Sugar Addiction

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Sugar addiction is a major problem in the U.S.

The term ‘sugar’ is a general one. Today, there are numerous umbrella terms to identify sugar. However, we must not forget that Nature produces sugar (true fructose). The sugars or sweeteners Nature provides are not harmful because they are balanced sugars – balanced with nutrients! Mother’s milk or breast milk is sweet, but it contains nutrients and thus is balanced. Same thing with maple syrup – it contains balanced nutrients.

Sugar is really not the problem. It is unstable and isolated sugars that are man-made, processed or refined that are problematic. During sugar’s processing, it turns from a sticky black substance to a clear juice that is heated to remove impurities and after this process it is then bleached ‘white’ with chemicals.

More than 70% of the sugars we consume are hidden in the foods we eat and beverages we drink. The types of sugar that is doing the serious harm our health are known as:

  • Sucrose
  • Glucose
  • Dextrose
  • Maltose
  • Brown sugar
  • Malitol
  • Isomol
  • Sorbitol
  • Mannitol
  • Xylitol
  • Corn syrup
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Fructose
  • Cane sugar
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Sugar cane crystals (or cane crystals)
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Succinate
  • Demerara sugar
  • Natural milled cane sugar
  • Dried cane juice
  • Granulated cane juice
  • Milled cane sugar
  • Plantation white sugar
  • Raw cane juice
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Unrefined cane sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Rice syrup
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Granular fruit sugar
  • Aspartame
  • Saccharin
  • NutraSweet
  • Sweet N’ Low
  • Equal
  • Yellow-D sugar.

According to the Agricultural Marketing Research Center, most refined sugar comes from sugar beets and sugar cane. Roughly 75% of sugar comes from sugar cane, about 23.5% comes from sugar beet production, and the remaining come from sources like corn, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup.

Sugar is EVERYWHERE!

A 2009 US News Health report revealed that sugar-bingeing plays a major role in metabolic changes in the American population and in the exploding obesity rates. In part, here’s what the report found:

      “Added sugars, which are sprinkled on and processed into packaged foods and beverages, have become all too common in the American diet, says the American Heart Association. The group argues that sugar bingeing is helping drive the uptick in metabolic changes in the American population, including the exploding obesity rate, and has now recommended an upper limit on daily consumption.
      Women should consume no more than 100 calories per day of added sugars, and men should not top 150 calories per day.
      One 12-ounce can contains about 8 teaspoons or about 33 grams of added sugar, which equals approximately 130 calories. One gram of sugar serves up 4 calories, according to the American Dietetic Association.
      With math like that, it’s not surprising that the average American rings up an average of 22.2 teaspoons, or 355 calories per day, of added sugars, mostly from sugar-sweetened beverages.
    But those who shun sweet-tasting drinks are not off the hook. Part of the challenge of avoiding added sugars, argues the AHA, is that they have become far more prevalent over time; the amount of added sugars in Americans’ food options increased 19 percent between 1970 and 2005.”

Sugar and Disease

Sugar plays a role in a host of diseases. In fact, diabetes used to be called ‘sugar diabetes.’ Sugar is also implicated in heart disease, candida albicans, kidney failure, cancer, tooth decay, pancreas disorders, obesity, excess and unhealthy weight gain, neurological disorders, menstrual complaints, glaucoma, hypoglycemia, mood swings, depression, and headaches.

Healing Sugar Addiction Naturally

When we consume sugar, the body goes into overdrive because sugar contains little to no nutrition. It is a simple carbohydrate.

When we consume sugar (especially simple sugars), it greatly taxes the body. The body uses stored nutrition in our bodies to process the sugar. In effect, sugar (regardless of whether it’s natural or man-made) robs our body of nutrition.

To overcome or heal from sugar addiction, the body needs nutrition: minerals, trace elements, vitamins and B-vitamins, amino acids (protein), and essential fatty acids and the best sources of these vital nutrients are live foods, living foods (raw foods), especially fruits and vegetables.

Incorporate more live foods into your daily diet. Drink vegetable juice as much as you can. Vegetable juice is 100% liquid nutrition, especially if the veggies are organic.

Always opt for complex sugars over simple sugars.

There are also herbs that can assist with naturally kicking the sugar habit. These herbs include Gymnema sylvestre, Stevia, Licorice Root, Cinnamon, Jambul Seed, Bilberry leaf, and Guava Leaf. These herbs are useful for healing problems of obesity and pancreas complaints (i.e. diabetes and hypoglycemia).

Gymnema sylvestre (also known as ‘Gurmar’), which literally means “Destroyer of Sugar”is also known to be very helpful in breaking a sugar addiction. Licorice root is an effective herb to help regulate blood sugar levels. It has a mildly natural sweet taste. Jambul seed is effective in reducing the amount of sugar in the urine.

Healthy Sugar Alternatives

There are also natural sugar alternatives (natural sweeteners) available today, including:

  • Maple syrup contains a moderate amount of nutrients that make maple syrup very beneficial for health purposes.
  • Stevia (Stevia raubadiana), a plant, is 200 times naturally sweeter than sugar and without the adverse side effects of sugar (sucrose, white table sugar). Stevia works best in tea compounds and gives herbal teas a naturally sweet taste.
  • Agave nectar is 1.4 to 1.6 times sweeter than traditional sugar. It’s extracted from several species of the agave plant (the same plant that produces tequila). It’s an excellent vegan alternative to honey when cooking.

Satisfy Cravings Naturally

If you have a craving for sugar or something sweet, consider something naturally given or provided for in Nature and that has not been refined or processed by man; or if it has been processed by man (into a product) make sure it still contains nutrients for purposes of nutrition.

Here is a list of naturally sweet foods that can suffice a sugar craving:

  • Raisins
  • Black currants
  • Figs
  • Dates
  • Most raw fruit: i.e. banana, watermelon, orange, peach, mango, etc.
  • Dried fruit (unsulfured)
  • Carob

DHerbs Solutions

DHerbs products that are helpful to people trying to stop sugar addiction:

This article is compliments of Dherbs.com.

2015-09-21T10:45:35+00:00

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    Q: What do you think about organic whole cane sugar....unrefined and unbleached? Not really a good thing to consume but it's better than white table sugar if you feel you must consume sugar.

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    Not really a good thing to consume but it's better than white table sugar if you feel you must consume sugar.

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    Q: My sugar cravings are out of this world. I am not diabetic but have terrible sugar bouts. I have recently bought the sugar control. The bottle says 3 pills a day. Can I take 3 pills several times a day since my sugar cravings are so bad?

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    You may take your Sugar Control Formula, up to 3 times a day, with each meal!

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    Q: I tried Sugar Buster recently, did not have the effect I (thought). Should I continue to use, or is there another product I should consider? My reason for asking is I am about to start a (fat) loss program and I recognize that sweets/chocolate is my problem. Not necessarily food in an of itself. Please explain how you were taking SUGAR BUSTER.

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    Ideally, 3 capsules should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. When cravings are strong, and addition 3 capsules should be taken in the course of the day, or after you have eaten something sweet.

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    Q: What causes diabetes and is cane/raw sugar good for the body?

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    What causes diabetes is explained in our ""DIABETES" articles. Raw cane sugar should be avoided for healthier sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave nectar, and Stevia to name a few.

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    Q: While doing a candida cleanse, it was told to me that I should be following a raw food diet full of fruits and vegetables. Fruits have high sugar content and can feed a candida overgrowth, as it is a well known fact that candida albicans thrive on sugar. How can I justify eating fruits high in sugar? Thank you for your comments. Ozzy

    A: Yes, when you have a candida issue it's best to avoid refined sugar. Sugar from a natural source like fruits should be consumed moderately. In your case it would be best to consume fruits mainly in the mornings for breakfast when your body maximizes on food the most, avoiding the ones that are very high in sugar.

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    Q: I have been on your PANCREAS CLEANSE AND REGIMEN for 14 days. I am a type 1 diabetic. In the morning my blood sugar is high-about 150, however, after taking the herbs it stabilizes it and my blood sugar is normal. Is there anything additional I can take in the evening besides the green beans, cabbage and Brussels sprout juice to stabilize it?

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    Try SUGAR BUSTER TEA! Drink as many cups as you deem necessary!

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    Q: I just completed the Full Body Cleanse about two weeks ago and started the Pancreas Formula for my pancreas... I don?t have the money for the full kit but after the Full Body Cleanse I?ve notice my blood averaging +-200.....it had reached a low of 124 during detox. I bought cromium and have used it since the onset of detox at about 1200 mcg per day! My Pancreas is a piece of crap!!!!! I haven?t had ANY thing with added sugar or artificial, just green tea with stevia to sweeten it. NO Treats! The only regular food I get now is like lean cuisine type once or twice a day with fresh vegetables or fresh made Veg juice....I had went from 327lbs to 289lbs during detox but since I?ve went back up settling at about 296 and stable. I have cut everything I love out of my life! No Sugar, No Milk Products. About 6 ounces of meat A WEEK eat mostly live vegetables yet I see a Pancreas that needs to be punished for ruining my life!!!!! I try to help it and this is what it does for me! I don?t know what to do next.

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    If you can't afford the full kit or kits, order and drink some of our Herbal Teas to help maintain the pancreas in its normal healthy secretion. Cinnamon Tea can also provide additional benefits.

    We also recommend a daily pancreas regimen of: Pancreas Aid, Pancreas Formula, and Sugar Control.

    Your vegetable juice should consist of GREEN BEAN (Snap pea) and/or BRUSSEL SPROUTS, to help maintain pancreatic health.

     

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    Q: I want to get this for my mother as she is trying to lose weight and keep her sugar level and blood pressure under control and not be in any danger from taking this. Her sugar was in the 300's and we got her to keep it down between 140 and 180. She was diagnosed with Diabetes last year and is working on eating right. I will order once you answer this. Should she talk to her doctor first or can she try it first?

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    It's her choice! What can or will a doctor who has an interest in DRUGS tell her about herbs that he/she doesn't get a kickback from??????

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    Q: If I gave the SUGAR BUSTER to my child for adhd what effect is it going to have on them compared to what they are taking now, one is on addrell and the other is concerta? I have no idea! I really don't believe in ADD! ADD only means a child is too advanced and is greatly bored in the classroom learning non-mentally stimulating things for an old world paradigm. However, the drugs you are giving those innocent children are harming their bodies and overall health. Problems are not fixed by drugging. Have you read our article entitled "ATTENTION-DEFICIT DISORDER"?

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    I have no idea! I really don't believe in ADD! ADD only means a child is too advanced and is greatly bored in the classroom learning non-mentally stimulating things for an old world paradigm. However, the drugs you are giving those innocent children are harming their bodies and overall health. Problems are not fixed by drugging. Have you read our article entitled "ATTENTION-DEFICIT DISORDER"?

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    Q: I just purchased the Pancreas Kit for children, for my 4 year old who was diagnosed with type one diabetes. I have been feeding her a raw diet of just vegetables. The diet includes no dairy, no grains, and fruit for a week. I also started the Pancreas kit last week too. I was wondering if there is any reason why her blood sugar levels would go up? All she is eating is veggies, and her sugar levels are at 300 most of the time. Even if she doesn't eat anything, it still goes up to 300. I also know it says you cannot tell us not to give, or not to give her insulin, or not. I am still currently giving it to her. Does the pancreas kit work just as well if the are receiving insulin or not? Or does it hinder the process?. I would really appreciate other advise you would offer. Thanks so much!

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    Drugs and herbs don't mix! They cancel each other out. The blood sugar will go up and down due to the body attempting to regulate, and normalize the blood sugar levels. Perfectly normal! It's called "healing crisis. Whatever you guys choose to do, simply keep monitoring the person. Ask the person how he/she feels (very important).

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    Q: My wife quit using HRT "premarin" several years ago because of the bad publicity about it. She has not taken anything since. What should she take if anything? She has experienced a weight gain that is hard to get rid of and a craving for sweets. We ordered the sugar control last week.

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    Please read our article "Female Hormonal Replacement Therapy" on our site for natural HRT alternatives.

    Sugar Control is a good start. Your wife may wish to perform the Full Body Cleanse and/or the Female Cleanse in order to help eradicate sugar and junk food cravings, while working to naturally cleanse and detoxify the body to aid in necessary weight release, enhancing the immune system and increasing energy levels.

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    Q: What product can I use to keep my blood sugar level down? I don't want to take the medicine that I know my doctor will prescribe. This just started happening to me.

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    Start taking SUGAR BUSTER, PANCREAS AUXILIARY FORMULA , and ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD daily.

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    Q: I have purchased and started your FULL BODY DETOX (FBD) but I need your advice. I'm a so-called diabetic, I'm not overweight 5'9" 140lbs. I've read many of your articles including the one titled "Can I take my medication with FBD?" The first day I started the detox, I didn't take my meds and all I ate was fruits and veggies but my blood sugar was higher than it had been in a long time...356 to be exact. So I stopped and started this week, while taking my meds and it's still been higher than normal...in the 200's range. I understand that you stated that the herbs would be working against the meds since they're considered poisons in the body. My concern is this, I want to continue to cleanse my body but I don't want my blood sugar to stay out of control for an extended period of time...for obvious reasons. My question is, what do you suggest I do in continuing this cleanse? Will the FBD regulate my blood sugar levels over the next 2 weeks as my body begins to repair itself? Or should I continue taking my meds until I'm done with the cleanse? I plan to do the pancreas cleanse next. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Peace

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    Like we clearly and unequivocally explain in so many of our articles, the body is and will regulate itself and you will see this via fluctuation. Levels will be up and down and inconsistent. Your body is going to heal in its own way so if you are concerned about high levels for extended periods of time, you may want to take your meds and refrain from taking the herbs until your levels reach a level you feel safe with. You know, religion is not the only thing that requires faith. Healing requires faith too!

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    Q: Is the children's sugar buster the same as the Elixir that was talked about in the Attention Deficit Disorder Article

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    No, Beloved! They are NOT the same! Different products.

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    Q: Hi family, my blood sugar reading is 78 is this too low? If so what can you offer to help bring it to where it should be? Thanks in advance.

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    You can normalize blood sugar levels by drinking cinnamon, licorice, and Stevia herbal tea (daily). Stay away from synthetic sugars too! Drink plenty of vegetable juice as well!

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    Q: Will the unlimited fruit cause my blood sugar to raise while on the FULL BODY DETOX?

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    I humbly and respectfully submit: How could I specifically know that? How could I know what YOUR body will do? Do you understand where I'm coming from? The best way to discover anything is to do it - experience it for yourself. Your question is very legitimate, but again, how could anyone know in advance what your body will do while cleansing?

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    Q: Hi Dherbs. I'm pregnant. I've been slacking off with my diet for years now, eating just about every bad thing but pork. I had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy. Now I may have it again with my current pregnancy at 4 months. They're going to give me the 3 hr test and I know they'll try to make me take insulin. I really don't want to shoot myself with needles. It wasn't a pleasant experience last time. Anyway to make a long story short, I wanted to know if the following would be good products to work on the situation: FULL BODY DETOX SUGAR BUSTER TEA PANCREAS FORMULA Would any of these pose a problem or interact poorly with my baby? Do you suggest any other effective formula of yours to improve my glucose uptake and general health during this pregnancy?

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    I highly suggest the 10-DAY ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD CLEANSE for pregnant women. This cleanse will help to address all your needs and all health concerns. You can perform it as much as you like too! It provides great nutrition for mother and developing child.

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    Q: Thanks so much for all the wonderful info! I had a chance to look at some of your products and I like what I see. There is so much good stuff here. I just finished a 60 day sugar/fat cleanse. I basically cut out all diary, white sugar, flour, pasta, etc (I was already eating a veggie diet) I did very well with the cleanse and I want to keep it going. I lost almost 20 pounds, but I started eating a little differently, since I had some events for the past couple weeks and the weight started coming back on. I'm aware that I have a slow metabolism, but I do exercise (4 to 5x a week) and I generally eat pretty well. I have about another 40 pounds I want to loose and continue to be healthy and energetic. Also, my husband and I are also trying to have our first child. Do you have any suggestions?

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    We would recommend that you give our Full Body Cleanse a try. It will help you lose additional weight and rejuvenate your body. Once completed, try the Fertility Kit, which is a 20 Day program and regimen that consists of herbs, elixirs, affirmations, inhaler, and dietary program to help naturally enhance fertility.

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    Q: I'm doing the Full Body Cleanse and I have a few questions about it: I get tired of drinking just the distilled water and I'd like to drink the herbal teas, but I don't like it by itself. Would it mess things up to add a pack or two of Splenda to my tea or maybe honey? I can't stand the salads with the olive oil or apple cider vinegar or the lemon juice as dressing and it makes me gag. I have To have some sort of salad dressing. What kind would be suitable? Do I look for sugar-free? Or organic and natural? I found one that is organic and natural, but it has 3 grams of sugar in it. Without eating all my whole grained breads and other fiber, I haven't had much of a bowel movement in 3 days, should I wait a while yet? (I had surgery on my bowels and always had to take fiber tablets and eat lots of grains to get my bowels to move.) I haven't done the enemas yet, (low on money) should I try that? Or should I resume my fiber tablets I normally take? Any type of fiber I could add to my fruit smoothies in the morning? I want to also do the female cleanse. Is it ok to do that immediately after I finish the full body cleanse or should I wait for a little while? Thank you for all your help, I feel much better than I did before and I just started this detox a week ago, lost 10 pounds, too, woohoooooo! Thank you

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    1. Instead of splenda, use agave, stevia, or grade b maple syrup as a sweetener.

    2. In re Salad Dressing, an organic and natural one is great. You can also check our website for salad dressing recipes.

    3. The fiber pills are not part of the cleanse, so we wouldn't advise those. Fruit is you best choice of fiber so look into eating more papaya, mango, figs, etc. And yes, colonics (and enemas) would greatly help you - undoubtedly!

    4. You can do the Female Cleanse right after you finish detoxing. There's no need to wait!

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    Q: What Are Some Natural Sweet Treats (Junk Foods) I can Consume? Under free will you can consume what you like, but healthier products are best. You will find plenty of "healthier" snack, treat, and junk foods at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Food Stores, Erewhon, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, New Frontiers, etc. Just make sure to abstain from salt, sugar, and other harmful chemicals in the products you buy. We list many companies of alternative foods and products (and their website addresses) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL.

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