If you have any interest at all in holistic approaches to healing and natural health, it’s very likely that you have heard of or read about Candida Albicans being a culprit to many health disorders. The truth though is that Candida is just one of about 500 known species of microorganisms or microbes that can live in us or on us. Some are helpful and some are not. The ones that are damaging to us have been linked to all kinds of health imbalances like diabetes, ulcers, autism and cancer. These little guys enter our bodies via the water we drink, the food we eat, the bathroom door handles we touch, and even the air we breathe.
So how do we create an environment where helpful microbes thrive and harmful microbes die off? Fortunately these two classes of organism prefer two very different environments, simply put good microbes do well in a slightly more alkaline terrain whereas bad microbes thrive in an acidic environment. So if we change the terrain of our bodies we can dictate who is welcome and who is not.
How does sugar come into play? Sugar is the single most acidifying element we can add to our bodies (apart from battery acid i suppose). I watched a video recorded presentation of UCSF professor Robert H. Lustig called Sugar- the bitter truth in which he essentially explains that sugar is a poison and even blames it as the chief cause of obesity. And this isn’t just table sugar guys, it’s the sugar found in fruit, agave, maple syrup, and honey, it’s the sugar that your body metabolizes out of gluten, starchy foods and alcohol. It’s so prevalent that avoiding it or significantly reducing your intake really takes some education and willpower. I will tell you from first hand experience though that when I did eliminate sugar in every form from my diet I began seeing issues that I had been plagued with since infancy clear up. It was difficult but it was worth it.
(Creepy little side point, once you eliminate sugar and the little critters start to die off, your sugar cravings may become intense. Like confusingly out of control intense and here’s why. Some bad microbes can actually hijack your brain to make you want sugar so that they won’t die. Once I realized that I was basically being mind controlled by dying microbes I got mad, dug in my heels and saw it through.)
Fortunately there are tons of amazing vibrant colorful and delicious foods that don’t feed bad microorganisms. If you really are struggling with sweet cravings you can use stevia in pure form to sweeten something up without adding sugar that microbes can use. If you don’t care for the taste of stevia now, your palate may change as your body becomes more balanced.
Try this breakfast recipe. It’s one of my favorite ways to use stevia
1.5 cup cooked quinoa, amaranth, or millet
cinnamon to taste
fresh grated nutmeg to taste
squeeze of lemon juice
dash or two of pure stevia
sprinkle of cruchy chia seeds
If you’re feeling decadent add a hunk of raw organic butter from pastured cows and let that melt in.
This is an absolutely amazing breakfast and best of all it contributes to a balanced and clean terrain that supports helpful microbes, gives you physical energy, and mental clarity.
It’s a dirty world out there and as clean as we may try to be, we can’t avoid coming into contact with microbes. We are symbiotic organisms and it’s part of life. When we take control of our diet however we control how well and how quickly our body kicks out the harmful microbes and consequently, control our health.