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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

 

 

Sunscreen – What Are the Natural Alternatives?

We all believe that sunscreen, especially the high SPF30 lotions, protects our skin from cancer. Discover some of the natural alternatives to sunscreen and why you don’t need to buy fake tanning lotions. Should we stay out of the sun, or embrace the rays? Discover the answer to these important questions and the connection between the fat we eat and sun light.

I used to think I needed to heavily protect myself with sunscreen year round, because of fear of aging faster or getting skin cancer.  I’ve learned since, when your body is truly healthy on the inside, the sun’s rays will not effect your health in the same way.

One day it occurred to me that being out in the sun is natural, my body craves the warmth of the sun.  It just feels good and can be healing for the body.  This has been true for me personally since healing from severe adrenal fatigue one summer.

The sun provides vitamin D, which many of us are highly deficient in. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin with can only be absorbed in the body by eating high quality saturated fat. Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to diseases such as heart disease, cancer and chronic fatigue, to name a few.

Most people who get burned by the sun or develop skin cancer because of the way they eat not because of the sun.  Ray Peat’s research says that its because of the high amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids people are eating.  Processed foods and fried foods contain a high amount of PUFAs.  These are veggie oils like soybean oil and canola oil and are extremely unstable.  This instability causes  damage to the skin when you add sun.

You ever noticed you people who drink alcohol on the beach always get burned?  That’s because alcohol contains a high percentage of PUFAs.  These fats can create free radicals in the body when oxidized.

The best way to avoid sunburn in the summer is to significantly reduce or eliminate all together your intake of toxic foods and drinks. Stick with high quality organic foods and saturated fats and drink lots of high quality water with a few pinches of white sea salt.

While you can’t eliminate PUFAs all together you can significantly lower your intake percentage by avoiding, nuts, seeds, veggie oils, and raw dark green leafy veggies.  Saturated fats are actually protective against the negative effects of PUFAs.

Gradually build up exposure time depending on how sensitive your skin is to the sun. Use an organic sunscreen without out parabens and other harsh chemicals – http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/.  I recommend Badgers.

A great natural alternative to sunscreen, which I’ve tried myself, is organic coconut oil.  It acts as a natural sunscreen that protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.  Coconut oil is by far my top choice and it’s great for your skin too.

The bottom line is, we need sun exposure coupled with a healthy saturated fat intake, in order to absorb vitamin D.  Consider how healthy you are from the inside out, instead of the outside in.

References:
Weston A. Price

Ray peat