You thought you were doing the right thing when you put saccharin in your coffee instead of sugar, right? One of my favorite sayings has always been “flush the zero-calorie, low-calorie, zero-cholesterol, low-cholesterol foods or additives and anything recommended by the American Heart Association”. But even I could not foresee that artificial sweeteners like saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame could cause type 2 diabetes or glucose intolerance. Getting all the sweetness without the calories by using artificial sweeteners sounded fantastic. We even thought it might put a dent in the type 2 diabetes and obesity epidemics. Turns out the opposite is probably true -artificial sweeteners play a role in causing type 2 diabetes!
This was discovered when mice who were fed artificial sweeteners very quickly developed glucose intolerance while their counterparts fed sugar dis not. And similar findings were made with humans. In a first-of-its-kind study, seven healthy human volunteers were placed on a diet containing artificial non-caloric sweeteners. Within one week four of the seven people developed glucose intolerance!
Just how this happened is even more remarkable. It turns out these artificial sweeteners make it to your gut indigested and alter your flora or micro biome (the rich population of bacteria and microbes in your intestines). This alteration changes your metabolism, favoring glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes. This was easily proven when feces from the sweeteners-fed mice was transplanted into germ-free mice. It immediately caused glucose intolerance while feces transplanted from sugar-fed mice into controls did not cause glucose intolerance.
And even more interesting, when stool was transplanted from men who developed glucose intolerance from artificial sweeteners into control mice, the mice also developed glucose intolerance. So there is no doubt whatsoever that the artificial sweeteners affected the gut micro biome, which cause the glucose intolerance. This brings several things to the forefront.
Flush the Poison and Go Natural
You should never use artificial sweeteners. Besides possibly causing diabetes or glucose intolerance, they are linked to all kinds of other problems. These and other food additives like MSG can cause untold suffering in an uninformed public. I have seen cases of constant agonizing migraines simply disappear when MSG or another additive is removed from the diet.
We’ve known this all along
The natural healers who linked the health of your gut and flora with the health or disease (including diabetes) of your body had it right all along. Consistently branded as quacks by medicine, these folks tried to alert everyone to what we now know as a basic truth -your gut (and its flora and micro biome) is absolutely critical to your health. Your micro biome is now proven to be linked to diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, heart disease, depression, immune function, and much more.
When these alternative docs tried to teach people to protect their micro biome by avoiding antibiotics, processed and fast foods, prescription drugs, and food additives like artificial sweeteners, they were labeled heretics and called crazy, Turns out these folks were the only ones who really knew what they were talking about when it comes to your gut and its flora.
Here’s What You Can Do
Flush the artificial sweeteners and take care of your gut and its micro biome. Try to avoid antibiotics at all cost. If you must take an antibiotic, be sure to use a good probiotic after your drug course. Best products contain healthy replacement bacteria as well as prebiotic materials (food for the newly introduced healthy bacteria) all in one capsule. Take 2 daily for at least three months following antibiotic use. Trees Acupuncture carries a variety of probiotics and probiotics to fit your needs.
And always nurture your gut and its flora with proper diet and by using probiotics, probiotics, and gut-enhancing supplements when needed. If your gut is compromised as in colitis, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel, diverculitis, chronic diarrhea or constipation, or any other problem, eliminate fast and processed foods from your diet. Get the wheat and gluten out of your diet. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of raw foods. And be sure to use the proper supplements. A good all-around protocol is to take ProSymbiotic (2 daily), Okra Pepsin E3 (2 per meal), and Zymex (2 per meal) for a year. All products are produced by Standard Process.
Remember, your gut is critical. Zero calorie sweeteners should not be used. A proper diet with lots of raw food should be followed. Gut enhancing supplements should be employed. And all the medical experts who labeled all those people who warned you about the importance of your gut as quacks knew nothing and still know nothing. Your gut is an absolute phenomenal and fantastic “organ”. And the microbes in it and throughout the rest of your body make up 90% of all your genes! Take care of them.
By Dr. Bruce West, Founder Health Alert/Immune Systems, Inc.
February 2015, Volume 32, Issue 2.