By Ellen Kramer (MCPH)
Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of health. (We are what we eat!). Many studies have been done on the link between poor nutrition and disease, (especially on the long term effects of a refined carbohydrate diet). In the West, diets are not particularly healthy due to a high intake of refined carbohydrates, irregular eating habits and the use of stimulants such as alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and recreational drugs, leading to deficiency in nutrition.
The long-term intake of refined carbohydrates, together with the use of stimulants, causes large swings in blood sugar. The blood sugar rises quickly because a diet rich in refined carbohydrate leads to rapid absorption of sugars. Large amounts of insulin are produced in response. A rapid fall in blood sugar soon follows as there are no complex carbohydrates to be broken down more slowly and to allow gradual absorption of sugar. (The low points of blood sugar are known as hypoglycaemic episodes).
These are associated with feelings of hunger, sweating, anxiety, irritability and agitation as stress hormones such as adrenaline and corticosteroids are released in an attempt to normalize blood sugar levels. Then a mid-meal snack or sugar food will be taken to relieve the symptoms. This causes another peak in blood sugar level with the consequent release of insulin. This leads to constant fluctuations in blood sugar levels, eventually leading to the exhaustion of the pancreas and adrenal glands.
The production of insulin declines, leading to permanently raised blood sugar levels, i.e. diabetes mellitus. The wrong kind of food such as a refined carbohydrate diet, tea, coffee, or other stimulant (smoking) also causes the body to produce the adrenal hormone Cortisol. This competes for the same cell receptor sites as progesterone. It also requires the body to use vital nutrients in order to break down and eliminate the toxic residue.
This pattern of hypoglycaemia with raised insulin and Cortisol levels increases the risk of other inflammatory diseases such as asthma, arthritis, eczema, atherosclerosis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. (This may also explain why post-menopausal women have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease than pre-menopausal women). A refined carbohydrate diet is particularly devoid of essential B vitamins and Zinc which support the liver, small intestine, and brain to produce many essential enzymes for the normal functioning of the body.
Deficiencies in these essential enzymes result in metabolic imbalances and immune imbalance. Our practically trained Homeopaths will take into consideration your nutritional states, and support you in developing a healthier approach to your nutritional needs and in taking action to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
If you are interested in exploring or studying homeopathy or attending our student clinics then contact Ellen Kramer MCPH, ARH, Course Director of The College of Practical Homeopathy • www.collegeofpracticalhomeopathy.com. • Tel: 0208 445 6123 or • email Tessa for help, queries or questions.
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