Physical Wellness, Food Intolerances, Sugar
Refined sugars and artificial sweeteners have been associated with all kinds of physical problems including digestive issues, cancer, and ADHD. Why should you give up sugars and are there any feasible alternatives to sugars?
Darius Soon, 2/10/2015 – Get free updates of new posts here
Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and saccharine break down into hazardous toxins in the body. Methyl alcohol derived from aspartame, for example, converts into the neurotoxin and carcinogen formaldehyde and formic acid which have the chemical composition of ant venom. Aspartame has a staggering 92 official side effects and complaints about aspartame represent 80-85 per cent of all food complaints registered to the FDA. Saccharine even tells you on the package that their product can cause cancer.
Here are 7 more reasons to give up refined sugars and artificial sweeteners completely:
Reason #1 – Sugar feeds yeast
As mentioned in the articles “Whatever number of illnesses you have, add candidiasis to it” and “It’s not the viruses, bacteria, parasites and yeast that are killing you, it’s their waste”, candida albicans is a form of fungi which produce biotoxins that can result in systemic inflammation throughout the body. Candida loves sugar. In fact, if you have a sugar craving, the bets are that you have candida albicans in your stomach. You aren’t craving it for yourself, the fungi is MAKING you crave for it.
Reason #2 – Sugar lowers your enzymes’ ability to function and damages the pancreas
In the article “What’s All This Fuss about Enzymes?” we explore the importance of enzymes in addressing allergies and toxins. By lowering the functional ability of enzymes, your pancreas works harder. The pancreas also has to use more insulin to control the blood sugar. All this eventually damages the pancreas and leads to diabetes.
Reason #3 – Sugar can contribute to the onset and maintenance of cancers
Various researches have linked sugar as a contributing factor in the onset of cancers – prostate, rectum, kidney, liver, lung, amongst others. One of the little-known fact is that cancer is also a fungus, as such, sugar is helping to feed cancer as well (see reason #1)
Reason #4 – Sugar has been linked to behavioural and academic problems in children
In a study done by S. Schoenthaler in Los Angeles camps to rehabilitate children, reducing sugar in their diet resulted in a 44 percent drop in antisocial behavior. Sugar has also been linked to hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration issues and mood swings in children. In fact, the Feingold Diet for autistic and ADHD children specifically prohibits artificial sweeteners.
“As sugar is rapidly absorbed by the body, it fools the brain into thinking that you are hungry when you are not.”
Reason #5 – Sugar is terrible for the digestive system
In the article “When Hippocrates says all illnesses stem from the gut, he must mean the leaky gut syndrome!”, we learnt degenerative chronic illnesses stem from digestive issues. Sugar destroys an enzyme phosphatase, which makes digestion more difficult. In addition, sugar interferes with the absorption of proteins, causes various food allergies and makes the digestive tract a hotbed for bad bacteria.
Reason #6 – Sugar makes you fat
People who want to lose weight often cut out carbohydrates, but the body can change sugar into two to five times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch. As sugar is rapidly absorbed by the body, it fools the brain into thinking that you are hungry when you are not. And you end up eating more food than is good for you. You then end up with metabolic syndrome and obesity.
Reason #7 – Sugar is addictive
Therefore you reach for that sugar high again and again, and the vicious cycle continues. The more sugar you eat, the more you crave, and if you don’t take it, you start to experience withdrawal symptoms in terms of mood swings and irritability.
What is a natural sugar substitute? You may want to look at stevia. Besides providing a host of healthy nutrients such as phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and zinc, vitamins C and A, protein and fibre, it actually helps to balance blood sugar.
Other alternatives you can look at are sweet vegetables such as carrots, butternut squash and sweet potatoes, and superfood fruits such as berries, papaya, figs and prunes rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals.