I always wonder about this topic, since I started on this forum.
The following topic does not consider systemic Candida, which some sources state as very rare, even life threatening (AIDS patients, etc), although I know this is arguable.
I'm referring to chronic yeasts attached to the digestive system, where the colon is their main terrace.
We can tell from diverse studies that Sugar
will feed yeasts and ferment, but the question I always have is: If you take a tablespoon of Sugar
on a empty stomach, will that feed the Candida? Shouldn't the Sugar
be assimilated and hence it will not reach the lower bowel? Of course I'm also leaving the malabsorption syndrome out (for which I did a test long ago which showed my assimilation was in the normal range)
I found the following article that might bring some light to the topic. It states that sugar depresses the immune system, basically because of the insulin rise, and more specifically because glucose and vitamin C are very similar and compete for assimilation at the cellular level. Hence, the more blood glucose, the less capable your immune system is to fight Candida back.
I'm interested in hearing other points of view about this.
Enjoy the reading:
Sugar depresses the immune system.
We have known this for decades. It was only in the 1970's that researchers found out that vitamin C was needed by white blood cells so that they could phagocytize viruses and bacteria. White blood cells require a 50 times higher concentration inside the cell as outside so they have to accumulate vitamin C.
There is something called a "phagocytic index" which tells you how rapidly a particular macrophage or lymphocyte can gobble up a virus, bacteria, or cancer cell. It was in the 1970's that Linus Pauling realized that white blood cells need a high dose of vitamin C and that is when he came up with his theory that you need high doses of vitamin C to combat the common cold.
sugar and lymphocytes
We know that glucose and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so what happens when the sugar levels go up? They compete for one another upon entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell. It doesn't take much: a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. So when you eat sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl.
Here we are getting a little bit closer to the roots of disease. It doesn't matter what disease we are talking about, whether we are talking about a common cold or about cardiovascular disease, or cancer or osteoporosis, the root is always going to be at the cellular and molecular level, and more often than not insulin is going to have its hand in it, if not totally controlling it.
The health dangers which ingesting sugar on an habitual basis creates are certain. Simple sugars have been observed to aggravate asthma, move mood swings, provoke personality changes, muster mental illness, nourish nervous disorders, deliver diabetes, hurry heart disease, grow gallstones, hasten hypertension, and add arthritis.
Because refined dietary sugars lack minerals and vitamins, they must draw upon the body's micro-nutrient stores in order to be metabolized into the system. When these storehouses are depleted, metabolization of cholesterol and fatty acid is impeded, contributing to higher blood serum triglycerides, cholesterol, promoting obesity due to higher fatty acid storage around organs and in sub-cutaneous tissue folds.
Because sugar is devoid of minerals, vitamins, fiber, and has such a deteriorating effect on the endocrine system, major researchers and major health organizations (American Dietetic Association and American Diabetic Association) agree that sugar consumption in America is one of the 3 major causes of degenerative disease.
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