This Is Exactly What Happens to Your Body on Sugar

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I've successfully given up both gluten and dairy, but I still struggle with quitting sugar. It's not for a lack of trying. Giving up sugar is absolutely the hardest health-advised food elimination I have ever attempted. Even though I am both an avid listener and an eager student when it comes to health and wellness, I still find it hard to kick the craving to this day.

The thing is, I really do want to cut out sugar. Linked to cavities, concentration problems, candida, energy crashes, and even cancer, the sweetest component of our diet really is disastrous for our health. Especially when learning about the rampant "sugar epidemic" hidden in processed foods, it can be easy to start feeling defeated—but hold off just a sec.

Even without successfully "quitting sugar," there are manageable changes you can make to your diet to minimize sugar's damaging effects. Enter Josh Axe, DNM, CNS, DC, founder of Ancient Nutrition and DrAxe.com. First, the holistic health expert explains exactly what happens to the body on sugar. But so as not to leave you in a state of fear and panic, he makes a few functional suggestions that are way more helpful than, "Stop eating sugar."

Warning: After reading this, a sugar cleanse will be your New Year's resolution in 2019.