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Can You Actually Detox from Sugar?
Can You Actually Detox from Sugar?
November 30/2023

Can You Actually Detox from Sugar?

Detoxification refers to the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including the human body. While detox diets and cleanses are promoted as a way to rid the body of impurities scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of many popular detox methods is often limited. When it comes to sugar, the body doesn't undergo a specific detox process for sugar in the way the term is often used in popular media or marketing. The body's ability to handle sugars is primarily governed by its normal physiological functions.

In this brief article brought to you by Southern Maryand Medical Group, we touch on how the body processes and manages sugar, and we’ll share some tips on how you can support the body in its endeavor.


When you consume sugars, whether they are from natural sources like fruits or added sugars in processed foods, the digestive system breaks them down into simpler forms. For example, complex carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, a type of sugar that serves as a primary energy source for the body.


The small intestine absorbs the broken-down sugars into the bloodstream. From there, they are transported to cells throughout the body to be used for energy.

Insulin Regulation

The hormone insulin, produced by the pancreas, plays a crucial role in regulating blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels rise after eating, insulin helps cells take up glucose from the bloodstream, allowing it to be used for energy or stored for future use.

Energy Use

Cells use glucose for energy. However, excess glucose can be stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen. When those storage areas are full, excess glucose may be converted into fat for long-term storage.

Elimination & Excretion

Any unused or unneeded sugars are eventually excreted by the body. The kidneys filter the blood, and excess sugars are removed in the urine.

How to Support the Body’s Natural Processes

The body is a marvel, but it can use a hand – no pun intended. Here are some general tips that can help you support your body's ability to manage sugars effectively:

  • Eat Balanced Diet: Be mindful of added sugars in processed foods and beverages. Focus on a balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Choose complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, over refined carbohydrates, as they provide a slower release of glucose into the bloodstream.
  • Regular Exercise & Activity: Engage in regular physical activity, as exercise helps improve insulin sensitivity and supports the body's ability to manage blood sugar levels. Aim for a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training.
  • Hydration: Stay hydrated with water throughout the day. Water is the healthiest beverage choice and supports overall well-being.

It's important to note that individual nutritional needs can vary, and these guidelines should be adapted based on personal health conditions, preferences, and lifestyle. Consulting with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian can provide personalized guidance tailored to specific health goals and concerns.

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If you are looking for a licensed primary care physician, then call Southern Maryland Medical Group to schedule an appointment. Many of our primary care doctors even accept walk-in appointments.

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