Can a Sugar Detox Improve Your Health?

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Are you unable to stop eating sugar? You might be in need of a sugar detox. 

Justin, a self-proclaimed "sugar addict" and producer on The Doctors, shares he has always loved sugary items like soda, sweet tea, candy, cake, and cupcakes. As a kid, he felt like it gave him energy and he continued this habit into his adult life, with daily sugar-filled coffee, candy, and soda.

Watch: Should You Sugar Detox for Your Health?

In the midst of his sugar addiction, he tells us he dealt with a slew of health concerns, including kidneys stones, skin cancer, back pain, knee pain, and shoulder pain. He felt like he needed to change something and had an epiphany and told himself, "Justin, you're addicted to sugar... I've got to start eating better. I'm tired of being tired. I'm tired of not having the energy to spend time with my kids. I need to do something and I need to do it now." This epiphany and some online research led to undergoing a sugar detox.

He says since giving up sugar for 2 and a half months he has lost 30 pounds. "Pretty much everything shrunk," he says of his weight loss, explaining he really noticed a difference in his belly fat, along with his arms, legs and face.

Justin's wife Krissy says her husband used to be a "cranky human," but now after giving up sugar, he has much more energy, he's less cranky and she says her family has changed for the better since.

Watch: How to Avoid Giving Your Kids Excess Sugar

In a little over a week without sugar, Justin tells us his sinus issues and back pain improved and his energy levels rose. He followed his sugar detox with working on his gut health and he also began working out. 

The Doctors note that the maximum allowance of added sugar in a day, according to The American Heart Association, is 9 teaspoons for men and 6 for women, but the average American is consuming 17 teaspoons of sugar daily!  Excess amounts of sugar can lead to these health concerns:

  • Too much belly fat
  • An increased risk of heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Fatty liver
  • High blood pressure

Additionally, The Doctors explain it can also increase someone's risk for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Dementia
  • Cognitive and memory issues
  • Sleep issues
  • Sex drive issues
  • Skin issues, like pasty skin and being more prone to aging faster
  • The breakdown of collagen and elastin

Are you ready to possibly improve your health and undergo sugar detox? Get more information about The Doctors #DropTheSugar Challenge!

 

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