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

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.


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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


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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.

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.
  • 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.

    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.



    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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    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.

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    Sleep deprivation
    Sleep deprivation

    Willpower, memory, judgement, and attention all suffer when you are sleep deprived.

    You drop things, crave junk food sugar, overeat, gain weight. You’re more irritable, negative, emotio...

    Get through sleep deprivation:
    • Stabilize your blood sugar, by eating hearty food (protein and fat) more often.
    • Reduce refined carbs and increase fats and proteins.
    • B-complex vitamin supplements can give you an immediate boost in alertness and mental clarity.
    • Soak in an Epsom salt bath - might even help you get enough energy to exercise the next day.
    • Drink more water than you usually do to help compensate.
    • Exercise is the single best way to “take out the trash” in your body, and after staying up more hours than you should.