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Healthy Food Lover's Newsletter, Issue #009 -- The Sweet Truth
September 15, 2012
|Hello Healthy Food Lovers,
The Sweet Truth
The sweet truth is that we all need essential sugars and about half of these essential sugars mainly come from animal foods - Surprise Surprise!
On a daily basis most Americans will only consume about 2 or 3 of these essential sugars.
Studies have shown that when all eight essential sugars are made available to the human body - you will have the ability to fight disease or ward off infections.
Deficiencies of essential sugars are associated with a host of illnesses - one of the more serious being Schizophrenia. In addition, essential sugars are known to help with chronic fatigue, arthritis, increasing lean muscle mass, alleviating allergies, and accelerating wound healing.
The Essential SugarsFucose (not Fructose): Certain types of Mushrooms, Seaweeds, and Seeds. Helps with allergies and inhibiting tumor growth.
Galactose: In many Fruits & Vegetables, Mushrooms, and Dairy. It's in the lactose of Dairy Foods (lactose is made from one glucose molecule and one galactose molecule). Helps to improve healing of injuries, absorption of calcium, and improves your memory.
Glucose: Found in almost all Fruits, Vegetables, and Bee Products - basically anything that is sweet. It is an energy source for your cells & muscles - too much or too little can be problematic. Metabolic disturbances of this sugar are associated with disorders such as depression and anorexia.
Mannose: Blueberries, Cranberries, Gooseberries, Currants, Cabbage, Broccoli, Green Beans, Shitake Mushroom, Reishi Mushroom, Tomatoes, Cayenne Pepper, Turnip, Kelp, Guar Gum, Carob Gum, Fenugreek, and Aloe Vera. This essential sugar plays an integral role for your immune system and a deficiency is related to a host of illnesses.
N-Acetyl-Galactosamine: Found in Bovine & Shark Cartilages and Red Algae. Plays a role in cardiovascular health and in the regulation of inflammation.
N-Acetyl-Glucosamine: Found in Bovine & Shark Cartilages, Shellfish Tails, and Shitake Mushrooms. This sugar is beneficial to your joint health and helps repair your mucosal-lining.
N-Acetyl-Neuraminic Acid: Found in Raw Eggs, Whey of Raw Dairy Foods, Lion's Mane (mushroom) and Breast Milk. Plays an important role in brain development especially in the ability to learn new things.
Xylose: Guava, Blackberries, Raspberries, Loganberries, Pears, Peas, Cabbages, Spinach, Green Beans, Broccoli, Okra, Corn, Eggplant, Psyllium, Kelp, and Aloe Vera. This sugar increases friendly flora and is very important in preventing cancer in your digestive tract.
Build Your Defense SystemEssential sugars are necessary for cell communication and if just one sugar is missing from your diet - this will lead to a break down of communication between your cells - eventually leading to illnesses.
And what illness you come down with can probably be determined by what essential sugar you are missing in your diet.
Essential sugars combine with proteins and fats to build glycoproteins or glycolipids which are then incorporated into the membranes of all your body's cells.
Glycoproteins and glycolipids are the building blocks used to make enzymes, hormones, antibodies, your nervous system, and develop your brain.
Glycoproteins and glycolipids are essential for the integrity of your cell structure and they help facilitate the creation of the antennae that allows your cells to interact with one another.
The creation of these building blocks is vital to the functioning of your immune system as well as to the healing and optimal functioning of your body.
The Terrorists of Your Defense SystemSalicylates are aspirin-like substances that have the ability to depress your ability to make essential sugars as well as weave essential sugars into building blocks such as glycoproteins.
Salicylates also have the ability to block vitamin K absorption which is essential to your body's blood clotting process.
Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins that can bind themselves to essential sugars and disrupt your cellular communication.
Essential sugars typically coat the surfaces of your cells and help them to communicate. Plant lectins act directly to disrupt the function of your essential sugars - plant lectins have been associated with behaviorial and neurological problems like ADHD.
Salicylates work like a tag team with plant lectins. Salicylates and lectins will both depress the production of essential building blocks.
Salicylates will first depress essential sugar production (especially xylose production) and then lectins will bind to the exposed sugars.
Eating too many offensive lectin foods along with too many foods high in salicylates can lead to auto immune type of diseases - this is where your body will mistakenly attack itself.
Salicylate FoodsSalicylates are compounds found in many fruits and plant foods - they are surprisingly related chemically to the active ingredient in aspirin which is also a salicylate.
Foods High In Salicylates: Most dried fruits, Most Fruits, Chili Peppers, Peppers, Tomato Products (Canned, Sauces), Radish, Canned Olives, Alfalfa Sprouts, Cucumber, Fresh Spinach, Okra, Watercress, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Broad Beans, Almonds, Water Chestnut, Pine Nuts, Peanuts, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Processed Meats, Regular Coffee, Red Wine, Most Liquor, Most Teas, Honey, Most Spices & Herbs, and Cornmeal.
Foods Low in Salicylates: Banana, Pear (no skin), Papaya, Lime, Golden Delicious Apple, Bamboo Shoots, Celery, Ice Burg Lettuce, White Potato (no skin), Fresh Asparagus, Brussel Sprouts, Green Peas, Green Beans, Dried Beans, Lentils, Pecans, Poppy Seeds, Goat & Cow Milk, Butter, Cream, Cheese, Beef, Lamb, Organ Meats, Chicken, Veal, Fish, Shellfish, Eggs, Decaf Coffee, Vodka, Pear Juice, Maple Syrup, Chives, Parsley, Salt, Buckwheat, Millet, Oats, Rice, Rye, Wheat, and Barley.
Fruit picked when they are ripe will have fewer salicylates than fruit picked green. Also older plant varieties sometimes called heirlooms may have less salicylates.
Using fresh herbs over dried herbs will also lower your salicylate consumption. Also try to balance salicylate foods with Vitamin K foods (Leafy Greens like Kale, Fermented Foods like Natto, and Grass Fed & Free Range Animal Foods) - as salicylates are natural blood thinners which can cause internal bleeding if consumed in excess.
High & Low Lectin FoodsFoods High in Lectins: Grains, Legumes, Nuts, Grain Fed Animal Foods, Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc.), GMO Foods, and Seeds.
Foods Low in Lectins: Broccoli, Bok Choy, Cauliflower, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Leafy Greens, Asparagus, Carrots, Citrus Fruits, Berries, Apples, Avocado, Grass Fed Animal Meats, Wild Caught Fish, Free Range Poultry & Eggs, Grass Fed Dairy Products, Lard, and Tallow.
Eliminating or at least cutting back on high lectin foods would probably be a big help to your health. You can also break down foods high in lectins by soaking and fermenting these foods - especially grains containing gluten and legumes such as soy or beans.
Whatever you do stay away from GMO foods as they contain an extremely toxic level of lectins that will destroy your gut and health.
The Healing Power of Raw MilkRaw milk has been and is still one of my favorite of all the raw foods. I never really understood why I favored this powerful raw food over the others until now.
Dairy is a very important food because it's a great source of the essential sugar galactose. Galactose is an essential sugar associated with the formation of vital glycoprotein and glycolipid building blocks.
You can find galactose in many fruits & vegetables such as blackberries, oranges, plums, mangoes, apples, dates, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, celery, onions, & green beans. However, this sugar is usually lost because of green harvesting practices and food processing methods.
Galactose strengthens your digestive abilities by helping to maintain "healthy" bacterial flora in your intestines - especially increasing the good bacteria bifidobacteria.
Dairy provides the milk sugar lactose that can be broken down by enzymes to form galactose and glucose.
The essential sugars glucose and galactose can then be used by your body.
However, if you can't digest lactose you will not receive any galactose or glucose from the lactose as this requires the right enzymes and other co-factors.
That's why people who are lactose intolerant usually have a very hard time digesting milk or more specifically pasteurized milk - because it is void of enzymes and is a "lifeless" food.
The enzymes found in raw milk is why it is such a healing food.
Raw milk has about 60 or more functional enzymes - some of which are made from the beneficial bacteria found in raw milk.
Raw milk is a live food!
Raw milk is full of life giving nutrients - it was actually used as a medicine in the not too distant past.
And when raw milk ages or sours, some of its protective properties will increase - thereby, increasing its ability to heal your gut. The only thing that happens when pasteurized milk ages or sours - is that it can make you really sick.
It is important to note that milk that comes from abused cows fed a diet heavy in grains, soybeans or contaminated feed will probably not contain the protective properties found in raw milk that comes from pastured cows fed a predominately grass fed diet.
I do not recommend drinking that type of milk raw! In fact, I do not recommend ever drinking that type of milk - as you never will really know what it contains.
"All Disease Begins in Your Gut" - HippocratesHippocrates said this approximately 2000 years ago and many people in the "new" health field believe that restoring the integrity of your gut is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
The mucus stripping effect of lectins, salicylates, and other irritants will eventually wear down your mucus lining or the barrier in your gut leading to such problems as a leaky gut.
When your intestinal barrier becomes permeable, undigested food can escape into your bloodstream and create an attack on yourself by your body.
One of the highly acclaimed foods for sealing a gut is bone broth.
As you recall, two of the essential sugars come from bovine cartilage. And bone broth contains cartilage building proteins.
Bone broth has been used for a very long time to heal and nourish.
The gelatin found in bone broth is the result of the break down of collagen which is a long fibrous protein that is found in bones and other connective tissue like cartilage.
Gelatin can be very important in the restoration of your gut lining as the gelatin found in bone broth has the ability to seal your gut.
Bone broths can be used to help treat ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and malnutrition because they help to seal your gut. This can also aid in the absorption of essential sugars.
Making bone broths is probably one of the cheapest and easiest things to do. You can just drink it straight or use it in soups, stews, gravies, etc.
You are also left with a layer of tallow in beef broth that you can use to cook with instead of using other oils - many are high in salicylates.
I've even seen someone use the same beef bones to make bone broth for seven days in a row. By the way, store bought broths or stocks are considered to be high in salicylates - there really is no excuse not to make your own.
Be sure to cook your broth at a lower temperature or you risk destroying the nutrients.
And be sure to only use bones that came from organic pastured animals - very important!!!
The Miracle Mineral - MagnesiumMagnesium is crucial for more than 300 enzyme biochemical reactions in your body. Without magnesium - you would not be able to produce any energy.
Magnesium is the co-factor which allows enzymes to function properly - as in the proper breakdown of sugars in your digestive tract.
Magnesium is crucial for the breakdown of glucose. For example - it takes about 34 different enzymatic reactions to convert glucose into fucose.
Magnesium needs to be provided everyday by your diet or by supplementation of some sort as it cannot be made by your body.
You will need to be very careful when using magnesium supplements as many come with contaminants.
You can also find high amounts of magnesium in certain nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. However, the amount of magnesium in these foods will depend on factors such as how the food was raised or grown (especially the quality of soil) and how the food was handled or processed.
Also, anti-nutrients such as the phytic acid found abundantly in these types of foods will need to be deactivated by soaking, sprouting, or fermenting. It will depend on the food as to how many of these processes will be necessary to deactivate its anti-nutrients.
Some of these foods will need to be cooked as well - cooking past 203 degrees F completely destroys minerals like magnesium by making them inorganic (some argue for even less) and for this reason plant foods such as grains or legumes may not contain any bio-available magnesium.
Low & Slow Indigenous cultures in the past employed the art of slow cooking much more than our modern day culture. This art has been replaced by the microwave and other harmful cooking methods - the result should be very obvious!
You can also find magnesium in certain seafoods, animal foods, fruits, and vegetables. Raw milk for example will have a decent amount of bio-available magnesium as well as bio-available calcium - ultra-pasteurized milk will have ZERO!
Other factors such as the state of your digestive tract, amount of fiber you eat, amount of diuretics or medications used daily, intake of junk foods, and your stress level will also contribute to the amount of magnesium you will be able to absorb or how much you will lose daily.
The more I learn about this mineral - the more I see how important it is to staying healthy. Magnesium may be responsible for more than 18,000 - that's thousands of functions in your body.
The Bottom LineYou are What You Eat! Americans seem to have lost the most important aspects of health which is in my opinion consuming enough bio-available nutrients and developing a strong gut.
Too much emphasis is placed on the presentation of food and even detox - which in my opinion matters - just not as much as eating really nutritious foods.
True health starts within and with the types of food you decide to put into your body.
Support your local "organic" farmers whenever possible. Shop at farmer's markets or find local farmers that are producing nourishing foods.
Also, health food stores or even local grocery stores usually carry locally grown or produced foods. If you have the time - it is really rewarding to learn how to raise your own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and even chickens.
Until we as a nation restore our right to Freedom and the right to choose what we want to put into our bodies - you will most likely have a difficult time finding or even affording foods like raw milk.
Hopefully our freedom is right around the corner.....stay tuned.
Have a Sweet Life,
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