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Got A Sweet Addiction? Got Candida?

"10 Reasons to Use Bitters"

Date:   3/5/2014 8:55:56 PM   ( 5 y ) ... viewed 637 times

Sugar addiction is reportedly one of the most severe addictions of any substance! One of the reasons why the general public does not realize this is that sugar is also the most readily available "substance" and therefore those who are addicted to it have a virtually endless supply available to them whereby they can feed their addiction at any time! (There are plenty of books out on this subject in case anyone wants to read up on it.) Another reason that the pervasiveness of sugar addiction is not commonly recognized is that the intake of sugar has gradually increased over the years, over many decades (as of the last couple of centuries) to the point now where it is at it's all-time record high.

If you don't think you have any addiction to sugar then consider completely eliminating it from you diet for just three days. The "trick" here is to actually remove all sugars! That means you'll most likely have to eliminate all processed foods because of they virtually all contain some form of sugar as one of their ingredients. Then start a journal to record all of the things that you'll become aware of in the whole process starting with your decision to "test" yourself. It may very well be an "amazing journey" for you! Do you have the courage to take it on? Maybe you need some additional support? Once you have made it through the three days consider doing that for a week and repeat that process till you can go at least six months without any sugar.

If you think eliminating sugar can't be done then remember this.: One of our greatest flowerings of human culture was during the Renaissance when the annual intake of sugar was about one teaspoon per individual!!

Addiction is just one of many problems involved with the extent that sugar has predominated our present day food culture (the mention of most all of the other sugar-related problems will have to wait for another blog). The article linked below may introduce you to one particular loss of one of our essential tastes and the benefits that particular taste had been serving in our total well being.

"Overcoming Cravings For Sweets & Alcohol Just Thru Diet Alone":

June 28th -

"The word 'addict' comes from the Latin word, 'addictus" which means, 'given over to another as a slave'.

Deirdre Barrett, author of Supernormal Stimuli, says, 'The most dangerous aspect of our modern diet arises from our ability to refine food.'":

December 19, 2018 - Back To Bitters -

"... at one time people regularly consumed bitters as part of (ancestral) diet, we avoid them now. When is the last time you saw a fast food or soda pop based on bitter?

The taste of bitter in the mouth is stimulating to the liver. There is a direct feedback loop from the tongue to the liver. Every time you taste something bitter, your liver gets a positive jolt that stimulates it to put out more bile and expel accumulated toxic waste. If you never taste any bitter, your liver tends to become sluggish over time and retain toxic build-up. Many liver detoxifying formulas contain bitter herbs such as milk thistle seed, dandelion root, yellow dock, and gentian root."[1]

Re: Candida:

In addition to the dietary recommendations at the Bernard Jensen site you may like to consider including lactofermented vegetables and beverages as well as bone broths.


[1] Eating for Digestive Health in "FOUNDATIONS OF NUTRITION TEXTBOOK"
By Ed Bauman, M.Ed., Ph.D. and Jodi Friedlander, N.C.

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