In this article you will learn:
Some basics about blood sugar management
Why sugar is dangerous to your health
How (and where) to go on a "detox" journey from sugar and sugar cravings
Lazy Reader's Section:
Sugar is live energy that gives your body a stress reaction, which over time will cause serious issues in many areas of your health. It is addictive physiologically and psychologically, so both aspects must be accounted for in a detox program. For a free book on how to do both of these, check out my friend Michael Collins' The Last Resort Sugar Detox Guide or take his 30-Day Sugar Detox Challenge.
Sugar is one of your biggest enemies for optimal health, and in this article we're going to go over some basics of sugar, how it interacts in your body as a chemical, why it's dangerous and should be used responsibly (or avoided, really) and how to setup effective habits around it so that you and your family don't fall prey like moths to the proverbial flame.
Firstly, sugar is a carbohydrate, so in some sense it is essential for life because it provides energy. Don't get too excited, because remember that even water or oxygen can kill you if used irresponsibly. Everything degrades to sugar in your body, so all this means is that sugar is the basic energy unit we use. You can get sugar from a soft drink or you can get sugar from some organic yam. Even broccoli degrades to sugar eventually.
Besides their primary role in giving your body immediate access to energy, carbohydrates also allow storage of energy through glycogen in the liver and muscles. Think of this as a backup reserve tank. For thousands of years, we evolved on intermittent periods of fasting and scarcity, so the body had to evolve some way of storing energy and preserving muscle tissue from being broken down as long as possible. That’s the buffer that carbohydrates provide through glycogen storage, and most people have about 300-500 grams of glycogen in their body at a given time.(1)
This is why you usually wake up hungry, because the body has run out of its glycogen (or sugar) stores overnight.
So far so good: we need sugar for energy, and the body stores unused sugar in bank. We also didn't have lots of sugar available when we were evolving. Put a mental pin in all of this for later.
Blood Sugar Basics
The next important thing to understand here is how blood sugar works. The primary role carbohydrates have is to give you immediate energy, and what that means is that your body will have an immediate response. Everything in the body operates in that sweet spot of optimal functioning between two extremes, and your blood sugar has a golden zone that must be maintained both for short-term and long-term health.
If your blood sugar goes too low or too high, y