Could Sugar Be Compromising Your Genes?

shutterstock_299093525We all have a love-hate relationship with sugar. We love it, can’t get enough of it and yet we know it’s so bad for us. But just how bad? According to Dr. Ben Lynch, a leading expert in the methylation world and founder of MTHFR.net, the toxic byproduct Acetylaldehyde which is produced by candida (sugar/yeast) is a potent inhibitor of methionine synthase. In other words, excessive sugar and yeast can change the way your genes express themselves causing health issues.

What is Methionine Synthase?

The purpose of methionine synthase is two fold:

  1. converting homocyteine into methionine.
  2. converting 5-methyltetrahydrofolate to tetrahydrofolate which is then used to make other forms of folate which are needed to produce and repair DNA

Did you get that? Excessive sugar can interfere with methionine synthase which 1. recycles homocysteine and 2. is responsible for healthy DNA.

If your body is not able to break down and recycle homocysteine, it builds up to a toxic level. High homocysteine levels promote inflammation and can lead to strokes, heart disease, alzheimer’s disease and more. DNA production and repair is vital for a healthy, functioning body and to prevent cancerous cells from growing.

Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth/Acetylaldehyde

Acetylaldehyde is also a byproduct of ethanol and can produce hangover-like symptoms because it is producing alcohol in your body.

What are the major symptoms of a hangover?

  1. headache
  2. foggy thinking
  3. irritability and/or depression
  4. fatigue
  5. soreness
  6. sensitivity

What are the major symptoms of yeast overgrowth?

  1. headache
  2. foggy thinking
  3. irritability and/or depression
  4. fatigue
  5. soreness
  6. sensitivity

What are some major symptoms of reduced methylation?

  1. headache
  2. foggy thinking
  3. irritability and/or depression
  4. fatigue
  5. soreness
  6. sensitivity

As you can see, all of these are intimately intertwined.

Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth also include:

  • Oral Thrush (a white coating on the tongue and/or inside of cheeks
  • Skin and nail fungal infections (athletes foot or toenail fungus)
  • Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea
  • Skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, hive and rashes
  • Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
  • Severe allergies
  • Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

How Much Sugar?

The World Health Organization and the American Heart Association both recommend that no more than 5% of your daily intake be from sugars. This equates to approximately 6 teaspoons or 25 grams for women and 9 teaspoons or 37.5 grams for men. (I recommend that these be from natural sources, such as fruit, rather than processed sugar.) Sugar is hidden everywhere and is in things you may not even think about. Of course you know you’ll find it in cookies and doughnuts, but did you also know it’s contained in breads, beans and cereals? With the frequent use of added sugar, you may be meeting or exceeding your daily intake with just one meal, one snack or even one beverage. This infographic from DailyBurn.com is a great eye-opener for where you may be able to cut back on some added sugar in your life.

Does Your Daily Sugar Intake Look Like This? (Infographic)

Candida Diet Plan

If you have a problem with candida overgrowth and/or a sugar addiction, then it’s important to remove any sugars from your diet while taking measures to rebalance the good flora in your gut.

Reversing Candida

  1. Detox
    The first aim of your Candida cleanse is to cleanse the system of the toxic byproducts of Candida. Fasting, colon cleansing, wheatgrass, fresh vegetable juices, plenty of water, detox herbs, exercise, and anything else that extracts toxins.
  2. Reduce the yeast population in your system
    Candida treatment must bring yeast cells back into balance. Use anti-microbial herbs and phytochemicals in formulas from your natural or health food store that include a combination of these powerful herbs, 15 days on then 5 days off, repeating as long as needed. The 5 day break discourages mutating yeast from multiplying and developing immunity to the herbs.
  3. Inoculate yourself with probiotics
    Probiotic bacteria favorably alter the intestinal microflora balance, inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, promote good digestion, boost immune function, and increase resistance to infection. People with flourishing intestinal colonies of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, along with acidophilus (found in yogurt), maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora by producing organic compounds (lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and acetic acid) that increase the acidity of the intestine and inhibit the reproduction of many harmful bacteria. Probiotic bacteria also produce substances called bacteriocins, which act as natural antibiotics to kill undesirable microorganisms.
  4. Improve your diet
    A diet to eliminate Candida is a long-term lifestyle – and in fact diet is your best defence against Candida. Yeast loves sugar and simple carbohydrates; if you keep feeding yeast cells they will multiply, and even the best anti-microbial herbs won’t keep them in check. Eat a disciplined diet for at least 3 months, then When your symptoms disappear, you can expand your diet. But don’t revert to old habits, or the Candida symptoms will quickly return.

Keeping Candida in Check

Foods to Avoid

Aged cheeses, alcohol, chocolate, dried fruits, fresh fruits, fermented foods, mushrooms, vinegar, glutenous foods (wheat, rye, oats, barley), all sugars, honeys and syrups (that includes any ‘ose’, like lactose, sucrose etc), and foods that contain yeast or mold (breads, muffins, cakes, baked goods, cheese, dried fruits, melons, peanuts – although nutritional and brewer’s yeasts are not harmful, as they do not colonize in the intestines).

Foods to Eat

Vegetables (including plenty of raw garlic), protein foods (beef, chicken, eggs, fish), live yogurt cultures (both dairy and non-dairy,) FOS*, whey, acidophilus, green algae’s (such as spirulina and chlorella), nuts, seeds and oils, and non-glutenous grains (like millet, rice, rice bran and oat bran).

* FOS, or Fructo-oligosaccharides, are nondigestible dietary fibers that help to keep the stomach and bowels healthy.
FOS are considered a “prebiotic” because they nourish the naturally present “friendly” bacteria (especially Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli) which help to ward off infection in the digestive system.

Supplements

Check out combination products containing these herbs & supplements for natural defense against Candida overgrowth such as these:

Combination products:

  1. Systemic Formulas #4 FungDX. This is the world’s best Candida killer.
  2. Nutriwest Total Probiotics or Metagenics Ultra Flora. These are powerful to replenish the good bacteria.
  3. Nutriwest Total Yeast Redux. Helps to kill the Candida.
  4. Mycological Homeopathic. Helps to breakdown the toxins (acetylaldehyde) from the dead Candida.

Individual herbs:

  • Acidophilus
  • Armmesia
  • Bentonite
  • Black walnut
  • Bifidobacterium
  • Caprylic acid
  • Cloves
  • Garlic
  • Goldenseal
  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Oregano oil
  • Oregon grape
  • Pantethine
  • Pau d’Arco

Our Wellness Programs

While any of the above recommendations will be helpful, our Wellness Programs are designed to approach your health concerns from every aspect. We will teach you an effective candida diet, a TRUE detox program, how to properly replenish your friendly gut bacteria (which is VITAL for health), how to choose healthier foods in the future and many other techniques that will help you in your wellness for the rest of your life!

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