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Sugar, fatigue, detox and skin

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I quit sugar about 4 or 5 days ago, like properly quit it after slipping into some binges, especially over christmas

So I had a headache for a few days, then I started to feel pretty good, lighter stomach, more energy, I went to see Django Unchained the other day and I remember sitting in the cinema feeling great, not tired as I usually am, but kind of focused; I had a snack of some nuts and fizzy water where before I might have had a diet coke and crisps

Afterwards we went for a few drinks, I had a couple of pear ciders, then next day felt pretty terrible and have had a headache for the last 2 days again

The other things that have happened since completely quitting sugar is that at first I was ridiculously tired, completely exhausted, sleeping late, napping in the day (something I've never done) also my skin looks really quite bad, red, dry, acne where it's not been before

I know that many people don't believe in detox but surely the immense fatigue, the headaches and the skin is my body responding to the lack of sugar now in the diet? If I'm honest, I was eating a lot, more than I thought and definitely over christmas

Without the highs and lows and the immense amounts of insulin circulating in the body, could this be why paleo works?

Is this the crux? was sugar the real demon? will I be feeling and looking good soon???

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on January 21, 2013
at 11:18 AM

No need to get snippy. The blood flow and the nutrients delivered does change. Try fish oil for instance. Ask others. Many others will tell you that's actually a common reaction to good nutrition - the body can respond quite quickly to certain changes. As to your situation, well, not everyone starts with a gazillion confounding problems. I'm actually trying to help you eliminate one variable, but whatever.

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on January 21, 2013
at 11:02 AM

Thanks, I'll keep at it, hopefully you are right!

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on January 21, 2013
at 11:01 AM

I'm glad your skin magically changed after 1 day, of course it takes 3 weeks for new skin to replace the old one but whataver, and I'm glad you started feeling absolutely amazing straight away, I'm sure there was lots wrong with you begin with

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on January 20, 2013
at 10:05 PM

What do you mean dipping in and out of ketosis? does it give you a headache? make you really tired? give you bad skin? If so, I don't want it

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on January 20, 2013
at 09:59 PM

You were probably dipping in and out of ketosis.

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on January 20, 2013
at 09:48 PM

People really need to stop using blood sugar and insulin interchangeably.

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42d2659b00602d58a378356006d0c737

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on February 04, 2013
at 02:00 AM

i think you are absolutely detoxing from sugar as you would a drug. i don't know to what extent it's affecting your skin--that could be related to other things in your diet or other issues you have (a die off being a strong possibility, as someone else suggested)--but since eliminating processed sugar from my diet, i have many of the same problems when i have it now. if i eat anything with added sugar (as opposed to fruit), i almost get an intense headache, as well as dehydration, fatigue, fogginess, nausea, sometimes vomiting, and then i crave it for days after. pear cider, by the way, does that to me every time, even before i cut out sugar. it's very sweet. chromium has helped with my cravings, so i take it on days i've eaten too much fruit or had a cider or some chocolate, and would definitely recommend it.

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24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on January 21, 2013
at 01:16 AM

Your experience does not quite match mine.

For myself, my skin began to glow after I quit sugar & other junk. My daily energy level was up, and the beginnings of these changes were noticeable even the day after going clean. I had no negative withdrawal symptoms in terms of physical or mental, only the residual cravings that fade with time, although never entirely disappear. Something else is probably going on with your body (maybe some other commenter has it.)

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on January 21, 2013
at 11:01 AM

I'm glad your skin magically changed after 1 day, of course it takes 3 weeks for new skin to replace the old one but whataver, and I'm glad you started feeling absolutely amazing straight away, I'm sure there was lots wrong with you begin with

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on January 21, 2013
at 11:18 AM

No need to get snippy. The blood flow and the nutrients delivered does change. Try fish oil for instance. Ask others. Many others will tell you that's actually a common reaction to good nutrition - the body can respond quite quickly to certain changes. As to your situation, well, not everyone starts with a gazillion confounding problems. I'm actually trying to help you eliminate one variable, but whatever.

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on January 20, 2013
at 10:14 PM

I believe it has something to do with your gut bacteria. They thrive on sugar. When you eat sugar, they multiply. When you stop eating sugar, they die. I think you are getting the die-off symptoms. If I were you, I would try very very hard not to have any sugar.

I am on antibiotics right now (my second time around for SIBO) and guess what - I have HORRIBLE sugar cravings. I am not supposed to have fruit, yet I eat kiwis in large quantities - I cannot do anything about it.

When I take antibiotics with fruit, I can feel some tingling on my skin - I know by now that's a die-off symptom.

So my take on it - it is not insulin, it is your gut bacteria. I really believe that.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on January 21, 2013
at 11:02 AM

Thanks, I'll keep at it, hopefully you are right!

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