Sugars are broken down in the digestive tract into simple sugars (glucose) that easily pass through the intestinal wall or villi. It is carried by the portal vein, to the liver. They are converted into a single compound called glycogen in the liver where they are stored. It is converted to glucose and released into the bloodstream as and when required. It provides energy and help form the proteins. It provides energy called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
Normal Sugar Consumption
Consuming 4-5g of sugar a day is considered normal. If you exceed this limit, expect the following:
|Heart disease: Raised blood triglycerides, sticky blood platelets, duodenal ulcers, increased stomach acidity|
|Hypoglcemia: Low sugar level|
|Kidney and liver enlargement|
|Increase in uric acid in blood|
|Weakened immune system|
|Yeast overgrowth, etc|
High sugar diet is behind some of the violence, hostility and moods and behaviour disorders in our society especially youths. Sugar stimulates the release of adrenaline that provokes aggresiveness and hostility.
Enzymes and Hormones Disturbance
The interconversion between glucose and glycogen is catalysed by a number of different enzymes.
|Phosphorylase: For release of glucose-1-phospate|
|Hexokinase: To convert glucose-6-phosphate, glycogen synthetase etc|
Alpha PSP (neurofood) helps in the enzyme and hormone balance and helps to reduce the ill effects of sugars.
A High Sugar Level Depletes Important Vitamins and Minerals
Intake of additional potent vitamins and minerals is crucial for people with high blood sugar levels. Supplying diabetics and pre-diabetics with additional nutrients has shown to improve sugar control and prevent or reduce major complications of diabetes.
|Chromium and selenium|
This helps to prevent heart disease, cancer and gum disease. 30-40mg per day or for therapeutic use 150-300mg per day. No side effects and no danger of overdosage.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
A powerful anti-oxidant. The best source is flax seed or to extract as oil. 1 tablespoonful a day for healty people and 4 tablespoonfuls for those with ill health (especially heart disease).
Grape seed extract and pycnogenol are proanthocyanidins which are very powerful anti-oxidants.
Alpha PSP (neurofood)
Polysaccharides and polypeptides prepared from selected grains of rice have been scientifically proven to increase the good cholesterol and reduce the incidence of complications that comes with diabetes mellitus. Vitro studies shows that it is a prevention of free radical formation and it can repair damaged cells.
Free radicals are defined as molecules that have lost an electron and said to be electron deficient. These electron deficient molecules then search the body in any attempt to find a replacement that they can steal. The replacement electrons are generally stolen from cell proteins, cellular DNA or cell membranes. These cells then die or become cancerous.
They can be repaired by antioxidants.
Free radicals result from both natural biochemical processes and environmental factors, such as exposure to chemical toxins, heavy metals, ultraviolet light, x-rays, radiation therapy, nuclear radioactivity, alcohol and smoking.
Though antioxidants have to be nutritive substances, new research shows that external electronic devices such as microcurrent machines, low power lasers, leds, and infrared lamps can also supply electrons. This will prevent free radical formation by supplying the needed electrons. Far infrared light interacts with biological tissues and produce electrons.
Far infrared lights are bands of electromagnetic energy which are particularly acceptable and beneficial to living creatures. This explains how the ‘vital rays’ of far infrared light are involved in healing.
Diet and Exercise
In addition to supplementing your diet with nutritional products, any successful long-term diet plan must include eating sensibly and daily exercise.
Your diet should include all basic food groups with an emphasis on grains, pastas, vegetables and fruits. Fish and chicken in small portions. It is important to stop eating before you feel full.
Daily exercise is very important. Minimum of 10 minutes per day. Suggested exercise for busy folks: running in place with jumping up and down in between, going up and down the steps at home or office. Parking the car or vehicle a few blocks away and walking to work or school. This helps to burn the extra calories.
Specific yoga postures will also help to increase the release of digestive enzymes for proper digestion and absorption.
Dr Mohamed Ishak bin Syed Ahmad
MBBS, PHD (Naturopathy)