The American Heart Association recommends that women limit their sugar intake to 6 teaspoons a day and men are allowed 9 teaspoons. But in reality we are consuming an average of 22 teaspoons a day, and just one soda exceeds the daily limit at over 9 teaspoons.
With excess sugar leading to a myriad of diseases and conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, weight gain, premature aging and candida, its important that we try to limit our sugar intake as much as possible. Artificial sweeteners are not a solution as they often contain dangerous toxins that should be avoided.
So what is one to do when one of those pesky sugar cravings strike?
Here are our suggestions for conquering your sugar cravings:
1. Give Your Body What it Really Needs, Not What it Thinks it Needs
Studies show that when humans crave sweets, what we really need is chromium, sulfur, carbon, phosphorus, and tryptophan. Healthy foods like broccoli, grapes, dried beans, nuts, legumes, fresh fruit, sweet potato, spinach, kale, cabbage, and calciferous vegetables contain those elements and should be snacked on when sugar cravings strike.
2. Drink Ionized Alkaline Water
Ionized alkaline water from an electric water ionizer contains an electric charge which creates a craving to drink more water. Additionally, prolonged use of ionized alkaline water can cause sweets to become too sweet for your taste, making them less appealing. Ionized alkaline water is also very detoxifying to the body and may help flush out Candida. By replacing one sugary beverage like soda for a glass of water, you will take in about 45 less grams of sugar.
3. Swap Your Sweetener
Stevia is an all-natural sweetener with a low glycemic index that is available in both powdered and liquid form. It actually offers some health benefits and is sweeter than sugar so a little can go a long way. It is a great alternative to white and brown sugar and artificial sweeteners.
4. Reduce Temptation
As with any diet, clearing the pantry of the unhealthy foods you are trying to avoid will reduce your chances of overindulging on sweets. Start reading labels and stop buying the sweets you know you shouldn’t be eating. Even non-sugary junk foods should be avoided as they can be addicting.
5. Keep Your Hormones in Check
Stress creates cortisol, which increases blood sugar levels and creates sugar cravings. Meditation can help keep sugar cravings at bay by reducing stress, and eating small frequent meals will keep blood sugar stable. Also, when your serotonin levels are stable, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets, so try boosting your serotonin levels with a low glycemic diet, daily exercise and plenty of sleep.
Chanson Water USA believes that a plant-based alkaline diet supplemented with ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer is the key to natural health and wellness. Grab your free copy of their new Alkaline Recipes Ebook and visit www.chansonwater.com for more information.