Why We Crave Sugar

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Most will find that their bodies seem to crave anything with sugar. Sometimes we do not even really understand why these cravings exist. This can be from several emotional, physiological, and physical causes. Understanding these reasons can help to overcome those sugar cravings for a healthier outcome.

One habit that is formed is from the assumption that our bodies need energy and sugar is the fuel that is craved. Yes, there is a short burst of energy, but the health issues outweigh the short results. Sugar does release endorphins that will relax and calm the body and mind. It gives us almost a natural high feeling even though it is not healthy.

Hormone levels with PMS will give your body the sugar craving more than normal. With the changing in your body it is looking for more fuel or energy and sugar is that quick boost that we have trained our bodies to want.

Some may have genetics or environments that will develop into sugar cravings and bad eating habits. Most have grown up with sugar in almost everything we ate. Some have associated more of a sugar craving when feeling depressed, sad, or frustrated. Dealing with the emotional basis of this craving is easy to overlook.

The worst part of dealing with sugar cravings is that sugar absolutely taste good. To make something more desirable the adage is to “just add sugar”. This is such a simple step that turn into a habit that takes time to break or adjust.

Health Issues and Sugar Cravings

Most processed foods that we would not even think have sugar – do. Reading labels is the best way to know what contains sugar and the amount. There are various health issues related when indulging in sugar cravings. Some of these things are the cause or the issues are the reason for the cravings. Sometimes one causes the other and the cycle needs to be broken to make changes for a healthier you.

Sugar cravings are a serious health issue and should not be taken lightly. These cravings are like any other food addiction our bodies can fall under. With sugar being all around us daily and makes this task a little more difficult, but not impossible.

Sometimes your body is reacting to other health issues that trigger these cravings that are misguided.

  • Thyroid Failure
    • Signs that you are stressed or tired and craving sweets can indicate an underactive thyroid gland. These glands need energy to function properly. By drinking more water throughout the day will help flush your system. Avoid processed foods and eat more brown bread, pasta, and rice. These foods will take longer to digest and keep the blood sugar level stable, thereby avoiding the sugar craving.
  • Adrenaline Overkill
    • This is when you feel light headed or irritable when hungry. Urinating frequently or a sore throat as well can be signs of adrenaline overload. When the glands become under pressure we feel sluggish and the sugar craving will kick looking for an energy boost. High protein snacks of eggs, cheese, or nuts can help avoid stress and the sugar craving.
  • Yeast Infections
    • Consuming antibiotics and antacids can trigger a yeast infection in the body. Once this occurs there is a craving for bread and sugars for the body to convert to glucose to feed the over populated bacteria in the body. There is a cruel circle that occurs due to the fact that the sugar craving is brought on by the body even though the sugar makes the yeast multiply. Taking a probiotic supplementary or yogurt daily will help illuminate this issue and thereby cut your sugar craving.
  • PMT or Menopause
    • Low moods, lower sex drive along with irregular periods can be aspirated with the addition of sugar consumption. With the drop in oestrogen and progesterone levels will definitely increase these sugar cravings to an all-time high. The body is looking for additional serotine and sugar is a trigger for serotonin release. To avoid these sugar cravings you can try about 200mg of Vitamin B6 a day. Giving in to the cravings of sugar can actually increase mood swings.

Cutting out sugar completely will allow to body to function more appropriately on its own. This makes for healthier outcomes and decrease the probability of other ill health effects. These are the four main triggers that the body has for increasing the sugar craving. Understanding these and the alternatives will lead to less stress on the body and mind.

Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings

There are very healthy ways to obtain your energy levels with choosing complex carbs, fiber, and protein beneficial snacks and meals all through the day. This will help especially with PMS or other hormone level issues. Keeping high levels of energy with healthier choices will give you the steady energy level your body is needing.

Some simple remedies to fighting sugar cravings are to:

Go Cold Turkey – Chew Gum (Sugar Free) – Give in A Little – Eat Fruit – Exercise –

Choose Quality over Quantity – Eat Regularly – Combine Foods (Chocolate Covered)

There are many choices to help deal with sugar cravings that lead to unhealthy habits. Trying just a few of the above suggestions show how easy it really is to realize our cravings and what triggers them. This is the only way to handle and adjust our eating and physical habits for the good.

There are many natural sweet alternatives. Some examples are fruits – strawberries and peaches. The bigger step is to be serious about removing these temptations from your life. Figuring out what brings on your sugar craving can be as simple as a food diary and what made you choose that sugar blast.

To fight sugar cravings, depending on your diet you can just lower your intake little by little. Eventually when replacing sugar with healthier choices you won’t even miss sugar. And when you have these cravings your body will look for the natural sweet choices you have made.

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14 Comments

  • Jessica

    Reply Reply April 12, 2016

    Everything has sugar and it does taste so good. It’s hard when you have grown up with it and it makes it extremely difficult to stop. But I’ve been trying slowly and I appreciate the tips on cutting it out! 🙂

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Its very challenging I myself still have trouble getting it all out of the diet, The challenge being it is everywhere and addictive doesn’t help, I find trying to substitute is a good option for me.

  • Maggie

    Reply Reply April 12, 2016

    Oh my gosh, I had no idea what sugar could do to you. I knew it was bad for me for all these side effects are kind of terrifying. I’m definitely going to start cutting it out of my diet!

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Sounds like a good plan there Maggie, It is quite amazing how bad it is for us at least now we are far more aware of these kinds of things.

  • Isabel

    Reply Reply May 27, 2016

    I love sugar and I start my day with it. At the same time, I know how detrimental it can be to the health. Nonetheless, I try my best to give it up or reduce. I suppose the best tactic is go cold turkey.

  • April O.

    Reply Reply May 27, 2016

    A great deal of discipline and control is needed to fight our body’s cravings specially sweets. One must be serious about controlling sugar intake for a healthier life.

  • Maury Cheskes

    Reply Reply May 27, 2016

    Gotta lay off that sugar. I find drinking coffee with only milk is a good pointer. You get a fuller taste of the coffee and your giving your body a break.

  • CJ Stark

    Reply Reply May 28, 2016

    It’s the hidden sugars that really get me. I need to do a better job of reading labels and this article reminded me of that.

  • Kelly Linden

    Reply Reply May 28, 2016

    “Avoid processed foods and eat more brown bread, pasta, and rice. These foods will take longer to digest and keep the blood sugar level stable, thereby avoiding the sugar craving.”

    I’ve heard it’s better to eat brown bread but nobody ever told me why. This makes sense. I’m going to start making changes in my diet.

  • Lorraine K.

    Reply Reply May 29, 2016

    We crave sugar because our brain needs it. There is only one form of sugar that can pass through the blood-brain barrier and that is glucose. Fruits for sugar cravings? I reckon you have to double check because most fruits have more sugar than a bar of chocolate!

  • Beatrice

    Reply Reply May 29, 2016

    A bar of chocolate a day…is that ok? Well I guess that depends on the size LOL! I always reach for a bar when I get bored at the office. But I don’t see any change on my weight. I’m pretty active though. So does that cancel out my chocolate?

  • Toni Fontello

    Reply Reply May 29, 2016

    Seems like alot of snacks and cereals for kids have sugar–the more the amount of sugar, the better it sells and kids want it. Even some bran food is covered in sugar! Best to cut down and be healthier.

  • Chanchal Kumar Pal

    Reply Reply May 29, 2016

    Now that’s a good question ‘Why we crave sugar?’ The answer given were quite interesting and informative, but I didn’t know that yeast infection can also increase our bout of sugar cravings. The suggested remedies are definitely worth trying out.

  • Jhei

    Reply Reply May 30, 2016

    Whenever I do crave for something sweet, I often go for fruits, especially the really sweet and juicy ones like mangoes, grapes, and watermelon. And I eat a lot when I crave. Is ingesting such sweets still bad?

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