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Sugar Detox: Symptoms, Withdrawal Side Effects, and How to Manage Them

Sugar Detox: Symptoms, Withdrawal Side Effects, and How to Manage Them
Congratulations for making the decision to better your health by cutting your sugar intake! Sugar detox isn't easy, and the symptoms of sugar withdrawal aren't either. But the benefits are worth it given the proven negative effects of sugar on your body.


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The first step

The first step

Sugar is responsible for a number of medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sugar depletes your energy and can contribute to depression.

Removing sugar from your diet can make you feel better and can decrease your health risks.




You can feel lousy

Sugar is as addictive as nicotine, cocaine, and morphine. Sugar leads to a rush similar to injecting heroin. It leads to a vicious cycle of cravings for more sugar to feel good.  

Stopping your sugar intake could result in withdrawal symptoms - at least at first.



Symptoms of sugar withdrawal

A sugar detox can cause unpleasant physical and mental symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can last up to two weeks. Sugar cravings can be worse in between meals or when you feel stressed. 

Physical withdrawal symptoms include light-headedness, nausea, tingling and fatigue.



Mental symptoms

  • Depression is a common sugar withdrawal symptom. 
  • Anxiety. You may feel like you have less patience than usual and are on edge.
  • Changes in sleep patterns. You might find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep.
  • Cognitive issues. You may find it difficult to concentrate and can forget things.
  • Cravings. You may find yourself craving sugar and carbohydrates like bread, pasta, and potato chips.
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    Tips to overcome side effects

    • Quit cold turkey. This includes prepackaged foods, sweetened beverages and white flour.
    • Eat more protein. Protein will help you avoid hunger.

    • Increase your dietary fiber to help you control your blood sugar.

    • Drink more water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. Water also helps keep you regular.

    • Avoid artificial sweeteners as it encourages sugar cravings.

    • Manage your stress to keep cravings under control.

    • Exercise increases energy and reduces stress.

    • Drink some greens. It is found to decrease sweet cravings from day one.

    • Get enough sleep.

    • Eat something bitter. Bitter foods like coffee, arugula or broccoli raab shuts down the receptors in the brain that makes us crave sugar.

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    We all slip up

    Don't beat yourself up when you slip up. 

    Write down why you want to quit sugar. Remind yourself every time you feel yourself slipping.

    If you slip up, use it as a learning experience and start again. Make sure to avoid the same trap next time.

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    Fasting Ketosis

    In addition to eating a high-fat diet and limiting carbohydrates, the metabolic, fat-burning state of ketosis can be induced by fasting.

    Fasting can help your body burn fatty acids ins...

    Common Side Effects of Fasting Ketosis

    • Water flushing
    • Fatigue
    • Hunger and sugar cravings
    • Keto breath
    • Digestive concerns
    • Muscle cramps
    • Less energy
    • Heart palpitations
    • Ketosis flu

    How to Deal With Fasting Ketosis Symptoms

    • Get enough sleep
    • Work on reducing stress as much as possible.
    • When combining intermittent fasting with a ketogenic diet, eat enough calories during your eating periods.
    • Stay hydrated
    • Increase salt intake
    • Eat mineral-rich foods
    • Supplement with magnesium
    • Take exogenous ketones
    • General self-care

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    ... is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in ...

    Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

    • Weight Loss.
    • Keto naturally lowers blood sugar levels due to the type of foods you eat.
    • Mental Focus: Ketones are a great source of fuel for the brain.
    • Increased Energy & Normalized Hunger: Fats are shown to be the most effective molecule to burn as fuel.
    • Epilepsy: Keto diet has been used since the early 1900’s to treat epilepsy successfully.
    • Cholesterol & Blood Pressure: shown to improve triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels most associated with arterial buildup.
    • Insulin Resistance.
    • Improvements in your skin health.

    Do Not Eat on a Keto Diet

    • Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc.
    • Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.
    • Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
    • Tubers – potato, yams, etc.

    Cravings can be conquered

    Cravings for sweets things may increase as you start a sugar detox. If you persist, the battle will be won in about a week.

    Deprivation tastes better with friends

    If you're going to give up sugar, find some friends to detox with you. Keep each other accountable and celebrate healthy choices together.

    Strange side effects

    Side effects that you might not have considered at first includes a fuzzy head, memory loss, sleep problems and some irritability.