Could you be part of the one in three reacting to sugar?















We all know that too much sugar is bad for our health. But did you know that one in three people(1) experience sensitivity to sugar? Or that sugar sensitivity can contribute to sugar cravings and addiction?


Sugar sensitivity
There are two types of sugar – the sugar that occurs naturally in foods like dairy products (lactose), grains, high-starch vegetables, alcohol and high-fructose fruits, and ‘free’ sugars, which are added to enhance flavour. Both types of sugar can cause a reaction in sensitive people, but reactions are most commonly triggered by fructose, a natural sugar found in honey and fruit. Be on the lookout for:

  • stomach cramping
  • diarrhea
  • bloating
  • wind
  • skin rash/itching
  • fatigue
  • joint pain
  • behavioural issues
  • sleeping problems

Sugar sensitivity can also contribute to several chronic allergy-related conditions, such as eczema, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraines and behavioural issues.


The link between sugar sensitivity and sugar addiction

While not all allergic foods cause an “addiction”, most food addictions may be contributed to by food sensitivities, a condition known as allergy-addiction syndrome. Allergy-addiction syndrome causes people with food sensitivities to crave foods that they are allergic to, and to experience withdrawal-like symptoms when they reduce their intake.

The phenomenon is most easily explained by looking at an example of a cigarette smoker. When a person tries a cigarette for the first time they normally experience allergic symptoms – like sore throat, nausea and dizziness – to the toxic ingredients in the cigarette. But, over time, if the person continues to smoke, their body learns to adjust to these allergens and their symptoms appear to fade. In reality, however, symptoms are only being ‘masked’ or ‘delayed’ and so, to prevent them coming on in full force, the body produces cravings that encourages consumption … and the cycle continues.


Natural allergy treatment for sugar sensitivity

Sugars is often one of the first PAT sessions in cases of eczema, IBS, migraines and behavioural issues. This is because reactions to sugars often contribute to reactions to foods that contain them, such as dairy, gluten, fruit and alcohol. Clients often report their reactions to foods high in sugars either reduce or completely resolve following a PAT session for sugars, minimising the overall number of sessions they need.

At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), we use an alternative technique called muscle testing (or kinesiology) to help identify your sensitivities. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address your sensitivities using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).

PAT is a non-invasive, holistic therapy, which:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your body
  • may reduce your reactions to foods, like sugars, that may be causing or exacerbating your symptoms.

Our naturopaths may also recommend supplements, herbs and lifestyle advice to help you achieve the best long-term results.


Want to know if PAT is right for you? Get in touch!

Send our practitioners a question using our Ask a practitioner service, and you’ll get a call-back or reply straight to your email inbox.

You can also request an appointment with one of our experienced PAT practitioners in one our clinic locations – North Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Auckland – by:

using our Request an appointment online service
calling our head office on 1300 853 023 (Aust) / 09 479 5997 (NZ), Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm (EST).


1 Food Intol®. Fructose Sensitivity.

This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage allergy-related symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.

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