Sugar is addictive and your skin's #1 enemy.
Americans consume an average of 22 teaspoons a day of added sugar, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Excess sugar causes inflammation in your body that breaks down the collagen and elastin in your skin—making it look dry, dehydrated and dull.
YOU MIGHT HAVE A SUGAR ADDICTION IF:
- You crave something sweet everyday—no matter how hard you try, you cave.
- You reach for it as comfort food, because it gives you that instant high and makes you feel better—but only for a short while.
- Once you've had a taste of something sweet, you can't stop.
The naturally occurring sugars found in fruits and honey are different than sugar found in processed foods and soft drinks.
Avoid anything that contains ingredients like fructose, evaporated cane juice, dextrose, glucose, fruit-juice concentrate, malt syrup, beet sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and essentially all sugars ending in an "ol" or "ose."
6 WAYS TO BREAKUP WITH SUGAR:
- Use spices in your food and drinks—like nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, etc.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners. They send confusing signals to your brain and don't help curb the cravings.
- Eat healthy sweet treats like raw cacao. It's packed with minerals (magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, etc), that help the body absorb more nutrients.
- Drink filtered water and stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Get moving. Mindless snacking and uncontrollable cravings are often signs of boredom and/or dehydration.
- Give yourself time to adjust to the change. Load up on some greens, get adequate sleep and add more greens to your every day. You'll crave it less and less over time