Detoxes, fasting, juicing, cleansing—all popular diet trends people take up to lose weight or otherwise improve their health. These are all temporary measures meant to kick-off a healthier lifestyle and not intended as long-term solutions.
However, there is one detox that is considered sustainable by some experts—a sugar detox. Permanent abstinence from sugar can help people lose weight, generally improve their health and perhaps even create more radiant skin.
People can have a real dependency on sugar. When we consume sugar we get “feel good” chemicals from our brain. Some experts even believe a percentage of the population have a real addiction to sugar because of this reward response in the brain.
The problem with sugar isn’t so much cake, cookies and ice cream but all the hidden sugar in everyday foods we eat. Salad dressing, breads, and pre-made sauces of all kinds can have quite a bit of sugar that we can’t even taste because we are so used to consuming it.
Detoxing from sugar has the benefit of readjusting our sense of taste allowing us to enjoy natural sugars which will help stay our cravings for things that are loaded with it in the future.
If you are wanting to try a sugar detox you are going to have to start reading labels. In the beginning though you may even want to cut out fruit and higher sugar vegetables.
As always, it is recommended that even a an average, healthy person check with their doctor before trying an kind of “extreme” diet change.