Research tells us that sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine! That’s why Americans eat DOUBLE or even TRIPLE the daily recommended limit of sugar, day after day, month after month, year after year.
Thinking you’re going to be able to quit it on your own will only lead to frustration.
When you crave sugar, and you see it everywhere you go – both in tempting treats and hidden in everyday foods you don’t even think of as sweet like salad dressings and store-bought bread – it’s nearly impossible to overcome an addiction.
So the best way to fight cravings for sugar – or any other foods, whether it’s potato chips, pizza, or sushi – is to overcome your cravings, and learn how to outsmart them with my most effective sugar biohacks.
That way, when you see tempting foods, you no longer crave them or feel like you’re missing out by depriving yourself of them.
Ending your cravings for sugar or any other food is the more sustainable way to make healthy choices that fight disease, rather than fuel it.
So with that said, let’s get started with my 4 best gut bio hacks to crush cravings!
1. Take probiotic
Several strains of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus have actually been shown to improve anxiety and depression symptoms, which tend to alter our eating behaviors.
Not only that, but supplementing with probiotics has demonstrated a significant decrease in sugar cravings. Why? By flooding your gut with beneficial bacteria, you crowd out the harmful bacteria, parasites, and yeast, all of which feed and sugar and contribute to cravings.
Aim to get 30 billion colony forming units (CFUs) per day. This will likely take 2 or 3 capsules that are best taken with your largest meal of the day. If the packaging of your supplement says it has 15 billion CFUs per capsule, there will be some degradation by the time you take it, so assume you’re only getting 10 billion CFUs and take 3 capsules.
Store your supplements in the fridge or freezer; the live bacteria will go dormant in the cold. It will also decrease moisture in the supplement, which will preserve the cultures for longer.
Ideally, you’ll switch up your probiotics every 30 to 90 days by buying a different brand. This will introduce different strains of bacteria into your gut.
2. Eat prebiotics.
Prebiotics are specific types of food that nourish the good bacteria along your digestive tract. They also support you directly by increasing a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which does two important things for your eating habits.
First, it reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Less stress means less emotional eating. Second, It helps by releasing satiety hormones, so your body signals when to stop eating.
In order to get prebiotics, you can, of course, eat fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and miso, which are rich sources of bacteria. But if you have any level of leaky gut, the wild yeast that most fermented foods contain can leak into your bloodstream and wreak havoc. Let your gut heal first before making them a mainstay of your diet.
More importantly, eat fiber-rich prebiotic foods, such as onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, chia seeds, leeks, asparagus, dandelion greens, and artichokes.
3. Create a nutrient-dense environment.
Many people find that their cravings subside substantially a few weeks after adopting a nutrient-dense diet.
What does that really mean though? “Nutrient-dense” foods are those that have a high proportion of nutrients — vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, aka. the good stuff — and a lower proportion of calories. So in other words, super foods.
Here are the top 10 most nutrient-dense foods:
- Chinese cabbage
- Beet greens
- Leaf lettuce
- Romaine lettuce
- Collard greens
By eating more of these and other nutrient-dense foods, you will mediate a shift in your microbiome away from the pathogenic bacteria that thrive on sugar and thus cause cravings for the sweet stuff.
4. Stop eating 2 yeast-promoting “healthy” foods.
This is a personal pet peeve. There are a couple of foods that many people hail for their health benefits, when actually, they promote the growth of candida: nutritional yeast and nearly all mushrooms.
When you eat these foods, because they contribute to candida, you are unwittingly making your own cravings stronger since the bugs in your gut are the source of so many cravings.
I know that many vegetarians and vegans say that nutritional yeast has been deactivated, so it can’t feed yeast. But yeast (deactivated or not) almost always contain high levels of mold toxins, which then encourage candida to grow in your gut.
The one exception is the chaga mushroom, which grows on the trunks of birch trees, and is a powerhouse source of antioxidants and a specific type of sugar, known as beta glucan, which research has shown help the immune system function more optimally and protect against autoimmune conditions.
Known as the “mushroom of immortality” in Siberia, “diamond of the forest” in Japan, and “king of plants” in China, chaga has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. It is said to have the highest level of antioxidants of any food in the world and also the highest level of superoxide dismutase (one of the body’s primary internal antioxidant defenses).
As such, it’s a great way to boost immunity and reduce cravings, because unlike regular mushrooms (and nutritional yeast), chaga helps your body heal from candida overgrowth, and again, candida is a major driver of cravings.
Chaga isn’t a mushroom you can buy in the produce section of your grocery store. Look for it in capsule form, and only buy organic
It’s a doctor-formulated capsule with all natural superfood ingredients to strengthen and support your immunity, both today and long-term.
This simple supplement is the best way to guard yourself and your loved ones from germs, microbes, and bacteria that you encounter everyday to help prevent diseases ranging from the common cold to chronic illness.
GET OFF YOUR ACID!