Processed Sugars
Problems related to this modern poison
Excerpts from the book "How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy" by Paul Chek

About 100 years ago, the average yearly intake of simple sugars was only about 4 pounds per person.
Today, the average American or Englishman consumes 150 to 170 pounds of sugar per year, and those in most industrialized nations are not far behind. It is said that for every American who only eats 5 pounds of sugar each year, there's one who eats 295 pounds per year. This statistic is hard to deny since about 60% of the U.S. population is overweight or obese.

EFFECTS OF SUGAR

Dr. Martin classified refined sugar as poison because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals. What is left is pure, refined carbohydrates. The body cannot effectively utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present. When we eat sugar in absence of the nutritional factors necessary to compensate for digestion, metabolism and elimination, incomplete carbohydrate metabolism results.

1. Pyruvic acid accumulates in the brain and nervous system, and the abnormal sugars accumulate in the red blood cells.
2. These metabolites interfere with the respiration of the cells. They simply cannot get sufficient oxygen to survive and function normally. In time, some of the cells die.
3. This interferes with the functioning of that part of the body and is the beginning of degenerative disease.




ON BONES - TEETH AND STRUCTURE

Daily intake of sugar produces a continuously over-acid condition. Consequently minerals are required from body tissues (such as bones and teeth) in order to buffer the acidic environment and rectify the imbalance In order to protect the blood, so much calcium is taken from the bones and teeth that decay and general weakening begin. Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body.

ON THE LIVER & THEN AS FAT IN THE WRONG PLACES!

In the liver, excess sugar is stored in the form of glucose (glycogen). Since the liver's capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar soon makes the liver expand. When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These fatty acids are then taken to every part of the body and stored as fat in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs.

White Table Sugar
(By Robert R. Ballentine)

White table sugar (sucrose) greatly increases pain - this is especially true for sufferers of spinal arthritis and fibromyalgia. Sugar's impact on pain is probably linked to the mineral loss associated with diets high in refined sugar. Human muscle relies on the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium for smooth and coordinated contraction and relaxation. A diet high in sugar causes the kidneys to extract calcium, magnesium and potassium from the blood and dump the minerals into the urine. The body then scavenges its bones and muscles to make up the mineral deficiency in the blood. The process results in muscles already less flexible due to fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis becoming even more spastic. Since sugar causes the body to extract minerals from bone and muscle, it's logical that sugar consumption intensifies pain.

Eating sugar also creates another problem for those suffering from arthritis pain: sugar directly increases inflammation. When sugar is eaten, the human body will either use it for blood sugar or convert it into fat for storage. Sugar is readily converted into a bad fat, namely saturated fat. Saturated fat is a problem for arthritis sufferers because it contains the fatty acid arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is converted by arthritic joint tissues into an inflammatory substance called a series two prostaglandin. The conversion of sugar to saturated fat increases the amount of arachidonic acid available and results in an increase in inflammation and pain.


ON THE HEART, LIVER, KIDNEYS

When these areas are completely filled with fat, fatty acids are then distributed among active organs, such as the heart, liver and kidneys. These organs begin to slow down and finally their tissues degenerate and turn to fat. The whole body is affected by their reduced ability, and abnormally high blood pressure results. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is affected because processed sugar is a powerful stimulator of the sympathetic branch of the nervous system. The circulatory and lymphatic systems are invaded, and the quality of the red blood cells begins to change.
An overabundance of white cells occurs and tissue creation slows down.

ON BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL

When you ingest processed sugars without adequate amounts of quality fats, proteins, vitamins and enzymes, your blood sugar levels will become elevated. The body responds by releasing insulin, a hormone that rapidly reduces blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, the feedback mechanism that tells the brain that blood sugar has returned to normal is slow, commonly resulting in a blood sugar crash, or hypoglycemic state. The body must respond to this immediately. If not, your brain will run out of blood sugar to operate on and you'll go into a coma. This emergency situation results in the release of powerful stress hormones, one of which is cortisol. In the midst of all this, most people respond to the hypoglycemic, or low-blood sugar state by drinking coffee or soda, or eating something sweet.

INSULIN INSENSITIVITY: DIABETES

Read also: Diabetes

Meanwhile, cortisol has triggered the release of stored glycogen from the liver to quickly raise the blood sugar levels again. This results in an inflow of sugar from the liver as well as from the sweet thing you just ate or drank, starting the whole process over again. Many live their lives on this roller coaster ride all day, every day. This creates a big problem because after a while, your body can become insensitive to insulin, the first sign being an accumulation of fat around the middle, giving your midsection an apple like appearance. This results in what is commonly called Syndrome X, and is the first major step toward becoming diabetic.

The constant hormonal roller coaster ride caused by the typical sugar-laden junk food diet overworks the adrenal glands. They finally become exhausted from producing excessive cortisol. When the hormonal system becomes disturbed and unbalanced due to the stress of eating processed sugars, numerous other pathological conditions soon manifest degenerative disease, allergies, obesity, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression and behavioral problems.


ON RESISTANCE TO DISEASES


Our ability to resist disease progressively decreases as processed sugars displace the nutrient dense foods we were designed to thrive on. The chances of acquiring one of the following diseases or side effects skyrockets:

* Kidney disease
* Liver disease
* Atherosclerosis
* Coronary heart disease
* Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
* Behavior problems
* Violent tendencies
* Overgrowth of Candida, yeast and fungi
* Cancer (tumors are enormous sugar absorbers)
* Bone loss - osteoporosis
* Tooth decay
* Chronic fatigue syndrome
* Food intolerance
* Numerous psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia
* Neurological disorders and associated pain syndromes
* Colon cancer
* Diseases of malnutrition


Artificial Sweeteners Are not the Answer

Aspartame has resulted in more complaints to the FDA due to side effects than any food additive ever approved in FDA history. Artificial sweeteners tell your taste buds that, "sweet stuff has arrived," which to the brain means, nutrition has arrived. When the artificially sweetened drink or food reaches the small intestine, the receptors find no nutrition.

A message is then sent back to the brain saying, "We've been tricked" there's no nutrition here. The appestat (the part of your brain that triggers satiety) sends the message to keep eating because we need nutrition to help process all this fake food and run your body. And that ladies and gentlemen, is one of the ways we end up with fat, starving people across the world today. Some artificial sweeteners have also been found by researchers to be neurotoxins that can damage the brain and nervous system
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Sugar alternatives

Honey
Use only unprocessed, unfiltered honey. You can't miss it because it as chunks of bees wax in it. And you can't see through it. Used in moderation, this type of honey is supportive of good health and immune function. If honey has been pasteurized and/or filtered, you're not eating a food it's a by-product. Avoid cooking with honey as it's not heat stable.

Stevia
Stevia is an herb and is about 1000 times sweeter than sugar. Additionally, Stevia is known to assist in balancing blood sugar levels, making it ideal for anyone coming off of caffeinated beverages or weaning themselves from sweets.

Fruit

Use in-season fruit or dried fruits to sweeten foods. It's a good idea to rehydrate dried fruits and berries by soaking them for 8 to 12 hours before using. Then bring them to a flash-boil to kill any unfriendly bacteria, parasites and/or insect eggs that may have been laid on them during the drying process. Only use un-sulfured dried fruits and berries.

Xylitol
Xylitol is the name for a naturally occurring sugar polyol commonly derived from corn stalks and birch trees. It is much like many other sugars, but with a significant difference the molecule contains only 5 carbon atoms rather than the 6 of most other sugars. This molecular difference is the key to xylitol's beneficial qualities, both as a food ingredient and in both medical and dental applications.

A delicious, low-calorie sweetener: Xylitol has all the sweetness of table sugar, yet has 40% fewer calories and 0g of sugar. Xylitol is an ideal alternative sweetener in foods prepared for weight loss or for anyone concerned about the overuse of sugar in their diet.

Diabetic friendly: Xylitol is metabolized without insulin so it creates a significantly lower glycemic effect when eaten a glycemic index of only 7. Good news for diabetics!