If you're planning on going on a sugar detox it can sometimes be difficult to overcome the moments when you get strong cravings for sugar. There are many reasons you might be hooked on sugar including the fact that it’s hidden in around 80% of packaged foods and happens to be highly addictive.
But something you may not realise is that being depleted in vital vitamins and minerals can actually make you want sugar even more?
Below are seven super supplements you should consider taking while you quit sugar to help alleviate the cravings, as well as helping you to sleep better and regulate your hormones.
If you decide to quit sugar using my 21 Day Sugar Detox Program, my recipes are specially formulated to include ingredients that will provide the vital vitamins an minerals, but if you are doing a detox under your own steam, I'd recommend the following supplements.
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in our body as it affects over 300 different cell interactions with our bones, brain and muscles.
Magnesium regulates glucose and insulin levels as well as the hormone dopamine, which makes us happy when we eat sugar. Did you know that your cravings for chocolate could actually be caused by magnesium deficiency?
Naturally occurring in wholegrains, nuts, spinach and grains, the recommended daily amount is 400mg, so taking a supplement whilst on a detox can keep your cravings in check. As an added benefit, magnesium can also help to give you a great nights sleep, which is perfect during your sugar detox.
Benefits of Magnesium
Regulates glucose and insulin levels.
Reduces chocolate cravings
Alleviates muscle cramps
Helps with constipation
Lowers high blood pressure
L-Glutamine is an amino acid that is converted into a neurotransmitter which helps you curb sugar cravings. It is created in our own bodies, but if you are under stress it can become depleted.
Try taking 500mg three times a day and an extra dose when you get a strong desire for something sweet. Try a quarter of a teaspoon, or open a 500mg capsule under the tongue whenever you get a craving and it should stop it in it’s tracks!
Benefits of L-Glutamine
Reduces sugar cravings
Increases brain health
Promotes muscle growth
If this vitamin gets depleted it can actually cause you to feel hungry. It's the hormone that helps to turn off your appetite and if you don’t have enough Vitamin D, you may end up constantly feeling a need to eat. Your body gets this vitamin naturally from sunshine but in countries where there is less sunshine it’s best to take a supplement whilst doing a detox.
The reason this works could be down to our body naturally wanting to store more food and fat during the darker winter months. Foods that are rich in naturally occurring Vitamin D are eggs and fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna.
Benefits of Vitamin D
Reduces Carb cravings
Prevents colds and viruses
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
These oils are found in fish such as salmon sardines and tuna as well as sunflower oil, flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts, and regulate normal brain function, controlling mood. They can also help reduce insulin resistance, meaning that your existing glucose gets used more efficiently, and thereby reducing cravings.
Benefits of Omega Fatty Acids
Helps with hyperactivity and ADHD