No More Sugar Lies
It’s time for a sugar revolution. It’s time for all people around the world today who are sick and tired of witnessing the mistreatment of sugar, to stand up once and for all and tell the truth. No more sugar lies.
If you’re dissatisfied and you’ve had enough of the many ways sugar is misrepresented; if you’re ready to speak out – ready to defend the undefended – here are some of sugar’s best kept secrets.
Sugar helps to promote thyroid function>> When thyroid metabolism is suppressed, energy systems are interfered with and the performance of the whole organism is reduced. Sugar gives the liver the fuel necessary to make available a large portion of active thyroid hormone.
Sugar also provides the cell with the energy needed in order to encourage the conditions required for the proper utilization of any available thyroid hormone.
Sugar promotes cholesterol production>> Cholesterol is one of the body’s primary anti-stress substances and is a fundamental ingredient necessary for the production of the protective, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory substances, pregnenolone, testosterone, progesterone and dhea.
Sugar consumption assists in the production of cholesterol, and also helps to encourage the metabolic conditions which can enable an appropriate level of conversion of cholesterol into the protective more specialized anti-stress substances.
Sugar improves digestion>> An under active thyroid metabolism and digestive dysfunction almost always go hand in hand. Chronic digestive issues are very commonly an early sign of metabolic interference and the slowing of energy systems. Sugar helps by providing the energy necessary to allow digestion to function faster and more effectively.
By helping to suppress the excessive release of free fatty acids, sugar reduces the quantity of polyunsaturated fats entering the blood stream. The polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) directly interfere with digestion in numerous ways (as well as indirectly via their many thyroid interfering actions and effects).
Sugar protects against and reduces stress>> When stress levels are high the body goes through glycogen stores at a very fast rate, resulting in the increased secretion of many stress promoting substances, such as cortisol and adrenalin.
Both of these substances can then interfere with digestive function and thyroid metabolism, increasing circulation of the polyunsaturated free fatty acids and further suppressing the ability of the cell to produce energy – and use sugar – efficiently.
Sugar intake is a fruitful means to preventing or reversing a vicious cycle of stress and the related chronically raised levels of stress promoting substances.
Sugar reduces bacterial issues, and limits endotoxin>> Bacterial overgrowth (and the related increase in endotoxin issues) has been shown to be connected with the onset of many degenerative conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Sugar helps reduce the potential for these issues to escalate in many different ways. Via the fueling of thyroid metabolism, there is often a resultant improvement in digestive speed and function – which decreases the opportunity for bacteria to multiply – as well as an improvement in intestinal barrier function, preventing endotoxin from entering the system.
By providing energy to the liver, sugar also helps to enable a greater degree of detoxification, including the removal of endotoxin which happens to pass through.
Sugar is an anti-serotonin substance>> Serotonin secretion in the intestines increases almost directly in proportion to increased levels of bacterial endotoxin, and is promoted by rising levels of cortisol and other stress related substances as well as by the release of polyunsaturated free fatty acids out of storage.
Increased systemic levels of serotonin have been demonstrated to be involved in the processes which result in a large number of disease states and symptoms, including cancer and many varieties of mood disorder.
Sugar – in part by safeguarding against the above mentioned factors – helps to reduce and prevent the excessive production of serotonin, protecting against many of its metabolism suppressing effects.
Sugar protects against estrogen dominance>> Serotonin is a known promoter of the harmful effects of estrogen, and estrogen directly increases serotonin release.
Estrogen interferes with thyroid function on many levels and is a commonly studied cause of cancer. The carcinogenic influence of estrogen is dramatically enhanced by the polyunsaturated fats. Serotonin, endotoxin and estrogen are all partly responsible for increasing the release of PUFA out of storage as free fatty acids.
Sugar consumption can powerfully protect against many of the carcinogenic effects of estrogen by lowering endotoxin and serotonin secretion, promoting thyroid function (and the production of the protective anti-estrogen hormones) reducing free fatty acid release and generally helping to protect against the creation of a chronic state of estrogen excess.
Sugar protects against inflammation>> Chronic inflammation has been shown to exist in a large percentage of the diseases of rapid aging and degeneration.
Some of the most powerful promoters of systemic inflammation include the byproducts of the breakdown of circulating PUFA, increasing amounts of endotoxin and serotonin release, estrogen excess as well as almost anything else that interferes with proper thyroid and digestive function.
Sugar once again provides the fuel necessary to help reduce many (sometimes even all) of the above issues, allowing for a well functioning immune system and healthy metabolism – with less exposure to mediators of inflammation – to help limit the progression of chronic inflammatory disease states.
Sugar improves mood>> Sugar provides the energy required by the brain in order for it to function at an optimal level. The more emotional (and metabolic) stress a person is exposed to, the more energy the brain needs to perform well. This can have a direct impact upon mood and the progression of mood disorders.
When stress is high and energy supply is inadequate, the stress substances – cortisol, adrenalin, estrogen, serotonin and nitric oxide – begin to rise, and these as well as other inflammatory things play a role in promoting psychological dysfunction.
Sugar improves the composition of fat storage>> Excess sugar which is unable to be used immediately as energy (or stored as glycogen for ongoing needs) will be converted into fat for later use. The type of fat produced by the body (the majority being saturated fat) is anti-inflammatory and pro-metabolic.
Any excess fat produced this way can assist in moving fat stores away from a high PUFA composition, protecting from future interference with metabolism, and encouraging the ability of the cell to use sugar in order to produce the energy required to protect against stress and allow for regeneration.
Sugar helps you build and maintain healthy muscle>> When insufficient sugar is provided, increasing cortisol release can eat through greater amounts of existing muscle tissue – as well as converting some of the protein consumed from diet – for use as alternative fuel.
When sugar consumption is increased valuable muscle is spared – and protection is provided against the inflammatory and stress promoting effects of the byproducts of muscle breakdown – and dietary protein is more effectively used for its many repair and regeneration purposes.
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Sugar improves brain function>> When the inflammatory substances which rise under stress, interfere with energy systems, this can result in a general state of cellular excitation, encouraging the progression of a variety of degenerative brain disorders.
The brain requires a lot of sugar to carry out its many important functions (including the production of steroid hormones) and as stress and brain activity increases, sugar requirements rise.
Insufficient sugar availability under stress can promote a vicious circle of rising stress substances – nitric oxide, polyunsaturated free fatty acids, estrogen, cortisol and other things – which interfere with brain function, and simultaneously prevent the brain from being able to utilize sugar which is made available.
After years of exposure to popular dietary protocols – as well as advice and ‘official’ recommendations often based upon questionable scientific results – it’s natural for the above ideas to sound radical, even potentially unbelievable.
If however, you’re no longer willing to swallow the many toxic substances, disingenuously or inappropriately promoted as health ‘food’ – in particular the highly lucrative and popularized grains and seeds and polyunsaturated fats – then it’s time to say ‘no more!’ and stand behind sugar, which for time immemorial has been there – often found lurking in fruit or fruit juice or honey or just plain white sugar – asking for (and receiving) little in the way of recognition or praise, protecting many of us from the potential dangers we are increasingly exposed to.
For more on these and other topics, click on the headings above to check out some of my previous articles (with many links to studies included), demonstrating evidence of the biological processes discussed here. Alternatively, have a look at the work of Dr Raymond Peat PhD, as well as the many physiological (and other) texts referenced by him and those who have influenced him.