Ketogenesis is the beautiful occurrence of biochemical processes, creating ketone bodies through the break down of fat, and also creating ketogenic amino acids. Here’s the most amazing part; the ketogenic amino acids are made (acetyl-CoA) from the ketone bodies (so yes, you have to be in ketosis) and this is what your body will run off of. You body’s fuel is now acetyl-CoA (ketone bodies aka FAT). Let me contrast this for you; the majority of people on the poisonous typical American “I follow the food pyramid diet,” runs off of glucogenic amino acids which breaks down and converts into sugar (glucose). So many people are working so hard against their bodies. The average person is fueling themselves with sugar; with that being said, how do you lose weight? Well let us forget about weight and lets pretend we don’t care about how big we are, let us look at how sugar causes disease.
When you eat sugar, you’re creating a pancreatic response to produce and disperse insulin. The hormone insulin is a hormone that I do NOT like. Constant outputs of insulin not only causes diabetes, but because it’s a hormone, it will eventually disrupt other hormones. Sugar slowly destroys the functioning of the endocrine system. Our endocrine system is a group of glands that produce hormones crucial for the functioning of our bodies (it’s even responsible for the pumping of our heart).The biggest players in the endocrine system consist of seven glands. Reproductive glands (ovaries and testes), thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, pituitary gland, pancreas, adrenal glands, and the hypothalamus. All of these glands are negatively impacted by sugar!
So how does sugar disrupt and disease our endocrine system? It begins with the pancreas, and eating too much sugar will lead to an insulin resistance. So what happens to the other glands when the pancreas craps out because you’ve killed it? Well all of the other endocrine glands have to work extra hard in order to make up for the lack of pancreatic function. Our bodies are beautiful in this way; our bodies always try to find a way to function even when part of it dies or becomes diseased. Your adrenal glands begin to go crazy when you eat a diet of sugar. When you consume sugar, your insulin spikes, but because it’s an empty non-nourishing food, your insulin will plummet causing hypoglycemia, thus leading to the need of more sugar. It is a vicious cycle. What’s actually the most scary part is when patients go to their doctors for hypoglycemia, doctors will actually advise that you keep sugar and candy on hand when this happens. Hmm… alternative motives these doctors have perhaps? But back to why sugar is NOT biologically correct with our bodies. So now the poor pancreas is experiencing a lot of stress. Because of the high spikes in sugar and insulin, and the low dropping of the sugar and insulin, your adrenal glands have to work in overdrive to produce cortisol (stress hormone) so that it can try to find a way to make more glucose to bring your sugar levels back up. Through time the adrenal glands become too overworked leading to Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal Fatigue results from the glands being far over taxed leading to the glands producing too little or too much of cortisol at the wrong times (stress kills). So what do you think happens when your pancreas and adrenals are no longer functioning as it’s supposed to? The thyroid then has to go into overdrive to make up for what the body is now lacking, thanks to your diet and our “health” system. So your thyroid that is now working to compensate for your adrenals and pancreas, becomes far too taxed and then you develop Hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism as it’s no surprise, is caused by the lack of control of blood glucose, and the very desperate need for insulin that your pancreas is no longer producing. Hyperthyroidism causes severe cardiac disease over a long period of time. What about the little guys, the parathyroids? Well now through the chain of sugar disease, we have now developed hyperparathyroidism. Hyperparathyroidism is caused by poor insulin levels and excess blood glucose. Parathyroids are responsible for dispersing a hormone called the parathyroid hormone (PTH), that is responsible for bone health and bone remodeling. This PTH hormone is crucial for the maintenance, rebuilding, and the disbursement of calcium to the bones. So now that the parathyroids have been worked to death, we begin to develop diseases of the bones. When we develop insulin resistance, women can become infertile. Insulin resistance also causes PCOS in women (aka polycystic ovarian syndrome) which creates a severe hormone imbalance of excess androgens… you know, the ones that make you grow facial hair, have horrible acne, and painful menstrual cycles if any? Androgens is a male hormone that when out of balance wreaks havoc on women. Excess sugar as we know greatly taxes the adrenal glands which is responsible in men for the production of testosterone and estrogen in women. So when the adrenals are over taxed, it equates to lower testosterone in men, and lower estrogen in women leading to excess androgens in women, and higher estrogen levels in men. The pituitary gland is responsible for making the hormones adrenalcorticotropic that stimulates the adrenals to produce steroid hormones such as cortisol. It is also responsible for the production of the human growth hormone (HGH) which controls metabolism and growth. Excess consumption of sugar craps out the adrenals which in turn slows down greatly or almost shuts off the pituitary gland leading to hypothyroidism. The hypothyroidism will halt or slow the response of insulin when the blood sugars are elevated in our blood. This leaves us with the hypothalamus; the hypothalamus is responsible for our very basic physiological functions such as regulation of temperature, sex drive, mood, sleep, and hunger. Because many people are on this sugar rollercoaster (high levels of sugar and low levels of sugar), the hormone that the hypothalamus produces called ghrelin, will release due to low blood glucose levels leading to being hungry again for more sugar…. it’s just a very diseased and vicious cycle. Sugar is a disease and NOT biologically correct with the human body.
Biologically, we are not even meant to eat large amounts of fruit. WHAT! But… fruit has soooooo many good vitamins. Looking back thousands and thousands of years ago, our ancestors were only able to eat fruit when they were in season. They did NOT consume large amounts of fruit all of the time. Fruit contains large amounts of fructose (sugar). Fructose is only metabolized through the liver so when we consume large amounts of fructose, it creates waste in the liver called uric acid. Hypertension and gout is a result of high levels of uric waste in the liver.
WOW. This whole sugar being dangerous and not biologically correct just keeps going and going and going….
Okay so sugar kills our endocrine system leading to a laundry list of diseases, sugar causes obesity, sugar damages all of our organs… what else have I left out. Ah Ha! Let’s discuss FUNGUS and YEAST! Sugar feeds yeast and fungus leading to a severe overgrowth of fungus and Candida Albicans. So what happens when you consume tons of sugar and carbs (carbs not from veggies)? It feeds the fungus and yeast in your gut thus creating a myriad of digestive issues. Please keep in mind that our gut is crucial for serotonin production and our mental health, and holds our enteric nervous system (our second brain). Our gut is what allows us to absorb our nutrients and without the proper functioning of the gut, we become nutrient deficient. Oh did I forget to mention that our gut houses 70-80% of our immune system? Now back to the adrenal glands in relation to our gut; when our blood glucose levels drop, the adrenals produce excessive amounts of cortisol. Cortisol inhibits the production of hydrochloric acid in our GI tract. Hydrochloric acid is essential as it’s needed in the stomach to break down food, so without it we create even more digestive issues. So from everything that we have already discussed, the lining of the gut is now very weak. This will lead to leaky gut (holes in the lining of your gut). So when we eat bad things such as wheat or genetically modified foods containing Glyphosate (roundup), it passes through the holes in the lining of our gut, and it is then released throughout our bodies and is transported throughout our blood stream. At this point, the body recognizes these chemicals as foreign and generates antibodies to attack it and to get rid of it…. and you guessed it! This leads to a HOST of autoimmune diseases.
Did you think I was done? Not quite yet. Sugar also causes severe mineral depletion. Our bodies need the minerals to metabolize sugar. So the result is that we become mineral deficient, and the other parts of our body that depends on these minerals to function properly, begin to go without and suffer. Without minerals we cannot produce enzymes in the gut to break down our foods which in turn leads to leaky gut. Sugar is a dangerous vicious cycle that affects and damages all parts of our body as it disrupts our stable equilibrium (homeostasis).
Cancer is caused by sugar! The scientist, Otto Warburg, proved back in 1923 that cancer needs to consume glucose to mutate genes and to become the deadly disease that kills millions ever year. Strange that cancer is a trillion dollar business isn’t it? I’ll go into that in a another post, but back to why Keto is biologically correct with the human body. So aside from every disease known to mankind, Ketogenesis diminishes the ability for cancer cell growth, it aids in weight loss, it gives you energy that you never thought you could have, reduces and eliminates seizures, improves heart health, and it fuels the brain leading to better brain function. It also heals the body, and creates a homeostasis within our bodies. When we fuel our bodies with fat we function in optimal health. Biochemically we need to be in a state of ketosis as mentioned above.
Please keep in mind eating just meat and veggies doesn’t make you completely healthy although it’ll help. You have to use quality grass fed organic meats, and organic veggies. Just because it’s low in sugar and carbs doesn’t make it healthy! You must count the chemicals, and for the sake of all humanity, do NOT use artificial dangerous sweeteners!