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THE DANGERS OF SUGAR


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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, heart disease, 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:

  • Agave nectar

  • Brown sugar

  • Corn sweetener

  • Corn syrup

  • Dextrose

  • Fructose

  • Fruit juice concentrates

  • Glucose

  • Glucose-fructose syrup

  • High fructose corn syrup

  • Invert sugar

  • Lactose

  • Maltose

  • Malt syrup

  • Molasses

  • Raw sugar

  • Sucrose

  • Sugar

  • 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, arthritis, painful joint problems, osteoporosis, tinnitus, deafness and tooth decay.

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 liver, digestive system, kidneys, heart, brain, eyes, ears, skin and nearly every other bodily organ.

Sugar feeds cancer cells, parasites, pathogenic bacteria, viruses and yeasts, triggers weight gain and addiction which leads to lipoma, Dercum's disease, gum disease, acne and skin disorders and promotes premature aging.

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 raises the blood pressure, stresses the kidneys and leads to the chronic, low-level inflammation that is at the core of most chronic diseases.

It is especially dangerous if there are signs of insulin resistance such as being overweight or having high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol or diabetes.

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 it.

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 diabetes per 100,000 people in the United States. Today, diabetes strikes almost 8,000 out of every 100,000 people. liver disease

The problem with diabetes is 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 Coffee Dangers page.

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 Food Additive Dangers page.

Then, if all that is not enough for the human body to contend with, powerful toxic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are used on food causing toxic build up in human organs.

Intense mass farming techniques leach necessary minerals from the soil, and hence from crops, causing malnutrition.

Unnatural hormones and antibiotics are added to intensely farmed animals which affect many processes in the body including the immune system of humans that ingest these animals.obesity

Mega-sized supermarkets have been able to financially wipe out local natural food providers leaving the population with no alternative but to buy refined sugar, salt and synthetic additive laden food products. Diseases like diabetes, allergies, asthma, respiratory disorders, heart disease, intestinal diseases, cancers, liver damage, bacterial infections, parasites, yeast infections, acne and other skin disorders, neurological disorders, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, deadly viruses (such as HIV/AIDS) and cancer have increased steadily at the same rate as the growth of the processed and fast food outlets and pharmaceutical companies.

The massive increase in the consumption of sugar is one of the root causes of the huge increase in cases of all these conditions and diseases alongside alcohol (which also is high in sugar content), tobacco, air pollution, genetically modified foods, household and cosmetic toxins and powerful damaging medications.

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 and infection.

See also Food Allergies.

ALTERNATIVES TO SUGAR

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 sugar.

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.

Sweet fruits such as apples, apricots, bananas, berries, papaya, peaches, mango, melons, mosambi, soursop and watermelon can be used to sweeten naturally and provide high levels of phytonutrients the body needs on a daily basis. Use the juices or pulp in place of sugar in recipes or drinks.

Dried fruit such as dates, figs, prunes and raisins and sultanas are highly nutritious and can be used to sweeten both sweet and savoury dishes.

Sweet vegetables such as beetroot, butternut squash, parsnips, peas, seaweed, sweet potato, swede can give a delicate sweet taste to dishes as well as provide high levels of phytonutrients the body needs on a daily basis. They are best steamed or juiced.

Many aromatic herbs and spices can add both sweetness and flavours as well as very high nutrition to the diet. See the Herbs and Spices page.

REPAIRING SUGAR DAMAGE

Carnosine and 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 renal health, vision, the brain and the nervous system.

Foods rich in carnosine and carnitine are: Beef, cheese, milk, oily fish, pork, poultry, rabbit, shellfish and venison.

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 afflictions:

As sugar can also feed cancerous cells, parasites, bacteria, viruses and yeast and fungus infections, visit the following pages to find out how to treat these illnesses naturally:

Daily Morning Liver Cleanser

All these five ingredients together taken in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning is a liver cleanser & detoxifier

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THE NATURE CURES DIET

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 virus, fungal and bacteria infections 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.

The Nutrients, Minerals, Protein and Fibre 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 viruses, pathogenic bacteria and 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.

Stay away from substances that will damage the body further; alcohol, coffee, medications, artificial additives such as aspartame, pesticide, fungicides, herbicides and household and cosmetic toxins. Click the links to visit the pages about these dangerous substances.

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.

Meat and eggs (Three times a week)
Beef (organic lean grass-fed), calf's liver,
eggs lambs liver, lamb, poultry and game bird, organ meats, rabbit and venison.

Fish (Three times a week)
Anchovies, bloater fish, carp, cod, eel,
halibut, herring, hilsa fish, kipper, mackerel, octopus, pilchards, salmon, sardines, shellfish, sprats, squid, swordfish, trout, tuna (fresh only) and whitebait and all other oily fish. Anchovies are high in sodium so not advised for those with high blood pressure. Deep sea fish and bottom dwelling shellfish can be contaminated with mercury so it is advisable to consume these with some algae, coriander and other green leafy vegetables or sulphur-rich foods which can chelate (bind to) mercury and eliminate it from the body.

Dairy (Yoghurt and kefir milk daily and cheese three times a week)
Kefir milk, non-pasteurised blue cheese and yoghurt (plain with live cultures)

Fibre  (at least one every day)
Amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, oats, quinoa and teff. Consume one tablespoon of psyllium husks per day in a large glass of water or sprinkled onto meals as it has powerful properties that can support  digestion and excretory processes and will work within two days to fix many colon and digestive issues.

Vegetables (a selection of at least four colours per day meaning all have been eaten at least once a fortnight)
Algae, alfalfa, artichoke, ashitaba, asparagus, aubergine, beetroot,
bell peppers (all colours), broccoli, carrot, celery, chicory, collard greens, courgettes, cress, cucumber, daikon, garlic, kelp, marrow, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, seaweed and spinach, Swede, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, turnips and watercress. Algae, such as chlorella and spirulina, contain many important nutrients and minerals often lacking in land-based crops. Take one tablespoon of one of them per day. Also consume three or four chopped garlic cloves per day. Let them and other allicin-producing plants, such as chives, leeks, onions and spring onions, stand for ten minutes to allow for the process, that produces allicin in these plants when they are damaged, to take place. Allicin has many powerful properties that benefit the health.

Legumes (Three times a week)
Black beans, black-eyed peas, broad beans, chickpeas, legumes, lentils, lima bean, mung beans, navy beans, peas, pinto bean, red kidney beans, soya beans and winged beans.

Fruit (a selection of 2 or 3 colours per day meaning all have been eaten at least once a fortnight)
Apples,
apricots, avocado, bananas, berries, kiwi fruit, lemons, limes, grapefruit, apricot, plums, strawberry, red grape, cherries, peaches, pears, papaya, mango, maqui berries, mosambi juice, oranges, tangerines and watermelon. NOTE: grapefruit can interact with many medications.

Dried Fruit (as snacks or added to meals daily. Best eaten with a handful of nuts and seeds)
Apricots, dates, figs
, goji berries, raisins and sultanas.

Juice (pure, additive free, unsweetened - daily as often as possible)
Beetroot (raw), carrot, cranberry, elderberry, grape, lemon, lime, mosambi, nasturtium (freshly pressed), orange, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate and tangerine. See also Raw Juice Therapy for many raw juicing recipes.

Seeds (as snacks or added to meals daily)
Flaxseeds, hemp, nasturtium, poppy, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and 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.

Nuts (as snacks or added to meals daily. Best consumed with dried fruits to obtain the correct balance of vitamin C and E)
Brazil nuts (2 per week unless excessive sweating, through exercise or fever, has taken place, then eat 2 per day, cashews, chestnuts, coconut, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts (5 per day).

Sprouts (see the Micro Diet Sprouting page to find out how to grow your own then add to meals and snacks daily)
Alfalfa, almond, amaranth, barley, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, chickpea, corn, hazelnut, fenugreek, flaxseeds, kamut, leek, lemon grass, lentil, lettuce, milk thistle, mizuna, mung beans, mustard, oat, onion, pea, peanut, radish, rice, rocket, rye, quinoa, sesame, spinach, spring onions, sunflower, turnip and watercress.

Common Herbs (nutritious herbs to be used as often as possible daily in meals or as teas)
Basil, cardamom, coriander, cloves, dill, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, safflower, sage, tarragon and thyme.

Medicinal Herbs (consume as teas as required)
Angelica root, anise, ash gourdbarberry, bayberry, black seed, borage, burdock root, cascara sagrada, common stinging nettles, dandelion, devil's claw, drumstick, echinacea, elecampane, gentian root, ginkgo biloba, goldenseal, horsetail, ho shou wu, hydrangea, huang lian, Japanese or Chinese knotweed, jasmine, liquorice root, mandrake, marigold, milk thistle, motherwort, noni, oatstraw, pan pien pien, passion flower, pau d'arco, peppermint, picrorizha, pine needles, Queen of the meadow, red clover, safflower, saffron, sarsaparilla, schizandra, scutellaria, slippery elm, suma, wild strawberry leaf, and yellow dock root.

Spices (nutritious spices to be used as often as possible daily. Can be added to teas also)
Cardamom, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves (three ground), cumin, coriander, ginger, nutmeg, paprika, peppercorns (all colours) and turmeric.
A teaspoon of turmeric should be consumed daily due to its powerful compounds that can prevent many ailments. Sprinkle on to egg, fish and vegetable dishes or on brown rice and other grains.

Oils (cold-pressed only and used to cook with or dress vegetables and salads, especially with foods that contain fat-soluble nutrients, such as carotene, to enable absorption)
Coconut oil, flaxseed, grape seed, coconut oil, olive, rapeseed and a blend of sesame and rice bran oils. Also take one capsule of cod liver or krill oil daily, especially during the winter months between October and April in the Northern hemisphere.

Derivatives (to be consumed and used as desired on a daily basis)
Aloe vera juice, anise seed tea, apple cider vinegar, barley grass (powder or juice), bergamot tea,
black strap molasses, brewer's yeast, brine pickles, chamomile tea, green tea, honey, miso, olive oil, peppermint tea, pine needle tea, tea and tofu. Barley grass is one of the rare plants to contain vitamin B12 so is a useful addition to the diet of those that limit meat intake.

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. See the Nature's Colour Codes page.

NOTE 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 of strawberries, an orange, tangerine or some mango at the same time.

To benefit from foods containing carotenoids like tomatoes & carrots always eat together with fat rich foods like rapeseed oil, olive oil, nuts or 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.


WHAT TO AVOID WHEN

NOTE: Motherwort may be habit forming.

NOTE: Many herbs are powerful and can react with medications especially astragalus, cats claw, dandelion, and echinacea. Always check before taking at the same time as any drugs.

NOTE: Avoid yohimbine and ginseng under any of the following circumstances:

Try to avoid refined and processed foods, any foods with additives such as aspartame, 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).

Only eat the following fruit and vegetables if they are organic because of the risk of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides:

  • Apples

  • Asparagus

  • Aubergine

  • Avocado

  • Bananas

  • Bell peppers

  • Blue berries

  • Canataloupe

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery

  • Cherries

  • Chilli peppers

  • Cocoa beans

  • Coffee beans

  • Collard greens

  • Courgettes

  • Cucumbers

  • Grapefruit

  • Grapes

  • Kale

  • Kiwi fruit

  • Lettuce

  • Mange toute peas

  • Mangos

  • Mushrooms

  • Nectarines

  • Onions

  • Oranges

  • Papaya

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Pineapples

  • Plums

  • Potatoes

  • Raspberries

  • Runner beans

  • Spinach

  • Spring onions

  • Squash

  • Strawberries

  • Sweet corn

  • Peas frozen

  • Tomatoes

  • Watermelon


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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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