What Hippocrates Said

Dr. Mark Hyman sugar
Dr. Mark Hyman’s new book, The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, promises a whole reboot. (Photo credit: Ian Grey, courtesy of Mark Hyman)

July 6, 2017

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

We were reminded of that wise Greek guy when we talked to Dr. Mark Hyman, a modern-day Hippocrates.

The author of seven New York Times #1 bestsellers, Hyman heals with food. He’s a pioneer of Functional Medicine, which targets the roots of chronic disease by balancing the body system rather than Band-Aid the symptoms.

“Americans think that fat makes you fat, but it’s actually sugar that causes sickness, obesity and the FLC (Feel Like Crap) Syndrome,” he says.

Hyman’s new book, The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, promises a whole reboot: increase energy, break the sugar addiction, rid all symptoms and lose weight through whole foods, supplements and actions like journaling.

Each of the 10 days is driven by a theme: Satisfy, Detox, Empty, Move, Listen, Think, Nuture, Design, Notice and Connect. 600 people from Hyman’s online community tried it, and they lost more than 4,000 pounds in 10 days.

Hyman shares three easy tips to start cutting sugar:

Go zzz. When you’re tired, you’ll resort to consuming quickly absorbed sugars to get energy, stat.

Fight sugar with fat. Fat makes you full and balances your blood sugar. Fuel up with good fats: nuts and seeds, olive oil, coconut butter, avocados and omega-3 fatty fish.

Breathe. Taking deep breaths activates the vagus nerve, which switches your metabolism from fat storage to fat burning. De-stressing also decreases cortisol, which makes you prone to sugary cravings.

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