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Sugar Intolerance

 

Could sugar intolerance which is your inability to metabolize sugar and carbohydrates, be the problem instead of sugar itself?  Sugar intolerance is a malabsorption issue that can lead to fatigue, bloating, gastrointestinal distress and anemia.

Consider the issue could be you’ve been oxidizing free fatty acids for some time now, producing too much lactic acid.  Thus slowing your energy metabolism down over time.  This is caused by eating too much protein and not enough healthy carbohydrates, eating the wrong fats and by doing too much activity without replenishing your energy reserves.  Basically burning yourself out.

I’ve been one of those people.  Years ago when I was experimenting with the low carb diet, I eliminated dairy, fruit, root veggies, grains and anything that contained sugar. This had been in in response to what I thought at the time was candida.

It worked great at first, but that only lasted for a short time.  For me eating soon became joyless and I quickly fell into a state of depression and low energy.  Later I found out that cutting carbs is the last thing you want to do if you have candida or any fungal issue.

Reason being is that you produce serotonin and adrenaline when you either skip meals or skip any of the 3 essential macronutrients, protein, carbs and fat in your meals.  So over time you can understand how a person can become addicted to dieting, but then eventually will hit a brick wall of fatigue and low metabolism.

If you’re cutting essential nutrients out that you need for energy production your energy will consistently come from adrenaline instead of glucose.  You can survive off of adrenaline but glucose is our body’s preferred fuel for the brain and the metabolism.  It’s also what your thyroid and liver rely on to function well.

When this happens there is absolutely nothing you can do to motivate yourself to workout, eat healthy and take care of yourself.  The energy is simply not there.  Here’s where most people feel like they’ve failed.

The science behind sugar intolerance….  

If you’re producing too much lactic acid from low carb eating,  the cell begins to favor the oxidation of fat rather than glucose, which doesn’t produce as much carbon dioxide (needed to transport 02). Leading you down a path of reduced function, low energy and hormonal imbalance.  A similar process happens in cancer cells – Lactic acid turns into fat then the body oxidizes the fat.

We’re supposed to be able to metabolize sugar well, but instead the foods we’re presented with have missing parts, like separated macronutrients and manufactured/modified sugar.  This could be why our bodies have such a hard time metabolizing sugar.  Not because sugar is bad, but simply because our metabolisms have been damaged.

The solution…

There is a way to get your body back on track if you’ve hit an all time energy low.  Consider the type of sugar or carbohydrate you choose is the most crucial factor.

Getting your healthy carbs from fruit, root veggies and squash instead of grains with sugar added and high fructose corn syrup can make all the difference in the world when it comes to repairing your metabolism.

The reason for this is that energy from starch (grains) is pure glucose which needs insulin to metabolize. Energy from fructose + glucose = sucrose has been proven to inhibit the insulin response allowing the body to metabolize your food without the use of insulin.

If you are constantly needing insulin to metabolize the food you eat you damage your metabolism over time and your body’s energy systems become less efficient affording less energy production.

Begin by taking in more beneficial real food carbohydrates, like the ones I mentioned above, to offset the lactic acid and free fatty acid production. Doing this slowly as to give your body time to adjust and acclimate (especially if you’ve significantly lowered your carbohydrates) so your body can produce enzymes to break down the carbohydrates.

In addition trade out foods that contain high polyunsaturated fatty acid (vegetable fats) concentration for those that have a high saturated (animal and fruit) fats content.

 

References:

www.raypeat.com

www.eastwesthealing.com

 

 

Tips for Getting Better Sleep

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Getting enough Sleep is a big one. Restful and deep sleep is needed for restoring your physical and mental body.  Any excess physical, mental or emotional stress you experience gets repaired when you sleep at night.  If you’re not able to get enough sleep to restore your body, your body responds with stress hormones, pushing you into a continual state of inflammation.  Indicating to your body that it’s detrimental to your survival to stay up and be wired.

Here are a few tips to get better sleep…

Get to bed to early

Getting to bed no later than 10:00 pm will help you reap the full benefits of your restorative time for both the body and the mind. Your physical repair time occurs from 10:00 pm – 2:00 am and your mental repair time occurs from 2:00 am – 6:00 am.

If you’re getting to bed too late, start by going to bed 15 minutes earlier every night until you’re going to bed at 10:00 pm on a regular basis.  This allows your body can gradually adjust to the change.

Get Rid of All Distractions Before Bed

Assess your nightly routine.  If you’re getting any screen time before bed this can negatively effect your ability to wind down and get to sleep at night. The light that you get from a computer screen or TV can create a cortisol response which could keep you from getting into a restful sleep for at least two hours afterward.

I suggest shutting down your computer two hours before you begin winding down and turning down the lights.  Shut down your computer after dinner or come up with a time that works for you.  If you shut it down you’re less likely to go through the trouble of turning it back on.

Turn down the light

Start turning down the lights at dusk.  As the day comes to a close train your body to wind down by giving it less stimulation with your lighting.  Bright lighting at night can trick your body into thinking it’s day time.  I recommend using a salt rock lamp which emits a softer soothing light or use candles.

Become aware of the value you get from sleep 

Most likely you feel better. Consider this a value and a priority. You can only repair your body with enough sleep.  Just remember anything you feel like you miss out on during the night by staying up late you end up missing out on the next two days or more depending on how often you stay up late. Your sleep deficit builds up the more sleep you miss out on. This will negatively effect your concentration, focus and energy in the days following.

Take a Hot Bath

An epsom salt bath is wonderful for winding down at night.  The magnesium is great for relaxing your muscles and nervous system.  Try adding lavender essential oil which is a great for calming your nervous system along with candles and some soothing music.

Stretch Your Body

Stretching can be most beneficial right before bed.  Since you’ll be laying down in a relaxed position for about 8 hours your body will most likely hold the stretch better.  Stretching also calms and relaxes the body naturally.

I get on the floor every night and pick out three stretches.  Sitting on the floor motivates me to move around and stretch, whereas if I were on the sofa I’d be way more comfortable and less likely to want to move.  I also recommend Feldenkris movements or Qi gong before bed.  These help to calm the nerves and connects you to your breathing for better sleep.

Floor Work Flow

Floor work flow. Using your body weight to workout. It doesn’t have to be complicated, you just need to start moving. I recommmend slowly getting comfortable with getting down on the floor. We’ve been so conditioned to stay off of the floor but this skill so is essential for health and function. It’s also really fun.  Step out of that chair and move on the floor for better health.

Is Caffeine a Nutrient or a Drug?

1619160_10202477782857842_289276244_nCaffeine is commonly classified as a drug by mainstream nutrition.  This can only be true because of how it’s used.  According to Dr. Ray Peat, any essential nutrient used in isolation, can be used as a drug for any specific effect on the person that wouldn’t normally be the case if eaten with other foods.   If used differently, could caffeine become a nutrient?

He states, The main reason coffee gives people the “jitters” is because they drink their coffee without any fat, like milk, cream or butter and without food.

According to Ray Peat , “The bad effects of coffee are usually due to drinking large doses in a short amount of time”  Drinking coffee on an empty stomach increases the cellular consumption of glucose and then causes an increase of adrenaline.  Over producing adrenaline can then lead to exhaustion, a less efficient energy metabolism (slow down) and a depletion of glycogen stores.  The liver requires glycogen to convert hormones.  Your Thyroid then takes the hormones your liver converted and produces energy.  Your thyroid and metabolism depend on this process to work optimally.

So what does all of this mean?  Caffeine can be really beneficial to your metabolism and energy if taken with milk, heavy cream or butter and by eating food with your coffee.

Below is an example of how I drink my coffee.  My recipe for amazing coffee that has been turned into a beneficial nutrient is to add organic heavy cream, collagen and coconut sugar.

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Benefits of caffeine:

  • increases progesterone concentration and production
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Protects the liver from alcohol
  • Increases metabolic energy
  • improves mood
  • Highly protective against cancer, including estrogen induced breast cancer
  • Lower incidence of thyroid disease
  • Provides magnesium and vitamin B1
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Protects against stress induced cell death without interfering with normal cell turnover
  • Can prevent nerve cell death
  • Prevents free radical damage