Refined sugar is very high in calories but completely void of nutrients. The processes it undergoes completely strips out anything from sugar cane that is worth consuming. Then the food industry adds sugar to other nutrient lacking packaged foods to improve the taste and create addictions and the effect is twice as detrimental on human health.
Sugar is cheap to grow and produce and highly addictive because it affects the brain providing a temporary and unnatural 'feel good' factor. This is also why the food industry adds so much of it to so many products. They are actually profiting from legally creating addicted consumers then very slowly poisoning them to death. Because the adverse affects of sugar take so long to materialise and go unnoticed for years the food industry gets away with it and the person consuming the sugar often puts their illnesses and conditions down to other factors.
The food industry and the media has also manage to convince the general public that fat, not sugar, is the cause of
obesity when, in fact. fat is needed by the body to absorb nutrients and for many other important processes. Cutting out fats can actually lead to
obesity as well as
high LDL cholesterol,
neurological disorders (the brain is made of fats), malnutrition and many other conditions. Refined sugar, however, is not needed in any form by the body and is the root cause of
obesity, diabetes and many other diseases.
Many processed and ready meals contain sugar in varying forms and these food additives should be avoided such as:
Fruit juice concentrates
High fructose corn syrup
Fructose tricks the body into gaining weight by altering the metabolism as it turns off the appetite-control system. Fructose does not stimulate insulin correctly, which in turn does not suppress ghrelin which is the body's hunger hormone that tells the brain it needs to consume more food. It also fails to stimulate leptin which is the body's satiety hormone meaning it tells the brain enough food has been consumed and stored as fat. The result of this is that more food is consumed than is necessary and insulin resistance develops and this also suppresses the immune system.
Because refined sugar has no
nutrients it robs the body of precious nutrients needed to
metabolise it and gives nothing back which can lead to nutrient
deficiency. It causes calcium expulsion and other important nutrients to be lost from
the bones which leads to weakened bones,
painful joint problems,
High intake of sugar not only
displaces calories from needed nutrients, but also interferes with
the body's metabolism of nutrients, leading to damage of the
skin and nearly every
other bodily organ.
The entire burden of metabolising
sugar falls on the liver, where excess is quickly converted into
fat, which explains the weight gain and abdominal
obesity of those
that over indulge in sugar. It is the primary cause of non-alcoholic
fatty liver and elevates uric acid which can cause
gout and bladder and kidney stones. It also
blood pressure, stresses the
kidneys and leads to the
chronic, low-level inflammation that is at the core of most chronic
Sugar is loaded into soft drinks, fruit juices,
sports drinks and hidden in almost all processed foods. And now most
infant formulas have the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola,
so babies are being metabolically poisoned from day one if taking
formula. Is this because the food industry wants them to become
addicted and accustomed to sugar as early as possible? There is no
other possible explanation because refined sugar is completely
useless to the human body.
Corn syrup is another profuse additive in foods which
is very high in sugar and contains no nutrients from corn but it
sounds 'healthy' so people are beguiled into accepting and ingesting
America has the largest obesity problem in the world
because they consume far more sugar and processed foods, however, the rest
of the world will catch up eventually because processed foods are
beginning to reach all corners of the planet. In 1893, there were
just three cases of
per 100,000 people in the United States. Today, diabetes strikes
almost 8,000 out of every 100,000 people.
The problem with
that doctors treat it with medications that allow the continued
abuse of the body instead of just prescribing a sugar free diet. The same
can be said for many other conditions which are treated with
medications when the abolition of sugar and processed foods would
have cured the patient.
Coffee compounds the problem because it too contains
no nutrients but does possess dangerous chemicals and causes
malabsorption of nutrients and many illnesses and conditions
including obesity. See the
Artificial additives and sweeteners also add to the dilemma because
they too provide no nutrients but contain chemicals which cause many
conditions and illnesses. See the
Education and awareness of the importance of good
nutrition for the human body is vital. People need to know exactly
what is in the food and medications they consume and be aware of the
damage that ingesting it can do. Side affects listed on medications are not
'side affects'. They are warnings of the possible outcome of
ingestion depending upon the state of the body's balance of
nutrients, metabolism and immune system processes but they are
largely ignored because the patient relies on the doctor's advice.
Doctors need to be made more aware of the importance of nutrition and the consequences
of over consumption of poisonous addictive substances such as sugar and
prescribe healthy diets instead of powerful toxic drugs for every condition
Addiction to sweet foods is as deadly as any drug
addiction but is a very slow, painful and silent killer. It is also
easier to become addicted when all processed foods contain so much
sugar. People do not even realise they are addicted to sugar if the
food they desire all the time is, in fact, a savoury dish. But they
will more often than not find it contains sugar in the ingredients.
Unlike drug addiction there is an easy way to recover. Choose other
sweet foods, such as organic fruit, that are natural and contain lots of nutrients that help
their sugars be used in the body in the right way and never again
eat anything processed.
There are so many natural healthy alternatives to
sugar which are highly nutritious and just as sweet tasting but
most people seem unaware of this and turn to the easy option of a spoonful of
Honey is one of the best alternatives as long as it is pure and
unrefined or blended. Acacia and Manuka honey are more nutritious
and have a higher antibacterial enzyme content.
Many aromatic herbs and spices can add both sweetness
and flavours as well as very high nutrition to the diet. See the
REPAIRING SUGAR DAMAGE
carnitine are natural compounds
in the human body that have been shown to prevent
the damage caused by excess sugar and they can reverse the development of
advanced glycation end products that lead to disease. The heart
muscle and vascular system are very sensitive to the effects of free radical
damage and protein degradation from sugar glycation. When critical proteins
become non-functional from sugar accumulation, the heart and endothelial
structures lose their elasticity and blood pressure rises.
Elevated glucose causes destructive changes to vital enzymes and proteins that
set the stage for metabolic syndrome and tissue damage. This problem is
particularly devastating in diabetics
as blood sugar levels remain elevated
throughout the day and sugar-protein cross links wreak havoc with
the brain and the nervous system.
Because high sugar intake is likely to have damaged
the intestines, liver, kidneys, bones, teeth, eyes, ears and
affected the brain, skin, blood and nerves of the body visit the following
pages to find out which natural foods can support and cure these
A wholesome healthy diet of
the natural foods below will boost the immune system and help the body to
recover from sugar damage as well as fight off
bacteriainfections naturally. If this diet is kept to it will
boost the immune system and protect the intestines and the body from any future attacks and infections indefinitely.
A noticeable difference will be felt within just one week.
Nutrients, Minerals, Protein
pages can help you understand body processes and the natural foods it needs to function correctly. The nutritional value of foods is important. Wasting valuable time eating the wrong foods
especially sugar is damaging the body further and allowing
parasites and worms to flourish each time they are consumed. They all reproduce so
fast that just one high sugar and low nutrient meal can help them spread to
other parts of the body and cause immeasurable damage.
Visit the Cleanse and Detoxify
page to try that regime first which can clear the body of toxins and infection. Then stick to the foods in the list below. This will ensure the repair of any
sugar damage and prevent further illnesses. This is the only solution to
recover from sugar damage.
Try steaming a wide selection of the vegetables listed with the herbs and spices listed and a tablespoon or two of bottled or filtered water (fastest in the in the microwave 8 minutes approx.) then place in a blender for a deliciously healthy potage soup and eat a small bowl before each meal. Similarly blend a wide selection of the fruits together with nutmeg, cinnamon and honey to provide a tasty nutritious 'smoothie'. Add live probiotic organic yoghurt to make the 'smoothie' or soup creamy.
Drink one litre of bottled mineral
water per day to avoid chemicals additives such as fluoride and chlorine and provide more
of the essential
minerals the body needs. One glass should be consumed just before sleeping to help the body eliminate waste and toxins from the body and the brain.
(as snacks or added to meals daily)
watermelon. Hempseeds provide the correct balance of omega-6 (inflammatory) to omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) fatty acids and should be consumed daily. A handful of pumpkin seeds can be sprinkled on any dish or in sandwiches daily and add many important nutrients.
At least one (and ideally many more) natural foods and derivatives should be consumed each day from each of the categories above. Pick one of
the six colours of fruit and vegetables to consume daily. Yellow/orange, white, red, green,
black/blue/purple and cream/brown. Nature has kindly colour coded natural food for us and each colour provides specific nutrients and minerals in the right balances which are required daily. At least one iron rich green leafy vegetable or herb should be consumed daily.
If appetite does not allow enough consumption, juice them or make teas by steeping them in hot water for 20 minutes, then strain and drink immediately to gain the nutrients without the bulk. Teas can be gently reheated and honey and lemon added to make them more palatable and to add additional beneficial nutrients.
Nature's Colour Codes page.
Non-heme iron is found in tea and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and
kale. However, tea and green leafy vegetables also contain oxalates that block
the absorption of
iron. To assist the body in the absorption of non-heme
iron eat a couple
tangerine or some
mango at the same time.
To benefit from foods containing
carotenoids like tomatoes & carrots always eat together with fat rich
avocado because carotenoids are fat-soluble, meaning they are only
absorbed into the body along with fats and can then assist with the manufacture
of the essential
vitamin A nutrient.
Angelica (dong quai), cumin, ginger, Japanese knotweed, motherwort and turmeric if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) hormone therapies and contraception or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, have heart problems and during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Chlorella and spirulina if suffering from a seafood or iodine allergy, a metabolic condition called phenylketonuria (PKU), multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. If pregnant or nursing or have hyperthyroidism, consult a healthcare provider before taking spirulina. It may interfere with medications to suppress the immune system.
Devil's claw if diabetic or taking blood pressure or blood-thinning medications.
Grapefruit can interact with many types of medications, such as statins or blood pressure medications amongst others, by reducing or increasing their effectiveness.
Land caltrop can cause foetal miscarriage and must be avoided by pregnant or breast feeding women or individuals with breast or prostate cancer. Excess consumption of land caltrop can cause sleep disturbances and irregular menstruation and high doses may adversely affect the eyes and liver.
Try to avoid refined and processed foods, any foods with additives such as
coffee, fizzy drinks,
sugar, table salt (use Himalayan pink crystals or unrefined sea salt), white flour and white rice (choose whole grains and brown or wild rice).
Nat H Hawes SNHS Dip (Advanced and Sports nutrition) is a qualified nutritional and sports therapist and author of the new book, Nature Cures, who has been researching natural foods and their health benefits since 2003. She provides personal consultations that will investigate the root cause of your symptoms and provide natural solutions through adding or eliminating certain foods to and from the diet. She specialises in researching most common health disorders including allergies, bacterial, fungal and viral infections, diabetes type 2 and weight control and those involving the intestines, kidneys, gall bladder, liver, mental health and parasites. She does not advise the use of nutrient supplements unless a blood test has shown serious deficiencies. Book an appointment here.
It is hoped that this website, and the book which accompanies this website, can provide everyone with the knowledge of what to eat and what to avoid to stay healthy as well as recover from most known human ailments using natural food as medicines with no debilitating side effects. Always bear in mind though, that the medicinal effects of any food may be different from person to person as we are all so unique.
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