People question if they would eliminate health issues if they removed all sugar from their diet. It may surprise you that the answer is no. The right amount of sugar stabilizes blood sugar levels, provides energy and keeps you going.
So if some sugar is okay, does more sugar give you more energy? Unfortunately no. In the case of sugar, more is not necessarily better. On any protocol, especially for biofilms, less than 10 grams per day for a while is acceptable.
Too much sugar is not just a blood/sugar health concern; it’s also a gut health issue. Our digestive tract houses both good and bad bacteria. There should be an 85% good to 15% bad bacteria ratio. Just as many of us have a sweet tooth, bad bacteria thrive on sugar.
When we eat a sugar-laden diet, the bad bacteria multiply and get stronger and stronger, over-powering the good bacteria. While there isn’t an easy way to look into your digestive tract to see if there’s an excess of bad bacteria, your body will let you know.
What should I look for?
Symptoms of a bad bacteria uprising may show themselves as bloating, nausea, constipation, heartburn or diarrhea. In addition, sugar cravings can actually mean your bad bacteria have run a muck! If the yeast is overgrown in your system, it can actually cause a craving for sugar.
There’s a lot of discussion about the highs and lows of blood sugar levels linked to eating too much sugar, but were you aware those same highs and lows are generated in the gut for mood, sleep, libido, memory, social behavior and appetite?
They are, and when there’s an imbalance in the microbiome, home of the bacteria. An imbalance in the microbiome may cause depression, fatigue, insomnia, and even nervous system sensitivity. Skin conditions such as crusting, itchy areas or a rash on your skin can also develop when there’s gut bacteria imbalance. Gut bacteria imbalance has even been linked with autoimmune diseases.
So if I right-volume my sugar, will my bacteria stay balanced? While sugar is a common unbalancer to your gut bacteria, be aware there’s another contributor that is just as common: oral antibiotics. Antibiotics are equal opportunity bacteria killers – both good and bad. Any time you take oral antibiotics, you’ll knock your microbiome out of balance.
How can I create a balanced microbiome?
If after reading all this you’re ready to run to the store for food to feed your healthy bacteria, what should you pick up?
A daily addition to your diet should be a probiotic supplement There are also microbiome friendly foods that can begin positively impacting your gut within twenty-four hours.
Your gut health grocery list should include fermented foods such as yogurt and kimchi; in produce grab bananas, garlic, onions, fruits, seeds and nuts, especially pistachios; and leave off any processed foods, such as bread and pastas.
For a healthier gut, the body needs a balanced diet including some sugars balanced with protein, unprocessed foods, grains, fermented foods and if possible a probiotic supplement. And don’t forget that you’ll need to give your gut a special repair boost after you’ve taken antibiotics.