Way back in 1957 Dr William Coda Martin classified refined sugar as a poison because it it had been depleted of it’s life forces, vitamins and minerals, all that is left is pure refined carbohydrate.
It’s all well and good me quoting references, studies and anything else I can find on why foods are bad. But unless you know how these conclusions are drawn the chances of you taking these statements seriously are greatly reduced. So here it is, step by step, the response our bodies have when we consume sugar.
Very important… make sure you read to the bottom of this post.
1) When refined sugar that is depleted of proteins, vitamins and minerals is consumed we are eating something that does not have the nutritional factors necessary for digestion, metabolism and elimination which results in incomplete carbohydrate metabolism.
2) We then have an accumulation of pyruvic acid in the brain and nervous system and the sugar accumulates in red blood cells. These metabolites interfere with cell respiration the result of which is that the cells cannot get enough oxygen to survive and function normally, which causes some of the cells to die which interferes with the functioning of that part of the body which is the beginning of degenerative disease.
3) If we continue to consume sugar on a daily basis we produce an overly acidic environment in our body, the result of which is the extraction of calcium from bones and teeth as minerals are needed to buffer the acidic environment. This is the start of general weakening of our bones and decay of our teeth.
4) Excess sugar is stored in the liver as glycogen. However, the livers capacity for glycogen is limited and consuming refined sugar daily will cause the liver to expand. When the liver is full to capacity the sugar is then returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids and they are transported to every part of the body and stored as fat in the most inactive areas (your bum, tummy, hips, thighs, chest).
5) Once these are areas are full the fatty acids are then transported to organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys. This causes them to slow down, the tissue starts to degenerate and it will turn to fat. The whole body is affected by this reduced ability resulting in high blood pressure. The circulatory and lympathetic systems are invaded and the quality of red blood cells decreases and an increase in white blood cells leads to a reduction in the rate of tissue creation.
But wait this is just one response from our bodies, there is more!!………..
1) When we consume refined, processed sugars without adequate amounts of quality fats, proteins, vitamins and enzymes blood sugar levels become elevated.
2) Our bodies respond by releasing insulin, a hormone that rapidly reduces blood sugar levels.
3) This isn’t as good as it sounds however. Our feedback mechanism that tells our brain that blood sugar levels have returned to normal is slow and normally results in a blood sugar crash (hypoglycemia). This is a serious threat to us and our bodies must respond to this immediately if not our brains will run out of sugar and we will go into a coma.
4) This potentially fatal scenario causes our bodies to go into emergency mode and results in the release of stress hormones, one of which is cortisol. This is a very important part, whilst this is all going on many people will respond to this hypoglycemic state by drinking or eating something sweet.
5) Now that cortisol has been released it has triggered the release of glycogen from the liver in a desperate bid to raise blood sugar levels quickly. The result of this is a surge of sugar entering your bloodstream from the glycogen released from your liver but also from the sweet thing you just ate or drank.
This is a big problem as many people live everyday like this and over time it can lead to someone becoming insensitive to insulin. The first sign of which is a accumulation of fat around your tummy. This is commonly known as Syndrome X and is the first big step to becoming a diabetic.
Wait there is still more!!!…..
1) The hormonal rollercoaster caused by the typical sugar saturated diet overworks the adrenal glands which causes them to become exhausted from producing too much cortisol.
2) This causes the hormonal system to become disturbed and unbalanced due to the stress of eating refined sugar and numerous pathological conditions soon manifest such as -
- Degenerative disease
- Drug Addiction
- Behavioural Problems
Our ability to resist disease progressively decreases as sugar displaces the nutrient dense foods we are supposed to consume and the chances of acquiring a degenerative disease sky rockets.
The Most Important Part
In an ideal world the solution is simple, don’t eat sugar. However, sugar is in almost anything you can think of nowadays and the chances are that it’s not organic. I’m going to be realistic and I’m not going to say don’t eat sugar because to begin with I would be being a hypocrite. I’m not going to lie to you guys and say I don’t eat sugar, I’m 24 of course I do. BUT I don’t eat it every day maybe one or two days a week. What we do is up to us, but I think we should all make our decisions understanding all of the facts, and the facts are that if you eat sugar every day, there is a very real threat to your health.
Even eating sugar once or twice a day increases your risk of catching a cold, flu etc, as 1 tsp of sugar will surpress your immune system by 50% for four hours, but that’s a risk I take. My diet on the whole is perfect, I eat to my metabolic type, eat lots of fruit, veg and protein with hardly any processed food. So my body is better at fighting off viruses then most people’s and as a result I very rarely get anything worse than a mild cold for a couple of days, and if I do, I know the first thing I need to do is avoid sugar to give my immune system the chance to deal with it. So that is exactly what I do and within a couple of days it is gone, no drugs just good food, lots of water and rest. It’s simple but it works.