Arthritis, asthma, headaches, psoriasis, cancer, intestinal gas, osteoporosis, heart disease, weight gain, PMS, candidiasis, tooth decay, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer sores, cataracts, gallstones, kidney stones, and cystic fibrosis are all diseases and conditions that are negatively affected by the intake of sugar. Dr. David Servan-Schriber says, in his excellent book Anti- Cancer: “Sugar is the fuel of cancer.” Sugar come in many forms; sucrose, fructose, alcohol, etc.
Refined sugar is one of the worst poisons you can put into your body. The consumption of sugar and sugar like substances suppresses the immune system almost instantly, lowering the body’s natural defenses and making it less capable of fighting harmful pathogens. Especially sensitive are kids, who often become hyperactive after having eaten it. The exclusion of sugar in all its forms from the diet, can improve these and many other conditions markedly. In many cases, a sugarless diet can eradicate the suffering altogether when combined with a well-balanced (read mostly vegan) diet and healthy habits as TIME reported in this issue.
In total, the consumption of sugar lowers your immune function by roughly 4 hours, with the lowest immune functioning occurring 2 hours after sugar consumption depending on how much water you drink and what you eat. So if you find yourself getting sick after the holidays, you know exactly why! By comparison, when starches (complex carbohydrates) are consumed, your immune functioning actually heightens for some time before falling back down to normal. But as you may already know, getting sugar out of your diet is not an easy task. It’s one of the most highly used additives around, showing up even in meat as we said. But at least you can avoid adding more to your diet. It’s probably the most important detox we can do.