Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 04, 2007

Here’s is an excerpt from another blogger on the effects of sugar and the need for chromium supplements:

Alcoholism, Candida, Diabetes & Hypoglycemia

It might be hard to find the commonality in this list but all of these issues are related to the inability to process sugar easily. Sugar issues are out of control in today’s world because of the modernization of the food industry.

Nature in her wisdom built signals into the inner workings of the human body. Each organ has an affinity and need for a particular mineral. The pancreas is the organ that largely controls sugar levels in the body and it has an affinity for the mineral chromium. When the pancreas requires additional chromium, the only way it can tell the brain to go find some is to make us crave something sweet. Sounds pretty simple, “need energy, eat something sweet, natural sweets contain chromium, everyone’s happy!” Sugar cane, maple syrup, dates, figs, all of the brown, sweet foods naturally contain chromium.

So what’s the problem? The food industry decided that white is better than brown. Then they created machinery that takes the brown out of these natural sweets. Can you guess where the chromium is in these foods? You’re correct if you said, “in the brown part!” Now comes the real problem. When the body needs chromium, the message is “eat something sweet” and the craving will go away. When you eat something sweet that has had the chromium removed, the craving doesn’t go away. This starts a vicious cycle of cravings and addictions, to say nothing of sugar imbalances and weakness of the pancreas.

Brown sugar contains no chromium. Commercial brown sugar is refined white sugar to which caramel coloring has been added. Most maple syrups contain no chromium, in fact, they don’t even contain maple syrup! They’re high fructose corn syrup with artificial coloring and flavoring added. The more natural sweeteners, like Sucanat® or Sugar in the Raw, do contain chromium so they’re more able to satisfy a craving, but they have a glycemic action in the bloodstream so they should also be used in moderation.

High blood sugar and low blood sugar are self-explanatory as sugar issues but alcoholism and candida might need additional explanation. Alcohol is a highly refined carbohydrate that goes into the body as a simple sugar. Candida is an opportunistic organism whose diet is almost exclusively sugar. Sugar also provides a sticky environment for candida to become entrenched and resistant to the normal cleansing processes of the body.

Where do you start? Obviously, you want to supplement with chromium. The most natural form is called GTF Chromium (glucose tolerance factor). It’s most readily used by the body without the irritation caused by other forms, such as chromium picolinate. It only takes small amounts of this inexpensive nutrient for you to notice a difference in sugar and carbohydrate cravings.

A combination, aptly called Sugar Reg™, contains chromium in addition to other herbs and minerals known to reduce cravings and control sugar levels in the blood. Again, it’s nice to have a combination that blends several components that work together without having to open a lot of different bottles and trying to figure out the correct proportions of the nutrients.

Another important supplement is the amino acid l-Glutamine. This amino acid is critical for brain function. This requirement of the brain is one of the main reasons for the ‘sweet craving’ signal from the pancreas. The brain works so hard and so continuously that it requires the most energy of any organ in the body. L-Glutamine quickly raises energy levels and improves cognitive function within minutes, in addition to turning off the cravings like a switch. Many alcoholics and drug addicts report almost immediate results when taking this supplement sub-lingually.

A great boon to those who suffer from candidiasis is the sweetener called Stevia. This no-calorie sweetener is 50 times sweeter than sugar and is nutritive, unlike its white sugar counterpart.

February 10, 2007 - Posted by | Health | , ,

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