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Crush Your Candy Cravings Part 2

Continued from Part 1 here.

In last month’s article, I spoke about how sugar affects our digestive system and how it plays a huge part on addiction and cravings. This month we dive deeper into what sugar can do to the liver and what Juli’s new pills can do. Interestingly enough sugar isn’t the only culprit that can cause digestive problems. Along with unhealthy comfort food, stress and transitioning periods such as the seasons’ weather, or for women, that special time of the month, can cause a chain of effects where the liver becomes compromised and discomfort arises in the intestines creating these bloating and digestive issues.

The human body is so intricately connected; one disharmony can affect the whole body. The liver is the organ of emotions in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The liver’s main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs and sugar. As it does so, the liver secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines. The gallbladder sits under the liver, along with parts of the pancreas and intestines. The liver and these organs work together to digest, absorb, and process food.

The liver is responsible for the free and smooth flow of Qi (life force), which has a deep relationship with a person’s emotional state. Anger and other related emotions such as resentment, unfulfilled desires, frustration, etc. are attributed to the liver. Conversely, anger, repressed emotions, etc. affect the llver organ itself, and disrupt the smooth flow of Qi in the body which is how stress comes into play.

When the blood in the liver does not freely flow, stagnation of blood occurs, and affects the emotional state as described before. Over a long period of time, stagnation impairs circulation of the blood. When stagnation occurs tightness in specific areas of the body such as the chest, breasts in women, hypochondriac region, epigastric region, or throat will be more prominant. Along with the tightness other symptoms like frequent sighing, pain and swelling of the breasts, tension in the stomach, the sensation of a lump in the throat may also occur.

The main problem with sugar, and processed fructose in particular, is the fact that your liver has a very limited capacity to metabolize it, less than 9 grams of sugar is the livers full capacity.
When sugar is metabolized in the liver, it breaks down into fructose and one of the end products is triglyceridea a form of fat.

Triglycerides can build up in liver cells and damage liver function. Triglycerides released into the bloodstream can contribute to the growth of fat-filled plaque inside artery walls. This is one of the main causes of obesity.
Now this clotting travels into the intestines and causes a blockage. This can cause symptoms of constipation, bloati

ng, gas, and all sorts of unwanted things. Juli’s new formulation of pills is made to target these specifically and much more.

With these new pills, currently called the #1 and #2, each has its one special power.

#1: These pills are designed to aid in the fluctuation of water weight for women experiencing their menstrual cycle. It aids in the bloating, and helps you pull through your cravings by stopping that negative feed back response to your brain making you want more sugar. It also helps clean your liver and helps promote a better menstrual cycle. The #1 is made for someone who has more of a

#2: Unlike the #1 the #2 pills are made for more serious conditions. These pills can be for anyone, including men, that has had a consistant weight problem and the #2 pills are much more stronger than the #1. The weight gain could be due to intestinal blockage, too much stagnent blood in the liver, consuming too much sugar and salt, and not being able to properly clean out the body. Like the #1 these pills will help to detoxify and clean out the liver while also stopping the addicting cravings from sugar and alcohol, while decreasing the bloating.

When we get that nagging sweet tooth, it is easier said than done to avoid these addicting sweets (I would know). Sometimes we just need a little support to get things up and going again, and to remind ourselves of the consequences sugar can cause for our bodies.

Sweets in moderation! Treating yourself is healthy too but not when your body is constantly having to metabolize sugar. If you do plan on having a sweet, make sure it is during a time where you can burn it off like during the day. Natural sugars (found in fruit) is a better alternative anyway. Make your liver happier and ask juli about our new pills!

Wishing you wellness

Crush Your Candy Cravings Part 1

Hi my name is Shaila, and I have a serious addiction….for sugar. It is a hard struggle to face but every time I walk past the bakery isle in the store I can’t help but hear little voices say , “Eat me Shaila, you know you want to”. In some distressing cases, I day dream about my next pastry fix. I dream about a delicious, delectable, creamy, tiramisu cake. Mmmm how tasty. Here’s when I knew I needed help. I have found myself sitting on the couch watching a movie with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked cookie dough ice cream one minute, and the next, I have no idea where all that ice cream went! And who doesn’t enjoy a deep fried Twinkie every once in a while?…okay thats too far.

Now working with an herbalist who is a serious health nut with having this addiction is like putting hot fudge and ice cream together! It can only lead to sweet success. The craving for sweets can mean so many things, and can indicate a red flag when it comes to your health especially for women. To give one example, a craving for chocolate can indicate a magnesium deficiency.

In America, it is almost impossible to find a product that does not contain sugar or low amounts of sugar for that matter, and if you do find an item that doesn’t contain sugar, you’re probably holding a vegetable. With this over consumption of sugar its hard for many to quit. Think about it this way, sugar doesn’t just empty and quickly digest into calories but it actually pulls minerals from the body during digestion. It creates a hormone cascade when consumed, that starts a positive feedback loop which means it creates an addictive sugar response in the brain and in the body to encourage more consumption otherwise known as cravings or eating too much comfort food.

In a time when food was scarce and needed to be contained in large amounts during summer, to stock up to survive the winter, this was a good thing. In today’s world of constant access to processed foods, this natural biological purpose highlights one of the negative effects of sugar. Plus, for many that live a sedentary life style, you aren’t moving around enough to burn the energy sugar gives you. The human body can’t tolerate this large amount of refined carbohydrates, thus causing diseases like obesity.

Refined sugar, by some, is called a drug, because in the refining process everything of food value has been removed except the carbohydrates-pure calories, without vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, enzymes or any of the other elements that make up food.

Many nutrition experts say that white sugar is extremely harmful, possibly as harmful as a drug, especially in the quantities consumed by the present-day American.

Now what if I told you there was a way to crush cravings in its tracks? What if there was something that could make you feel like a winner instead of feeling like you ate most of your weight in sugar…? which is what I feel like all the time.

Recently, Juli has been brewing up a new formulated pill that does wonders for a bloated stomach, and gives an extra boost of confidence for those who are stuck in this vicious cycle and are seeking a new start to a healthier way of life.

As a test subject, things are looking pretty positive for these pills, and the results are astounding! Tune in next month for “Crush Your Candy Cravings Part 2” for more results on these new exciting pills, and for more sweet and savory sugar facts! Until then, keep it fresh!

Best of Luck, Shaila

Part 2 is here!

How To Survive The Sugar Season

Dear Readers,

Mint Chip CakeWe are entering the sugar season with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas bringing out the bakers and candy makers in our community! So, how can we survive all this sugar around during celebrations and family gatherings?

Juli has made many suggestions for patients with kids and grown kids alike. Let’s take a look at them:

1. It is simple, but hard: don’t eat the sweet treats!
2. Know how to help your body digest what you eat: if it’s sweets with a lot of fat like cheese cake, drink Pu-erh tea afterward and take E15 and Taifu Plus. And, exercise a lot to sweat it out of your system.
3. Eat plenty of good food before you are around the tempting sweet, so you won’t eat very much.
The first suggestion is the hardest of all, because we all love treats. But, think about it, how do you feel afterward? Is it worth the hangover headache you have the next morning? The pimples that will pop up overnight? The drop in energy levels? Maybe it’s not worth eating after all.

As they say “knowledge is power”! So, brush up on your herb and tea knowledge, and make sure you have tea and herbs on hand for those days when you indulge. We may go to a family party with the best intentions to not eating any sweets, but then our Aunt Maggie insists we try her chocolate cake that she took all afternoon to make from scratch. And then our Uncle Ted reminds us that we must enjoy life. Well, it’s hard to say no sometimes, so take good care of yourself after you enjoy a treat!

This might not be a new idea, but the best thing you can do before you indulge and eat sugar, is to fill yourself up with good, nutritious food first. That way, you don’t have room to overindulge. And, the best part is that your body will have good food to help it work better at pushing all that sugar out of the body the next time you go to the bathroom.

As we enjoy this sweet season, let’s take good care of our bodies and make good decisions depending on how healthy our body is right now. Some folks can make their own treats with less or no sugar in them, and others may indulge in Aunt Maggie’s chocolate cake. No matter what choices you make, remember to take good care of yourself, because no one else can do it for you!

Holli Margell, Editor

Do You Have Fructose Intolerance?

What is undiagnosed fructose intolerance?

The symptoms show up as unexplained bloating, flatulence (stinky farts), from constipation to diarrhea. How can you avoid all the fructose in foods? Try to challenge yourself: read those labels on all beverages and foods – look for fructose and sucrose as well as sorbitol, and avoid them or simply throw it out. As you build a great habit of reading labels we prepare ourselves in buying or making better choices of what we consume. Remember, we are what we eat, and it is not polite to fart in public.

Here comes my story: One time, I was forced to pick out candy from the candy isle for my kids, a prize from Auntie and Uncle. I let the 7 and 5-year old choose a candy that didn’t have corn syrup or sugar like ingredients ending in “ose” and after the 15 minutes, they came back empty handed. No single item found. We have to prepare to find alternatives to what we eat, one step at a time. To make a point, soda has sky-high levels of high fructose corn syrup that will definitely cause lack of enzymes in the body and lead to obesity. Even adding sugar to the Chinese tea that you drink is not healthy. It robs the tea of it’s benefits.

We live in a society where there is lots of pressure to look thin. But how can you achieve that? Some people maintain a discipline workout regimen and commit to a healthy diet. My best patients love new challenges. Read those labels and eat better. Exercise often. In the end, you will look beautiful and feel great!

Love, Juli