What If I Said, It Wasn’t Me!
It is far from uncommon for aggressive, uncontrollable behaviour to be blamed on the excessive consumption of sugar.
Experiments have, however, shown numerous ways in which interference with metabolic energy systems can be responsible, and on this basis, sugar can be very therapeutic.
Stress – or anything that interferes with thyroid function – tends to cause digestive processes to slow down, leading to a greater degree of fermentation of fibers and starches as well as a rise in the release of bacterial endotoxin.
This then results in the secretion of serotonin – and numerous other stress related substances – eventually increasing the toxic load placed on the liver.
Too much stress on the liver interferes with its ability to carry out its detoxification functions – allowing greater amounts of serotonin and endotoxin into the main system – promoting estrogen production and circulation (as well as inflammatory conditions in general), further interfering with thyroid and energy metabolism.
Both serotonin and estrogen are known to promote each others actions and in excess, have been closely associated with aggressive and violent behaviour.
Grains, beans and other starches – as well as large amounts of under cooked vegetable matter – can be strong promoters of bacterial overgrowth and regular consumption has the potential to feed a vicious cycle of thyroid suppression, as well as the eventual release of a variety of behaviour modifying substances.
Conditions of stress – and insufficient sugar – promote the release of the polyunsaturated fats from storage as free fatty acids in the blood, and these have been shown to significantly interfere with digestion (and thyroid function), as well as directly promoting the release (and actions) of estrogen and serotonin.
Saturated fats can be protective against the negative effects of the polyunsaturated fats. Fat produced by the body from excess sugar is largely saturated in nature (aside from the small amount of anti-inflammatory omega-9 fats produced under certain conditions), helping to shift the balance away from the dangerous unsaturated fats already stored in the tissue.
When circumstances are stressful, the body goes through glycogen stores at a much faster rate, and this – apart from causing the release of fat into the blood as an alternative fuel source – quickly leads to a rise in cortisol, in an attempt to provide required sugar via the breakdown of muscle and other tissue.
Cortisol – the basic hormone of stress – has been linked to increased aggression and can be effectively suppressed with the consumption of sucrose or fructose, both of which help to effectively replenish glycogen stores – as well as directly fueling metabolic energy systems – simultaneously protecting against some of the damaging effects of other stress substances such as estrogen and serotonin.
Serotonin has been experimentally demonstrated in many ways to be part of a behavioural system for harm avoidance, and in this sense, anything that lowers serotonin (or estrogen, as lowering estrogen tends to also lower serotonin), is likely to make a person feel less anxious and threatened, and consequently less prone to aggression. Anti-serotonin substances have been effective in the reduction of aggressive behaviour.
A diet low in fermentable fibers and starches, with sufficient protein (and some saturated fats) from milk, cheese and gelatinous cuts of meat, and plenty of easily digestible sugars from sweet ripe juicy fruits, fruit juice, honey and white sugar, is one rational approach to improving thyroid function, suppressing the overgrowth of bacteria, and reducing anti social and aggressive behaviour.
Sometimes it can be fair to say that how a person behaves from moment to moment, isn’t always completely in their control. Have you ever considered going the other way and trying a little more sugar? Just make sure it really is sugar that you are increasing.
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High maternal intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids during pregnancy in mice alters offsprings’ aggressive behavior, immobility in the swim test, locomotor activity and brain protein kinase C activity.