Symptoms of Sugar Withdrawal
Quitting the white stuff may not be a walk in the park. Giving up any addiction will be a bit of challenge but know IT CAN be done. Before you give up sugar it’s good to some of the usual symptoms of sugar withdrawal.
When I quit I found I experienced a few slight withdrawal symptoms. For me I had this weird urge to keep chewing my gums all the time. I know it’s a strange thing to do right? Well thankfully I’ve stopped doing this now as it was driving me crazy, over all it only lasted about a month which wasn’t too bad.
Secondly I was a little irritable. Nothing major just a little agitated from time to time. Apart from that I felt fine. And once I’d successfully got through the detox period, which was about a month I really started to feel the benefits.
Expect that you might feel some withdrawal symptoms but most people don’t even notice anything. Just think about all the health benefits you’re about to experience once you get to the other side.
If you’re about to quit sugar once and for all then you need to know what to expect. Here’s a list of possible symptoms of sugar withdrawal.
Headaches – Headaches are a common symptom of quitting sugar. This is normally due to the body detoxing the sugar from the body.
Irritable Moods – During the early stages of withdrawal (between 3 days – 10days) some people may be a bit more irritable than usual. Your hormones will be out of whack temporarily including dopamine which is responsible for pleasure. Whilst we are not releasing dopamine from consuming sugar we might become irritable whilst our hormones balance out.
Cravings – When quitting any addictive substance that you’ve took for many years there will almost always be some sort of craving whilst detoxing. Here’s 5 things that will help reduce the sugar cravings.
Depression – People who quit sugar may experience a crash in mood when coming of sugar. It may feel like a mild depression, it shouldn’t be anything to harsh and you should return back to normal in a quick manner.
Flu symptoms – In some cases people may experience flu like symptoms. This is quite rare but it can happen in extreme cases. If this does happen the symptoms should subdue in a day or two.
Sleeplessness – Cutting sugar from your diet may result in a change in sleep patterns. You may feel restless and wide awake at times you would usually be asleep. To counter this effect try doing something relaxing before bed like meditation, or a relaxing bath. Usually the sleeplessness only last a few days whilst your body starts to return to it’s homeostasis.
For most people the symptoms of sugar withdrawal pass within a month. Some people it can take a few months but it will be worth it in the end and to be honest if you do experience anything it’s not really that bad. Just get started and you’ll be on the other side in next to no time.