Primal Defense (GF) and Lactic Acid Yeast or Flora Myces (GF)
Many people struggle with sugar cravings that pull them off of their dietary goals. These cravings can be so powerful as to feel unsurmountable. This is not surprising, because sugar is about as processed from its original food state as is cocaine. The effect of sugar on our body is like a drug, and it is addictive.
This irresistible drive hijacks the brain, and just about anybody may find themselves having addictive reasoning as to why it is okay to have sugar again this time.
It helps to know that it is the bacteria in our gut—the bacteria that grew on the very sugar we ate–that is doing the craving. If you think it is “you” who is doing the craving, then reframe it…. the billions of individuals in your gut are causing the craving. The craving promotes the survival of that colony; either create and feed a monster, or create and feed a friend. You can create a “bad” colony (that lives on sugar and starches), or create a “good” colony (that lives on fiber and vegetables).
More and more, people are aware of the “microbiome”—the colony of bacteria in our gut, and the relevance it has for our health. The health of the microbiome is why many people take “probiotic” supplements. Probiotics add more of the healthful strains of bacteria to the gut. You can think of the microbiome as your chemical factory–the bacteria exude their byproducts and metabolic wastes which affect every tissue in your body. The colony either “pees” out good stuff for us, or “pees” out bad stuff, depending on whether we have a good or a bad colony in us.
“Good” bacteria strains grow on healthful foods, particularly vegetable fiber. The good bacteria actually EAT the fiber, and they live in it like a nest. A good colony exudes essential fatty acids (good for our brain health, and useful in keeping down inflammation), certain B vitamins, and a chemistry that has a pacifying effect on the nerve receptors. (If you have heard the gut called “the second brain,” it is because of the abundance of the gut receptors, and you want them to be calm.)
You can get rid of your cravings by changing out your colony, from bad to good. If the path of dietary elimination of sugars is not working for you, you can “flip” the colony quickly by changing the flora quickly with supplements. Only the listed supplement combination works for sugar craving, in the experience of Dr. Sylvia Skefich, chiropractor, and many have been tried.
Primal Defense by Garden of Life
Lactic Acid Yeast OR FloraMyces (for the gluten free)
Take one of each with every meal (3X per day). If you take a sweet cheat treat, take one more of each with the treat. Usually cravings will go away somewhere between 3-14 days. If you are not experiencing a diminished craving within a week, double your dose. In the exceedingly rare case where this protocol does not eliminate cravings, see the Candida handout.
Copyright Sylvia Skefich 2019