How Bad Can Sugar Be?

By: Deanna Snyder, RN Saturday October 3, 2020 comments


Did you know that the average American consumes about 152 pounds of sugar a year! That breaks down to roughly 22 teaspoons a day for each person in America.


High sugar intake has been directly related to obesity, type 2 diabetes, dementia, depression, ADHD, acne, heart disease, infertility, and impotence. 


The sad truth is that sugar addiction is not an emotional disorder - sugar cravings are a biological disorder, fueled by the body’s hormones and neurotransmitters. This often leads to uncontrolled eating, which in turn gives cause to the reason why nearly 70 percent of Americans are considered overweight. 


Sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine and heroin.  It lights up the brain on scans the same way these drugs do.  In my personal opinion, sugar is worse than tobacco.


Aside from the toll sugar takes on your health, here are some other ways sugar affects you negatively:

Sugar affects motivation by reducing dopamine, the motivation neurochemical in your brain.


Brain Fog
Sugar causes brain fog by spiking the hormone insulin, which gives you the rush after you eat sugar. The spike, then, leads to a crash as your insulin plummets.


Consuming sugar only provides temporary satisfaction, which can lead to overeating as we try to satiate by eating more.


Teeth Health
High sugar consumption causes tooth decay.

Now that you have read some of the scary truths about sugar consumption, the best way to see for yourself the effect sugar is having on your body and mind is to try cutting it out for at least 10 days.  You will have withdrawal symptoms of being irritated, nausea and a headache.  This is normal.  Once you get on the other side, you will feel better!


Before you start a detox, it is a good idea to have a plan in place, because the cravings will be shockingly strong for the first few days. Here are some steps to follow to help get you ready:


Get in the Right Mindset
Prepare yourself by making the decision to clear your body of sugar. This is important because you won’t have success if you don’t set your mind to it.


Eat a Healthy Diet
Focus on eating healthy carbs, proteins, and fats. Eating healthily will help you feel better as your body starts its detox.


Build New Routines
It is hard to stop any addictive behavior cold turkey, so to soften the withdraw it is best to approach for your detox by gearing up with small changes to your routine, such as cutting cream and sugar from your morning coffee or cutting down on any beverages with sugar throughout the day.


Throw Out the Sugar
Essential Get rid of all the candies and sweets you have in your pantry. Remember to look at the labels for hidden sugar.  If it's not there, you can't eat it!


There is help!
dōTERRA Essential Oils such as Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Lemon and doTERRA's Metabolic Blend can help with these cravings, balance your blood sugar, and help with weight loss. 


Dr. Maritza Snyder's Sugar Cravings Be-Gone Blend

  • 2 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 1 drop Peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop Lemon essential oil


  • Add essential oils to an ultrasonic cold water diffuser.  Run for 30 minutes to 1 hour OR
  • OR, apply 1-2 drops to palms, rub together, inhale 3-5 deep belly breaths for instant sugar-craving support!

This blend is a lifesaver for anyone looking to avoid sugar during times when cravings ar high. Breathing this blend is the best way to curb cravings and boost energy in a matter of minutes. 


Eat less sugar, you are sweet enough already!


Until the next time,

🌿Be Well, de😊 

☮️ Peace. 💚 Love. 💦Oils. 

#DeannaSnyder #BeWellEssentials

Deanna Snyder, RN

About the Author: Deanna Snyder, RN

Deanna is a seasoned registered nurse who specialized in adult critical care, is certified as a health coach, Reiki & ARōMATOUCH practitioner. She is a wellness advocate and community volunteer.  With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Deanna will take you on a journey of health, wellness, and vitality as you crowd out old habits and replace them with natural, safe and effective alternatives.