The negative habit of relying on stimulants

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The occasional use of stimulants ultimately leads to regular use of stimulants, in due course, creating a habit that is very difficult to break. The worst part about these stimulants is that they are addictive.

Patrick Holford is a pioneer in new approaches to health and nutrition, specializing in the field of mental health. He says that the first sign of sub-optimim nutrition is fatigue. Throughout history fatigue and stress have existed and man has searched for ways to conquer both.

Believe it or not, most of us are sub-optimally nourished. This has led to the use of stimulants (or chemicals that give you a boost) such as tea, coffee, cigarettes, chocolate and sugar.

Do you depend on stimulants?

Stimulants boost your energy levels by stimulating your adrenal glands.

These glands, situated on top of the kidneys, release hormones that initiate express delivery of energy giving glucose, to cells.
This express delivery quickly leads to a deficiency in key nutrients, as well as sudden fluctuations in blood sugar and energy levels. This explains why you may experience a dip in energy and concentration a few hours after taking stimulants.

Occasional use of stimulants therefore leads to regular use of stimulants and, in due course, as your body’s chemistry gets more and more exhausted, you will need even more of the stimulant to get the same effect.

By now you are a coffee connoisseur, can’t function without that cup of tea, or you are addicted to chocolate or cigarettes! This is all well and good for a while, but your body has a finite capacity to detoxify undesirable substances.

Excessive intake of sugar and stimulants, coupled with sub-optimum nutrition, starts to overload it’s detoxification potential. Once you have exceeded this adaptive capacity, your ability to cope with every-day stress, becomes compromised.

Sugar makes us feel good, it gives us the boost we need when we are feeling down.  The worst part about this is that sugar is addictive. Find out how you can kick your sugar habit now on The Life Habit.

This can lead to chronic fatigue, allergies, chemical sensitivity, low tolerance of alcohol and smoke, depression, mood swings and feeling out of control. There is a good chance that at the end of a busy day, week or year – you feel something like that. Getting on the road to recovery requires some major dietary and lifestyle changes.

Relying on coffee, tea, chocolate or sugar is a bad habit. In our daily lives, habits are necessary. They free up your mind so you can concentrate on how to survive day to day. You don't have to think about how to drive your car so you can be on the lookout for danger while you are driving. You don't have to think about how to walk so you can concentrate on where you're going. Make this year the year for good habits, join The Life Habit community.

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