Hello my dear friend,
I hope the holidays were all you hoped and planned for. Now they are behind us, we get to look forward to a new year and what we desire to do.
If you enjoyed your holiday treats like I did and you are wanting to cut back that sugar intake your body has become used to, I would like to share an article with you that might help in that matter. The article is written by Jenny Smiechowski. Jenny is a health, wellness, and green living writer. Her focus for this article is how low salt levels can keep those sugar cravings alive and well.
Here is the synopsis of her article.
Sugar creates a positive feedback system in your body, which means the more you eat, the more you crave. Research shows that sugar can be just as addictive as nicotine and cocaine because it activates the same reward centers in the brain. Also, eating a high sugar diet over the long term can lead to many health problems.
Not getting enough salt can make addictive pathways in your brain more sensitive and make sugar cravings even more intense.
Low salt levels can also trigger a process called internal starvation, which makes your body crave sugar even more. Some of us are afraid to eat salt due to being told or hearing that too much salt will increase your blood pressure. Scientific research has shown this is not true. A healthy sodium level supports longevity, healthy functioning of your cells, and critical organs.
By limiting sugar and increasing salt intake, you can get your sugar cravings under control. When you crave salt, eat salt. This will decrease the desire to eat sugar. The type of salt you consume is important. Unrefined salt is the key.
Let your body’s natural salt cravings guide you to how much salt you consume daily and try to limit your sugar intake to 20 grams or less of added sugar per day.
I hope you find this informative. I sure did!
Happy new year to you all!
Much love and gratitude! Janalee