Sugar addiction. Stop eating too much sugar.
It could be argued that any sugar is ‘too much’. There is scientific research showing how unhealthy it is for people. Proof of this is found in the high levels of obesity and Type II diabetes in the ‘western’ world.
Why do people get addicted to sugar?
Because it’s a drug. Foods with sugar content
Sugar raises insulin levels, which in turn triggers an adrenal response. This is known as the “sugar rush”. It, in turn, causes a release of serotonin, one of the body’s ‘happy’ chemicals. Eating sugar is a chemical addiction that provides a ‘high’ for a little while. It is inevitably followed by a drop in blood sugar level and a ‘low’. At this point, people with this problem will eat more sweet things to try and reach the high again. And so the cycle continues.
It’s also a mental habit. Like any habit, it’s often something the person does automatically without thinking about too much.
How can Hypnotherapy help?
To be free of the sugar cycle techniques from the fields of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) combined with hypnosis can retrain the mind to have healthy responses to food.
Sugar addiction may develop early on in life or in adult years as a way of feeling good. What is happening is that we can release our happy hormones through sweets. A cycle of eating certain sugary foods to make us feel good can be taken up. We can become reliant on sugar to feel good and comforted. The more sugar we eat, the more we need to obtain the same release of hormones that make us feel good.
Most often, dependence on sugar means the body has altered the way it produces hormones, making the body more reliant on sugar. Increasingly more sugar is used to mask any discomfort. Over time, greater quantities are needed to achieve the same effect.
Have discomfort from sugar withdrawal?
Feel irritable, angry restless?
Have trouble sleeping?
Feel less able to cope and feel overwhelmed?
If you experience these discomforts which may go away if you eat sugar, it could be that you have developed an addiction to sugar.
When we eat sugar, it creates an artificial appetite, which causes cravings. Excessive sugar can make blood sugar go up and down regularly. You may experience hunger pangs, the shakes, perspiration and other symptoms.
Serotonin is used by our body to promote relaxation, peacefulness, relief from pain and decrease in anxiety.
If we have experience of relief and calmness by eating sugar, the subconscious mind will automatically remind us to eat sugar. The problem cycle is created. The more we use sugar to produce serotonin, the more we interfere with the brain’s ability to produce it naturally. Reliance on sugar only reinforces the need.
Endorphins are used by the body to give relief from pain and to increase a sensation of pleasure. If the body’s production of serotonin is insufficient it is likely that feeling of stress and pain may be more acutely experienced. For some people eating sweets, and complex carbohydrates releases endorphins into the bloodstream, relieving discomfort and increasing feelings of pleasure.
However, if you eat sugar, a hormone called the beta-endorphin is released. Beta-endorphin is identified as a chemical that stimulates eating. So the more sugar you eat, the greater the irresistible craving to eat more. The symptom of this problem is the difficulty of stopping eating sugar once you have started.
Here are only some of the many ways which sugar can be detrimental to your health:
Sugar can suppress the immune system
Sugar can weaken eyesight
Sugar can speed up the aging process
Sugar can cause kidney damage
Sugar can aid in development of colon cancer
Sugar can cause arthritis
Sugar can cause asthma
Sugar can cause diabetes
Sugar can cause constipation
Sugar can cause depression and anxiety