It’s 9pm, and your sweet tooth has kicked in.
Dinner is long over and you need your sugar fix. You hear the voice in the back of your head telling you not to reach for that cupcake, but you do it anyway. It’s the all-too-familiar push of the sugar pleasure button.
Is this scenario avoidable through willpower, or is it more complicated than a battle of good vs. evil?
You’ll be relieved to know the problem has more to do with your biochemistry than with your psyche.
Your gastrointestinal tract, or gut, is made up of bacteria, yeasts cells that line the intestinal wall and cells that make up the immune system. When your gut is in a state of biochemical balance, good bacteria and beneficial yeast thrive.
When it’s out of balance, this harmonious environment breaks down and two things may happen:
1. The risks of Candida overgrowth.
Candida (a.k.a. “evil” yeast) overgrowth can take over your appetite. Candida is commonly found in the gut and feeds on simple carbs such as pasta, bread, rice, and all sugars.
2. Nutritional deficiencies can develop.
In order to maintain a healthy inner ecosystem, good bacteria must compete with Candida for space within the gut.
If there are not enough good bacteria to keep the Candida in check, it can quickly grow and overtake its environment, driving the body into an acidic and pro-inflammatory state.
All of this helps to create an environment ripe for infections and allergies, skin disorders, bloating and inflammation, joint pain, insatiable hunger, and low energy levels.
The more sugar you binge on, the more you feed the bad yeast, which in turn makes you crave more sugar. It’s a vicious cycle.