How to Stop Sugar Cravings Naturally with Kombucha
My cravings for sugary goodness were legendary. The candy aisle at the drugstore was Disneyland. Godiva inspired chocolategasms. Donuts and cookies and soda oh my!
When my hormones got the best of me every month, I would go into a frenzy of inhaling pastries, chocolates, and sweet (hot) tea by the gallon.
Chewy, crunchy, creamy, delicious boxes of chocolates were my favorite and always on hand.
I had one serious sugar addiction.
A candida overgrowth, nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, blood sugar dysregulation, an addictive personality, and little willpower overwhelmed my desire to be healthy and eat the foods that I knew I should be eating.
Truthfully, they still get the better of me at times but they’re now a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. Two years ago, they were a 15.
Sugar and I have a toxic relationship. When I eat it, symptoms of cystic acne, rough, rashy skin, menstrual cramps, mood fluctuations, blood sugar dysfunction, adrenal strain, fatigue, and liver congestion rear their ugly heads.
Kombucha for Sugar Cravings
Kombucha is fermented tea made with black or green tea, sugar, and a SCOBY and is effective against gut pathogens and a great energy booster.
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I have been using kombucha to battle sugar cravings for over a year now, and it works 99.8% of the time. It’s my miracle cure.
Now this advice is a rarity at Healing Redefined. It’s completely anecdotal. I have no scientific evidence to back it up. I have some theories but don’t really know the mechanism behind it. I do know that it works well for many people, including me. Amazingly well.
Love jello? Try kombucha jello!
Beat the Sugar Craving
For those of you just starting out with kombucha, start small. It’s a highly detoxifying food and can cause the body to dump toxins. For those with congested livers and compromised detox pathways, this can cause you to feel ill as the toxins build up in your system. if you’re feeling a bit of the yuck, try a detox bath.
I brew my drinking kombucha for 9 days and therapeutic kombucha for 30 days (traditional brew time).
At 9 days, most of the sugar has been consumed by the beneficial microbes and the acidity is at a proper level to enhance digestion. Therapeutic kombucha is much stronger, has little to no sugar, and contains more healing elements.
- Start with 1 teaspoon per day and take a break every 3rd day to give your body time to filter out toxins in between. Increase slowly, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you no longer have reactions.
- If you don’t notice any detoxification symptoms, you can increase the dose to anywhere between 1 tablespoon to 1 ounce at a time until you reach your optimal dose.
I usually drink 4-6 ounces of the 9 day brew or 1 ounce of the 30 day when I need to eradicate my sweet tooth.
Do you have any fail-safe natural methods for beating your sugar cravings? Share them in the comments!
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.