Its topical writing this as the “sugar tax” has recently been introduced on many sugar-based drinks, I personally hope it will reduce the exposure, especially with children, to sugar but my other fear is that it will lead us to the diet or low/no calorie options that are also very bad for our health e.g. those containing aspartame (which has recently been renamed to “amino sweet” to disguise it….. it is an excito toxin that can have the following side effects – headache, vision deterioration, seizures, nausea, joint pain…. ) It was previously listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent …….

Sugar was originally produced in India sometime after the first century and during a route to brazil via the Portuguese and into the Caribbean it arrived in the UK around the 16th Century. Its popularity grew and by 1750 it surpassed grain as the most valuable commodity in European Trade.

**TOP TIP** – Avoid processed sugar and non-natural sugar replacements.
If you need to sweeten use – honey, maple syrup, stevia, coconut sugar, Lo han etc sparingly!

Optimal Health cannot be achieved if blood sugar regulation is not functioning. Imbalance disrupts all the major functions of the body – energy levels, tissue integrity, hormonal balance and brain health and it is one of the major causes of cardio vascular disease.

50 years ago, scientists were paid by the sugar industry to blame fats for the cardio vascular increase and divert attention away from sugar.

**TOP TIP** – Optimisation of this system has to be the priority in any health challenge.

Our bodies innate intelligence is continually monitoring our blood sugar levels and adjusting them accordingly using key hormones. If the level moves from the bodies desired level then hormones are released to return balance.

We are designed to burn fats as our major energy source, hence they deliver 2x the amount per gram of carbohydrates (sugars), the best analogy is carbohydrates are the kindling we start the fire with and to keep it going we need to use the fats which burn slow like logs.

If you were to eat a high carb diet, just like burning kindling, you need to snack all the time. One key method of testing if you are a fat or a carb burner is to see how easy it is to miss meals – if it’s hard to miss a meal you are most definitely a carb burner and we need to return balance to our diet. Fat burners can burn both carbs and fats, carb burners tend to only burn carbs and so weight loss can be a challenge.

Our bodies innate intelligence is continually monitoring our blood sugar levels and adjusting them accordingly using key hormones. If the level moves from the bodies desired level then hormones are released to return balance.

We are designed to burn fats as our major energy source, hence they deliver 2x the amount per gram of carbohydrates (sugars), the best analogy is carbohydrates are the kindling we start the fire with and to keep it going we need to use the fats which burn slow like logs.

If you were to eat a high carb diet, just like burning kindling, you need to snack all the time. One key method of testing if you are a fat or a carb burner is to see how easy it is to miss meals – if it’s hard to miss a meal you are most definitely a carb burner and we need to return balance to our diet. Fat burners can burn both carbs and fats, carb burners tend to only burn carbs and so weight loss can be a challenge.

The three main organs involved in blood sugar regulation are the liver, adrenal and pancreas. These three organs respond every time you eat sugar of any kind processed or fruit.

The pancreas releases the hormone insulin, which is the hormone “key” that opens the cells door to allow it to take in the glucose, it increases fatty acid synthesis from excess blood sugar and decreases fat breakdown and mobilisation from our fat stores.

If you are eating three meals a day with any snacks that are high in carbs you are putting a lot of stress on your pancreas and ultimately it will be exhausted. The cell “lock” will stop responding to the insulin “key” this is when you become insulin resistant and moving along the line to more serious blood sugar dysregulation and potential type 2 diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity etc.

The liver, along with its other 500 functions, is the dominant organ that responds to the blood sugar signals – it can store glucose as glycogen, produce glucose from glycogen, produce glucose from protein and importantly it can breakdown fats to produce energy in the form of ketones (which can replace glucose in energy supply esp. in the brain).

The Adrenals produce the hormones cortisol and epinephrine (adrenalin) which are critical in increasing blood sugar levels when they drop below the desired level. They replace glucose stores and stimulate the release of protein and fat into the blood to balance the blood sugar level.

We have a critical need to lower blood sugar due the ever-increasing amounts we are exposed to ad thus consuming. On average we are consuming over 25 Kilos of sugar per year compared to around 4 Kilos in the 1800’s.

The current guideline is 50g/day for a woman and 70g/day for a man, in my opinion way too high, and to give you an example a can of Coke equals 35g of that daily intake. For children the figure is lower at 25g/day so you can see how our children are really feeling the brunt of this sugar onslaught………….

It’s easy to consume way over these limits without careful consideration;

  1. Sugar is disguised on labels – there are over 60 names that can be used on labels.
  2. Sugar is in most processed foods to high levels
  3. Sugar replaces fat in diet meals etc

Sugar is highly addictive – its more addictive than cannabis or Cocaine and often has a longer lasting effect on the body, hence why fast food producers include it in their food (along with the perfect balance of fats, it becomes very addictive).

Diabetes is an epidemic with over 6% of the population in the UK having diabetes and a forecast of 25% of all under 4 year olds will become diabetic. 90% of all diabetes is associated with high carbohydrate consumption.

**TOP TIP** – Balance your blood sugars for optimal health!

The brain hates sugar spikes and efficient regulation is essential.

If you were to look at your diet how should it look with respect to carbs – they should represent around 40% of the dietary components on your plate.

Avoid – white sugar, fruit juice, high fructose corn syrup, white bread, pasta, chips

Replace with – honey maple syrup, vegetables, brown rice, whole grain bread, green vegetables

It can take around 2-3 weeks to lose the cravings for sugar and unhealthy foods but it’s worth persevering for your health’s sake ……….. you are battling against a food industry that wants you to continue to be addicted to sugar.

^ Good sugars – natural sweeteners – honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, dates ^