Toxic Hunger Vs True Hunger – The Endless Cycle and the Signs
You just finished a meal and shortly after you feel:
- stomach growl
- stomach cramps
- Tremors, tiredness, weakness
- esophageal spasms
- inability to concentrate
These symptoms are usually sensations that we interpret as hunger. These uncomfortable symptoms can be experienced to different degrees by different people.
And for many people, these uncomfortable symptoms are the bane of all their attempts to lose weight by eating less food.
- Since eating eliminates the symptoms, they are mistakenly believed to be those of hunger.
- These symptoms consistently prompt people to consume more calories than necessary, and this widespread overeating behavior has led to an obesity epidemic and a continuing rise in preventable chronic disease.
Are these sensations really signs of hunger?
Conventional wisdom, and even medical textbooks, would suggest that they are. But many doctors and scientists now disagree.
According to Dr. Fuhrman, it’s Toxic Hunger: “The typical Western diet is characterized by processed foods, oils, sweeteners, and animal products that are high in calories and low in phytochemicals and other micronutrients. There is evidence that such diet, low in micronutrients and phytochemicals, results in inflammation, oxidative stress, and accumulation of toxic metabolites When digestion is complete, the body begins to mobilize and eliminate waste products, causing uncomfortable symptoms If we allow waste metabolites to accumulate from eating unhealthy foods, you will feel discomfort as your body attempts to mobilize and eliminate these wastes. I propose that these sensations are actually detoxification and withdrawal symptoms from an unhealthy diet, which lacks crucial micronutrients. Scientists now know that foods unhealthy drugs have effects on the brain similar to those of addictive drugs” .
What is Toxic Hunger?
Toxic hunger is a physical addiction to an unhealthy, low-nutrient diet. Those symptoms associated with hunger are actually signs of your body’s toxicity.
Our bodies are so polluted with heavy metals, GMOs, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, herbicides, high fructose corn syrup, and chemicals that many Americans don’t even know what real hunger feels like.
It may not be wrong to compare the American diet to drugs; both are toxic, addictive and harmful to the body.
- Processed foods packed with ingredients that sound like a science experiment with a decade-long shelf life.
- As well as our so-called healthy fruits and vegetables, sprayed with a chemical mix of pesticides and herbicides that add to the chemicals your body ingests.
What happens when you eat this chemical concoction called food?
- Your body starts playing 20 questions.
- your body doesn’t recognize it
- Your body’s internal organs and digestive system have no idea what to do with these mysterious “foods” and chemicals.
When these chemicals enter your body, your body protects itself by storing the foreign toxins in your precious fat cells, away from your vital organs. This is a necessary survival mechanism that occurs naturally within your body.
- Can you imagine what happens to your fat cells every day after eating all these toxins?… They get bigger and bigger!
What happens after these chemicals enter the body?
- Your blood sugar rises rapidly to an extremely high level, releasing insulin to bring your blood sugar down to a safe range ~60-100, releasing too much.
When too much insulin is released in your body:
- It makes you fat by causing you to store fat.
- Makes your blood sugar level drop too low
- Making you toxic hungry, cranky
- And then want more of these chemicals
The cycle of toxic hunger continues over and over, throughout the day.
So what does real or true hunger feel like?
Sensations of actual hunger (“true hunger”) are felt primarily in the mouth and throat. Not in the head and stomach.
By eliminating toxic hunger and getting back in touch with real hunger, it makes eating more enjoyable and you can maintain your ideal weight without extreme dieting.
It’s always hard to break a bad habit at first, but once you get past the toxic starvation phase, your body can recover and repair itself.
- Imagine that you are addicted to cigarettes and you smoke 5 cigarettes a day and suddenly you stop smoking, of course it feels horrible at first. But if you can get past the detox phase, you’ll really start to feel better.
It’s the same with overcoming the toxic starvation phase.
- And, by improving the quality of your diet and increasing your intake of nutrient-rich foods, this can lead to a reduction in uncomfortable symptoms associated with toxic hunger despite lower caloric intake.