Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Diabetes: You can have a cheat meal and stay healthy > Health-in-Motion 08 September 2015 Cut the sugar Sugar can put enormous stress on hormones – when you crash from a sugar high your adrenal glands kick in and release cortisol, a steroid-like substance, to help lift you up again. The theory is that, over time, as your adrenal glands try to constantly regulate your sugar levels, they exhaust themselves, leaving you feeling washed out. To combat this, he says you should cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners. Going cold turkey could put even more strain on your body, so reduce your intake day by day and consider taking L-Glutamine, said to relieve sugar cravings, as the brain uses it for fuel. Or, by all means, have a piece of fruit or a fruit smoothie. 0 NEXT ON HEALTH24X Healing society with the power of performance 35 minutes ago Partner content More: Daily Dose: Diabetes: You can have a cheat meal and stay healthyHealth-in-Motion advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Parenting WATCH: Fighting for inclusive education for children with Down syndrome News First NGO-owned nursing surgery unit opens in Khayelitsha Lifestyle Neglected rural pets pose scabies risk for humans Medical SEE: 7 celebs suffering from depression Lifestyle Am I at risk of developing osteoporosis? Medical Less salt may lead to fewer nighttime bathroom trips From our sponsors How to care for your vaginal flora Live healthier Hello? » SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss Earworms: Let it go Is it bad to sleep with earplugs all the time? SEE: Do women hear better than men? The reason why men often appear not to be listening could be because they actually can't hear you. Confident smile? » Acidic drinks can harm your kids' smiles The facts on bleaching your teeth Am I taking good care of my teeth? Why are my teeth stained? We know the rules – brush your teeth twice a day and floss to keep them healthy. But, have you ever wondered what causes those stains that sometimes appear?