Most manufactured or processed food today contains sucrose (disaccharide) or an artificial form of sugar. Refined sugar is completely void of any useful nutrient. Sucrose is labelled as a “carbohydrate”. This is highly convenient when manufacturers of certain food wish to hide the sugar content of some of their products. They simply label it as containing “carbohydrates”.
When refined sugars enter the stomach, it causes what is known as a sugar reaction where the stomach is paralysed. As little as a quarter teaspoon can cause this. Since refined sugar is strongly alkaloid, the stomach will secrete an unusually high amount of acid to make balance. If this process is repeated over a long period of time, an ulceration of the walls of the stomach will occur.
Our blood normally maintains a weak alkaline condition, and when strongly alkaline sugar is introduced, the acid reaction takes place causing the bloodstream to become over acidic. To compensate for this our internal supply of minerals is mobilised so as to restore a normal balance. The minerals in our daily food and reserves should be sufficient to cope with the situation. However is we eat refined sugar daily, this supply soon runs out and we must depend on minerals stored deep within the body, particularly calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium in our bones and teeth. If this continues for a long enough period, the depletion of calcium from the bones and teeth results in their eventual decay and general weakening and osteoporosis.
The body has various back up system when minerals are in short supply and the blood is acidic. One of them is called the “Ammonia buffer”. The kidneys start producing Ammonia which is a strong alkali (PH 9.25). This balances the PH once again. Unfortunately, if the intake of sugar carries on, there will result a depletion of minerals from the bone and the teeth and the “Ammonia buffer” will eventually damage the kidneys with too much ammonia and acid.
Excess sugar is stored in various places within the body, first in the form of glycogen in the liver. When the amount of glycogen exceeds the liver’s storage capacity of about 50g, it is then released into the bloodstream in the form of fatty acid, which is stored in the more inactive places of the body such as the buttocks, thighs and mid section (cellulite). Then if the intake of refined sugar is continued, this fatty acid becomes attracted to the more active organs such as the heart and the kidneys, which gradually become encased in a layer of fat and mucus, which also penetrate the inner tissues of these organs. This of course weakens their normal function and when excessive enough causes their eventual stoppage.
This excessive intake of sugar in modern society can be seen in the increasing incidence of such degenerative diseases as heart disease. Two out of five people in the US are now suffering from heart disease. Refined sugar also directly affects our thinking abilities through the destruction of the intestinal bacteria which are responsible for the creation of B-Vitamins necessary for the synthesis of glutamic acid which is directly involve in the mental activities carried on the brain. A lack of this component can result in a lack of memory and ability to think clearly.
Constant sugar consumption has also been linked to Parkinson and Alzheimer’s disease. Complete removal from the diet has seen stunning recoveries from cancer, diabetes and heart illnesses (Sweet and Dangerous by Yudkin J – Bantham book).
Dr Joseph Mercola (mercola.com) wrote these comments on sugar:
“Another reason to avoid sugar is to slow down the ageing process. If you want to stay young it is very important to limit sugar to the smallest amount possible. It is the most significant physical factor that accelerates ageing. It is a negative fountain of youth. It does this by two mechanisms. The first is to actually attach itself to proteins in the body forming a new sugar-protein substance called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). The higher the AGE levels, the faster you are ageing. As this study points out, sugar also increases free radicals in the body which also accelerate the ageing process.”
The 1931 Nobel laureate in medicine, German Otto Warburg, Ph.D., discovered that glucose is used as a fuel by cancer. Do you really want to feed your cancer cells?
In his wonderful web site, Dr Joseph Mercola headed one of his on pages on health matters “78 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health”. Some of the problems mentioned are:
Sugar can suppress the immune system, can cause kidney damage, can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs), may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum. Can cause colon cancer, with an increased risk in women, can be a risk factor in gall bladder cancer, can weaken eyesight, can speed the ageing process, causing wrinkles and grey hair. Can cause arthritis, can cause asthma, can lead to the formation of gallstones, can lead to the formation of kidney stones, can cause varicose veins, can contribute to osteoporosis, can contribute to diabetes, can contribute to eczema in children, can cause atherosclerosis, can cause headaches, including migraines. Can cause depression etc..
Do you really want to damage your body this much? or are you strong willed enough to give up sugar?