Sugar Makes You Dumb

Sugar Makes You Dumb

Sugar Makes You Dumb

A recent study shows that fructose makes rats dumber. They don’t perform as well as non-sugar eaters in maze tests. The same thing happens to a human brain. Here’s how that works and what you can do about it.

The title says sugar because white sugar and fructose are nearly the same thing. What is called fructose is actually 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose. White sugar is 50/50. However, there is a super fructose used in many sodas that is 65 percent fructose, and fructose is definitely harder on the body than white sugar..

Fruit juice is just as bad since it has a lot of fructose as well. It is just concentrated fruit without the fiber which slows the breakdown of fruits fructose.

Excess sugar has such a strong effect on the brain because of the brain’s physiology. The brain primarily burns sugar in the form of glucose. And, it produces its own insulin to properly metabolize the sugar it needs. Fructose is metabolized much faster than most sugars, so the brain produces more insulin to deal with the excess sugar. Eventually it will become insulin resistant, just like the body does in type two diabetes..

With insulin having less effect the brain doesn’t get the sugar it needs, so it will starve and eventually atrophy. That starvation causes the loss of intelligence. If this goes on long enough the brain will atrophy like what happens in Alzheimer’s.

The fix is to first stop eating so much sugar in all its forms. Eliminating it completely is ideal.

The second thing that will help are medium chain triglycerides (MCT). MCTs are easily converted to the brain’s alternate food called ketone bodies or ketoacids. In fact, ketones may even restore and renew neuron function in the brain, even after damage has occurred.

One of the richest sources of MTCs in coconut oil. 7 teaspoons a day is enough to both treat degenerative neurological diseases or prevent problems from occurring in the first place. And, it is delicious, except perhaps to people who don’t care for coconut though the flavor is subtle.

Coconut oil does not cause a rise in cholesterol as many people believe. Cholesterol is created by the liver from carbohydrates like sugar. Plus, it is good for you on many levels.

Nonetheless, coconut oil can be hard for a body to tolerate at first. Gradually increasing how much you eat is a good way to avoid any complications. Start with one teaspoonful and increase by another every few days.

If there are any other problems with coconut oil you can let me know. Not many people will have an allergy to it, though it does happen. This can often be cleared with a quick allergy treatment if you’d like to schedule a phone healing session with me.

If your brain function is doing fine you can probably just cut way down on or quit sugar and be fine. But, if you’ve had a life of eating sugar, or if dementia runs in your family, you might want to add some high quality coconut oil to your diet to insure good brain health.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. And, let your friends know how to save their brains by adding this article to your social site with the box on the left.

Meet the Author

Hello and welcome to my blog! There are several reasons I decided to start writing a blog on natural self-healing. The main thing I want to do is to share information on health and healing so that people can take action to heal themselves using natural techniques. I have met so many people who couldn't afford natural health care. They may have had health insurance, but they didn't trust that model. Many people want to know how to be healthy naturally. They want to know what really works and what doesn't. They want to be health conscious and often fail because of poor information, lack of knowledge, bad science and other factors. This blog is intended to help demystify the body and its various functions and to help people understand what is really needed to obtain optimum health. One of the great things about knowledge of the body is that once you know and understand how it works it becomes easy to know what the right things to do for it. And, it is much easier to do the right things when the consequences of the wrong things are fully understood. To do this I will be drawing from the knowledge of many people that I have learned from. I will talk about biochemistry relating that to what is needed to obtain optimum health. There will be information about the physical structure of the body and how to keep that aligned and functioning well. A major part of yoga has to do with health, so information about yogic techniques will be included. Mental and emotional health are important for the health of the body/mind, so articles about these topics will be included. And, there will be an occasional article about me and what I am up to. Hopefully I can relate that back to some health issue as well. The title Self Adjusting Technique comes from my technique for self-adjusting the structural part of the body, that is adjusting the body's various vertebrae and joints. For this blog it will include the idea of how to adjust health issues for yourself and those you care about. With a little knowledge there is a lot people can do to help heal themselves and stay healthy. I want to explain complex information about the body in a way that is easy to understand and useful. The comments section will help in that goal as people can ask for clarification if there is something they don't understand. And maybe we can get some helpful input from people smarter than me that will benefit us all. I hope you find information that can help you with your health issues. Kalidasa

8 comments… add one
  • Lisa May 25, 2012, 8:06 am

    I have a niece with horrible allergy to coconut (or any derivative thereof), in spite of having undergone countless “allergy treatments,” most of the energetic/alternative variety (since conventional medicine doesn’t really offer any) – none of which have been remotely effective.

    While admittedly i don’t have my cholesterol checked every other month, it is very interesting to note that the last time mine was checked it was so low it was close to TOO low, and i was told to eat more good fats (this in spite of being 60-80 lbs overweight, mind you!!!!!!!!!). I did – including coconut oil, and now my triglycerides and LDL are in the unhealthy range. I haven’t eaten transfats for years, eat minimal grain (and when i do it’s largely brown rice products and/or whole grain spelt – no, i don’t have a gluten intolerance), no HFCS, minimal sweets (sweetened with100% coconut palm sugar, mostly). I obviously don’t know what’s causing what, but it’s certainly discouraging.

    Then of course you have Dr. Schulze (the HerbDoc) – whose personality drives me mad but who has truly helped many – who (among others) firmly believes that if you don’t live in the tropics you have no business ingesting tropical foods. I.e., that the food, herbs, etc that you need and that are best for you are in your figurative own back yard and that anything you get from halfway across the world is not intended for you nor is it in your best interest to eat/utilize it. (Along with that is also only eating foods that are actually in season where you live and that are locally (and obviously preferably organically) grown.

    There is so much contradictory information out there – and all of it has “evidence” whether clinical, scientific, anecdotal, or all of the above, to back it up – it’s dizzying. So hard to know what to believe.

    I do thank you for yours. 🙂

  • Alex Schoenfeldt May 25, 2012, 8:16 am

    I met a doctor who told me fructose was so bad I should not eat fruit. I did not believe him, but I’d like to hear your opinion too.

    Thanks for the coconut oil tip!

  • Kalidasa May 25, 2012, 8:45 am

    @Lisa Yes, it can be confusing. The human body is an amazing thing. On the one hand it is very easy to understand, but there are intricacies that can be difficult to unravel. I’m not sure about your LDL and triglyceride levels for a couple of reasons. One is that medical science has changed the scale for cholesterol levels so they could sell more statins, so I’m not sure what high levels really mean. I have a list of six factors that effect cholesterol metabolism, and 17 nutrients that are needed to break it down. Muscle testing with this information makes it easy to find the right factor to effect the correct change.

    I’m glad you minimize your sugar intake, but please realize that coconut palm sugar is still sugar with all the complications it has. Stevia is the only sweetener that has been shown (for decades) to have no negative effects.

  • Kalidasa May 25, 2012, 8:52 am

    @Alex In some cases eating fruit is not a good idea, like if there is severe illness. The main factor is total daily carbs, so it really depends on what else you eat in any given day, and how much fruit that includes. Some fruit has a high sugar level so less could be eaten, others you can eat more of and be ok. Also, the fiber in fruit slows the metabolism of its fructose which makes it less of a problem. Eating a little fat with it helps even more, like apples with cheese.

  • DC May 25, 2012, 8:30 pm

    Could you please send me a link where I can read more about the brain producing its own insulin. I never heard that before and I would love to know more about it. Thank you.

  • Kalidasa May 27, 2012, 8:43 am

    @DC There are a few out there. I may write about it my self sometime. Here’s one

  • Darrell Jun 11, 2012, 3:26 pm

    This information confirms some other data I read. But, more importantly, your explanation of the chemical reaction in the body is a real attribute. Thanks, much.

  • Kalidasa Jun 11, 2012, 6:25 pm

    Thanks, Darrell. I try to make biochemistry clear without being too complex. Glad it helped.

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