Sugar Causes Fatigue

Carolyn Guilford
Carolyn Guilford

The over use of sugar itself has become a disease. Over-consumption leads to hypoglycemia, diabetes, heart disease, and chronic tiredness.

Balancing the blood sugar is an important part of regaining health and energy. Excess sugar consumption is one of the major causes of fatigue. Not only is sugar a major culprit, but the consumption of refined carbohydrates that quickly turn to sugar in our blood is equally damaging.

Sugar tends to change the way the blood-brain barrier selects appropriate aminoacid building blocks of brain chemicals. Refined carbohydrate consumption increases the level of the amino acid tryptophan, which is the building block of the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin is a proven tranquilizer. Sugar creates a cycle of craving and bingeing. It is highly addictive.

Blood sugar disorders can cause fatigue and are closely tied to levels of trace minerals in the body. The average can of soda contains eight to ten teaspoons of sugar. When a person drinks a can of soda, the blood is hit with a hefty dose of sugar that is eight to ten times more than normal. In response, the body must mobilize large amounts of adrenalin and insulin to clear the sugar from the bloodstream. Repeated day after day, this scenario can lead to significant health problems as well as blood sugar disorders.

Recent USDA studies show that the average American consumed the following each year: 134 pounds of refined sugar excluding honey; 365 servings of soda pop (638 cans per year for people aged 12-29); 200 sticks of gum; 22 pounds of candy; 63 dozen doughnuts; 60 pounds of cakes and cookies; 23 gallons of ice cream.

A diet with too much sugar causes abnormal levels of glucose in the blood which affect the brain, nerves, digestive system, and muscles. If the body is not receiving proper nutrition the fundamental mechanisms of the body begin to crumble.

Poor food quality begins with the agricultural practices that have depleted our soil of it’s minerals for years. If minerals and nutrients are not present in the soil then they are also not present in our foods. Once upon a time, we grew our own foods, picked them from the garden, and ate them the same day. Now we buy foods that have been on a shelf for who knows how long; the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are totally dead. This, along with poor food choices, too much sugar and refined carbohydrates, not enough fresh fruits and vegetables, contributes to a depleted immune system, weak organs and malnutrition. Thus, the development of disease.

Nutritional Therapy to Restore Energy

Begin by eliminating foods made with refined white flour, refined white sugar, and all processed and packaged food products, including alco- hol, and caffeine. Reduce dairy foods, fried and fatty foods, fast foods, pastries, prepared meats, and saturated fats. Eliminate preserved foods and red meats unless they are free range from your health food store. Keep fruit at a minimum.

Include in the diet as much fiber as possible from fresh vegetables and small amounts of whole grains. Grain consumption should be minimal. Small amounts of millet, quinoa, amaranth, or wild rice no bigger than the palm of your hand at mealtime is adequate. Meals should be small and frequent in order to keep blood sugar at a normal level. Protein should be included with each meal.

Whenever possible buy organically grown produce. Salad and lightly steamed vegetables should be included in at least two of your meals a day. Eating a diet as close to the way it comes naturally from nature is the best possible way to eat. It is especially good for people trying to regain one’s health.

Green superfoods such as spirulina, barley grass juice, and wheat grass juice are good for between meal snacks as they help to keep the blood sugar level. Snacks between meals should also include nuts and seeds. Parsley, wheatgrass, carrot (small amounts) and celery juices, along with green vegetables help to build the blood.

Health-conscious consumers are increasingly on the lookout for sources of concentrated nutrition – called superfoods – dense in nutrients, missing in commonly available foods.

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