You may not be surprised to learn that sugar is the root of all evil when it comes to your health and wellbeing, especially when being overweight is also a concern. According to medical experts, sugar is at the heart of the American obesity epidemic and is the underlying cause of numerous chronic illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, and even depression.
Here at Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we take a holistic approach to health, wellness, and weight loss. She helps people of all ages learn how to make better nutritional choices that often lead to life-changing health benefits.
Have you ever considered how much sugar you consume? Much of it, you’re probably not even aware of, as sugar has infiltrated so many of the foods Americans consume on a daily basis. If you’re ready to reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet, our team explains how you can do it with her guidance. Read on to learn about the many benefits of a medically supervised sugar detox.
What on earth is a sugar detox?
A sugar detox is exactly what it sounds like: the intentional elimination, or drastic reduction, of sugar from your diet during a specific period of time — or even better, indefinitely. Many Americans have a “sugar addiction” that began in childhood. Nearly everything we eat contains added sugar, often disguised as another ingredient so you don’t recognize it as sugar when you read the label.
And, a sugar addiction is truly an addiction, as if you’re consuming illicit drugs every day and need your fix to feel good. Research suggests that sugar induces a “high” that’s similar to the feeling induced by addictive drugs like cocaine. See why you may need a medically supervised sugar detox? It can quite possibly save your life.
Even “healthy” foods may contain too much sugar.
From an early age, most Americans start eating typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods, not even thinking about their sugar content. What’s worse, even when you believe you and your family are eating healthy foods, you could be unknowingly consuming sugar from morning ‘til night and not even realize it.
Some surprisingly high-sugar foods marketed as healthy choices, include:
- Low-fat yogurt
- Spaghetti sauce from a jar
- Flavored coffee
- Protein bars and cereal bars
- Bottled smoothies
- Baked beans from a can
- Soup from a can
- Salad dressings
The next time you’re at the grocery store thinking you’re buying a healthy snack, read the label. If it contains ingredients like sucrose, corn syrup, and dextrose, you’re getting added sugars instead.
A medically supervised sugar detox can get your body and mind back on track.
Embarking on a sugar detox, which involves temporarily eliminating or significantly reducing added sugars from your diet, can offer several benefits for your overall health and well-being. Here are some key advantages of a sugar detox:
- Balanced mood and reduced cravings:
- Improved energy levels
- Better Dental Health
- Help you shed unwanted pounds, especially around your waistline
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce muscular aches and pains
- Reduce fatigue
- Improve your complexion and reduce breakouts
- Curb your sugar addiction long term
- Improve metabolic health
- Enhance mental clarity and focus
- Reduce Chronic Disease
Additionally, when you detox your system from sugar, it often makes fruits and vegetables taste sweet enough to satisfy your sugar cravings. This is an added benefit — as your body and palate adjust to a new level of sweet flavors — that helps you continue to keep an excessive amount of sugar out of your diet in the long run.
After a while of eating foods that are naturally good for you, and feeling better overall, it just becomes second nature to make healthy nutritional choices every day.
Sugar detox is safer under medical supervision.
As with any type of weight-loss plan, exercise regimen, or drastic change to your nutritional habits, our team recommends first making an appointment so she can evaluate your overall health and determine if, in fact, a sugar detox is right for you. If you have any underlying health issues that are inhibiting your weight-loss efforts, or you take certain medications, you should discuss those with her before going “cold turkey” off sugar.
Our team monitors your progress and helps keep you safe during your sugar detox. We customize a plan that works best for your individual goals and health concerns.
Are you ready to swear off sweets? Call Grassroots Healthcare to schedule a consultation today!