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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

 

 

My Experience with Candida and Fungus

I had candida and fungal infections practically all my life. Throughout childhood I was diagnosed with allergies and asthma, treating these meant using steroid inhalers daily as well as receiving monthly allergy shots. I was exposed to antibiotics frequently as well as anesthesia for surgeries I had incurred as a child. When I turned seventeen my parents put me on birth control because I had become sexually active. I stayed on this for the most part until age 23. All of this in combination completely changed the state of my internal bacteria and set up an excellent environment for candida and fungus.

Later, as an adult, I was introduced to a more holistic approach to treatments of symptoms, which used food as medicine. One of them is called the anti fungal diet. It worked great initially for around one to two years of attempting it. My allergies and asthma went away, I didn’t have to go in for monthly allergy shots anymore and I had more energy, my immune system was stronger and less candida symptoms overall, just by cutting my sugars. Although the symptoms got initially better, some, not all, came back later on. Like itchy skin, dandruff and and itchy throat. It occurred to me later on that when you see symptoms of candida and fungus come back this means either your body now needs something different or you have not gotten to the root cause of the problem.

I worked on this diligently by strictly changing my diet for a long time, then finally came to the realization that it’s about more than that. You can only come so far with just dietary changes. It’s about your mental, emotional and spiritual health as well. Healing yourself from candida and fungus has to come from a holistic place, not just by changing one component of your life.

I begin this journey by taking you through my healing process on every level.

First the physical:

After being on the anti-fungal diet hard core for four months, going through a parasite cleanse and gut healing program, my body was, at this time, ready for the next level. This was introducing sugar back into the diet. My coach, Josh Rubin, recommended I look into Ray Peat’s work and discovered that his research proves that after a period of time, the low sugar, high protein diet actually raises blood sugar levels and creates an in-balance in hormonal levels. This happens because when your blood sugars drop as a result of not eating any sugars, your body produces cortisol and adrenaline to raise blood sugar levels. After you eat like this, over time it begins to take a toll on your hormones. Your hormones being out of balance changes your PH levels which can negatively affect the health of your skin, body and energy levels.

I felt this to be true mainly because of the way I was feeling on the high protein low sugar diet. My hormones definitely felt out of balance, my sex drive was low, I was experiencing some depression (which is not like me), I was chronically tired, would break out with acne and craved sugar constantly. I couldn’t understand why this was happening, and felt like I was doing everything I was recommended to do. What I found was that the anti-fungal diet is a great diet for initially bringing down the amount of fungus along with getting to the root cause of the fungus, but if done too long it can have a negative effect on a person’s hormonal levels.

Ray Peat recommends reintroducing sugar into the diet, not through grains, instead through fruit and straight sugars. That way your body can begin to acclimate to sugar again and this helps to balance hormones. I know this may sound contrary to what we’ve been taught about fungus and candida, and believe me I had my doubts, but surprisingly it has worked for me.

Ray Peat is also a huge component of drinking lots of homemade bone broth and adding gelatin to it. This helps to keep blood sugar levels even as well as heal the lining of the gut.

His research also finds that most above ground veggies contain a higher percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids. This is a fat you want to avoid, because it can get stored in the body and then present itself as a free radical in the body and cause things like premature aging and hormonal imbalances. I personally switched over to starchy below ground veggies and avoid any veggies that are above ground for now. If I do eat any above ground veggies I do it sparingly and make sure I cook them as well as add a good fat like organic butter and organic coconut oil. Also, I started eating tropical fruits and lots of coconut oil. The coconut oil helps to raise my metabolism. I rub coconut oil on my face and body daily as well as have a spoonful in the morning. Saturated fats are something that I have started to eat more of as well. I’ve not been able to tolerate raw milk in the past and can drink it now. Presently I stick to raw pastured dairy (organic butter, milk, cheese, yogurt), saturated oils (coconut oil, lard) starchy veggies, tropical fruits and pastured meats. As a result, I’m loving life, feeling joyful and life is colorful all the time.

My mental stillness:

This started for me with proper breathing throughout the day. It’s a great way to change your PH levels, the more efficient you breath the more balanced those levels are. I practice this daily by using any form of meditation that focuses on breathing or just focusing on your breathing 5 minutes a day or whenever you think about it.

Next, the emotional healing:

Focusing on love and forgiveness is a big one. I first began my journey here by practicing looking at myself in the mirror every morning and telling my self that I love myself. Honestly it felt kind of funny at first, but the more I practiced it the more natural it began to feel.

Now I wake up every morning look in the mirror and give my self a compliment.

Forgiveness is another big one. Forgiving myself was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. This includes giving myself permission to make mistakes and not being so critical of myself.

Also, I had to learn how to receive love. Giving love was easy, sometimes I discovered that I was almost giving too much of me away. The hard part was feeling I was worth receiving love from myself and others.

I practiced this by using certain kinds of meditation, talking lovingly to myself in the mirror and through affirmations. Louise Hayes has many great affirmations in her book, “Love Your Body”.

I also found that Tony Robbins has some pretty cool ideas on how to practice this.

Finally the spiritual healing:

I came to the realization that I was not living the way I wanted to live. Even though I was doing all of the right things with my diet and exercise, I wasn’t giving myself time to expand spiritually everyday. I now consider practicing creativeness a spiritual practice. Whether I’m practicing my music, drawing, writing, dancing or just having time for myself everyday, these are all expressions of that creativity we are here to explore.

If I’m not acknowledging this time for myself everyday, I feel as if I’m compromising myself. This begins over time to stress the spirit, which can present itself physically as candida or fungus.

This stress can also develop by saying “yes” to something you know deep down you really don’t want to do. I’ve been guilty in the past of being that person who wants to please people. I’ve now learned that this is not the same as serving others, you have to serve yourself before you can even begin to serve others.

Resources:
http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/glycemia.shtml
“Love Your Body” By Louise Hayes