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Do I Really Know How Much Sugar My Body Can Tolerate?

an array of sugary treats such as gummy bears and gummy candiesYour internal organs are in excess of 70, but the most notable ones are your Heart, Lungs, Gallbladder, Kidneys, Reproductive organs, Spleen, Pancreas, Stomach, Brain, The Glands.

In the post-industrial revolution which took place around 1500 AD, milling techniques for flour and other processed foods came into operation. The production of sugar from sugar cane on the backs of African slaves led to sugar being available to most people and once it got a foothold those who wanted to make profits started finding ways to put sugar into most processed foods. 

All this may seem like a footnote in history but it is directly affecting you and your family’s health right now and the choices you make are the direct result of those incorrect and unhealthy decisions made on your behalf so greedy men could line their pockets.

Once sugar got into society it was promoted as good for health.

Today sugar means sugary drinks, candy, baked goods, sweetened dairy, all fast processed food, savory food like bread, tomato sauce, and protein bars. It can be difficult to spot the sugar content too as it is disguised as corn syrup, agave nectar, palm sugar, corn juice, sucrose to mention a few.

Eating sugar activates the release of the hormone dopamine in your brain. This release causes your brain to demand more and more of it daily. This leads to cravings and the highs and lows that sugar brings to the blood sugar levels in your body.

In the early 20th century, around 1920, the US Nutritionists were successfully attacking the sugar industry and exposing it for what it was: a dangerous ingredient to the health of the nation. Even though the highest court in the land sided with the nutritionists, the sugar industry fought back and put together the Sugar Insitute which proclaimed to the general public the joys and benefits of consuming sugar.

They placed regular advertisements in newspapers and magazines promoting sugar as a healthy food and as a means to boost the immune system.

They lobbied the government until they got their way and even got their own nutritionist to say how good sugar was. After the second world war the deceit continued and in the 60s and 70s when obesity came to many people their experts said that fat was to blame for this and we got this huge surge in low fat this and that when all the time sugar was at the center of the problem.

And as with most things that started in the USA, they got exported to most other countries in the world post WW2. And so we have as a result of 100 years of misinformation on sugar, we have our hospitals full of good people with high blood pressure, heart disease type 2 diabetes, gout, and obesity is rampant in all modern societies. Cancer has also taken a huge part of modern populations and brought suffering to millions.

According to the American heart association, the body does not need any added sugar to function healthily. Naturally occurring sugars come with a variety of nutrients that the body takes in each day with a properly balanced diet,

When and if you do go off sugar you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and even sadness. But after about a week your energy will improve and you will feel more alive and less irritable. So that tired feeling you get may be too much sugar intake.

It is important to make the difference between added sugar and sugars that occur naturally in foods like fruit and vegetables. These foods contain water, fiber, micronutrients, and natural sugars in small amounts.

The added sugar in candy, processed foods, soft drinks and baked products are not good for you. However, we all take them, don’t we? Well, the question is do you and I take them every day or most days. The body can’t handle the excess so please cut down by 50% and give your body a chance.

You will be better placed to make these tough decisions when your nervous system is aligned and functioning properly so get your spine adjusted regularly too. It makes sense to connect up with your brain and that’s done with the nervous system.

Yours in Health,
John Keane, Spinologist

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