Can you believe that more than 50% of Americans consume a half pound of sugar per day—and a whopping 170 pounds of sugar per year?
That amount has DOUBLED since 1900, to the point where truly, sugar is now America's drug of choice. And there’s a good reason why.
Even if you think you don’t eat much sugar, you may be surprised to find out that more than 80% of the packaged foods at the grocery store come with hidden sources of sugar. This includes foods like bread, sauces, store-bought green juices, supposed health and organic foods, and even chewable vitamins.
And yes, all of that sugar is packing the pounds on Americans. The average adult male and female are both about 25 pounds heavier today than they were in 1960.
But beyond weight gain, increased sugar consumption is literally making us sick – both with serious diseases like heart disease and diabetes and illnesses like the common cold. The science behind why that is and what you can do about it is what we’re talking about today.
The Serious Consequences for Your Health
Sugar and grain consumption is at a high in the history of the human species. When people are eating high levels of sugar and carbohydrates day in and day out, the result is constantly elevated blood glucose levels.
What happens is that when you eat sugar, blood glucose levels spike. In order to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, the pancreas releases more and more insulin. If this happens long enough and often enough, it becomes a chronic inflammatory issue, leading to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more.
The pancreas is one of the most important organs in charge of maintaining alkaline balance. And if sugar is consumed day in and day out, the pancreas becomes overtaxed.
That leads to chronic, low-grade acidosis because the pancreas can’t process acids, which increases body toxicity over time, making you more vulnerable to diseases from the common cold all the way to heart disease. This is why you become more vulnerable to not only diabetes, but also many other diseases when you eat sugar constantly, as many Americans do.
And sadly, we’ve seen far too much of the consequences during the pandemic. So many people with diabetes and heart disease have had a much harder fight when they’ve become sick with Covid-19. I don’t have to tell you that you don’t want to put yourself in that position if you can avoid it.
One particular note about heart disease, which is not commonly associated with sugar, but it should be. You can see a correlation if you look at the rise in the low-fat, high sugar diet craze of the 1990s and the rise in obesity and heart disease. Western medicine is just starting to come around to this idea that sugar is a primary cause of heart disease. If you can stay ahead of the curve and break your relationship with sugar, there is no doubt you’ll be better off.
If that isn’t bad enough, sugar consumption causes massive depletions in one of the most important minerals for overall health, magnesium. Research shows that 80% of Americans are lacking in this vital mineral, and sugar is one of the culprits behind this deficiency.
Magnesium helps regulate glucose and insulin, so it’s no wonder there’s a strong correlation between sugar consumption, magnesium deficiency, and diabetes.
Magnesium also gives you energy, helps you sleep better, and keeps digestion flowing – all important for a healthy, functioning immune system to prevent disease.
The bottom line is if you get sick frequently, the hidden culprit may be the sugar in the foods you eat. Think of the colds and viruses you get as a helpful warning sign of potentially bigger issues like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer down the road. Remember that with each thing you put in your mouth, you’re choosing to FUEL disease, or to FIGHT it!
Here are other top signs sugar is seriously affecting your health:
- You have trouble losing weight.
- You get headaches frequently, including migraines.
- You have trouble sleeping.
- You have digestive issues, from constipation to diarrhea.
- You feel sluggish and tired often, even after a good night’s rest.
- You suffer from acne, rosacea, eczema, or other skin issues.
- You crave sugar at some point during your day.
- You already have high blood pressure, too much cholesterol, or other signs of heart disease.
So How Do You Quit Sugar?
So now you know the problem and its serious consequences, and you’re probably wondering what to do about it if you are addicted to sugar like so many Americans are.
Well having been a former sugar addict, I know firsthand how hard it can be to overcome sugar cravings.
In fact, keeping you addicted is built right in. Anytime you consume sugar, it keeps you feeling hungry. It alters the hormone function of 2 hunger hormones—leptin and ghrelin. When insulin levels spike from eating sugar, the effects of these 2 hormones are negated, so you continue to feel hungry, and you never feel satisfied.
If you wonder why you gain weight so easily, this explains it – when insulin levels spike, your hormones tell your body to 1) eat more sugar, and 2) store sugar as body fat.
But all of that said, you CAN take control of your sugar addiction. I’ve done it, I’ve helped countless patients do it, and you can do it too.
Before I share my suggestions today, be on the lookout for next week’s blog post, where I’ll share 10 tips to end your sugar cravings from my new book, GET OFF YOUR SUGAR: 7 Steps to Crush Your Cravings, Boost Immunity, and Fire Up Your Fat-Burning Engine.
Until then, I have the single most important thing you can do to end a sugar addiction. And no, it does not involve going off sugar cold turkey!
My advice is always to add, not take away. Add more of the good to your diet, and good will soon crowd out the bad – in part because good foods will help end your cravings.
And the foods you MOST need to add are foods high in magnesium and other minerals (because again, if you crave sugar, your body is really craving and deficient in magnesium), mostly dark leafy greens like:
By eating more greens every day, and adding in Alkamind Daily Greens and Acid-Kicking Minerals if you’re not taking them already, you’re going to replenish your deficiency in the minerals that naturally take away your body’s cravings for sugar.
In my new book, GET OFF YOUR SUGAR: 7 Steps to Crush Your Cravings, Boost Immunity, and Fire Up Your Fat-Burning Engine, you’re going to find out WHY going off sugar cold-turkey almost always fails – and you’ll find out how to outsmart sugar and kiss it goodbye.
At this point, we all know that sugar is bad for us. The problem is we can’t stop eating it. This book removes the blame and guilt that so many of us feel for the sugar we eat day in and day out.
It’s time to ditch the mindset of depriving yourself and instead, arm yourself with this powerful yet easy-to-follow program full of practical tips to kick the sugar habit in your real life, including stressful times, vacations, and celebrations.
Whether you eat sugar 10 times a day, or you have already embraced a healthy lifestyle, this book will make it easier to get off your sugar and stay that way.
GET OFF YOUR ACID!