The Stages of Sugar Withdrawal

Sugar is Highly Addictive, Break the Habit With Stevia

Hello, dear reader, and welcome back to the SoPure Stevia blog! If you’ve been keeping up with our blog posts these past few months, you have probably noticed a similar theme: sugar is bad. As one of the world’s leading providers of stevia and stevia extracts, we here at SoPure Stevia have a lot of feelings in relation to the amount of sugar that the average person consumes in a day. Too often, people consume massive amounts of sugar, forcing their body to deal with all of the ramifications that come with consuming large amounts of sugar. Sometimes, however, people come to the realization that eating a lot of sugar is a bad thing without even reading our blogs. We congratulate those people on their positive dietary choice and in today’s post we are going to cover some information that may be pertinent to them. In today’s post, we are going to go over the withdrawal symptoms of sugar and what you can expect when you decide to eliminate sugar from your diet and replace it with SoPure Stevia. Continue reading below to learn more.

Stevia can Help You Beat Your Sugar Addiction

While the average person is largely unaware of this fact, the majority of people in the United States today are addicted to sugar. While a sugar addiction is not as serious an addiction as other substances, there are still negative side effects. Additionally, when people try to eliminate excessive sugar from their system they are likely to experience withdrawals. Below, we have listed the stages of sugar withdrawal and what you can expect when you cut out sugar.

  • Stage 1: At this stage, your body is feeling fine. At this point, your body isn’t aware of the fact that it won’t be getting its sugar fix anytime soon and you feel like you can handle this purge with ease. Enjoy this stage, it isn’t going to last.
  • Stage 2: During this stage, your body is starting to figure out that something is wrong. Your body knows that it is missing something that it normally has and, quite frankly, it’s starting to get a little tense. At this point, you may start to notice that you are craving sugary foods such as soda, candy, cookies and any other form of sweet, sweet sugar. This will be the first stage to test your willpower and is a great time to start utilizing stevia. The sweet taste will help to distract your brain from the fact that it is no longer getting its fructose fix.
  • Stage 3: At this point, your body is fully aware that you are not giving it a substance that it feels that it needs to properly function. As revenge, you will start to experience headaches. These headaches are typically not strong, however, they are dull and persistent. Headaches from sugar withdrawal typically only last a few days and it is important during this period that you drink a lot of water. If the headaches become too much, an over-the-counter pain reliever can be used to take away the edge.
  • Stage 4: Although this stage doesn’t happen for everyone, sometimes people will experience aches and pains that are similar to the flu when trying to cut sugar out of their diet. Again, because the body is technically going through withdrawals, withdrawal symptoms such as muscle and joint pain can occur. If you’re feeling achy and out of sorts, we suggest taking a bath with Epsom salt to help alleviate pain.
  • Stage 5: At this point in your sugar detox, your brain wants nothing more than heaping spoon fulls of sugar. Between the headaches, body aches, and a general sense of uneasiness, you may experience some mood swings. While these mood swings are entirely understandable, it is important to remember that they are temporary. If the mood swings become too much, it helps to have people around you to support you when you don’t even feel like supporting yourself.
  • Stage 6: With your body almost completely through the process of withdrawal, you are likely to experience one more symptom: shakes. Mild tremors have been linked to stress and blood sugar drops, two things that quitting sugar provide in spades. If the tremors are hitting you hard, it probably means that your blood sugar is particularly low. We suggest having a snack or drinking some herbal tea until the tremors subside.
  • Stage 7: At this stage, you have finally done it. You have navigated the uncomfortable waters of sugar withdrawal and come out on the other side. This point takes time to reach, varying from days to weeks depending on how much sugar you were used to consuming in a day. At this point, you should feel like your normal self only brighter and more clear headed. You’ve successfully eliminated sugar cravings, blood sugar fluctuations, and sugar-related slumps from your life.

We hope that this blog post has been informative and that you feel more knowledgeable about what happens when you cut sugar from your life. If you would like to eliminate sugar from your diet, but are afraid to give up all your favorite sweet treats, contact us today at SoPure Stevia. Through the use of our stevia extracts, you can have all of the sweetening power of sugar without any of the negative side effects. Contact us today and let us help you live a healthier, happier life.