You’re not “sick” but you don’t feel right. Or maybe you’re tired, feeling down and are breaking-out. These hardly seem like things to reform your lifestyle over or, heaven forbid, your diet. Yet the food you nurture your body with directly relates to your health – the foundation for learning and growing.
Headaches, aches and pains, irritated skin, tiredness, weight gain, gastrointestinal upset, cravings, and changes in mood, concentration or alertness are little hints your body sends out hoping that you’ll figure out that things need to change.
To make that positive change healthy, clean food is a major component, along with exercise and a lifestyle that supports the immune system and overall function of the body. Our bodies are a complex community of systems and organs that combine forces to keep things running smoothly. That’s why as soon as you deny materials, overload detox systems, tax the defense system or put up blockades on communications and relief pathways, the body stages a protest. If your symptoms carried picket signs, here is what they might say:
• Refined Carbohydrates
• Rancid Fats
• Dead Foods
• Excessive Eating
• Irregular Eating
• Fresh Unprocessed Food
• Regular Eating Habits
• Raw Food
• Plant Enzymes
• Less Meat, more Plant-Based Proteins
• Complex Carbohydrates
• Good Fats
All of our, “No More!” protest items suppress the immune system and overall health, and degrade our ability to learn. Sugars, the most excessively consumed nutrient, are also the most debilitating to our health.
SUGAR AND REFINED CARBOHYDRATES
Excess sugars and refined carbohydrates are a prime culprit in poor nutrition. But, what is it about them that deteriorates our health and interferes with our ability to learn?
• Sugars quickly integrate into the blood stream and spike blood sugar levels.
• Sitting in a focused learning situation or work environment feels almost impossible as sugar energy surges through the body looking for a muscle that may require its use.
• The pancreas strains to quickly produce enough insulin to remove the glucose from the blood.
• Glucose clean-up is so efficient that your blood sugar drops hard and fast, which signals the adrenal glands to release cortisol to rebalance blood sugar levels. This creates a rollercoaster effect that leaves you distracted, stressed, slightly dehydrated, agitated, hungry and craving your next sweet fix.
• Sugars are converted to fats, stored and weight gain is initiated.
• Constant blood sugar fluctuation can prompt inflammation, mood swings, tiredness, stress, adrenal fatigue, depression and hypoglycemia.
• Metabolizing sugar requires vitamin C, calcium and magnesium, which are often not provided with your pastry, granola bar, or fruit juice. These materials are recruited from your bones, blood stream and immune system, and can lead to heart palpitations, random muscle spasms or cramps, recurring bacterial infections, candida, yeast infections, skin irritations and susceptibility to colds and flu.
• Constant consumption of sugars and refined carbohydrates can contribute to irritable bowel disease, colon cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, fatty liver, suppressed immunity, and to just about every other disease created in the body.
By simply reducing or eliminating bad dietary habits, such as excess sugars, you are supporting a stronger nutritional tradition that will lead to a quality of life and learning beyond what you may have thought possible.
Shayna Young, CNP
From Shayna: “I Shayna, Shayna Young, am a Whole Health Nutritionist who loves to uplift others. I dig for nutritional truth looking for parallels between the intuitive faith of traditional wisdom, and the concrete evidence of modern science. I feel that there is an understanding in each of us that instinctively leads us to the information that will help us to grow. I help others to follow this instinct by aiding them in their quest for the nutrients they need to live healthy and to Live Young.” www.liveyoungnutrition.com