Today I came home and threw out the rest of the brownie I made over the weekend, the remaining packet of biscuits friends bought over last night and emptied out the bottle of lemonade still in the fridge. Earlier I went for a walk and I was thinking, why am I constantly so tired? I sleep well, I’m busy but not too busy, I have no major diseases, I’m not sick or fighting any virus, so why am I constantly tired and the thought of having an afternoon sleep is always so appealing? The answer is sugar. Sugar has slowly crept into my diet more and more as I relaxed into the holiday vibe and it is a toxin. Saying it’s a ‘toxin’ makes it almost sound innocent. Sugar is a hugely under-rated, over-used, addictive, everyday common poison in our lives and it’s slowly killing us. It is a major ingredient in all processed foods and is slowly and silently increasing in our diets and deteriorating our health.
Sugar and chemical food additives are the number 1 reason for daily fatigue in my clinic. They are so rampant in our food chain that people don’t even realise they are eating them. Sugar (in various forms) drain and leach the body of vital nutrients. Vitamins and minerals are used through the demand sugar places of the digestive system, nervous system, liver and all organs of elimination. Our bodies are designed to deal with this as a one-off occurrence, but on an everyday basis, excess sugar turns the body into an over-acid environment and more and more minerals that the body has stored for later use are being leeched out in an attempt to balance the acid problem.
Initially sugar (glucose) in the blood is sent to the liver and turned into glycogen (energy) for the liver. Once the liver’s glycogen supplies are full, it returns the sugar to the blood in the form of circulating blood fats. These fatty acids are very dangerous and are fast becoming recognised in the Western world as the number 1 contributor to heart disease/cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, insulin resistance and so on. At first the fatty acids start to accumulate in inactive areas such as the belly breasts, buttocks, hips and thighs, but once these are full, the fatty acids then move to vital organs – heart, kidneys, and so on. These organs begin to slow down and the attack on our health continues. The whole body is affected, blood cells change, our nervous system changes (meaning our mental capabilities decrease and our ability to deal with stress, pressure at work or at home is compromised), circulatory and lymphatic systems are compromised, digestive system is severely compromised and bacteria’s and yeasts harmful to the body start to grow in abundance. And then, our immunity becomes limited. The body can no longer fend off viruses like it used to, our system as a whole become under attack.
The physical symptoms of too much sugar are numerous. Sugar makes you sleepy. This is the initial symptom that many people (including myself) have fallen victim to, but recognising it is something that many people fail to do. Too-much sugar in the diet can be responsible for obesity and weight management problems, diabetes and insulin resistance, heart disease and other cardiovascular problems, multiple nutritional deficiencies (all B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, zinc, and more), hypoglycaemia and blood sugar disturbances as well as alcoholism and abnormal carbohydrate metabolism, chronic digestive problems, yeast overgrowth throughout the body (may present as vaginal or oral thrush, athletes foot and digestive problems like bloating, gas, constipation and/or diarrhea), immune dysfunction and problems such as recurrent infections, menstrual problems and/or PMS, thyroid and adrenal problems, multiple nervous system problems including hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, slower mental function, mood swings, anxiety, depression and more.
The list of problems associated with excess sugar intake is phenomenal. To give you an indication of just how much Western society has increased in dependence and addiction to sugar since the rise and rise of fast foods, snack foods, quick packaged foods and artificial foods began in the 70’s, statistics from the US Department of Agriculture tell us that the average US adult consumes 20 teaspoons of added sugar daily and the total intake of sugar and sweeteners is now a staggering 150 pounds (68.2kg) per person per year!!!
For more information on reproductive nutrition, pre-conception healthcare and fertility for both partners, please contact medical herbalist, fertility and nutrition specialist, Kimberly Taylor at her Natural Fertility Clinic in Wellington on 04 499 1439.