21 October 2010
Sugar, (El Diablo)
I've been reading more on the topic of sugar lately as I have been trying to find the missing link to the causes of my own allergies.
This is what I've found and it may interest you. Even if you don't actually eat sugar, you may want to take a look around your kitchen and read the ingredients listed in the many condiments and packaged food where surprisingly, you will find sugar in almost everything you eat.
It could be just the culprit that has been causing all kinds of random or on-going sicknesses in your body.
While looking through Rory Freedman's book, I found this excerpt about sugar and it really made my wheels spin: "Sugar is like crack, and food manufacturers know that if they add it to their products, you'll keep coming back for more."
When we eat out we are trusting that we are getting wholesome food, but what may be a large amount of fat or sugar to one chef may seem little to another--how are we to know what we are really eating?
The body must go idle in order to process the sugar we put in.. that is why we get such a high- high and then such a low-low when we ingest sugary substances.
Isn't there a song somewhere about the, "sugar blues"?
Rory points out that, "Refined sugar, is a simple carbohydrate, that has been linked to: hypoglycemia, yeast overgrowth, a weakened immune system, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, enlargement of the liver and kidneys, increase of uric acid in the blood, mental and emotional disorders, dental cavities, and an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain."
In addition, refined sugars make you fat!
Excess amounts (that you're unable to process) are stored in the liver as glycogen. When the liver is too full, the excess amounts are returned to the bloodstream as fatty acids. Guess where those end up? Hips, stomach, thighs, ass."
I'm going to try to give up any and all white surgar--not that I eat a lot right now, I use organic ingredients as well as maple syrup and honey from time to time, but they're all still considered sugar, so we'll see how I do without it and see how my allergy symptoms persist in the meantime.
*Also, a quick note; "sugar substitutes" which can include ingredients that turn into chemicals like formaldehyde in the body--ackk! are no better for you.
In Acupuncture school one of the first things they teach you is to take care of your Spleen.. The Spleen can get quite overwhelmed and one can end up with "food stagnation" or all kinds of excesses and deficiencies that can go on to lead to organ damage. Sugar leeches Calcium from the bones and rots us slowly.. The more I learn about sugar the more I am realizing that it has no place in our diets other than occasionally. Small amounts may be soothing but too much of anything can cause imbalance and the results of overuse can even come down to loss of life and limb.