Can certain foods exert harmful effects upon the body? Yes they can! Refined foods are poisonous by definition. Merriam-Webster states that a poison is “a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed.” A food becomes a poison when it lacks the necessary nutrients for effectively processing it within the digestive system. Some foods, like refined sugars, form toxic byproducts, such as pyruvic acid, within bodily tissues. Certain metabolic byproducts are very harmful when they accumulate to a toxic level.
“Pyruvic acid is an intermediate compound in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. In thiamine deficiency, its oxidation is retarded and it accumulates in the tissues, especially in nervous structures.”1
This chemistry report is stating: when refined foods (especially refined carbohydrates) are eaten (devoid of B vitamins, of which thiamine is one) then pyruvic acid (harmful) accumulates in vital tissues of the body causing poor oxygenation and premature degeneration.
Eating refined carbohydrates in the diet greatly contributes to candida (yeast) overgrowth. When sugars are eaten, intestinal fermentation from this yeast creates a toxin called acetaldehyde which affects all of the body’s functions, especially digestion and liver function. If acetaldehyde is not detoxified, it readily crosses the blood-brain barrier causing the symptom of brain fog. This process is much like a mini-brewery and its fermentation process creating alcohol. Yeast thrives on sugar in order to grow, therefore, a high-sugar diet contributes to candidiasis, and its symptoms leading to liver toxicity similar to that of alcohol.
Acetaldehyde: A Toxin We Should Avoid is an excellent article for everyone to read. This information can truly motivate a person to stop eating refined sugars to prevent the toxic exposure to acetaldehyde. Take a look at these uncomfortable candida symptoms.
Candida (yeast) Overgrowth Symptoms
- Digestive upset – gas, bloating, cramps, pain
- Oral thrush – white coating on the tongue
- Fatigue – nutrition deficiency symptoms
- Recurring urinary tract and vaginal infections
- Sinus infections – headaches, congestion
- Skin and nail infections – athletes foot, fungus
- Joint pain – arthritis, stiffness, swelling
- Mood swings – anxiety, depression
When a person is sensitive to formaldehyde, a similar component to acetaldehyde, it might reveal a toxic load of candida overgrowth in the body. Melons also have a high level of acetaldehyde. If a person acquires a stomach ache after eating melons, this reaction might indicate a high aldehyde level in the body as well.Lipoic acid is an antioxidant supplement which aids in reducing excess aldehyde.
Simple Sugars in the Diet
Candida thrives on simple sugars. It loves the dark, warm and moist environment of the intestines. Simple yeast is harmless, but when it grows roots, more like a fungal formation, it invades the intestinal lining, compromising its strength and function. After penetrating the intestinal lining, it roams throughout the body hosting itself on other organs.
Candida overgrowth is basically a twentieth century disease, resulting from over-use of antibiotics, steroids, estrogen replacement therapy (HRT), ulcer medications, birth control pills, and other modern medications. It can be triggered at any age, including newborns who develop thrush. Chronic yeast overgrowth is generally overlooked by the medical establishment because it often is masked by other conditions.
Everyone has some candida in their body, normally confined to the large intestine, vagina, and skin. In healthy individuals with a strong immune system, it is kept in check by good bacteria. But, if the immune system is compromised, it begins infecting other bodily tissues, creating an overgrowth.
“It’s a prime ingredient in countless substances that we eat and drink, from cereal to soup, from cola to coffee. Consumed at the rate of one hundred pounds for every American every year, it’s as addictive as nicotine or heroin – and as poisonous, responsible for modern plagues ranging from depression to coronary thrombosis. It’s sugar.” (Back cover of the book, Sugar Blues, by William Dufty)
This best-selling book unmasks refined sugars as the greatest medical killer – yet, at the same time, shows how a revitalizing, sugar-free diet can not only change your life, but quite possibly save it.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
“As part of the chemical process used to make high fructose corn syrup, the glucose and fructose — which are naturally bound together — become separated. This allows the fructose to mainline directly into your liver, which turns on a factory of fat production in your liver called lipogenesis. This leads to fatty liver, the most common disease in America today, affecting 90 million Americans. This, in turn, leads to diabesity — pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. So, high fructose corn syrup is the real driver of the current epidemic of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia, and of course, Type 2 diabetes.
Beside the ginormous load of pure fructose and sugar found in HCFS, as an added bonus, it contains other chemical toxins. Chemical contaminants used during manufacturing end up in the HCFS and in our food. What we know, for example, is that chloralkali is used in making high fructose corn syrup. Chloralkali contains mercury. And there are trace amounts of mercury found in high fructose corn syrup-containing beverages. Now, it may not be a problem if we eat this occasionally, but the average person in the country consumes more than 20 teaspoons a day of high fructose corn syrup and the average teenager has 34 teaspoons a day. Over time, these heavy metals can accumulate in the body, causing health problems. Additionally, when we look at the chemical components of high fructose corn syrup on a spectrograph, we can see that it contains many weird chemicals that we know nothing about.”2
Impact of the Diet on Health
Weston A. Price (1870-1948), a famous dentist, studied indigenous children living in the Swiss Alps Loetschental Valley in 1931-193, living without a modernized diet. He found .3% dental caries among these people. Their diet contained, in order of the highest consumption to the lowest: rye sourdough bread, fresh milk, cheese, butter, barley, vegetables, and meat once a week. This very natural diet contains an abundance of nutrients.
Weston A. Price then studied the modernized Swiss diets, finding 85% of the children having dental caries and abscesses. They mainly ate (also from highest quantity to lowest) white bread, jam, honey, sugar, chocolate, coffee, milk, canned vegetables, meat and butter. Their diets were void of necessary nutrients for staying healthy. The observed results in the health between these two groups are astounding and worth acknowledging! Refined foods contribute to disease and tooth decay, depleting nutritional reserves, to the point of death.
Nutrition and Physical Degenerationby Weston A. Price outlines numerous excellent studies along with revealing pictures. Read this amazing text here.
Overcoming Candida Overgrowth
In order to overcome candida overgrowth, sugar must be avoided in all forms including: cane sugar, corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, lactose (milk sugar) fructose, fruit juices, honey, maple syrup, molasses, fruit, potatoes (high starch, which turns to sugar), tomato juice, and grains. Foods which may be eaten are: proteins, raw nuts, raw seeds, and most vegetables. After a few weeks eating this diet, there should be a noticeable improvement in yeast overgrowth symptoms. Gradually add whole grains back into the diet, along with a small amount of fruit a few days after introducing whole grains. Continue avoiding refined sugars.
Incomplete digestion of food provides a breeding ground for candida. See the post Enzymes for Life Energy for information regarding the benefits of supplementing digestive enzymes along with each meal. A variety of excellent quality enzymes may be purchased through our Store.
Biotics Research provides BioDoph 7 Plus for culturing good bacteria in the body. Maintaining an abundance of good bacteria prevents the spread of candida throughout tissues. See the post Good Bacteria for Increased Energy to read about the importance of probiotics.
Monitoring Blood Sugar Levels
See the post Blood Sugar Balance for instructions on monitoring blood sugar levels. Lowering high blood sugar through a low-sugar diet is key in preventing and also overcoming candida overgrowth. Each person is unique regarding the tolerable level of carbohydrates in the diet. Monitoring blood sugar reveals an individual’s personal tolerance level. Lowering excessively high blood sugar is a great prevention for many immune disorders.