The Sugar Blues
The most common stimulant for most people including children, is
sugar. Flooding the blood stream with sugar through the use of sodas
and juice drinks, candy, breakfast cereals or even refined white flours
and white rice which convert to sugar rapidly, creates an emergency in
the body which the adrenal glands must respond to.
High blood sugar threatens the integrity of every cell and must
be dealt with immediately. Any emergency, within or without, is a job
for the adrenals. This is why an adrenal fatigue diet has to be a low
sugar or even a low carb diet.
A secondary effect of high sugar intake is the promotion of
systemic candidiasis (candida albicans yeasts) as well as the growth of
pathogenic bacteria in the intestinal tract. These organisms produce a
wide range of toxic substances that demand an adrenal response as well
as having mind-altering effects.
Candida grows through a process of alcoholic fermentation which
creates a constant source of toxic alcohols and alcohol breakdown
products that are absorbed directly into the blood stream. Sugar also
causes zinc to decline, and copper to rise. Copper has a stimulating
effect on the mind and can mask feelings of fatigue initially.
Eventually, the build up of copper becomes a major cause of fatigue.
Good digestion is essential for health and the many conditions that
impair it are always present with chronic fatigue. Dysbiosis, or bowel
flora imbalance, as revealed by candida and other opportunistic
infections is always a factor. Sugar feeds candida, viruses and
pathogenic bacteria, not the beneficial flora.
Poor bowel flora leads to food allergies, leaky gut, candida, low
hydrochloric acid and digestive enzyme production, and gall bladder
dysfunction. The bowel flora are essential for healthy intestinal wall
cells (enterocytes). The enterocytes rely on the beneficial flora for 60
- 70% of their nutritional input. The final stages of digestion and
absorption of food and supplements happen at the intestinal wall. If
the enterocytes are undernourished, so will you be.
As the intestinal wall weakens, food sensitivities or food allergies
will begin to develop as the body allows poorly digested foods into the
bloodstream. Food allergies also provide a stimulant effect
until the body begins to wear out under the strain.
Constantly eating certain foods such as wheat, dairy, corn, soy,
yeast or other common food allergens creates a toxic reaction in the
body. This is another constant emergency that forces the adrenal glands
to respond. Even the habitual use of certain personal items such as
perfume or hair sprays can be a sub-conscious use of stimulants because
of the toxic reaction they cause in some people.