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Unhealthy Food Addictions and How to Break Them

By Genevieve Cunningham

Everyone is addicted to something. Some people are addicted to smoking. Others are addicted to alcohol. But not all addictions are to these kinds of substances. Some addictions are to perfectly ordinary foods, drinks, and habits. But unfortunately, that doesn’t make them any healthier. Addictions are still bad, and most of the time, they’re damaging to our health as a whole. So what happens if you have these addictions? Like any other addiction, you admit it, face it, and cut back. To help you get moving in the right direction, take a look at these tips.

Salt

Salt is an interesting mineral. We actually need a certain amount of salt in our diets. Without any salt at all, you can't stay alive. But if you get too much, you’re at risk of suffering from high blood pressure, heart problems, and various other negative side effects. Most people only have a problem with salt when they develop an addiction. They salt every bite or refuse any food salt-free. If this is you, it may be time to take it down a notch. You don't have to give up all salty foods, but restrict additional salt and opt for salt-free on occasion. If you have any questions, see your local physician for a more customized plan.

Sugar

Almost everyone is addicted, to some degree, to sugar. Sugar is in almost everything we eat. Even when we don't add additional sugar, it's likely still in the dish. Breads, processed foods, frozen dishes … you can almost bet that sugar is included. While a little sugar is probably OK, excessive intake can lead to weight gain, headaches, blood sugar issues, and various other negative consequences. To beat the sugar addiction, cut back slowly. Cut out the obvious sugars first, and then slowly reduce your sugar intake for some big health benefits.

Caffeine

Caffeine is an addictive substance. It's legal, and it's mild, but it's addictive nonetheless. Many, many people are addicted to caffeine. It's the best morning pick-me-up, and it keeps us awake through the tasks of the day. But too much can be damaging to our health. If you want to cut back on caffeine -- be it coffee or soda or something else -- cut back a little at a time in order to avoid withdrawals. It might take a while, but over time you'll break the addiction and regain some of your natural energy without an external stimulant.

Addictions aren't always the end of the world, but we know that we'll be better off without them. If you have any of these addictions, cut back or quit in order to boost your health. With some willpower and desire, you can beat your addictions and get in the best health of your life.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Westminster, Calif.

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