I talked last time about the problem many people have with Candida or Thrush in their body. This is affected by yeast which is used to make bread rise and to ferment beer.
Sugar feeds yeast and so when we eat sugar we are feeding the yeast in our body. The problem with sugar in our diet is that a lot of our sugar is not added to our food where we can see it.
Sugar in Drinks
We see sugar and know how much there is when we have a cup of tea or coffee - 'Milk and one for me' or 'Coffee with two please' This is the sugar we see.
Then there were those couple of cans of soda or soft drink or cordial guzzled down to quell your thirst throughout the day - again, full of sugar.
Do you like coffee milk? with about 9 teaspoons of sugar in it, the Mars Bar, Cherry Ripe or chocolate you ate on your way home - all full of sugar.
But what about sugar in your hamburger bun, sugar in the biscuits you had for morning tea or in the birthday cake you scoffed at that party. The cake was yummy and sweet (sugar) and covered in pretty icing (icing sugar - pure sugar).
No, no, you say, I only eat healthy snacks - muesli bars - full of sugar, or fruit, nut and seed bars - all full of sugar in the syrup that hold them together. It's just like toffee.
How do you make toffee? Sugar and water and sometimes a bit of butter.
Well, I can hear some of you protesting that you just don't eat sweet things so you don't have sugar. Have you looked at the ingredients list on any of the food you eat lately?
Baked beans have sugar listed in the can. Spaghetti sauce also has sugar in it. Why don't you check out any other packaged or tinned food you use, and please remember to check out your breakfast food. Some of those foods are one third sugar and yet they still get the tick of approval by authorities as a good food. Whose kidding who?
Did you check out your yoghurt, fruit juice, sauce, peanut butter and donuts?
Remember that sugar affects diabetes and can affect the immune system.
People who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) often have a large Yeast problem. Yeast is in the same family ad mould and grows in the body. It feeds on sugar.
Anybody who has been following this blog will remember that I have written a few articles about the dangers of sugar.
Sugar is also called sucrose. It is made up 50/50 of glucose and fructose. Carbohydrates in fruit, vegetables and grains are converted into glucose.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection
Symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to those of CFS. There seems, as yet, no definitive test that can be done to determine exactly what CFS is. This is why it is called a syndrome.
Easing Sugar Cravings
It is important to eliminate sugar from your diet. I know this is easier said than done. Only people who have these cravings can have any idea how hard it can be. The little molecules of yeast scream blue murder if they are deprived of their food - sugar in all its forms. Remember this includes carbohydrates.
Fructose has a different affect on our body than does glucose. All our food is broken down into glucose. This is then used as our energy.
Fructose is like a stimulant. When we eat it, it does not tell our brain that we are full. Fructose spikes our insulin levels.
Changing our Diet
By experience, I have found that eliminating fructose from the diet first helps those cravings for sugar to ease.
Fruit contains lots of fructose. So that is another food to eliminate.
Lots of vegetables and grains contain carbohydrates. Remember, carbohydrates turn into glucose in our body. So lots of vegetables and grains should be eliminated.
I have a philosophy that everything should move slowly. If you eliminate these things one by one over a matter of weeks, you will not have made cravings. The little yeast beasties in your body will die off bit by bit and you will not have severe reactions to the diet. If you have a major reaction to changing your diet, you are less likely to keep the diet going.
Keep at it. You CAN do it.
More on where sugar hides next time.
The Evil of Sugar
Are you a Sugarholic?
Is Sugar Killing Us?
The Relationship Between Sugar and Cocaine
Sugar Daddy - Gary Taubes
Continued sitting is not good for us
Movement is much better for us. When we sit we do not contract our muscles. Therefore our muscles get no exercise. When our muscles get no exercise we become weak.
When our muscles contract it helps our body to clear the blood sugar and fats.
If we eat a meal that is high in calories it raises our blood sugar levels.
Researchers have found that when we sit for long periods our blood sugar stays high for hours.
High Blood Sugar Levels Bring on Inflammation
High glucose levels, that is, high blood sugar, can lead to inflammation.
When this happens continuously it can lead to inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body can lead to all sorts of major illnesses, for example, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.
How to Lower our Blood Sugar
For people who sit a lot, a simple way to lower our blood sugar is to get up and walk for two minutes every twenty minutes. A slow walk will do. It does not have to be a fast walk.
Just walking around the office, to the toilet, or a short walk in the open air -
whatever suits your circumstances - will help your muscles to contract, so
lowering your blood sugar by up to 30 per cent.
Who is at risk of Inflammation?
People at risk of inflammation in their body are not just unhealthy people. Children sit in classrooms all day. Many people sit at desks all day, drive cars and trucks all day or are passengers in cars, trucks, trains and buses.
Not many of us even do a lot of walking these days. We all try to make things easier on our body. We would be much healthier is we parked our car a little further away from where we are going, and walked a bit further and more often throughout the day.
The Elderly and Inflammation
It is a normal sight to see elderly people in nursing homes just sitting around. Now I know many of them just cannot get up and walk. However for the ones who are able to, they should be encouraged to go for a little walk every half an hour or so. It strengthens their muscles and gets their blood moving, so stopping inflammation from increasing.
Exercise in the Evening
Day time is not the only time we are seated for hours. Today it is normal for people to park themselves in front of the telly for hours on end each evening. With remote controls, switching channels is an easy movement of the thumb. Gone are the days when we had to get up and walk to the telly to change the channels or the volume. Who even remembers that we used to do it?
So, in the evening, when you are resting or on the computer or studying, get up every twenty minutes and do a little movement. Bring your exercise bike into the room where you watch the telly. Ride it for two minutes every twenty minutes.
Put the alarm of your mobile phone for every twenty minutes to remind you. Use technology not only to keep us seated but also to get us moving.
Coeliac disease is the reaction of a person's intestines to gliadin in grains. Gliadin is commonly called gluten.
When gluten is eaten by people with Coeliac Disease, the little finger like villi lining the intestine are worn away leaving the inner lining of the intestine smooth. It cannot then absorb the food as it passes through. It can be the cause of other serious illnesses later in life.
Symptoms of Coeliac Disease
Symptoms often include
People can also be intolerant to gluten. It can affect their auto-immune system. Eating gluten can cause
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