to use added sweeteners, use natural sweeteners, such as local honey and 100% maple syrup. Make your own desserts to be sure that you are not consuming processed sugars. When you have a craving, have an apple, go for a run, or take a small meditation break.

References:
1. Know your limits for added sugars

2. Intense sweetness surpasses cocaine reward

3. Where people around the world eat the most sugar and fat

4. Evidence for sugar addiction: behavioral and neurochemical effects of intermittent, excessive sugar consumption
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