Why do so many people crave sugar? The answer is because they crave stimulation. Sugar is a powerful substance much like heroin. Once you get a little taste it is hard to abstain from it. When sugar is ingested it automatically sets off the brain and creates a feeling of well being and produces a calming affect (false serotonin boost). This boost wakes up the endrocrine system, releasing hormones in the blood. This short energy boost takes away “the pain” or empty feeling a person may have. People who suffer from any of the following; loneliness, sadness, depression, anxiety, boredom, insecurity, social incompatibility, anger, not having enough sex and fear can easily become addicted to sugar.
When people are stimulated through physical means or are emotional balanced tend not have the craving for sugar. This is because they stimulate the endrocrine in a healthy and normal fashion. Those that aren’t getting enough stimulation tend to resort to sugar to help give them a boost. People who are lonely and are not in a physical relationship tend to crave sugar because they are trying to fill a void in their life. Sugar excites the brain in the same manner as having an orgasm during sex. This is why so many lonely people crave sugar. Depressed people crave sugar because they are in search of a boost. Their central nervous system is down and they try to boost it up by ingesting sugar. Unfortunately, this boost is only temporary and they end up staying depressed.
Sugar comes in many forms. Alcohol is a sugar that most everyone enjoys. Alcohol addiction and sugar addiction are very similar. They both provide a drug like effect to the brain and body. Whenever a substance alters homeostatic physiological patterns of the brain or other systems then there is a problem. Once a person discovers ways to change their physiology they tend to gravitate toward those methods for boosting their systems. Stimulants such as; coffee, candy, sugar tend to boost the central nervous system. Where as, alcohol depresses the central nervous system. Sugar is a very powerful substance. For some folks they will battle with it their whole life.
Another downfall from ingesting too much sugar is its effect on the brain chemical brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF helps with the development of new brain tissue. Without BDNF the brain would not survive. BDNF creates new neurons. When you consume too much sugar the less BDNF is produced. This can cause insulin resistance. If insulin resistance becomes chronic then diabetes can develop. By ingesting large amounts of sugar in any form (fruits, candy, alcohol, etc.) you increase the risk of developing metabolic deficiencies.
It is hard to break from ingesting sugar because of the powerful effect it has on the physiological processes of the body. Eating sugar is a big part of many people’s life. I am convinced that the damage sugar does to the neurons of the brain is the reason for so many of the psychological disorders and brain disease that we are seeing today.
What to do
* Control intake of sugar throughout the day.
* Find healthy outlets to stimulate central nervous system
* Get control of your emotions
Daryl Conant, M.Ed
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