How Sugar Destroys Your Body & Kicking the Sugar Addiction



hey guys dr. Josh axe here welcome to ancient medicine today so excited you're here with me today we're gonna be talking about the ultimate villain when it comes to food and that is processed sugar and how that can damage and affect your health I'm going to be talking to you about the right types of sugars the wrong types of sugar I think that you want to get in or out of your diet here on a regular basis and also talk to you about how to kick your sugar addiction and hey help me spread this word because there's a lot of people that are still consuming sugar many of people who don't even realize they're getting excess sugar in their diet and they need to learn these powerful principles of how to heal the body naturally by getting excess sugar out of the diet so help me spread this message take a minute right now punch that share button click that like button let's teach the world how to use food as medicine and let's dive right in right now and talk about how to destroy your sugar addiction and what sugar does to your body which it actually destroys some of your organs if you get too much so number one disease that is related to excess sugar in your body is cardiovascular disease and heart disease now typically when people hear sugar they tend to think diabetes right excess sugar diabetes maybe weight gain other issues but think about this when you consume excess sugar it will stay in your bloodstream now your bloodstream or your arteries that's part of your cardiovascular system so that's why sugar can actually cause heart disease over time heart attacks high cholesterol plaquing of your arteries and high blood pressure but what happens is if you can to consume too much sugar some of it stays in your sugar hence the name elevated blood sugar is there's excess sugar staying in your blood now when this happens over time you have excess sugar in your blood that sugar because it's not supposed to be there for a long period of time will cause inflammation so anything that's in your bloodstream shouldn't be there whether it's toxins bad bacteria excess sugar those will cause inflammation they'll start to cause inflammation of the arteries what happens then that inflammation imagine acid eating a hole through something such are to damage the arteries then your liver actually starts producing cholesterol to go and patch and repair the damaged area causing cholesterol to build up over time but this may or may not surprise you but sugar one of the number one causes today of heart disease high cholesterol high blood pressure so if you know somebody who loves somebody and they're struggling with heart disease related issues make sure you tell them get off the sugar because it's a main causative factor when it comes to heart disease alright number two here and a FLD that's non-alcoholic fatty liver disease now we tend to think of the liver and gallbladder is dealing with fat right so your liver and gallbladder deal with fat well as I mentioned earlier in relation to cardiovascular disease if you consume a lot of sugar your liver has to continue to produce cholesterol over time it can overtax the liver and really many forms of sugar your body really sees as a toxin so your liver is responsible for detoxing not just heavy metals not just environmental pollutants and pesticides and chemicals and other things in part it's responsible for dealing with sugar especially unnatural sugar like high fructose corn syrup and causes inflammation of your liver so non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is really a growing problem especially in older men it can be a major issue but it can be an issue in women even younger people to where you start building up this excess fat around the liver that will cause disease in the area and affect its function and your liver again responsible for detoxification for healing and repair of your arteries it's responsible for digestion of fats along with the gallbladder so it is critical for so many different things but sugar causes major inflammation of the liver causing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or liver disease if you know somebody that's struggling with liver disease make sure they know get the sugar out of your diet and by the way if you're with me on this and you know that far too many people are getting excess sugar in their diet take a minute right now punch the I share button click that like button lets help me spread the word we are live right now leaky gut syndrome now leaky gut is something I actually covered in great detail in my book called eat dirt also I've covered many of these topics on my website dr. axe com in fact if you just look up leaky gut online or leaky gut syndrome you'll probably find some articles I've written on this topic but leaky gut syndrome it's really the root cause of a lot of disease today you know if you look back if you go back over 2,000 years ago Hippocrates said all disease begins in the gut so if your person right now struggling with an issues such as Hashimoto's disease or hypothyroidism adrenal fatigue anxiety depression children struggling with ADHD autism Asperger syndrome or a number of other health-related could basically today skin issues like excellent psoriasis malabsorption of certain vitamins and minerals all of these are related to leaky gut now here's how sugar causes leaky gut your body or these microbes that live within your gut which are really an organ themselves so you have your gut you your gut wall surrounding and living in your entire gut or a lot of microbes you've got good bacteria like probiotics you've got bad bacteria you've got certain types of fungi and yeasts and different things growing within our system that really should actually help us in digestion and absorption and so many different things what happens is if you get too much of a certain type of you know sugar in your diet and microbes can feed off many different things microbes can feed off of different types of sugars they can feed off of something called um well certain types of fiber such as soluble fiber also known as prebiotic fiber or starches so different microbes like different things so certain more the beneficial microbes really like to feed off of this type of fiber that's found in things like Tiger nut flour and potatoes and bananas and things like that so they'll feed off of soluble fiber well what happens is if you can consume too much sugar that's what yeast and Candida and certain types of microbes love to feed off of so if you're getting a lot of sugar in your it will build up lots in lots and lots of yeast in Candida which will then actually cause you know that whiteness on your tongue it will cause nutrient malabsorption and also will actually even could produce poisons themselves that will start eating through your gut lining causing the leaky gut syndrome which then can cause a cascade of other diseases and over time even autoimmune disease so I know that was kind of a lengthy process I brought you through but here's the fact excess sugar intake if you're consuming too much sugar or carbohydrates on a daily basis it will cause leaky gut syndrome which can cause autoimmune issues chronic pain and arthritis even start affecting the brain over time in many other conditions so if you really want to heal leaky gut one of those key steps is get sugar out of the diet step four here metabolic diseases now this could be many things oftentimes this is referred to as syndrome X pre-diabetes or diabetes or other endocrine related diseases as well but metabolic diseases especially will throw diabetes as part of that or syndrome X as part of that can be an issue so I think that goes without saying but you know diabetes is one of the fastest-growing diseases today especially in kids in fact more people are getting it than ever before and even certain issues related to dementia Alzheimer's has even been called type 3 diabetes and even been relate to metabolic disease so really from protecting your brain to your pancreas to all of your organs you got to get the excess sugar out of the diet a few other conditions now this is a big one certain types of cancers can be fed by too much sugar consumption in the body you know one of the most popular diets that's growing out there today is the ketogenic diet now the ketogenic diet is where you get rid of the sugar and your body stops burning sugar for energy and because you only have about five percent of your diet sugar on that diet and you start eating a lot of protein I start eating a lot of fat and small amounts of protein as well so really your diet is almost all fat some protein and a very very small amount of carbohydrates maybe it's 80% that may be 15% protein and 5% 5% carbohydrate so it's a very low carb diet but what happens is it turns your body into a fat burner where your body is no longer burning sugar for energy it's burning ketone bodies or fat for energy which overall has been proven to potentially benefit patients with cancer people with Alzheimer's disease people that want to lose weight very quickly diabetic patients and a number of other people who are struggling with issues related to that gut brain connection or excess body fat there as well but certain cancers we know feed off of sugar so one of the greatest things you can do to fight cancer naturally is get rid of sugar now a small amount of berries let's say bowl of blueberries on a daily basis or a cup that's going to be fine for most people but in general getting rid of all excess sugar especially Prussia processed sugar one of the number-one steps in fighting cancer naturally by the way if you've heard of the ketogenic diet or ever done it yourself hey let me know that right now in facebook live here or YouTube live I'd love to hear from you guys if you've done the ketogenic diet also if you've heard or seen people that have cut sugar out of their diet and it helped them with maybe cancer or lose weigh or diabetes or another type of disease I'd love to hear your comments right now here live all right depression as I talked about earlier there is this gut brain connection two things to consider with excess sugar consumption one is that affects your hormones you know when you get insulin spikes so insulin is a hormone that really helps support your blood sugar but what happens is you have something in your body cut insulin receptor sites and if you consume too much sugar you literally start to burn those receptor sites out to where now sugar stage in your bloodstream and you have more of these spikes in blood sugar levels and you've experienced this right you went you ate a bunch of carbs and you know an hour later you're like in this carb coma and exhausted wiped out you felt like taking a nap versus hey have you ever fasted or you know you went and worked out this morning or just eating a real light breakfast or empty stomach you are just like completely energized well one of the things that can be linked to depression clinically and there's Studies on this is fatigue if somebody is chronically fatigued or just gets tired or you're experiencing that crash you can get moody irritable have a little anxiety depression that's very common when you experience those glucose or sugar spikes there in the body so that can be related to depression as can as we talked about earlier leaky gut syndrome you can to assume too much sugar bad microbes or bad bacteria build up in the body you don't have enough good bacteria when that happens you have malabsorption so you may not be absorbing vitamin b12 right or magnesium or vitamins and minerals that actually help support your brain and mood and also if you have leaky gut proteins can circulate causing inflammation of the brain leading to depression as well so listen you want to fight depression one big tip is go sugar-free alright let's talk about added sugar aliases anything ending in oh so lactose that's a sugar from Dairy galactose is another sugar sucrose okay staying away from those OSes is a good idea when it comes to getting rid of sugar corn syrup now I want to mention this obviously there's corn syrup there's high fructose corn syrup you know the other thing is just sugar in general I think that's obvious but if something says sugar or cane sugar staying away from that as well in most cases also we've got things on here like nectar you know nectar that can be different types of honey the issue today is most honey is not real honey in fact 77% of honey you buy in the store has no pollen no nutrients it's been highly pasteurized so now it's going to have an even harder effect on your blood sugar levels mult syrup molasses I'd even add some other things Dior brown rice sugar is another thing a lot of people will do as a lot of these syrups you know not just that maple syrup there's another example so different types of syrups you'll see here as well and in coconut sugar and people may say well isn't coconut sugar healthier maple syrup yes they absolutely are but you want to be careful with all sugar in general and there are two types of sweeteners I'll mention at the end that I think are better than others actually might add a third one there so here's the thing is sugar is not evil it's not the root of all evil I know there's people at that promotes certain diets that say all sugar is bad all the time that's simply not true but too much sugar absolutely is and for some people you may want to go almost sugar-free including low to no fruit for a period of 30 to 90 days to sort of help your body detox and transform the way your body's functioning like a ketogenic diet that's not a good diet to do for years at a time but for a 30 to 90 day period it can be absolutely transformative to many people's house all right also so sugar addiction let's talk about how do you kick the sugar addiction one of those keys is bouncing out hormones like insulin ghrelin and leptin in the body number one step get more clean proteins in your diet on a daily basis this could be wild caught fish grass-fed beef organic chicken and chicken and turkey organic eggs bone broth or a protein powder that comes from bone broth those are some of the best foods to kick a sugar addiction protein that's going to help balance things out indulge in fats you know avocados almond butter as we talked about wild caught salmon olive oil different types of nuts and sneeze seeds you can snack on load up on the healthy fats every single day coconut milk products you know coconut oil indulge in healthy fats is key to kicking that sugar addiction the next thing here is up your fiber intake you know fiber as well will help with balancing out the good bacteria within your colon which can help fight sugar addiction so again more high-fiber foods some of my favorite our berries like raspberries are very very high in fiber I green leafy vegetables are high cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage and cauliflower avocados are actually not only high in healthy fat but also really high in fiber so think vegetables nuts and seeds and in fruit or berries specifically those are gonna be your highest fiber foods to get on a daily basis and then sour foods embrace the power of sour you know whether it's lemons limes grapefruits or great green apples apple cider vinegar on your food sauerkraut you know doing anything that's that sour in nature reduces sweet and sugar cravings and I would recommend this if you want to get rid of sugar addiction you want to eat a lot of sour and bitter foods so sour and bitter help reduce those cravings for those sweet foods that so many people have hear on a regular basis so here's what to do instead if you want to kick that sugar addiction number one thing you could switch to is stevia that's green leaf stevia doing that in small amounts on a daily basis now I want to mention this I don't recommend doing stevia in high doses like every meal all day long because your body is expecting something sweet but but doing it subtly on occasion I think stevia is fine and good the other one here is switched to manuka honey now really just about a loaded teaspoon at a time and that's the thing here listen sweeteners are meant to be used sparingly as it says in Proverbs in the Bible you know doing some sweeteners like a raw honey really one of the most natural sweeteners out there is fine and moderation for most people getting fruit is similar you know the honey really in terms of what you're getting or even using dates as a natural sweetener dates can be a good sweetener so again a little sweetness you know once a day or twice a day is fine you just don't want to go overboard for most of us we have so many carbs and so much sugar that we are overloading the body causing chronic inflammation that can lead to fatty liver disease cardiovascular disease leaky gut depression cancer arthritis in chronic pain syndromes and so many other chronic health conditions out there today so stevia manuka honey probably two of the best sweeteners to use on a regular basis and again manuka honey just a teaspoon a small amount there is going to be one of the most effective things you can do so again as we talked about here are some things you want to hear some diseases excess sugar consumption can cause here are some things that are hidden sugar sources and I would also mention white bread you know a lot of those in wheat bread doing too many carbohydrates remember those turn into sugar over time and to kick the addiction follow these six steps as well and by the way if you've enjoyed this live training do me a favor more people need to know about the damaging side effects of excess sugar consumption even healthy sugar such as cane sugar on a regular basis can even damage your body so take a minute right now punch that share button click that like button help me spread the word that food is medicine and also remember every week 10:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday Central Time we're coming you with here with Facebook live and YouTube live so I love that you guys could join me here today and be part of this mission of teaching the world that food is medicine hey this has been me dr. Josh axe talking about how sugar destroys your body and some tips to kick the addiction

29 comments

  1. YES!! ✔️ Cut out the p processed sugar ..❌🚫 you will not only lose weight but you will feel great!✅

  2. I tried so many times to go off of refined sugar, and I could not do it until I started a keto diet. I am still relatively new to keto, and have fallen off twice, but I feel much less fatigue now that I'm eating low carb. I am also off of caffeine, cold turkey, no headaches.

  3. I am preparing to go on the ketogenic lifestyle BUT I am sooo addicted to sugar. So thank you for this video. It will help a lot

  4. Dr. Alex, thank you so much for your videos! Yes, I will click share! And yess, food is medicine ✋
    You done a wonderful job explaining health risk, and packing in the tools we can use to fight back!
    Have every symptom you described about the leaky gut, been fighting it with kombucha, yogurt, but did not suspect sugar 😱
    Thank you for giving us the information so we know how to make better choices! After two decades of "fats make you fat" who would have known they actually make you healthy?

  5. Sugar like everything else we eat can be bad for some people and cause no harm to others we need to stop over eating I lost ,, 25 pounds and did not cut out sugar I stopped buying sweets sold in stores I make my own cakes and deserts when I use sugar I do not use salt deserts sold in stores have a lot of salt the combination of sugar and salt make people fat and very unhealthy chocolate candies have salt salt is in everything we buy because it help the product last longer on the grocery shelves

  6. My son in law has lost 145 lbs. He took two insulin shots a day now takes non. Yes looking amazing! They are doing an local interview on him as the biggest kisser on keto. My daughter has lost 50 lbs. Blessings to you thanks for your work

  7. I believe that cutting as much sugar as possible out of my diet and eating fruit based diet has stopped cancer growth in my body I have been clear for about one year

  8. 1) EATING CLEAN PROTEIN
    2) EATING HEALTY FATS
    3) EAT MORE FIBER
    4)EAT SOUR/ BITTER FOODS
    5) USE SWEETNERS SPARINGLY

  9. Im trying. I just cannot give up fresh fruit or frozen no sugar added fruit. I hope that’s ok. I buy the lowest sugar yogurt I can find and dilute it with plain Greek yogurt to make it even less sugar.

  10. Doing Keto for going on 3 years. I also do intermittent fasting, 20/4 – 22/2 every day. I'm 53 and I'm healthier than I've ever been.

  11. Check out Trim Healthy Mama plan. Meals are protein centered, and pair with either natural carbs or fats. No sugar. Very manageable.

  12. Thank you Dr. Ash for writing you wonderful book "Eat Dirt"
    I have taken so very much from it!
    I know my Heavenly Father wouldn't give his children something so bad as an Autoimune diseas and not have a way to cure it. It's simple, by consuming the right foods and eliminating others.
    When I was reaised there was always some kind of medication to take that would help. Then I came down with an Autoimune disease and the medison was non existanct. The correct food was and always has been in front of us all along.
    Im so thankful that I came across your book as well as your youTube chanel.
    Thanks once again,
    Len LeVasseur

  13. I know you're not live anymore but I just wanted you to know I cut 30 lb by going on the keto diet but the best part was the way it affected my mood. I feel like it did wonders for my depression

  14. Autism is NOT a disease. Asperger's syndrome is DEFINITELY NOT a disease. Of course there are so many prejudices against autistic people, if such disinformation is made.

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