Great health = good food choices every day. Disease and poor health can quietly creep up. Choices we fail to make because it’s too hard, or because we don’t know better, or because we plan to do it ‘tomorrow’ have a far greater impact than we realize, leaving us vulnerable to infections and chronic diseases.
Mold, viruses, bacteria, parasites and cancer take advantage of us when our body’s immune system is weakened by poor food and lifestyle choices.
Sadly, sugar is all taste and no nutrition. Worse, it is the favorite food of almost all the bad things that can hurt your body.
1. Mold loves sugar.
In buildings, molds are most commonly found on or in cellulose building materials, such as paper, wood, or natural fiber textiles. The molds eat the sugar and starch from the cellulose. In fact, it thrives on it.
When it comes to mold and yeast, sugar in all of its forms, is a fungus’ best friend. You need to say goodbye to sugar in all its forms. Basically, stay away from fructose, lactose, maltose, glucose, mannitol, and sortbitol. Some medical professionals recommend Monk Fruit sugar substitute. Most other sugar substitutes are off limits (caution recommended).
If mold or yeast within the body is not fed what it needs to survive, it will stop growing and eventually become dormant (and hopefully be eliminated by the use of binders).
2. Parasites use sugar for energy.
The thought of these nasty little critters taking residence in our bodies and slurping up nutrients is pretty terrible. But, parasitic infection is far more common than we realize. Most people believe that individuals in ‘developed nations’ can only contract parasites by visiting countries with poor water treatment or by eating under-cooked meat. Not so!
Parasites can come from insect bites. They can bore into our skin. Even our pets can transfer them to us. We can become infected through everyday activities like gardening, swimming in a lake, creek, swimming pool or on a weekend hike.
Do parasites feed on sugar? Not surprising, parasites love sugar. Parasites use sugar as their primary source of energy. They cannot survive without a steady supply. Parasites use amino acids and fatty acids in the creation of their eggs, but for their energy they use sugar.
The creepy little things just keep eating, producing, and releasing toxins (their poop and die off chemicals!) into our system. They cannot make their own food, so they make their way into our bodies, make themselves at home and steal the nutrients you consume. Ah, and don’t think they are just in your gut alone. Parasites can travel to all organ systems, even the brain!
Wherever parasites travel, they create dysfunction and disease in those tissues. Our normal bodily processes are disrupted and our health can swiftly decline. All the more reason to take action against them.
FACT: If their energy source is removed, eventually they won’t be able to reproduce. We must ruthlessly eliminate parasites’ primary fuel source. Remove all the obvious and hidden sugar suppliers in your meals. However, this is easier said than done since lifestyles across the world have evolved to include staggering amounts of sugar. By swapping out sugary choices the parasites love for high-fiber, nutrient-dense foods they are like or eat, you’ll send them a clear message that they will need to find food somewhere else! Check out the dos and don’t below.
3. Viruses and Bacteria.
Glucose in the blood stream and vitamin C have a similar chemical structure. So similar, in fact, that when a white blood cell tries to pull in more vitamin C from the blood around it, glucose can get substituted by mistake.
If the concentration of glucose in the blood goes beyond a certain concentration, the white blood cell’s 50-times vitamin C concentration can start to drop because of the large amount of glucose it is substitute for vitamin C. At a blood sugar level of 120, the white blood cell’s ability to absorb and destroy viruses and bacteria is reduced by 75%.
This blood sugar level would be easily obtained by any normal person eating some sugar (cake, cookies, candy, soda or even drinking fruit juice). Unbelievably, it can take four to six hours for the vitamin C concentration in the white blood cells to reach that optimum 50-times concentration again.
Diseases Related to High Sugar Intake
Besides providing a perfect home for mold, parasites, viruses and bacteria, high sugar consumption comes with a scary list of potential diseases and side effects:
- Cancer – Cancer cells need 2 things – blood supply and food. Guess what they prefer – right! Sugar is their food of choice.
- Obesity – The obesity rates in the United States are among the highest in the world. Sugar consumption and obesity have a direct correlation.
- Liver – The liver metabolizes sugar much the same way it does alcohol. Diets high in sugar increase the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease where fat collects in the liver, causing it to swell and and be damaged. Lowering sugar can help prevent this.
- Type 2 diabetes – Our body produces insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. Chronically elevated levels exhaust the pancreas to the point it cannot keep up with the demand to produce insulin to keep blood glucose within the safe parameters.The result of chronically high glucose levels is damage to the brain, heart, nerves, kidneys, and can even result in diabetic coma.
Uncovering Hidden Sugar
Wonder why you crave it so much? It could be your systemic mold, parasites, viruses and bacteria are calling and pressuring you for more. (Hear it’s not all your fault that you have trouble saying no.) Cut out the sugar (that includes most carbohydrates that turn into sugar, artificial sweeteners, honey, and fruit with high sugar content).
Besides commercial dressing, cookies, cakes and pies, and sweetened yogurts, a surprising amount of sugar can be found in:
- Granola bars (a staple in most school-aged children’s lunches)
- Muffins and bagels (usually chosen over donuts as a “healthier” choice but still slam you with 8 teaspoons of sugar)
- Ketchup (cup vs cup, ketchup has 21 grams more sugar than vanilla ice cream!)
- Dried fruit (often sprayed with sugar and other additives to preserve their color)
- Applesauce (a small container of sweetened applesauce can have as much as 22 grams)
- Smoothies from popular franchises can have as much sugar as 2 cans of soda
- Nut butter and other staple sandwich spreads may be high in hidden sweeteners
- Flavored oatmeal
- Jams (don’t let the “fruit juice sweetened” label fool you! It can have just as much sugar as regular)
- Non-dairy milk options are often heavily sweetened
- Flavored coffees and bottled teas
- Jerky and other processed meats
- Protein powders and protein bars
- Coleslaw (may seem healthy because it’s full of vegetables but can pack 12 grams of sugar in a small serving)
- Sauces like BBQ, teriyaki, honey mustard, sweet and sour are extremely high in sugar
- Canned foods (including vegetables)
- Frozen meals
- Table salt (yes, even the wrong brand of salt will contain sugar!)
- Orange juice (a breakfast favorite chosen for its precious vitamin c, nails you with five teaspoons of sugar in only 8 oz! Remember that a can of soda has seven teaspoons in 12 oz, so orange juice has more sugar per ounce!)
Foods that Parasites and Friends Hate
Replace the hidden sugary substances with foods and choices like these:
- Cook up fresh, unprocessed meats and organic eggs for your protein sources.
- Add green onion or garlic and fresh herbs like thyme, ginger, turmeric or oregano for a burst of flavor. (Hint: Parasites do not like these tasty additions, they have anti-parasitic effects)
- Create low-carb side dishes, or consider a crisp salad topped with a tangy, homemade apple cider vinegar dressing.
- Include coconut oil in your food preparation which has natural anti-parasitic properties as well.
- Reach for crunchy nuts (parasites particularly hate pumpkin and sunflower seeds) or vegetables as snacks instead of the usual soda and potato chip combo of the past.
- Swing by your local farmers market. You’ll find many fresh foods and healthy alternatives that could be cheaper than conventional grocery store options.