In my latest book, Brain Body Diet, I classify refined sugar as a “dangerous toxin” because evidence shows that it causes brain fog, which may include a lack of focus, clarity, recall, and acuity, as well as mental fatigue.
Higher intake levels of refined sugar are associated with lower cognitive function, memory, and intelligence. A sobering realization that sugar directly affects the Gut/Brain Axis.
One large-scale study out of the UK revealed that consuming more sweet foods and beverages was associated with a 23% greater risk of depression.
This conclusion was independent of other healthy behaviors or sociodemographic factors.
Not only is sugar causing us to gain weight, but it's damaging our brains and lowering our enjoyment of life.
The 5-Day Sugar Detox
Quitting sugar isn’t easy.
In fact, it is challenging. The immediate effects of limiting sugar intake can result in mild withdrawal-type symptoms. Depending on how much refined sugar you consume, when you first begin detoxing sugar, you may experience a temporary drop in blood sugar levels causing sweating, shakiness, and a feeling of hunger.
In order to help successfully kick sugar, we've built a brand new 5-Day Sugar Detox to support you and help you succeed. This detox was designed to kick sugar while lessening the cravings and withdrawal symptoms from discontinuing it. The detox includes eating more fresh vegetables with fiber, anti-inflammatory protein sources, and healthy fat choices.
Enrollment for the NEW program starts Wednesday, August 7th.
I'm sure you have lots of questions about the program. For the most part, it will follow the format of a 7 Day Detox, but slightly shorter and focused on rebalancing insulin and leptin by controlling sugar intake.
Keep your eyes peeled for emails & lots of details about the new program next week.
Research has shown that within 72 hours, you can begin repairing your insulin receptors. As insulin levels begin to stabilize, the other hormones involved in fat storage, such as leptin and ghrelin, will also start to return to normal levels.
Imagine how great it will feel to wrap up a short sugar detox feeling trim, energized and in control.
By the end of this detox, you will have the tools to face sugar head-on. You can decide whether the changes you feel on day 5 benefit your health enough to limit or completely cut out sugar. This decision is not an easy one; I understand the struggle. We are bombarded with sugary temptations every day.
With the support from our Facebook Group and the tools from this detox, you can cut sugar out with the knowledge that you are better off without it. If you continue with your sugar-free (or drastically reduced) lifestyle, many find when blood sugar levels are stable, the excess pounds come off and stay off. The stubborn belly fat around the middle recedes and supporting healthy weight is easier.
Long term, typically after six months without refined sugar, research shows a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, dementia, and early aging.
Pretty compelling reasons to commit to a 5 day detox don't you think?