I get asked this question often, and the answer is simple and quick: Because it is POISON!
I don’t eat sugar. I have had my problems quitting it. I don’t know how many times I quit for some period of time ranging from weeks to months. Once, when I was about 20, I quit for over two years! I still don’t know how I did that at that age. And, I will probably indulge in a piece of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.
I am in Bali now. The first words I learned how to say in Indonesian were ‘without sugar.’ They put sugar in everything here. The locals are amazed that I don’t eat sugar. I usually don’t tell them that I don’t eat grains either, but of course they notice and sometimes ask about it.
Sugar is highly toxic to the body. It is oxidative, causing damage when it interacts with cells and important biochemicals in the body. And, it is one of the main causes of coronary hear disease.
Sugar and Coronary Heart Disease
Sugar in the blood is one of the main causes of the nicks and tears that happen in artery and blood vessel walls. As I mentioned, it is highly oxidative, and when blood concentration is high the sugar reacts with blood vessel walls causing nicks and tears. Basically perforating blood vessel and artery walls. The body patches these tears, as it should, with plaques. The problem is that these plaques build up and eventually start to restrict blood flow which is what coronary heart disease is really.
The body responds to high blood sugar by releasing insulin which causes a whole series of biochemical responses. And, insulin itself is damaging to the lining of artery and blood vesicle walls in similar ways that sugar is. Which of course causes artery blockages. The story of insulin and the problems it causes is a long one. At one point in my continuing education on biochemistry I was learning one or two facts a week about what happens when insulin is high. I was literally shocked into giving up sugar…that time. I am sure I will be writing more about the problems caused by high insulin as time goes by.
Why I Don’t Eat Grains
For the most part, I’m not opposed to eating whole grains though I am starting to change my mind about this. For me though, I find that not eating grains makes a big difference in my health. First, when I don’t eat grains I don’t lose nearly as many hairs everyday. I have a full head of hair which is at least somewhat unusual for a man my age. I haven’t studied much about hair loss and health, but I tend to think that when I notice one sixth the number of hairs in my brush everyday as compared to when I do eat grains, well it makes an impression.
The most likely reason this happens is that grains contain proteins called lectins. Lectins cause inflammation that can lead to many problems.
Secondly, my grey hairs started turning brown again. Yes, really. A few months before I noticed this change, my adrenals were down. I had been treating them with herbs and supplements, and I had quit sugar, but they just weren’t coming up. After stopping grains, they came up rather quickly.
Six months later I noticed that many of my grey hairs were turning brown again! I had to calculate by how long the revived color had been growing to figure out that it had started changing when I quit eating grains. That really makes an impression.
Getting Rid of Candida
One of the main reasons I gave up grains and sugar in the first place is that I wanted to clear out candida. Candida is a fungus that is supposed to live only in the gut. But, when fed sugar and processed grains it will overwhelm the good bacteria and fungus that help in digestion. It also causes a change in the Ph of the gut. The wrong Ph causes damage to the intestinal wall. Candida can then escape into the body. It travels around causing a condition known as systemic candida which causes a lot of problems.
I’ll give you an example of what systemic candida can cause: one of the most common forms of arthritis. How this happens is that candida migrates from the gut into certain joints. This stimulates the immune system to try and get rid of it. The problem is that the part of the immune system that handles candida is in the gut. The wrong mechanisms try to kill of the fungus in the joints with the wrong ‘bullets.’ The joint gets attacked instead causing the inflammation and pain characteristic of arthritis.
These are only a few of the problems caused by sugar. The main issue really is the way it causes insulin to release with the problems that causes. Knowledge is power, in this case the power to make a decision and stick to it. One of my life’s goals is a very, very long and healthy life. Not eating sugar is one of the most important things anyone could do to achieve that goal.