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In an ideal world, there would be an actual fountain of youth flowing with water that tastes like strawberries. The strawberry-flavored water would contain antioxidants and magic-infused nutrients that would make our hair and skin shine forever. Luckily, there are habits we can form for more energy and glowing skin that are within our everyday reach.

One of them is learning how to beat our sugar addiction, and while it may sound less sexy than a fountain full of magic — there is scientific proof behind its results. In order to get a professional scoop on what sugar does to our bodies, we chatted with the Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, who is a certified internist and the author of the book The Complete Guide To Beating Sugar Addiction. He shared tips on how to cut down on sugar while explaining the ways it affects skin, nails, and hair.

He started by telling Hello Giggles how one of the main issues with sugar intake is that it often replaces beneficial vitamins. He said:

Okay, but what about pursuing a life of joy?! Does this mean we can’t have our cake and eat it too while achieving healthy skin and peak energy?

Luckily, some indulgence is still allowed.

During our conversation, Dr. Teitelbaum shared that one of the biggest ways to cut down on a sugar addiction is to pick quality over quantity.

Replacing candy with chocolate sounds doable since life is far too short to cut out dessert entirely.

One of his other recommendations for eating less sugar was making our own teas, cutting out soda, and overall, avoiding primarily feeding out sweet tooth through beverages. A lot of it is about the amount of sugar in prepackaged foods. He said:

So, hypothetically, if we were to change our sugar habits how long would it take to see results in our skin and hair? According to Dr. Teitelbaum, it might take a few months for the skin to flush itself out.

He said that not only will your natural energy levels rise, but his patients report feeling overall happier and experiencing fewer mood swings.

If the idea of cutting down on sugar and waiting a few months to see results sounds daunting, don’t give up. Dr. Teitelbaum said adding healthy new foods and supplements is an essential part of flushing your system. Plus, spicing up your menu can make it a more satisfying life change, overall.

He gave some recommendations of healthy foods and supplements that will boost your energy and skin:

He also made sure to emphasize that eating natural sugars found in fruit isn’t the culprit. So if you want something sweet, look into nature’s bounty. He said:

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We’re definitely on board to eat oranges and Indian food while still working towards better energy and skin.