Sugar

The ingestion of only 100 grams of refined sugars reduces the ability of the white blood cells to destroy bacteria. There is at least a 50% reduction within two hours after eating sugars. The average American ingests at least 150 grams of sucrose in addition to other refined sugars every day. It is easy to conclude that most Americans have depressed immune systems. When a person eats simple sugars, the immune system is compromised. Refined white sugar triggers the release of insulin from the pancreas. With daily consumption of sugar, the bloodstream is always laced with insulin, which suppresses secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary. Growth hormone is a prime regulator of the immune system. In addition to being an immune suppressant, sugar also feeds candida by helping yeasts to thrive.
Following are several reasons why sugar and sweeteners are destroying health:

  • Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  • Sugar upsets the minerals in the body.
  • Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and crankiness in children.
  • Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
  • Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection.
  • Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.
  • Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.
  • Sugar causes copper deficiency.
  • Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  • Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitter called serotonin.
  • Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  • Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
  • Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
  • Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  • Sugar can cause tooth decay.
  • Sugar contributes to obesity.
  • High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's Disease, and ulcerative colitis.
  • Sugar can cause changes frequently found in persons with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
  • Sugar can cause arthritis.
  • Sugar can cause candida albicans.
  • Sugar can cause gallstones.
  • Sugar can cause appendicitis.
  • Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
  • Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
  • Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  • Sugar can cause decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  • Sugar leads to deceased glucose tolerance.
  • Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
  • Sugar can increase cholesterol.
  • Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
  • Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  • Sugar can cause migraine headaches.
  • Sugar can interfere with the adsorption of proteins.
  • Sugar can cause food allergies.
  • Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  • Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  • Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  • Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.
  • Sugar can change the structure of proteins and alter the way they act in the body.
  • Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
  • Sugar can cause cataracts.
  • Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
  • Sugar can promote elevation of low density proteins (LDL).
  • Sugar can cause free radicals in the blood stream.
  • Sugar lowers the ability of enzymes to function.
  • Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.
  • Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  • Sugar can over-stress and or damage the pancreas.
  • Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
  • Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
  • Sugar can make the tendons more brittle.
  • Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves.
  • Sugar can cause depression.
  • Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.
  • Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer.
  • Sugar can increase the risk of getting gout.
  • Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.
  • Sugar increases the risk of colon cancer for women.
  • Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness.
  • Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
  • Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

Excerpt from "Losing Mom- A Holistic Approach to Healthy Aging" Dr. Linda T. Nelson (creator of M'lis)