If you suffer from seasonal allergies and have a sugar addiction, then that’s a pretty good sign sugar is a culprit. The two look very similar.
Seasonal allergies cause:
- Runny nose
- Nasal Inflammation
Guess what? A sugar intolerance can cause the same symptoms, plus:
- Gastrointestinal distress–bloating, constipation or diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal pain
- Malabsorption–You don’t digest your food properly
Some of us can’t handle sugar and we don’t know it. We just know that after we eat, we bloat up or get the farts! We chalk it up to aging, and that’s partly true. After so many years, your body can no longer handle the load and it begins to wear down.
That’s when symptoms show up or worsen. Your body can’t properly break down the sugar, so it turns them into gases. Hence, the uncomfortable bloating, pain, and so on. This also leads to MORE nutrient malabsorption like calcium and iron.
But sugar isn’t just sugar. There are different kinds. A big one is fructose. You may have heard of it in relation to high fructose corn syrup. (Very nasty. Avoid it.) Fructose occurs naturally in fruit. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if you can’t handle the sugar, it is.
There really isn’t a “cure” for fructose malabsorption. The key here is to dramatically lower the amount of fructose you ingest. For example:
- Coconut milk
- Fruit juice
Those are just a few. Some studies show that fructose malabsorption is associated with the early stages of mood disorders and depression!
Deciding Enough Is Enough
When you make the decision to get off the sugar train, your body is going to feel attacked. That’s why it’s really best to work with a nutritionist to ease you into a healthier lifestyle. Yes, sugar addiction is THAT serious.
For me, I knew I was severely addicted, and I also knew there was no way I was going to be able to go cold turkey. Worse, I knew that eating any sugar was a trigger to eat more. It was tough.
At the time, I didn’t know about low glycemic diets.
If I had, I would have worked with a professional to help me. Without it, I just muddled through. That meant that every time I ate even a small amount of sugar, I craved more. So my body felt deprived and a food intolerance response was triggered. I wanted to eat MORE!
Some people even store fluid and gain weight, but I didn’t. What I did have was chronic sinus inflammation. In fact, I had inflammation everywhere in my body. Seasonal allergies were even worse for me. Sound at all familiar?
Work with a nutritionist that supports a low GL diet to gradually reduce your sugar intolerance. Identifying and eliminating food intolerance is also key, if you want to forever be rid of your addiction.