A guide to replacing bad sugars in your diet with good sugars for physical, emotional, and mental healing and more energy
• Explains how to easily replace bad sugars, including white sugar and artificial sweeteners, with good sugars, such as those in fruit, honey, and whole grains
• Explores the difference between fast sugars and slow sugars and the regulating role of proteins to slow down the body’s use of sugar
• Reveals the harmful effects of bad sugars, including hypoglycemia, diabetes, obesity, cavities, thickened blood, acid-alkaline imbalances, hyperactivity of glands, mood swings, phobias, depression, and delusional states
One of the most valuable nutritive substances we can consume, sugar supplies the essential energy the body and brain need to function. But there are good and bad, healthful and harmful forms of sugar. Good sugars are those found naturally occurring in foods such as fruits, honey, maple syrup, and whole grains. These unrefined sugars not only provide energy but also trace elements, minerals, and vitamins--nutrients crucial to helping the body process sugar. Bad sugars are those that are man-made or refined, such as white sugar, white flour, and artificial sweeteners. Pervasive in the modern diet, bad sugars are difficult for the body to metabolize and lead to a host of health issues, including tooth decay, type 2 diabetes, brain fog, mood swings, and weight gain.
In this practical guide, Christopher Vasey, N.D., explains how to successfully replace bad sugars with good sugars as well as how to reduce sugar cravings and break your sugar addiction. He reveals how refined sugars not only cause well-known, sugar-related health issues such as obesity but also lead to acid-alkaline imbalances, hyperactivity of glands and organs, chronic fatigue, nutrient deficiencies, thickened blood, and mental disorders such as fits of rage, phobias, depression, and confused states akin to dementia--conditions uncommon before white sugar was introduced into the world’s food supply more than 200 years ago. Vasey describes how sugar, in the form of glucose, works in the body and explores the difference between “fast” sugars and “slow” sugars, emphasizing the importance of slow sugars for ensuring a constant energy level all day long. He looks at the glycemic index with regard to good and bad, fast and slow sugars and the regulating role of proteins to slow down the body’s use of sugar. He explains how dehydration and imbalance in the body’s pH level can trigger bad-sugar dependency and provides steps to correct both issues.
Offering a path out of sugar addiction and easy steps to power your brain and body with healthy energy, Vasey gives you with the tools to take ownership of your own health.
Standard cases of hypoglycemia take place when the intake of carbohydrates is not substantial enough to compensate for the losses due to physical exertion or stress. There is another kind of glycaemia however, reactive glycaemia. It is caused by a disproportionate reaction of the pancreas when dealing with the arrival of bad sugars.
The Excessive Desire for Sugar
In cases of reactive hypoglycemia, the lack of sugar is considerable and, consequently, the desire to eat sweets is pronounced. Depending on the intensity of the reactivity of the pancreas, this craving can be strong, extreme, all-consuming, or uncontrollable.
The person undergoing an attack of reactive hypoglycemia feels an imperative need to eat. He or she feels that they must eat immediately and cannot wait another second. The need is so imperious that people in this condition will search feverishly for something sweet to ingest. When the disturbance of the pancreas is minor, the person can eat what he or she has found more or less calmly. But if the pancreas is extremely reactive--meaning that there is a huge lack of sugar--the individual will hurl him or herself on anything edible. For example, he or she will not calmly eat a package of cookies tranquilly one by one, but will munch on several at a time at top speed, as if he or she was trying to eat the largest possible amount of food as quickly as possible.
The hunger felt by people who have been deeply afflicted by this condition is not only excessive, it is also insatiable. They cannot stop eating all day long. Of course they will take some small breaks here and there, but that is only the better to prepare to hurl themselves on something else to eat. These breaks occur during the short periods of hyperglycemia during which their need for sugar is satisfied and their craving for sweets does not appear. But these periods are quite brief; they last from thirty to sixty minutes rather than several hours. All the rest of the time they are in a hypoglycemic state. This gives them an irresistible desire to eat, so they eat.
The disorder described here is due to bad sugars. Things do not play out this way with good sugars. Their consumption does not create the desire to eat ever more sweets. To the contrary, they reduce the craving for sugar. As soon as the body has received the fuel it was missing, a feeling of satiety is established. Nothing is pushing this individual to continue eating, or more precisely overeat, as would be the case if they had eaten foods with bad sugars.
To free oneself from the bad sugar cycle it is therefore necessary to abstain and replace them with good sugars.
Symptoms of Reactive Hypoglycemia
The big absence of sugar during attacks of reactive hypoglycemia can bring about a variety of physical ailments. Fatigue and a lack of energy appear much more strongly than is the case with simple hypoglycemia. The sense of fatigue is proportionate to the reactive state of the pancreas. The individual feels so weak that she or he no longer has any momentum or enthusiasm. In serious cases, the individual feels incapable of undertaking any task and even less able to deal with obstacles. Furthermore, everything turns into a problem for him or her. Life stops seeming rosy but turns gray or even black.
The lack of sugar disrupts the functioning of the organs. Because the heart is an organ that requires sugar to function properly, its absence prevents it from working normally. Blood pressure can drop to a varying degree depending on the person. He or she can experience a minor case of low blood pressure and some slight dizziness, or, in the more serious cases, have strong drops of blood pressure and dizzy spells. He or she can even stagger and faint. Sometimes there is ringing in the ears or headaches. To restore the pressure to its normal rate, the heart will suddenly accelerate its beat. Palpitations can result from this, panicking the individual.
The lungs are driven by the muscles. In the event of a lack of sugar, respiratory amplitude is reduced and consequently the intake of oxygen is also diminished. In mild cases, the subject will only experience shortness of breath, sigh repeatedly, or yawn from the lack of air. In more serious cases, the subject has the impression that she or he is suffocating and desperately try to breathe. In this case, the individual becomes nervous, or very anxious and panicked. He or she will perspire, and have hot flashes or cold sweat. Tingling sensations or pins and needles will cause unpleasant feelings in different areas of the body. The person becomes more or less hypersensitive to noises, odors, and light.
These troubles can span a wide range, going from a simple lack of concentration or difficulty making decisions to mental confusion and false perceptions.
These problems can go from simple impatience and irritability, to fits of anger and even violence. They can manifest in the form of a lack of zest for life, but also attacks of anxiety without any cause, permanent worries, fears, phobias, weeping fits, and depressive states. A lack of inner assurance and emotional hypersensitivity can also appear. While each of these symptoms are bad enough to experience on their own, the combination of several of them together that an individual afflicted with reactive hypoglycemia can feel is sheer torture. Reactive hypoglycemia sufferers will not experience them all at the same time, but only some at one time and others at another. They thereby spend their time prey to a full variety of different mental states over the course of each day.
In Part 2, we will look at eliminating bad sugars from the diet and how to replace them with good sugars to ensure your body and brain are powered with long-lasting, healthy energy.
Christopher Vasey, N.D., is a naturopath specializing in detoxification and rejuvenation. He is the author of The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health, The Naturopathic Way, The Water Prescription, The Whey Prescription, and The Detox Mono Diet. He lives near Montreux, Switzerland.