During a time when we focus on giving thanks for our many blessings, all too often we create conditions which we may not end up so blessed or thankful later. With the continual rise in diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and many degenerative diseases, we need to be acutely aware of the causes. With the right information, so many of these issues can be avoided.
Yams are a delightful food, rich in fiber and vitamin A. Why must we insist on adding sugar to them? Cranberries are tart, have both antibacterial and astringent properties, and are commonly used to treat urinary infections and peptic ulcers caused by Helicobacter Pylori. Why do we have to add a ton of sugar to these wonderful berries, which are high in natural vitamin C, creating a substance which can incite infection?
Many traditional foods around this time of year are heavily laden with sugar, far exceeding the FDA’s recommended limit for daily consumption.
Nearly 80% of food offered us by our local grocery stores contain hidden or partially hidden sugars. The only way you can take back your health is to learn how to identify these hidden sugars and exercise something called willpower. Knowing when you’ve exceeded your limits and taking back control of your life is important because no one but you can make these changes.
Removing liquid sugars can be one of the hardest, but financially rewarding. When we talk of liquid sugars, think of soda pops, energy drinks, sports drinks, sweet tea, liquid meal replacement shakes, flavored milk, fruit juices, and especially sweetened coffee drinks, which so many are addicted to. When you consider many of these syrup flavored coffee drinks cost somewhere in the vicinity of $5 each, and many consume at least one daily. That’s just under two thousand dollars a year, which you may eventually need to treat the diabetes you’re working on.
When we think of sugar, it’s not often we place it in the addictive drug category, but it’s every bit as addictive as heroin. If you don’t believe me, just try to get a Pepsi addict to leave it alone. You may have a fight on your hands unless they are sincerely motivated.
As an example of sugar overload, consider this: An eight ounce Minute Maid orange juice contains 24 grams of sugar. An eleven ounce can of SlimFast chocolate shake, 16 grams. A twenty ounce Gatorade Thirst Quencher, 34 grams, Starbucks grande carmel frappuccino, 64 grams, and twenty ounce Mountain Dew 77 grams of sugar.
You may say, “That doesn’t look all that bad.” Look again. The World Health Organization as well as other major medical institutions sets the recommended limit for daily sugar consumption at 25 grams. As you see, those listed above have either exceeded this level or put you at risk of exceeding it with your next meal. Remember, they add up.
The result of exceeding the limits on sugar intake isn’t always readily observed. This tends to be an issue of accumulation. With so many autoimmune cases come through my door, I have to ask the question, “How did cellular DNA leak into this person’s blood stream?”
Since the only cellular toxin found in blood is supposed to be CO2, something had to divert cellular debris, left over from the break down of old cells, into the blood. What’s supposed to occur, is, the debris gets absorbed into the reticulo-endothelial system, then out through the lymph. This is a fluid matrix around cells, designed to absorb waste, and move it into the lymph system for disposal. The disposal involves shredding up the DNA, or cellular blueprint so it can’t go elsewhere, creating improper tissue where it’s not supposed to be.
Since sugar creates an abundance of waste in the system, we see where the intracellular matrix gets thick and fails to clear cellular debris. When this happens, we see waste material spilling over into the general circulation, stimulating immune response, resulting in histamine release with the symptoms of a cold. This is just the beginning of deeper problems. During this time of year, be more sugar conscious and learn how to just say no. To help divert sugar cravings, the use of the herb Gymnema can be very helpful.
The botanical I’ve been making for the last thirty years called my cold and flu remedy has characteristics that increase immune system function and lymphatic drainage. This is a really good place to start. Contact the office if you are interested in obtaining this excellent