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with the good, nutritious foods we eat.
Operable word, of course, is “good”.
That’s what a sugar detox is about!
RECONNECT YOUR BRAIN!
Food, like alcohol or drugs, can stimulate its own consumption and produce similar neurochemical changes in the brain.1 Sugar, in particular, can act as a supernormal stimuli in our body, preventing our brain from producing its own neurotransmitters.
As a matter of fact, a recent study shows that a high fat, high sugar snacking diet decreased binding of serotonin transporters significantly by 30%.2 Additionally, sugar, like fructose, has been found to have a strong and direct influence on dopamine production and release.3
This ultimately means that fructose can induce changes in neuropeptides or brain activity, affecting our appetite control and reward centers.4
1. Avena, N.M., et al. Oct 2013. Comparing the effects of food restriction and overeating on brain reward systems. Experimental Gerontology. 48(10): 1062-1067. Accessed here. Accessed on 24-Dec-2016.
2. Koopman, K.E., et al. Nov 2013. Diet-induced changes in the Lean Brain: Hypercaloric high-fat-high-sugar snacking decreases serotonin transporters in the human hypothalamic region. Molecular Metabolism. 2(4): 417-422. Accessed here. Accessed on 25-Dec-2016.
3. De Jong, J.W., et al. Jun 2016. The mesolimbic system and eating addiction: what sugar does and does not do. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 9: 118-125. Accessed here. Accessed on 23-Dec-2016.
4. Ochoa, M. Feb 2015. Dietary sugars: their detection by the gut–brain axis and their peripheral and central effects in health and diseases. European Journal of Nutrition. 54(1): 1-24. Accessed here. Accessed on 23-Dec-2016.