What is sugar? Simple carbohydrates are known as sugars. Sugars are found almost everywhere, such as in syrup, milk, yogurt, fruit, jams, juices, energy drinks, bread, crackers, pastries, soft drinks, flavored waters, ketchup, processed meats, gum, candy, cereal, and the list goes on.
Sugars go by many names, so be label smart! Here are some names to look for: brown sugar, white sugar, cane sugar, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, maltodextrose, dextrose, sucrose, glucose, fructose, evaporated cane juice.
Glucose is the metabolized form of sugar in the body.
SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES IN OUR BODY:
So what happens after drink a Starbucks double mocha with extra whipped cream or when our children go to a birthday party and load up on cake, ice cream, soda and candy? It's simple. Sugars are digested and absorbed into our bloodstream with uncanny speed. This raises our blood glucose levels WAY too high (a condition known as hyperglycemia, a symptom of diabetes).
This is the point where all the children at the birthday party are running around, happy with bountiful energy, also known as the sugar-high. This is a TOXIC condition, as high levels of sugar are toxic in our bloodstream, so insulin must do its job at this point to get the sugar out of the blood and into our cells.
Insulin is produced by the pancreas at excess speed. Insulin does its job of removing excess glucose (sugar) from our bloodstream with amazing efficiency. At this point, our blood glucose levels may fall too rapidly or too low resulting in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). This is known as a sugar crash, or hypoglycemic state. At this point, you may witness crankiness and irritability in your children. They may be unable to concentrate or may have a headache or suffer from other hypoglycemic symptoms, such as depression, dizziness, crying spells, aggression, insomnia, or weakness.
YOUR ADRENAL GLANDS TO THE RESCUE: Two hours after this party, when your blood sugar is too low, the adrenal glands work very hard to increase blood sugar levels in the body so your body can continue functioning.
CONSUMING CONSTANT EXCESS SUGAR STRESSES THE ADRENAL GLANDS & PANCREAS:
The pancreas is producing insulin to lower the blood sugar and the adrenal glands are trying to keep the blood sugar levels balanced. They are overworked and are caught in a constant see-saw.
Overworked adrenals fail in their blood sugar raising function, leaving the body in a hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) state. Hypoglycemia gives rise to the craving for sweets, meaning more sweets may be consumed. So the see-saw continues.
The rapid absorption of sugar in sweets eaten in response to this craving starts another vicious hyperglycemia-hypoglycemia-sugar-craving cycle. When the cycle continues, insulin resistance, diabetes or adrenal exhaustion can occur.
OVERALL SYMPTOMS OF STRESSED ADRENALS:
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Hyperglycemia (diabetes)
- Poor immune system
- Chronic respiratory infections
- Low energy
- Trouble sleeping
- Inability dealing with stress
- Cravings for sweets
IN ADDITION TO SUGAR'S EFFECT ON THE ADRENALS GLANDS:
- Sugar consumption can lead to allergies
- Sugar feeds cancer cells
- Sugar feeds yeast and other pathological organisms
- Simple sugars are readily converted into saturated fats and triglycerides
- Sugars lead to weight gain because your body stores excess glucose from times of feasting as fat for times of future famine.
- Sugars decrease absorption of essential vitamins and minerals
- Sugars cause aging skin because they cross-link proteins
- Sugar decreases the ability for immune cells to fight off viruses and bacteria