How to Kill Your Sugar Addiction Naturally | Dr. Josh Axe
Hey guys. Dr. Axe here from draxe.com. I want
to talk to you today about how to overcome
food cravings and sugar cravings naturally,
and this is something that so many people
In fact, when I interviewed some of my patients
and asked them, what makes you go off a diet
or crash on a diet? Pretty much every one
of them said, well the biggest thing for me
was that I started craving sugar.
This is something that is kind of a big roadblock
for anybody that is trying to lose weight,
burn fat, get fit. You maybe can stick on
it for a day or two or maybe for a few weeks
and finally, the cravings for the sugar or
especially the carbohydrates like pastas and
breads and grains and cookies just overcomes
And so in this video I’m going to go step
by step, the four steps you need to follow
if you want to overcome sugar cravings naturally.
It really starts with diet, and the first
thing you have to do is you have to start
adding in foods that balance out blood sugar
levels and help balance out insulin. Now insulin
is a hormone in your body that really works
with your pancreas that really helps balance
those blood sugar levels and it’s really the
main issue that diabetics have.
Either they’re not absorbing, or their insulin
receptor sites aren’t working properly, or
their body’s not producing enough insulin.
But if you want to overcome these sugar cravings,
you’ve got to work with insulin, and so you’ve
got to keep your blood sugar level stable.
In order to do that there are three things
you must add into your diet and every single
meal you eat. You need more healthy fat, protein,
and fiber. And those three things will help
balance out those blood sugar levels. They’ll
actually help keep you full longer, and help
you overcome sugar cravings.
Some of the best foods in terms of protein
are going to be protein sources like organic
grass fed beef, wild chicken and turkey, free
range eggs. Even fermented dairy products,
raw cheeses, eggs.
Those are really going to help getting good
quality protein, and even organic protein
powder like grass-fed whey protein. But getting
more protein in your diet is a great way to
balance out those blood sugar levels to reduce
The next thing, healthy fats. Doing more nuts
and seeds like sprouted chia and flax seeds
are amazing. Almonds are a great source of
fat, coconut oil, avocados, ghee or clarified
butter. So butter is great. Getting more healthy
fat is crucial to balancing out those blood
And last but not least, getting more fiber.
Your best sources of fiber are going to be
from vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as
berries. So getting those in your diet. But
remember, every meal you want to reduce sugar
cravings, protein, healthy fat, and fiber.
What this may look like for breakfast is you
may do a super food smoothie, and add in a
couple tablespoons of sprouted chia or flax
meal to get all of that extra fiber and the
protein there as well. A scoop of whey protein
to increase your protein and then some coconut
milk or oil.
You’re getting those healthy fats. If you
can do those in a morning smoothie, that’s
going to help keep you fuller longer.
Step number two. If you want to overcome sugar
and food cravings, you’ve got to get the sugar
and grains out of your diet. It’s kind of
like a vicious cycle. The more sugar you eat,
the more your body starts to crave it. The
first couple of days are the hardest.
What I would encourage you to do is slowly
wean yourself off the sugar, and then find
some healthy replacements that help satisfy
the sweet craving. Add some organic stevia
powder or stevia leaf into your diet and doing
that with tea. Doing some tea during the day
with some stevia is a great thing to kind
of help with that sort of sweet craving you
As I said earlier, doing the smoothie for
breakfast. You can do the protein powder that
flavored can also help. But again, get the
sugar and a lot of the grains and starches
out. That’s step number two.
Step number three is taking the right supplements
that will help balance out blood sugar levels.
Specifically, there is a trace mineral called
chromium which is incredible, especially if
you are a diabetic. But taking 200 micrograms
of chromium picolinate three times a day can
really help steady out your blood sugar levels.
What you may consider doing is going online
and find high quality chromium supplement
and actually taking that with your meal three
times a day can help balance out blood sugar
levels, reduce sugar cravings.
Also B vitamins help. Taking a high quality
B-complex vitamin can help you overcome sugar
cravings. Especially, vitamin B12 and vitamin
B6. So taking a B complex vitamin. And those
area really some of the top ones.
The third would be a probiotic supplement.
Probiotic supplements help reduce sugar cravings
because they help get rid of yeast in your
system, and yeast and bad bacteria feed off
of sugar. The probiotics are going to help
keep that yeast balanced in the body.
So again, the best supplements are going to
be doing a high quality chromium supplements,
a B-complex supplement, and a probiotic supplement
if you want to reduce those sugar cravings
fast. Also getting a quality fiber supplement
or just adding a few tablespoons of sprouted
flax and chia into your diet are also fantastic.
And last but not least, start doing the right
type of exercise. Now, actually doing a lot
of cardiovascular exercise will cause you
to crave sugar versus doing weight training
exercise or isometric exercises. Barre classes
or yoga or Pilates can actually help stabilize
blood sugar and it won’t cause you to crave
as many carbohydrates.
But ideally, you would do weight training
or burst training, which is interval cardio,
but stop doing long distance cardio like running
or triathalons or things like that. That actually
will cause your body to start craving sugar.
So doing some basic weight training, yoga,
Pilates, or as I said, burst training. Those
actually help balance out blood sugar levels
and keep you from having sugar cravings.
So if you follow those four steps I laid out,
you are going to see major improvements in
overcoming your sugar cravings naturally.
Hey guys this has been Dr. Axe talking about
how to naturally overcome your sugar cravings.
By the way, if you want to learn more on how
to overcome those, visit draxe.com. I have
an article on my site on how to naturally
overcome candida, which is a major cause of
sugar cravings and food cravings.
So just go to draxe.com, search candida, and
you can find my in depth article there. Hey
thanks for watching guys.