How to Detox From Sugar?

Sugar addiction is real. Many of us have trouble resisting the urge for a sweet treat or high carbohydrate foods. Eating lots of sugar is a surefire way increase your risk of many health problems. Having unstable blood sugar levels will always lead to hormonal imbalances, creating havoc in the body.

Health Tip: Add fruits to water. This makes a great alternative for soda or sweetened beverages.

Health Tip: Add fruits to water. This makes a great alternative for soda or sweetened beverages.

All carbohydrates (rice, bread, pasta, cakes, corn, legumes) break down into sugars. High refined carbohydrate and low protein meals increase insulin.

Food is not the only thing that raises your blood sugar levels. When you are stressed you can wake up with blood sugar of 105 gm/dL, even if you eat nothing. Stress hormones, cortisol, and epinephrine will raise your blood sugar.

Are you insulin resistance? There are some signs to look for:

  • Waking up to eat at night

  • Low HDL cholesterol

  • Heartburn

  • Slowing gaining weight without a change in diet

  • Menstrual irregularities

  • Most polycystic ovarian

  • Excess hair growth

  • Breast cysts

  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

  • Addicted to carbs and intense cravings for

  • Gaining weight around the waistline

  • Feeling fatigued following a high glycemic meal or snack

Dangers of High Glucose include:

  • Oxidative stress

  • Increased inflammation

  • Retinal damage to the eye

  • Endothelial dysfunction

  • Arterial blockage

  • Reduced coronary blood flow

  • Increased cancer risk

How to Detox from Sugar?

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  • Eat protein during snacks and meals.

  • Get adequate healthy fat.

  • Increase your fiber intake.

  • Exercise.

  • Drink more water.

  • Avoid or decrease the use of steroid-based medications.

  • Poor liver function will cause insulin overload, be sure to do a few liver detoxes and cleanse.

Lentils Salad

Want a simple salad that’s satisfying and packed with nutrients? Kale contains calcium, iron, vitamin B6 and Lentils contain iron, proteins, zinc, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and fiber.

The American Journal of Epidemiology found that women how consumed higher amounts of plant-based foods had a lower risk of PMS symptoms. Lentils and other pulses like chickpeas, black beans, are loaded with fiber, another key remedy for PMS. Lentils help regulate the blood sugar level and insulin levels, to keep your energy stable. Just one 1 cup of cooked lentils contains 37% of the recommended daily allowance.

Try this Lentils Salad.

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What you will need?

  • 1 cup of cooked lentils

  • 4 kale leaves

  • 1 apple

  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro and scallions

  • 10 cherry or grape tomatoes

  • Dry seasonings of basil, sage, onion powder, thyme.

  • Dash of sea salt

How to Make the Lentil Salad?

First, you will need to soak lentils overnight or at least 2 hours ahead of time. This removes the anti-nutrients that can mess up with your digestion. After soaking lentils, boil for 20 minutes or until it is soft.

Wash all produce in vinegar water. Dry and chop, Kale, cilantro, and scallions. Slice apples thinly.

Add dry seasoning and sea salt into the lentils and stir.

In a large bowl, add Kale, Apple slices, tomatoes, lentils, and the additional cilantro and scallions. If you desire more dressing simply drizzle for olive oil and half a lime juice.

This makes 3 servings. Enjoy!

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Why Do We Crave Sugar?

You’ve tried all the fad diets but can't seem to curb your sugar addiction. You’ve also heard that one too many times how bad sugar is. So, why do we love and seek out sweet foods?

Long ago, our ancestors consumed fewer, natural forms of sugar than we do now. Back then, only sweet natural foods we’re available. Our ancestors did not consume refined sugary foods as we do now.

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We constantly seek out sweet foods due to the effects of dopamine.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that delivers signals to and from the brain. It helps control the feelings of reward and pleasure. That feeling you get a good exercise, that's due to the release of dopamine. Dopamine is also released in response to the consumption of caffeine, drugs, and sugar.

When you eat sugar from bad carbohydrates and added sugar, signals the release of dopamine throughout your body and motivates you to seek out that pleasurable feeling.

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Why we don’t that same feeling from eating, berries? When you eat foods like berries, apples, these foods are nutrient-dense and they provide enough, nutrients that stimulate the pleasure-seeking feeling and calm the desire to eat more. In other words, you would satisfy the sweet taste without being hit with a craving.

Remember, that refined forms of sugar will rob your nutrient stores and create a desire to eat more sugar. Eating more sugar will increase your blood sugar levels and cause all kinds of health issues like, infertiliy, skin rashes, painful periods, PCOS, PMS, acne, depression, anxiety, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and fatigue.

One way proven way to curb your sugar cravings is to DETOX!

Chronic Inflammation: The Cause For Your Period Problems

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. We are born with the innate ability to fight off foreign invaders, infections. Chronic Inflammation is one of the major factors in all types of period problems.

What is inflammation? Inflammation is a series of events that occurs when you sprain your ankle or have an infection. The normal, familiar signs of inflammation are redness, pain, swelling, fever. These are the first signs our immune system is in combat mode. Note, the natural acute inflammatory response is the body's way to initiate healing. The last sign is lost of function, this stage leads to chronic inflammation. Chronic activation of the inflammatory response takes a heavy toll on the body. It is the root cause of all diseases.

How does inflammation impact your health and menstrual cycle? For conception to occur the female immune system must provide a conducive environment for the sperm and egg. Chronic inflammation can impair sperm motility and make the uterine environment more unfit to implantation. The reproductive tract uses inflammatory signals such as cytokines to coordinate ovulation and implantation. Chronic inflammation can lead to no ovulation and low conception. Premenstrual symptoms are due to elevated levels of inflammation. This is seen by testing for levels of high sensitive-C reactive protein (hs-CRP). Elevated levels also are associated with heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, migraines, high cholesterol, arthritis.

Foods that lead to chronic inflammation are frequent use of alcohol, dairy products, wheat, gluten, vegetable oil, sugar, and proceeded foods.

Reducing inflammation is a vital step toward having the body eliminate period problems.