Many, many people who are addicted to sugar don’t realize that they may not be the source of the problem. You see, we are not the only ones living in our bodies. Our bodies are inhabited by countless microorganisms too. These microorganisms serve a variety of purposes but most of them are somehow involved in digestion. Some of these microbes are bacteria others are yeast, and believe it or not, some are parasites. As in most ecosystems, there needs to be a balance. Sometimes, that balance gets thrown off and we get really out of whack. Stress and diet are two of the biggest contributors to throwing that balance off.
What happens when the balance is thrown off? Yeast happens! Yeast is opportunistic and… low maintenance. It thrives on sugar. When your body slips into an acidic state, which is common in times of stress and when the diet is poor, yeast has a party. As the yeast starts to overpopulate, they crowd out the healthy bacteria that your body needs, and increase your body’s demand for sugar.
When you eat sugar – in the form of simple carbohydrates: sugar, white flour, white rice, soda, high fructose corn syrup, etc. – you feed the yeast and the yeast are HAPPY! Until your pancreas sends out a burst of insulin and snags all that sugar right out of your blood. This is not a good thing for two reasons. 1) Your pancreas can overcompensate for a spike in blood sugar by producing an excess of insulin which can take too much sugar out of your blood (storing it on your hips, thighs, etc.) leaving your cells without enough fuel to operate properly. This can make you cranky, shaky, and can make it hard to think straight. 2) The yeast are not big fans of starving. They get cranky too and they will send out chemical S.O.S. messages to your body: “HEY! We’re starving down here! Get us some sugar NOW!!!” Usually you comply which makes them happy and then they reproduce and make even more yeast which continue to crowd out healthy bacteria and demand more and more sugar.
The solution: Restoring the balance of yeast in your body involves a few things”.
1) Support the healthy bacteria by taking probiotics (replenishes the healthy bacteria).
2) Alkalize – yeast thrives in an acidic environment which is created by over-consumption of sugar and/or animal protein (meat, dairy, eggs).
3) Stabilize blood sugar through carefully chosen nutrients
Yeast overpopulation is one of the main causes of weight loss resistance. People who struggle to lose the “last 10 pounds” or who hit a plateau and can’t seem to get past it, may have a yeast issue to contend with.
Once balance is restored and your yeast population to normal levels, sugar cravings will be greatly reduced or eliminated and weight loss can be attained. Choose snacks like raw nuts, apples, almond butter on whole grain bread, and avocados instead of sugary snacks. For additional support, tips, and strategies for learning how to eat healthy, go to www.EatLikeaHorse.net.
The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, or prescribe for any disease or health condition. Contact your preferred healthcare provider when making health choices.