Giving up sugar is one of the the major dietary hurdles I have experienced . Let’s be truthful, I love cookies, candy, pastries and chocolate. I’ve tried a few times to give up sugar for limited amounts of time and have not been successful for more than 48 hours. I started doing some research about how detoxing from sugar affects your body. I came across a lot of information about the symptoms your body may experience when giving up sugar and want to share some information about different stages of sugar withdrawals.
Once you have decided to give up sugar make sure you have given your kitchen a once over and removed anything you may be tempted to eat because you will have cravings. If you don’t have access to sugary foods the better off you will be when your cravings start (this could happen as early as day 1!). Once our body starts to withdraw from not having any sugar you will probably be prone to getting a headaches. Headaches from sugar withdrawals can last for a few days or up to a month. Please remember your body is detoxing and you will get through it just have patience with yourself. Drinking water can help to reduce headaches so make sure you are staying hydrated. Along with headaches you may also experience body aches, mood swings, brain fog, low energy levels or feeling shaky. After a few weeks you should start to feel better and notice you're actually craving healthier food options and don’t miss sugar!
Remember giving up sugar can help to prevent weight gain, diabetes and lowered immunity. If you have questions regarding sugar and how it affects your body talk to your local wellness provider like San Diego Chiropractror, Dr. Henry Wong. Dr. Wong and many San Deigo Chiropractors can give you guidance about how sugar affects the nervous system and long term health. The road to health is never easy but once you climb the mountain you’ve endured the hardest part.