Being a highly sensitive individual comes with the abilities of “heightened senses” which is a gift that feeds the creativity of so many talented entrepreneurs and artists. The body of a highly sensitive individual seems to react quicker to environmental stimuli than the average person because of these heightened senses in their nervous system. Something that can quickly trigger a reaction in the highly sensitive person is refined sugar. It’s especially difficult to maintain a diet suitable for the ‘NFP’ in today’s busy society, but the ones who must watch with a scrutinizing eye are the ones who can be ‘derailed’ physically and mentally by what they’re digesting.
Dr. Daniel G. Amen, M.D. is the N.Y. Times bestselling author and the creator of the book, “Change your Brain, Change you Body.” Dr. Amen saw a feature on ESPN about the sweet tooth of L.A. Lakers forward Lamar Odom who consumes up to eighty dollars worth of candy a week. This is what he says:
Odom freely confesses that he just can’t help himself when it comes to the sweet stuff and always keep a stash on hand of gummy bears, honey buns, lifesavers, hershey’s cookies and creme white chocolate bars, snickers bars, cookies and more. He eats the sugary snacks morning, noon and night, and even says he wakes up in the middle of the night, chows down on some treats, then falls back to sleep. This is bad news for the Lakers. I’ve been telling my patients for decades that sugar acts like a drug in the brain. It causes blood sugar levels to spike and then crash, leaving you feeling tired, irritable, foggy, and stupid. Eating too much sugar impairs cognitive function, which may explain why Odom doesn’t always make the smartest decisions on the court. Excessive sugar consumption also promotes inflammation, which can make your joints ache and delay healing from injuries, which is definitely a bad thing for a professional athlete. It is also linked to headaches, mood swings and weight gain. pg 81
Dr. Amen then goes on to describe the health effects of artificial sweeteners:
When I found it was essential to watch my weight, I was grateful for artificial sweeteners. No calories! How cool. Have as much as you want, I thought. Diet sodas became a regular companion for me and I drank a ton of them from age twenty-five to thirty-five. Then, at age thirty-five, right as we started our brain imaging work, I found that I had problems getting off the floor when I played with my young children, because my joints hurt. Being a writer, I became even more concerned when my fingers and hands started to hurt as well. Initially, I just wrote it off to old age. At thirty-five? Then, as I became much more interested in learning about brain health, I discovered that there was a large body of information reporting that artificial sweeteners like aspartame in diet sodas, may be associated with arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, headaches, memory problems, neurological problems, and a myriad of other maladies. I had a patient who told me her arthritis and headaches went away after stopped aspartame. Another patient told me her confusion went away as she got rid of artificial sweeteners, and yet another patient told me that if was only after she stopped diet sodas that he was able to lose weight.
So I stopped aspartame, and within four weeks, my arthritis went away.
Another terribly disturbing trend is the artificial sweeteners that are ending up in gum, candy, packaged foods, sauces, vitamins, medications, nutritional powders, nutritional bars, popcorn, toothpaste and water. The sweeter it is, these companies know, the more hooked you are likely to become. Fight back and do not collude with the food companies in your own demise. pg 97-98
In the #1 New York Times bestseller, “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, Masters Science degree in Holistic Nutrition, they elaborate further on the negative effects of refined and artificial sweeteners:
Refined sugar, a simple carbohydrate, has been linked to Hypoglycemia, yeast overgrowth, a weakened immune system, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, enlargement of the liver and kidneys, increase of uric acid in the blood, mental and emotional disorders, dental cavities and an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain. In addition, refined sugars make you fat. Excess amounts are stored in the liver as glycogen. But when the liver is too full, the excess amounts are returned to the bloodstream as fatty acids. The sugar industry is big business in America!
High fructose corn syrup is processed more than sugar and is even sweeter. Like refined sugar, it has a negative, dramatic effect on our blood-sugar levels. According to studies conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, diabetes and obesity are directly linked to eating refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup. pg 28
Aspartame (an ingredient commonly found in diet sodas and other sugar-free foods) has been blamed for a slew of scary maladies, like arthritis, birth defects, fibromyalgia, alzheimers, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. When methyl alcohol, a component of aspartame, enters your body, it turns into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is toxic and carcinogenic (cancer causing). Laboratory scientists use formaldehyde as a disinfectant or preservative. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more complaints about Aspartame than any other ingredient to date. pg 14
A documentary titled “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World” was created which is recommended viewing if you have further concerns about Aspartame and its detrimental effects:
“Sweet Misery – A Poisoned World – Aspartame is an artificial sweetener, an additive. And it’s a chemical. It’s not a natural product, it’s a chemical. The molecule is made up of three components. Two are amino acids, the so-called building blocks of protein.
One is called Phenylalanine, which is about 50% of the molecule and the other is Aspartic Acid, which is like 40%. And the other 10% is so-called Methyl Ester, which as soon as it’s swallowed becomes free methyl alcohol. Methanol. Wood alcohol, which is a poison. A real poison.
Excellent documentary showing how dangerous artificial sweetner Aspartame is. From its history, to its effects this video is enough to shock anyone into really looking at the food labels next time they shop. Aspartame is a toxic food that came into the world as an investment by Donald Rumsfeld, while ignoring the deadly effects the tests showed.”