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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

 

 

Coffee For Pure Energy

As we approach the cold and dark winter months thyroid health becomes a top priority.  Simply because the days are shorter, your body uses more energy to regulate body temperature and you have less sunlight exposure.

These stresses alone can be enough to bring your immunity down to a level which can make you even more likely to get sick.

What I love about coffee is that it can be used as a tool to counteract these stresses by keeping you from getting sick, regulating body temperature and providing your body with essential vitamins and minerals.   It’s so great when you can use real food as a tool to get your systems back into balance.

A few facts about coffee and how it effects the body;  coffee provides the body with magnesium and B1, stimulates the thyroid to regulate metabolism, protects the liver from alcohol, protects against radiation, chemical carcinogens, viruses and estrogen dominance.  Caffeine can also stop the release of free radicals in the body, in other words, slow down the aging process.

In Dr. Lita Lee’s blog, Coffee Has It’s Benefits, she mentions that it’s been scientifically proven that coffee provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food in the American diet.  That’s pretty amazing!

Although coffee has it’s benefits, I suggest you sip it with food and add a little heavy cream to keep your body from going into a hyper adrenaline state.  If taken black you can actually produce an adrenaline and cortisol response making your body less responsive to using glucose for energy.  Thus, not providing the liver and thyroid with what it needs to produce efficient energy in the body and to fire up your metabolism.

Last but not least, always choose organic coffee over non-organic.  Conventional coffee can have lots of added chemicals which can add unnecessary stress to your body.  We want to eliminate any unhealthy stressors so the body can do it’s job to regulate all of the systems properly.

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