Are you a sugar addict? As with most addictions, by the time people ask this question, the answer is usually yes. A simple way to tell? Stay off sugar for two to four weeks and see how you feel.
With 18% of the average American diet coming from added sugar, sugar addiction in the U.S. is becoming the rule rather than the exception. Many people actually eat their weight in sugar every year! And if you're tired, achy, brain fogged, anxious, and unable to lose weight, sugar addiction may be the reason why.
Metabolic syndrome with high cholesterol and obesity, hypertension, and heart disease are just some of the chronic medical problems associated with excess sugar in your diet. This is the short list. The actual list could go on for pages. In fact, research from the American Heart Association suggests that sugar contributes to over 180,000 deaths each year.
Meanwhile, in a remarkable example of corporate cynicism, people who have sugar-induced irritability are being told to eat more sugar. Candy bar ads have even coined the term "hangry" (angry from hunger). Yet ironically eating a candy bar or drinking a sugar-packed soda is the worst thing you can do to address "hanger." That's because the candy bar only creates a temporary spike in your blood sugar level. It makes you feel better for awhile, but the drop in sugar level that follows the spike only makes the problem worse a half hour later, putting you on an emotional "sugar roller coaster."
But here's the key thing for you to know. There are four main types of sugar addiction, and when people progress to having three or all four of these, it usually progresses into fibromyalgia! Treating the four addiction types not only makes your sugar cravings go away, so you can safely enjoy sweets and chocolate in moderation, but also markedly decreases the fibromyalgia symptoms. Here's how you can "have your cake and eat it too."
A Doctor Explains The Different Types Of Pain + How To Heal Naturally
Article at MindBodyGreen | By Dr. T
One third of Americans suffer from pain. And in my experience, most of them suffer needlessly—because pain is quite simple to treat if you use the right tools. The problem is that many physicians are essentially clueless about pain management—and they don’t even know that they don’t know. Mostly, they are taught to use narcotics (which can have dangerous side effects) or surgery (which is often unnecessary).
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Question: I have heard that a low fat, vegetarian diet is best. Is that true? And what is bets for those with fibromyalgia?
Answer: No single diet is best for everyone, and even the same person will often do best with different diets at different times. For example, there have been times when I felt best being vegetarian. At other times I found that a high-protein high egg and meat diet worked best (this was during a particularly busy phase of my life when I traveled 90,000 miles over a four-month period while continuing regular daily work routine). The way to tell which is right for you is by how a given diet feels to you over an extended period of time.
With fibromyalgia, most often people find that a high-salt, high-water, low-sugar, high-protein diet with frequent small meals works best. But again, it mostly depends on what feels best to each individual.