Increased belly fat, low energy, organ failure, and even mental decline1 have now ALL been linked to one thing, and this dangerous “health culprit” may be harder to avoid than you think — because it’s everywhere!

Sugar

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Americans consume more than triple their recommended sugar intake2 — and it’s having a massive effect on their health.

Cutting sugar out of your diet can be incredibly difficult, but the results are worth the work. Reducing sugar intake can cause:

  • Improved energy
  • Sharper mental focus
  • Stronger muscles and joints
  • Increased endurance

So why would our bodies crave something so bad for us? Well, it turns out the main reason we crave sugar — the ultimate source of empty calories — actually isn’t our fault. Because according to brain scans, sugar is highly addictive. And when taken in excess, sugar is just as habit-forming as cigarettes and illegal substances like cocaine.How could sugar be the same as a drug? Yet after going over the statistics, it actually makes A LOT of sense. You see, the more sugar we eat, the more our brains rely on sugar. And as our cravings grow, our brains actually go through the same high-stress withdrawal symptoms as an addict.

It’s a vicious cycle. By giving in to these cravings, not only are we playing into an unhealthy pattern — we’re hurting our health, too.

Here are“3 Sugar-Craving Stoppers” to specifically reduce sugar intake — and all its unhealthy consequences — in YOUR life:

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Sugar-Craving Stopper #1: Cold Water Splash

This technique may sound simple, but it’s actually backed by the science of your nervous system.

You see, splashing your face, neck, and ears with cold water stimulates the Vagus Nerve — also known as the “Big Nerve” — that connects your brain to your digestive tract.

And “activating” this nerve triggers feelings of satisfaction in your brain, which lead to greatly reduced appetite — especially for unhealthy, sugary foods.4

In fact, in a study of obese participants, vagus nerve stimulation helped the test subjects lose, on average, 15 pounds.5

And amazingly, the weight stayed off for years… without any diet or exercise!

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Sugar-Craving Stopper #2: Tapping

According to Harvard Medical School, your body is covered in “pressure points” directly linked to increased appetite, especially for sugar.

So the next time a sugary craving hits, spend just a few minutes lightly “tapping” these areas with your fingers:

  • Forehead
  • Chin
  • Collarbone
  • Eyebrow
  • Side of Eye

In a groundbreaking study of 194 people, regular “tapping” helped the subjects cut cravings by an incredible 83%.6

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Sugar-Craving Stopper #3: Spot Jogging

Don’t have time to hit the treadmill? Spot jogging — or running in place — is a quick and easy way to get your blood flowing, and knock your sugar cravings down.

You see, running in place for just 30 seconds will boost serotonin — the “happiness hormone.” And when your serotonin is pumping, you’re far less likely to crave sweet, sugary foods.

In fact, in one human study published in the Journal of Neural Transmission, increased serotonin not only helped people feel greatly reduced appetite — on average it cut their caloric intake by nearly 20%.7

Or in other words, if you consume 2,000 calories a day, that’s like shaving 400 calories off your daily intake… just by boosting your serotonin with spot jogging!

Unfortunately, sugar is everywhere. But thanks to new research, the more we understand just how bad sugar is for our bodies,the more we can start living healthier, happier lives.

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2. Ervin, R.B., & Ogden, C.L. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). NCHS Data Brief, No. 122: Consumption of Added Sugars Among U.S. Adults, 2005–2010.
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4. Uvnäs-Moberg K. (1994). Role of efferent and afferent vagal nerve activity during reproduction: integrating function of oxytocin on metabolism and behaviour. Psychoneuroendocrinology 19, 687–695 10.1016/0306-4530(94)90050-7.
5. Pardo J. V., Sheikh S. A. (2007). Weight loss during chronic, cervical vagus nerve stimulation in depressed patients with obesity: an observation. International Journal of Obesity 31, 1756-9.
6. Church, D., Brooks, A. The Effect of a Brief EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Self-Intervention on Anxiety, Depression, Pain and Cravings in Healthcare Workers. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal. (2010).
7. Ceci F., Cangiano C., Cairella M., Cascino A., Del Ben M., Muscaritoli M., … Rossi Fanelli F. (1989). The effects of oral 5‐hydroxytryptophan administration on feeding behavior in obese adult female subjects. Journal of Neural Transmission, 6, 109–117.