SUGAR LIGHTS UP THE SAME PART OF THE BRAIN AS COCAINE
When we eat sugar, dopamine overwhelms and overstimulates the brain and pleasure areas. If sugar is given constantly over long periods of time, a person can become addicted and the addicted brain needs even more sugar to produce a satisfying amount of dopamine. This can lead to extreme cravings and behavioral symptoms, like states of depression and weight gain.
Sugar is a staple in the American diet and we both ate so much of it growing up. We wish we had known what we know now. We remember watching a documentary that spoke about the countries where there is no access to processed sugary foods and drinks. It explained that people who grew up not eating sugar had much better teeth throughout their lives (without dental care) compared to those who grew up eating sugar regularly and with full access to modern dentistry.
The body wasn’t designed to eat overly processed foods and sugars and in such high doses, so we’re sticking to a plant-based, whole food diet for optimal health and nourishment.
Unfortunately, just like drug addiction, people eat the junk even though they know it’s not good for them. The two of us experimented by saying goodbye to refined sugar and it wasn’t long until we started to feel the withdrawl. We substituted our sugary snacks for natural sugars like fruit, coconut, cane sugar and dark chocolate. After a few weeks it became clear to us how much better our minds and bodies felt with little to no refined sugar in our diet. It allowed us to experience a different kind of being, so we continue to steer clear of refined sugars, especially now that we know how powerful it is.
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