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Goodbye, Sugar Cravings! What Drives Sugar Cravings and How to Overcome Them

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Are sugar cravings simply a matter of willpower?

As it turns out, your daily sugar fix may have more to with biochemistry than desire.

Anyone whose inner ecology is out of balance will crave:

  • Sugar
  • Breads
  • Dairy
  • Fruit

Your inner ecology is made up of bacteria, yeasts, cells that line the intestinal wall, and cells that make up the immune system.

When the inner ecology of your gut is in a state of balance, good bacteria and beneficial yeast thrive.

When we eat sugar, we literally feed the Candida yeast and other harmful microorganisms living in the gastrointestinal tract.

They work synergistically with your intestinal cells, soothing away areas of inflammation. They also contribute to your digestive fire and help to detoxify poisons from the gut.

When the inner ecology is out of balance, this harmonious environment breaks down.

Once your inner ecology begins to deteriorate, the gut becomes wounded. And two things may happen:

  1. Candida overgrowth can take over your appetite.
  2. Nutritional deficiencies can develop.

Both Candida overgrowth and nutritional deficiencies can feed a voracious appetite—particularly one that demands sugar!

Candida Overgrowth Fuels Sugar Cravings

Candida overgrowth and nutritional deficiencies can fuel limitless sugar cravings. Even worse, eating too much sugar can damage your digestive system and immune system.

Candida is yeast that is normally present in the gastrointestinal tract.

In order to maintain a healthy inner ecosystem, good bacteria compete with Candida for space within the gut. This competitive environment keeps Candida overgrowth in check. If there are not enough good bacteria in the gut (for example, after antibiotic use), Candida can quickly grow and overtake its environment.

When we eat sugar, we literally feed the Candida yeast and other harmful microorganisms living in the gastrointestinal tract. (1) Foods that contain sugar include bready foods, sweet desserts, fruit, and even starchy vegetables. According to the Body Ecology Principles, sugar is expanding in nature. Without proper balance, it can drive the body into an acidic and pro-inflammatory state.

In other words, a diet full of sugar can damage your inner ecology. The more sugar that you binge on, the more you feed Candida overgrowth. The more Candida overgrowth you have, the more you crave sugar. It's a vicious cycle.

Too much sugar does not only damage the digestive system. It also damages the immune system. Research tells us that when you eat too much sugar, you throw your immune response system out of balance. (2)

Because sugar damages your immune response system, the body is not able to stop the growth of aggressive microorganisms like Candida. Once the immune system is thrown out of balance, Candida yeast is more likely to irritate the intestinal wall, destroy the inner ecosystem of the gut, and move into the bloodstream.

Nutritional Deficiencies Drive Us to Eat Sweets

When the inner ecology of the gut is damaged, the cells of the intestine become inflamed. We end up absorbing very little from the food that we eat.

The cells of the intestine lose their ability to do work. This means that food might sit stagnant in the small intestine, where it ferments and putrefies. The large intestine may lose motility, or the ability to move. Most importantly, the wall of the intestines becomes irritated and leaky.

A leaky gut allows large particles of food, toxins from bacteria, and Candida to pass into the bloodstream. When the gut wall is healthy, these particles, toxins, and yeast remain in the digestive tract.

Unfortunately, Candida overgrowth does not just happen in the gut, the mouth, and the birth canal. It can happen anywhere in the body.

Candida yeast can steal the small amount of sugar that your cells need for energy. This leaves you feeling exhausted. As much as you may try to give your body the raw materials that it needs to produce energy, when there is systemic Candida overgrowth you never feel quite right.

This could mean:

  • Constant infections and allergies
  • Reoccurring skin disorders
  • Brain fog
  • Bloated belly and gas
  • Joint pain
  • Insatiable hunger
  • Need for caffeine
  • Constant low energy

How to Get Over Sugar Cravings in 3 Steps

Before tackling any nutrient deficiencies, always address Candida overgrowth first.

If you have Candida overgrowth, feeding the body the best foods possible can be like refilling a bucket that has a gaping hole. No matter how often you go for water—even the highest quality water—your bucket will always be dry. Unless you fix the leak.

Sometimes, removing all sweet foods from the diet is too shocking to handle. After a lifetime of eating sweets, we can be emotionally and biochemically addicted to sugary foods.

Go easy on yourself. In 2008, one study found that sugar affects opioids and dopamine in the brain. These are the same neurochemicals that are involved in heroin addiction. Addictive behaviors to sugar—like binging, withdrawal, and craving—are all related to neurochemical changes. (3)

1. First: Since good bacteria compete with Candida for space in the intestinal tract—in one study done on mice, the probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii was found to reduce levels of Candida (4)—it is important to introduce the right strains of beneficial bacteria into your diet. For example, cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids include beneficial bacteria and saccharomyces boulardii.

2. Second: Once you are consuming fermented foods, find other ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here at Body Ecology, we love using Liquid Stevia Concentrate, a sweetener made from the stevia leaf. Stevia is naturally 300 times sweeter than sugar—without all the noxious side effects. While your sugar cravings will drop as you incorporate more fermented foods into your diet, you can use stevia during those times when you would like to taste something sweet.

3. Third: Focus on healing the gut. As you add good foods to your diet, be sure and remove those foods that may irritate the lining of the gut. At Body Ecology, we recommend removing wheat gluten, milk casein, and sugar from the diet. We also recommend removing those foods that may be uniquely irritating to you.

Healing the lining of the gut may require additional support, like glutamine, as found in Vitality SuperGreen. Researchers have found that glutamine is the preferred fuel source for the small intestine. In fact, studies show that glutamine supports the regeneration and repair of intestinal cells. (5)

What To Remember Most About This Article:

Constant sugar cravings could mean that your inner ecology is out of whack. You may also crave dairy, breads, and fruit. When your inner ecology is imbalanced, Candida overgrowth can guide your appetite. Nutritional deficiencies may even develop.

When the gut isn't supported with good bacteria, Candida overgrowth can quickly spread. Even worse, eating sugar will feed Candida and other harmful microorganisms in the gut. Sugar is expansive and can create an acidic, inflammatory environment in the body.

Sugar overload will damage both the digestive system and the immune system. Candida yeast will continue to steal the sugar your cells use for energy to cause persistent exhaustion. It may also trigger other symptoms like allergies, skin disorders, brain fog, joint pain, and more.

You can get rid of sugar cravings for good with these 3 steps:

  1. Balance your gut with beneficial bacteria found in cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids.
  2. Satisfy your sweet tooth with natural Liquid Stevia Concentrate.
  3. Heal the gut by removing irritants and providing extra support in glutamine-rich Vitality SuperGreen.
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  1. JC Rathmell, et al. Glucose metabolism in lymphocytes is a regulated process with significant effects on immune cell function and survival. J Leukoc Biol. 2008 Oct;84(4):949-57.
  2. R Morgan, et al. Oral candidiasis. Postgrad Med J. 2002 Aug;78(922):455-9.
  3. NM Avena. The study of food addiction using animal models of binge eating. Appetite. Dec 2010; 55 (3): 734-737.
  4. Ducluzeau, D. and Bensaada, M. Comparative Effect of a Single or Continuous Administration of Saccharomyces Boulardii on the Establishment of Various Strains of Candida in the Digestive Tract of Gnotobiotic Mice. ANN.MICROBIOL.1982; 1338: 491-501.
  5. Van der Hulst, von Meyenfeldt, Deutz, Soeters, Brummer, von Kreel, Arends. Glutamine and the preservation of gut integrity. The Lancet. 341 (8857): 1363-1365.

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  • Miko Vanara

    Fruit is good for you, eat lots of fruit. I made this mistake, when I stop eating fruit and then eat lots of sweets I get a candida outbreak that involves horrible rashes. I never have candida issues when I'm getting plenty of fruit in my diet. It's the refined sugar that causes it.

  • Dana

    For my entire life, I have suffered with yeast overgrowth symptoms and didn't even realize that's what was happening to me. I was a real charmer - I regularly had bad breath, got athlete's foot, had an intolerance for dairy, and suffered terribly from bloating. Eventually I also started to suffer from joint pain, the 3pm crash, headaches and brain fog - things I'd never had to deal with before. So I started investigating options.

    I went to see a naturopath who showed me that I was suffering from a yeast overgrowth. So last year, I eliminated sugar from my diet - refined sugar, fruit, sugary alcohol like wine and rum, and processed foods (which are filled with sugar - check out the ingredient list). I'm not kidding - every single one of my symptoms disappeared and I lost a ton of weight - most of which I now attribute to bloat. It's like someone finally let all the air out from under my skin.

    The best thing of all is, eliminating the sugars also eliminated all of my cravings.

    Sure, I occasionally fell off the wagon a few times. It's normal - you indulge in a dessert or a rum-filled cocktail but if you don't do it regularly, you're okay. But if you do go overboard, a yeast cleanse is all I need to get you back on track.

    I know it sounds hard but try it - it's really worth it.

  • Tess

    Its not just that simple, when you crave sweet, salty, crunchy, and have an overwhelming appetite, its usually because you are lacking some essential amino acids like tyrosine. Making sure you have adequate protein at every meal will help. Xylitol is a sweetener that kills yeast. Other things that kill yeast or support an unfriendly environment for yeast are Pau D'arco, Olive Leaf Extract, Neem, Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic, Coconut Oil and Oregano oil. This site has more detailed information about these nine ingredients.
    Another helpful site is
    A product called Lauracidin is also very helpful.

  • kcoalas

    is there any kind of analysis to check the candida found in your body? except for the culture done for the genital zone?
    how can we find out if we have candida owergrowth in the whole body?

  • Teresa

    I have struggled with Candida and also have used Xylitol as a sweetener and coconut oil both have properties that kill yeast.

  • Linda Sandberg

    How much ocotea oil and tea tree oil does one consume?

  • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)

    "Unfortunately, Candida overgrowth does not just happen in the gut, the mouth, and the birth canal. It can happen anywhere in the body.".
    This is 100% true!

    The only way to keep Candida under control is, what Donna says, not to feed it and establish healthy inner ecology. In fact, consider it not you, but Candida wanting sweets. Don't feed it!

    Therapeutic grade essential oil Ocotea will help lower the blood sugar, and therapeutic grade essential oil of tea tree will help you destroy Candida. However, if you don't maintain healthy inner ecology and control your stress, Candida will overgrow again.

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