We need sugar to live. Sugar in Nature is special. All through her kingdoms, sugar reigns supree for energy production. So why do you suppose, the most fundamental class of nutrient to all life – plant, animal, and protozoa – is so poorly presented and misrepresented; and misunderstood by the ordinary person?
‘the most fundamental class of nutrient to all life is so poorly presented, misrepresented; and misunderstood by the ordinary person’
We know we need sugar, but after eating sugar we often develop a guilty complex about it. We whine that “it’s going to make me fat”; “has too many calories; “is going to rot my teeth”; “is poison.”!
Yet when we look intelligently and scientifically at the essentials necessary for all life forms, we find the need for sugar. Here are the facts:
- Milk, the first substance given to newborns in the animal kingdom contains high amounts of sugar.
- When any life form is stressed it needs and demands more sugar.
- When the human being is stressed, one of the first things that occurs is cortisol output, which mobilizes sugar from stored sources such as the liver. The stress can be of a mental or physical nature, the body’s first response is the same: mobilize sugar.
‘It is a physiological fact that our brain- our central processing unit – only uses glucose as a nutrient.’
Humans evolved with sugar and the need for sugar over thousands of millennia. Sugar influences our growth cycle, our activity cycle, even our sleep cycle. As a result the body mechanism is driven, maintained and powered by sugar. Sugar is the substance of all life that we malign and question at almost every western disease. The other main life ingredient is salt, by the way. The only bad sugar is genetically modified beet sugar, which we only consider negatively because of genetic modification technology.
In order to produce all the neurotransmitters, like melanin, cerebral spinal fluid, nerve conduction and consciousness, adequate amounts of glucose are required. Neurological disorders, from the simplest mood swing to the more complex, like Alzheimer’s or dementia are impacted, without exception, by sugar. Yet, this major component for brain chemistry is rarely reviewed as a therapeutic agent for the brain.
‘we know that children not diagnosed with neurologic conditions become fatigued without sugar, demonstrating again the energy requirements for sugar.’
Anecdotally, parents of children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder often say, their kids do better when they don’t give them sugar. We don’t know what they mean by “better” and more than sugar causes these disorders, such as fungi and yeast in the brain, which are related to autism, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
From a lay perspective, the restriction of sugars in children with these disorders could be an indication that the nutrients available to the organisms inside them are limited, yielding a diminished response overall to their condition.
We know that children not diagnosed with neurologic conditions become fatigued without sugar, demonstrating again the energy requirements for sugar. It could be that children with ADHD are simply fatigued without the sugar, hence less active.
There are three types of sugars and each is processed by the body differently:
Simple sugar is defined as short-chained sugars, which practically means sugar that is processed or refined. It’s common form is a white granulated powder or it is incorporated into foods.
This type of sugar is often called raw sugar as it’s in its raw, unprocessed or unrefined form and breaks down more slowly in the body, providing more nutrient value than refined or simple sugar.
These are long-chained sugars that take much longer to break apart to be utilized in the energy producing cycle of the body.
Regardless of what we’ve been told, there is a biological need for sugar. Some health problems or symptoms are actually indications that the body needs more sugar
If your symptoms are severe, we can provide professional assistance. Also have a look at our guide on ‘THE 3 TYPES OF SUGAR‘ Are artificial sweeteners, honey, agave nectar, or high-fructose corn syrup healthier than table sugar? Find out with this Health.com’s slide on
The slide deck is loaded with information on sugar substitutes so you can make the right choice based on your taste preferences.
Take a look at this infographic from Visually to see where your sugar is hiding.
Our Infograph is ready to show you the description, symptoms of deficiency and solutions we recommend to head off any sugar related health issues.