With Valentine's Day on the horizon, holiday celebrations will become the leading contributing factor in the promotion of insomnia, depression, sluggish energy, hyperactivity, fuzzy brain, tooth inflammations, reduced memory, an increase in colds and flu, joint inflammation, and the flareup of former health conditions or new physical heart issues.
Blood sugar dysregulation is the #1 contributing influence behind physical health complaints and mood disorders. Fats entering the bloodstream undigested (especially a trans fat) is the #1 cause behind blood sugar dysregulation.
The dietary culprits?
Concentrated natural sweeteners (like cane sugar, agave, and maple syrup), along with all artificial sweeteners (like Sucralose, Truvia, saccharin and aspartame, yet these are more problematic due to their toxic nature than just their concentrated chemical origins). Whole fruits and berries, not juiced, are safer, yet only within certain guidelines.
Coconut oil in moderation is an exception here, being a mostly predigested oil, as will be an oil marinated in lemon juice or vinegar to cause it to emulsify before consumption.
Whole food vegetable and seed fats, like olives, avocado, flax, sesame, and chia are also exceptions, as they tend to combine well with starches, up to a point.
Nuts, on the other hand, being hard to digest and a fat, it has been my experience and observation in hundreds of clients, that they do more harm than good to the well being of the body due to the way they feed the herpes/shingles strains of viruses, and due to their sticky, constipating nature (causing yeast and pathogens to go after them).
Yes, this also applies to the soaked and fermented nut versions as well.
After sharing this unspoken insight about nuts with clients, many have reported back that their symptoms diminished shortly after getting off the handfuls of nuts and nut butters.
Hard to digest nuts adding fat to the bloodstream in the presence of sugars from sweets or starches (like a rice cake or bread) epitomize the struggle we face in the dietary world between sugars and fats.
Why do sugars and fats, especially when combined, produce this effect on human physiology?
Each year I get an increased number of calls in January, February, and March from those who, when questioned, noticed the onset of their symptoms develop shortly after "overdoing it" during one or more of the prime holiday celebrations from Oct 31 forward.
The primary effect of sweetened chocolate, nuts, granola, desserts, candies, sweet drinks (including carrot juice), coffee, energy drinks, and alcohol, along with common food combinations of meats, fats & oils with starches, grains, and sugars, result in a series of surges & drops in sugar levels in the bloodstream for several hours following these snacks or meals.
So, it deserves repeating:
Blood sugar dysregulation is the #1 contributing influence behind physical health complaints and mood disorders. Fats entering the bloodstream undigested (especially a trans fat) is the #1 cause behind blood sugar dysregulation.
One primary reason for this is due to the way this combination promotes insulin resistance followed by fungal/yeast/viral overgrowth (whose purpose is, in part, to eat down dangerous levels of sugar & fat in the blood and liver).
Why haven't we heard about this before?
We have. This fundamental physiological fact is the primary reason for the popularity of Paleo & Keto Diets, Dr. Graham's 80-10-10 Program, Dr. McDougall's high carb/low fat approach, the Medical Medium's high fruit/low fat program, and others like them.
They exist due to the conflict between sweets and fats when consumed together, or in close enough proximity, prior to the complete removal of undigested fats from the bloodstream.
Carbs alone are proven safer and more easily tolerated by the body than carbs and fats together. Yet fats are essential to ideal levels of health.
So your choice is to either limit carbs or limit fats in order to preserve your health. Yet, each extreme approach can have unforeseen side effects if a proper balance is not discovered and a few surprising restrictions implemented.
Each one of the above dietary programs do work as advertised. Numerous studies document the benefits of each one. Yet each one also has drawbacks that cause additional side effects not mentioned within these dietary regimens.
Thus, the main reason for publishing this article.
Under normal conditions sugar in the blood is not only good, it is absolutely essential to good health, brain power, and a long life. Sugar is essential to the development of ATP, the energy molecule for the cell.
Fats can be converted to glucose, given the right dietary circumstances & proper bile production (needed to pre-digest the fats before entering the bloodstream).
Sugar concentrates, on the other hand, especially in combination with oils and fats, lead to the over-production of pancreatic & adrenal hormones in an effort to balance the sugar surges produced by concentrated sweeteners, yet interfered with by the undigested fat in the blood.
Sugar concentrates (along with caffeine and alcohol) also diminish essential spleen functions necessary for energy, immune response, mucus reduction, bile production, proper iron levels, nutrient assimilation, and numerous other functions within the body.
Fat excesses overburden the liver, tax liver bile efficiency, diminish blood circulation (due to the blood thickness caused by undigested fat), interfere with sugar regulation, and prompt insulin excesses, thus wearing down the pancreas.
The natural result of a daily assault on the liver, pancreas, adrenals, and spleen is multi-fold:
The overwork of the pancreas and adrenals deplete the mineral reserves used by them to construct sugar-regulating hormones. The result is a movement toward glandular exhaustion.
Every bite of a heavily sugar-laden food or sip of a sweetened drink is like making the pancreas and adrenals run the 100 yard dash, eventually exhausting their sugar regulating powers.
Since the adrenals produce over 50 critical hormones that regulate a multitude of chemical responses in the body, any diminishment can lead to more serious health complaints.
The spleen contains one of the body's major lymphatic glands. Depression of the functions of the spleen (which is central to the production of antibodies needed to fight pathogens) and the lymphatic system (the body's sewage management system that manages toxins & pathogens in the body) is another serious side effect of sugar & fat excesses.
An overwhelmed lymphatic system results in hyper-sensitivity to mold, fumes, and foods. Long term, a congested lymph system leads to pathogen overgrowth, acidity from the toxic exudates of these pathogens, and eventually runaway cellular multiplication (growths that are simply the body's way of isolating and protecting itself from toxins).
Dysregulation of hormone production in the other endocrine glands: thyroid, reproductive, thymus, hypothalamus, pineal, pituitary, etc., is also a natural side effect of sugar and fat excesses, due to the indispensable role that the adrenals play in their own hormone production.
One direct side effect of an excess of fatty acids and other fats from a meal, is the loading of the bloodstream with circulating fat, thus triggering an excessive response from the pancreas to produce insulin to store this fat or to burn the fat.
Insulin is involved in the transport of sugar into the cells of the body. When fat in the blood interferes with sugar reception at the cell wall, insulin resistance is taking place. Reduce the fat in the diet and the insulin works again to deliver sugar to the cells for energy. It is the excess of fat in the diet that causes insulin resistance, not the excess of sugar in the diet.
The rise in insulin levels after a high-fat meal can impair the function of the inner lining of the arteries & veins leading to and from the heart. Increased insulin levels in the blood decreases the normal relaxation of the coronary arteries leading to hypertension.
Prolonged levels of acidity in the body aggravated by the acidity of the sugar itself contributes to liver bile (essential to the pre-digestion of fats) becoming thick and sluggish, thus reducing bile's efficiency at emulsifying the fat leaving the stomach. This lack of efficiency leads to undigested fats entering the bloodstream. (If you want to know what this looks like after spinning down drawn blood following a high fat meal, check out this image.)
Insulin, like sugar, is acidic. An excessive amount of fat in the diet, resulting in insulin resistance, compels the pancreas to produce more insulin in an attempt to deliver the sugar to the cells, thus increasing the acidity levels of the blood. This excessively high level of acid and fat in the blood predisposes the individual to a host of debilitating conditions including:
weakened teeth & bone
loss of capillary blood flow (thus cold extremities and/or numbness)
the development of fatty liver, fatty pancreas, and fatty muscles (from the body's attempt to dispose the excess fat)
an increase in pathogen development that thrive in an acid environment
the lowering of the cellular voltage, which is a precursor to numerous physiological failures.
While each of the above impact health in their numerous ways, there is one area where sugar excesses produce its most devastating impact: the human immune system.
13. Sugar concentrates cause a depression of the human immune system overall (partly due to the way sugar excesses debilitate the spleen), resulting in a proneness to invading pathogens, inflammation, and the proliferation of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungus.
One of the spleen's many functions is to manufacture antibodies designed to target pathogens. Diminish this with sugar excesses and pathogens are free to roam and multiply.
Bottom line, sugar overload from concentrated sugar sources feed pathogens, especially bacteria. This pathogen overgrowth is made even worse when sweets and fats are combined.
This is particularly true when undigested fats enter the blood triggering the proliferation of viruses and mycoplasma that naturally feed on fat excesses.
Even honey, as nutritious as it may be, when consumed in a pastry or hot tea/coffee several times a day can result in sepsis (bacterial overgrowth), tooth inflammation, a compromised spleen, a loss of drive, and a depression of the body's immune response powers.
These side effects take place more rapidly when liquid vegetable oils, animal fats, or nuts are consumed close to, or with, the honey (for example, an organic granola bar).
The same principle applies to other sweeteners like organic cane sugar, maple syrup, agave, sugar laden chocolate, and any sweet fruit.
Exceptions are Licorice Root Powder (under 5 grams [1-2 teaspoons] of the root powder per day) and natural Green Stevia Leaf Powder (I do not recommend the stevia liquid or powder extracts, being too concentrated), in that they do not contain the glucose, sucrose, or fructose that other sweeteners contain, and produce beneficial effects for diabetics, as noted here & here.
Bacteria and yeast, or fungus, love sugar. Viruses & mycoplasma love fats. When either or both are consumed in excess, pathogens multiply.
Can anyone remain in a state of optimal health under the influences of such a broad spectrum impact on the human body from these two central dietary staples?
It is for this reason, and due to the prolific role sugars & fats play in our daily lives, especially around celebrations, that concentrated sugars and undigested fats are considered the most central contributing factors to the deterioration of health across the world (not always the prime cause (environmental and medical toxins actually lead the pack), but certainly the most prominent contributing factor behind deteriorating health overall).
Excesses of animal fats, nuts, and liquid oils, especially when combined with a starch (like bread) or sweets, is at the root of most people's health deterioration.
To emphasize the seriousness of this comment I will quote the personal experience of a hospital lab tech, Butterflibeauty, in one of her forum posts:
I work in a hospital laboratory and have seen my fair share of blood that looks like a strawberry milkshake. When blood is being tested it more often than not is spun down to separate the serum (the juice part) from the red and white cells. This serum should normally be varying shades of yellow, usually a light yellow or straw color. People who have a lot of lipids or fats in their blood, it will look like milk, a thick white. It is definitely gross and makes a person think twice about their diet.
On a personal note, I once had my blood drawn approximately 8 hours after I had eaten cream cheese and bagels, and even after 8 hours my blood was still milky. I'll never forget it! GROSS!
A second quote from Elizabeth_Sky in the same forum:
I had some blood (six vials!) drawn today, and out of curiosity asked to look at it a bit. There were these icky yellow-white chunks floating in it, which the phlebotomist let me know were little fat floaters. Even though I wasn't surprised, it totally grossed me out to see that. And to think that my blood all throughout my body is carrying that!
Naturally, visible lipids in the blood are very high risk indicators for future heart disease, and it's often seen in people who also have problems with diabetes. So next time I want a hamburger, maybe I should think about how ugly that fat looks in my precious blood!
In order to see what fat looks like in a test tube of spun blood, go to American Family Physician.
Not surprising, a large number of heart attack patients are able to trace the cause of their heart episode to a "high fat & carbs meal" within the previous 24 hours.
While a significant secondary cause of heart attacks is grief from major loss or a seemingly unsurmountable life challenge, the diet likely plays the greatest role in heart health and blood sugar regulation.
Does the Keto/Paleo High Fat/Low Carb Diet Solve the Blood Sugar Regulating Deficiency?
Ketones produced by the body when sugars are severely diminished have a repair function in the body in addition to their support for the conversion of fat to glucose.
So, by giving the body a rest from the conflict between fats and sugars in the diet, there is a reasonable expectation that the pancreas and adrenals will rebuild in the process – providing the quantity of fats in the diet do not place an undue demand on the pancreas to produce an excess of insulin required to store the excess fat into fat cells.
Certain improvements in health will certainly be experienced from simply eliminating the sugar/fat conflict, as is commonly demonstrated by the weight loss, improved insulin response, and overall improvements in energy & mental clarity from the high fat/low carb approach.
Yet there are other considerations to be taken into account based on the fact that the Keto and Paleo dietary recommendations generally include a dominance of meat, dairy, eggs, seeds, nuts, and oils, along with a wise selection of non-starchy vegetables.
Unless you are doing the vegan Keto plan, most of the food recommendations are acid-forming foods, thus challenging the liver as it attempts to keep up with an adequate amount of alkaline bile fluids to digest the high fat diet (bile is the body's natural laxative promoter).
Constipation can be a rather serious side effect, as these same foods are the primary cause of constipation in most non-keto diets as well, only the non-keto diet complications are compounded with the added burden of acidity from sugar itself and excessive insulin flowing in the blood when sweets and fats are combined.
So, as a brief repose from the struggle of our depleted glands in the processing of sugars, the Keto & Paleo plans can serve a temporary purpose.
Fasting will accomplish the same, although with even more powerful positive effects.
What about the Low Fat/High Carb Dietary Approach?
The complicit food combining mistake, combining fats and carbs, is often made by the Low Fat/High Carb diets and tend to populate most of their recipes (although the most effective programs limit fat to whole foods, like avocados, olives, and seeds when combined with starches, which diminishes sugar metabolism challenges).
Nuts are generally the preferred go-to-source for proteins and are used in numerous desserts, breads, and sauces. Pathogen overgrowth and a weakened spleen are the common side effects of diets high in nuts, especially when combined with fruits (like in a raw food fruit pie made with a nut crust).
For those who have not gone through a gradual rebuilding of affected body organs and glands, a high fruit diet will be devastating.
If your body is already weakened by a former diet high in fats and carbs, you will find it difficult to make the switch to a high carb diet without a lengthy gradual transition time.
Best to make your transitions gradually, as your natural desire levels evolve to the lighter foods (mainly vegetables and fruits), gradually over time.
Keep fruits and sugars to a minimum until your body has healed enough to process sugars effectively. Stick to whole foods for sweeteners, like whole fruits and whole herbs, each in moderation according to your body's tolerance levels.
This is where a vegan Keto diet may help make the transition by simply reducing the carb intake to limit the fat/carb conflict.
However, the ultimate solution is to replace the high fat intake with whole vegetable, fruit and seed fat sources (avocados, olives, sesame seeds, etc.), as you switch to whole food veggie and fruit carbs, eliminating the simple concentrated sugars altogether.
If you are worried about not getting enough protein on a vegetarian or vegan diet consider the options presented in this article: How to Get Enough Protein Without Eating Meat.
It is possible to make such a transition work, but it requires the rebuilding of the inefficient organs and glands affected by prior diets and environmental or medical toxins.
Herbs, clays, and superfoods are the secret to accelerating a successful transition.
The Best Way to Rebuild Affected Body Systems
Ultimately, the fastest and most effective repair of body functions to improve sugar and fat metabolism is accomplished through a gradual movement toward the more restrictive fasting protocols (my favorite being a superfood fast, and a one meal a day fast including superfoods), coupled with an aggressive detox program consisting of superfoods, clay baths, clay internally, and clay body packs.
Now that we know that the two greatest dietary influences behind physical dis-ease are concentrated sugar and fat excesses, we can see how a sensible diet with these two factors in mind will accelerate the healing process.
To further assist in the dietary transition and organ healing process, the following suggestions will help both the Keto/Paleo Dieters and their opposite, the High Carb/Low Fat dieters, to maintain a greater sense of balance as their body adjusts to either desired dietary program.
The suggestions below focus on 4 things:
natural ways to rebuild the weakened organs and glands
improve the digestive powers of the body
maintain balanced blood sugar levels throughout
and thus help solve the health problems at the level of root cause.
11 Things You Can Do to Maintain Your Health During a Sugar-laden Celebration
1. Separate meals with animal proteins (all of which contain fats) or liquid fats from your meals with carbs (coconut oil is one exception). Leafy and non-starchy vegetables can be consumed with both meals.
2. Save your starchy veggies, grains, and fruits for the carb meal, or consume alone. Treat beans and lentils as a starch, not a protein, in this case.
3. Fruits are best consumed alone, or with superfood drinks (like Earth & Sea Greens or Vital Cleanse & Nutrify), and sometimes with vegetables and grains.
4. Reduce the consumption of nuts, or limit their consumption to other constipating fatty foods like meat, dairy, and eggs, or consume them with fibrous non-starchy veggies. Keep them to a minimum to reduce the proliferation of herpes/shingles virus strains.
5. Seeds, in moderation, are safer than nuts, and in their whole form (not as a seed butter) they serve the body well to provide the right amount of fatty acids and fats.
6. Limit your sweeteners to the safer versions outlined below, while avoiding the sugar concentrates. When fat is not circulating in your bloodstream, greater quantities of a sweetener can be tolerated, providing the pancreas is producing the ideal amounts of insulin needed to store or utilize this sugar.
These might include:
Licorice Root Powder in moderation. Does not contain glucose or fructose.
Green Stevia Leaf Powder (unless you may have an allergy to this one). Glycemic index is zero.
Fruits & berries in their whole form or blended into a drink make for a natural flavorful and sweet alternative to added sugar concentrates. If they are juiced, then they become a moderate to intense concentrate, and can have a similar effect on the spleen as a concentrated syrup. This can lead to lightheadedness, pathogen overgrowth, and chronic fatigue if consumed in excess. Same holds true for carrot juice.
My preferred liquid sweetener is Harmless brand Coconut Water (unpasteurized, so it is pink in color, not clear like the pasteurized versions). I add some with equal amounts of water (to dilute its sweetness) to my Vital Cleanse & Nutrify Green Superfood drink.
Yacon powder/syrup has very low glycemic index, and may be considered, the powder being the least sweet of all the sweeteners here. It is simply the dehydrated powder of the yacon potato-like root. The syrup is the juice extract of the root cooked down to a syrup. If cooked at low heat it will retain its FOS benefits, thus improving probiotic growth in the gut, yet is still a concentrate.
Like any concentrate (from boiling to concentrate the sugars), a concentrated sweetener (and even raw honey) will feed the pathogens when consumed at levels beyond your body's ability to metabolize that sugar, whether the source is low glycemic or not.
Any of the sweets, even fruits, (except for possibly licorice & stevia) will still trigger pathogen overgrowth when consumed with fats and if consumed beyond just moderate amounts (different for everyone). Keep this in mind while considering the following borderline options, which are better than granulated cane sugar options, but not entirely safe.
Coconut Sugar/Syrup is more gentle on the body than cane sugar varieties, but still be moderate with its use, as it is a concentrate like the others.
Date Sugar made of just dehydrated dates is also safer and more easily tolerated by those with a compromised gut, but its rich sugar content quickly blows out the spleen, even when eating the whole date by itself, if consumed beyond 1-2 dates at a time.
Brown Rice Syrup (traditionally made through enzyme fermentation) has no fructose, so small amounts may be tolerated by the fructose sensitive, but because it is a concentrate, like most of the other sweeteners, it will still feed the unfriendly bacteria when consumed in quantity.
Cassava Syrup is derived from the cassava root through enzyme fermentation. It has no fructose, but is about 35% maltose and 35% glucose. It is low in other nutrient or minerals, but serves those that are fructose intolerant.
Barley Malt is derived by soaking and warming barley until it sprouts, then exposing the grain to enzymes similar to the way Brown Rice Syrup and Cassava Syrup is made. Barley Malt has no fructose, but is a gluten grain. It is used in the process of making beer and is known for its antimicrobial properties.
While Raw Honey, Blackstrap Molasses, and Maple Syrup may be more nutritionally dense due to their concentrated minerals, which helps with sugar metabolism, one has to be very careful and moderate due to their concentrated nature. All but the honey are boiled down to create the syrup. Same applies to some of the below as well.
Monk Fruit, while seemingly a safe sweetener is grown in China (thus questionable toxicity levels), and will always contain other sugars, like dextrose, to balance out its flavor. It is a concentrate like most other sweeteners. Being always combined with added sugars, I find it unacceptable.
Erythritol, Xylitol, Sorbitol/Glucitol, Lactitol, Isomalt, Maltitol, Mannitol, Glycerol/Glycerinare are all natural sugar alcohols, most often derived from GMO corn fermented with a yeast. I do not recommend the use of these due to the common gastrointestinal distress and diarrhea that they are known for (and I have personal experience with).
Agave is the least beneficial of the so-called "natural" sweeteners. It is excessively concentrated, has an extremely high amount of fructose, and requires many steps and various chemicals to extract the sugars.
Sucanat, Turbinado Sugar, White Sugar, Brown Sugar, and Jaggery are just cane sugars at various levels of concentration. All but the white sugar contain minerals. Avoid all of these, as they quickly complicate sugar regulation and dampen spleen function. More than most, these will feed the unfriendly bacteria and promote inflammation.
6. Keep the body alkalized with superfoods and sea vegetables (Earth & Sea Greens, Vital Cleanse & Nutrify, Sea Vegetable Blend) to offset dietary acidity, thus improved bile flow and laxativity.
7. Reduce food intake by replacing a meal with one or more of the above green superfood blends, or consume some of the superfoods just prior to a meal, so as to reduce your appetite for the less nutritious bulky foods.
8. Take Digestive Bitters (with its digestive and laxative powers) with meals and just before bed.
9. Take Spleen Builder, BloodSugar Balance and Kidney & Adrenal Builder regularly to assist in the rebuilding of your spleen, pancreas & adrenals, thus promote improved sugar regulating powers of the body over time.
10. Keep your body stocked with minerals to feed your natural hormone & chemical process requirements (Sacred Clay, Mineral Manna, Ancient Mineral Blend). Mineral Manna and Ancient Mineral Blend also provide some laxative support.
11. Follow a comprehensive detoxification approach to remove the chemicals and heavy metals that are currently interfering with normal biological processes.To further comprehend the impact of celebration foods on our health, and what you can do BEFORE the holidays to give yourself the best possible outcome (even with a few compromises along the way), read the following articles:
How to Guard Your Health & Emotional Well Being as You Celebrate
Tips on how to minimize the effects of celebration foods & seasonal blues
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When is the Best Time to Start a
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Before or After the Holidays??
A Common Sense Approach to
Preserving Your Health During Holiday Celebrations
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Secrets to Building a
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20 Ways to Balance & Empower
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