The Most Important Principles for Staying Young: Sweet Solutions to Sugar Addiction

21 Jul

Our basic premise is that your body is amazing.  You get a do over. It doesn’t take that long, and it isn’t that hard if you know what to do.  In these notes, we give you a short course in what to do so it becomes easy for you, and for you to teach others. We want you to know how much control you have over both the quality and length of your life.

Nearly 13% of North American adults’ caloric intake comes from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar. That adds up to 152 pounds (~69 kg) of sugars a year — that’s another whole person! No wonder so many people are fighting obesity, metabolic disorders, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Ever since the book Sugar Blues came out in 1975, researchers have debated if sugar really can trigger an addiction’s “gotta-have-it-and-have-it-now” response.

Now it seems it really does. Scientists at MIT say mice will cross an electrified zone to get to sugar even when they’re completely full and eating the sugar stimulated the same areas of the brain in the same manner as other addictive substances (both legal and illegal). So, if you have a sweet tooth that just won’t quit, it’s time to use proven detox methods. Talk to your doctor about reducing your sugar intake and/or set up an appointment with a nutritionist or coach (check out Dr. Mike’s Cleveland Clinic Wellness Center online) who can offer you nutritional guidelines, emotional support, and a plan. Get a buddy to do the added-sugar elimination with you so you can offer each other support and cook healthy foods together.

Thanks for reading. And feel free to send questions—to, and some of them we may know enough to answer (we’ll try to get answers for you if we do not know).

Young Dr. Mike Roizen (aka, The Enforcer)

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