How did I lose 40 pounds? It started with cutting sugar out of my diet, and watching not my carbs, but rather keeping my intake of added (a/k/a “processed”) sugar to under 20 grams/day (now it’s under 10 grams/day).
I am not the least bit shocked that we’ve all become highly addicted and accustomed to sugar. I believe that there are two reasons this is true: (1) the FDA and pop-culture in the 1980s dumped what worked for mankind for about 10,000 years and began embracing ‘high-carb diets’ (after which obesity rates began to soar!), and (2) we use it to self-medicate against an extremely stressful lifestyle.
Stress pushes our bodies to generate hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, and these play a huge role in how you experience and access your energy levels . . . and blood sugar.
See, whenever you get stressed your body gets the signal to prepare itself for famine, and so it goes about making sure we will have enough energy stored (a/k/a fat) to us should a crisis continue.
Under stress, your insulin level drops, and glucagon and adrenaline levels begin to climb. Simultaneously, HgH cholesterol and cortisol make your muscles and fat less permeable and less sensitive to insulin response. This keeps more free-access glucose on hand in the blood stream.
This, my friend, defines a pre-diabetic state.
The disease known as diabetes was once misunderstood, in that we were once taught to believe it was due to having too much sugar in the blood. Now we know that it’s rather a sign of faulty blood sugar regulation, and actually responds well to good carbohydrate ingestion to promote glucose tolerance.
Let’s look for causes (not the disease-named effects) . . . for it is certain that sugar causes an effect. It’s so powerful that scientists across the globe now study it, and universally conclude that sugar consumption is detrimental to our health. According to the NIH (National Institute of Health) “Many countries set quantitative targets for added sugars, justifying this by expressing concern about the likely impact of sugar on weight control, dental health, diet quality, or metabolic syndrome.” Additionally, it’s been proven to effects our cognitive function.
So, what’s missing? What’s so dangerous about sugar?
Well, here’s the thing: substance quality matters just as much as quantity does.
If you’re like most Americans, you’re ingesting about 32 teaspoons (about ¾ of a cup) of sugar per day! It’s everywhere, added to our food, pasta sauce, salad dressings, canned vegetables, cereals, and beverages: even “vitamin water”. And it’s all adding up 260 cups or 130 lbs. of sugar each year!
That’s literally an extra 500-calorie meal every day made of added processed sugar!
What’s crazy is that pure sugar cane juice has nutritional benefits! It has fewer calories (than processed sugar), it is rich in iron, calcium, potassium and antioxidants. It is said to even have some medical value. Now, I don’t mean to imply that any amount of natural sugar is fine — anything in excess can harm the body. It’s just that processed sugar delivers such a dramatic punch to the body’s systems that it deserves to be singled out.
Wanna Hip Fracture? Eat Processed Sugar – Sugar Depletes Minerals.
Get this: – for every molecule of sugar ingested your body uses 54 molecules of magnesium just to process it. The insulin surge it causes consumes up your zinc. Sugar also depletes potassium and robs your bones of other minerals. A high sugar diet results in increased losses of chromium (which regulates sugar in your blood) through the urine! You also lose vitamins D and C.
Let’s watch this play out:
1) Since Vitamin D is required for calcium absorption, sugar indirectly suppresses your body’s intake of this essential mineral, leading to greater chances for inflammation, infection, and even autoimmunity reactions including dementia or cancers. And, remember, calcium is responsible for the growth and health of bones and teeth and helps our blood to clot.
2) Magnesium is a vital for your good mental health, and its deficiency is one of the most common physical reasons for depression, anxiety, agitation and even hallucinations. It mineralizes your bones, builds protein, and supports nerve impulses.
But, High blood sugar and elevated insulin increases magnesium excretion by the kidneys and causes the body to use up its reserves. The fact that when we eat sugar, we are immediately impacting the very mineral required for effective blood sugar regulation (which just makes sense), means sugar is extremely harmful to the proper retention of magnesium. Just to be clear: your body needs magnesium, it does not need sugar.
3) Zinc produces our genetic material and proteins, and chauffeurs vitamin A in and through the body. It’s important for healthy zygote motility in males. Zinc enables taste perception, helps heal your wounds, and ensures normal fetal development. Insulin destroys your zinc reserves.
4) Sugar depletes iron, which is a part of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen through the body’s cells. That’s kinda important.
5) We need Manganese for all our cell responses and our potassium stores maintain our electrolyte balance, cell health and nerve impulses. Sugar depletes these minerals as well.
So, let me be blunt: Processed Sugar Kills.
One more quick aside: I’m not saying that sweet fruit, or sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, birch syrup, jaggery, or the like are purely “wholesome sugar.” You can consume too much of these as well. However, these natural sugars come packed with nutrients, and are much less disrupting to your body than processed sugar.
So, when you make dietary choices that deplete your body, instead of restoring it, you are adding to the body’s existing stress level.
Maybe we should be finding ways to add more mineral rich foods into our daily diet to help calm the system and boost our mineral balances in an easy, absorbable way…
Anybody got a juicer?