How To Quit Sugar

From Dr. Mark Hyman, Author of Eat Fat, Get Thin

The facts are in, the science is beyond question. Sugar in all its forms is the root cause of our obesity epidemic and most of the chronic disease sucking the life out of our citizens and our economy — and, increasingly, the rest of the world. You name it, it’s caused by sugar: heart disease, cancer, dementia, type 2 diabetes, depression and even acne, infertility and impotence.

There are so many different kinds of sugars – honey, maple syrup, agave, cane sugar, etc.  And while there are some small differences among these sugars, for the most part, sugar is sugar is sugar. It can all wreak havoc on your health.

Now, as far as this question is concerned, it’s important to take a look at the whole diet instead of just focusing on one ingredient in your coffee. Are you consuming sugar throughout the day? What about hidden forms of sugar? The truth is: food manufacturers put sugar into everything from ketchup to bread and all food products in between.

If you’re eating a whole-food, low-sugar diet, a little bit of honey in your morning coffee or tea might not be a problem, but if your diet has a little more sugar than you’d like, it might be time to detox completely from sugar.

In this case, I recommend doing a diet overhaul and taking out all forms of sugar from your diet for at least 10 days. You can even follow the 10-Day Detox, which gives your body the deep reset that it needs. You can reverse sugar addiction while enjoying powerful addiction-reversing foods that rewire and reset your brain and body.

Then, after the 10-day detox, I recommend treating sugar like a recreational drug. I treat it like alcohol, which is to say that I might enjoy a little bit of it every now and then, but I definitely don’t have it every day.

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