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How and Why You Should Cut Back On Fructose

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The average American consumes a whopping 76 pounds of sugar every year, which is wreaking havoc on our health by increasing the risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and heart disease. More and more research shows that the negative health effects of all this sugar are attributable to fructose. High fructose corn syrup is about 55% fructose. White sugar, and even the best natural substitutes for sugar – like honey and maple syrup – all break down in your body to 50% fructose. Some diabetic or low-glycemic products are sweetened with fructose, since it has minimal effect on blood sugar levels. Fruit and fruit juice also contain varying amounts of fructose.

The negative health effects of fructose include:

  • Increase in belly fat, especially fat around your abdominal organs, including the liver. This is the most detrimental type of body fat.
  • Increased triglycerides.
  • Increased cholesterol levels.
  • Insulin resistance, which can be the first step on the path to type 2 diabetes.
  • May promote high blood pressure by raising uric acid levels.

The biggest source of fructose intake for many people is drinking soda and other sugar or high fructose corn syrup-sweetened drinks, like sports drinks, sweetened teas and juice drinks. Desserts like cakes, cookies, pies, and ice cream as well as sweetened non-dessert foods like yogurt, granola bars, and cold cereals are other big sources of added sugar. 

It’s important to note that just because a dessert is gluten-free, dairy-free, and/or vegan doesn't mean that it’s good for you. Any kind of dessert should be a treat eaten on special occasions, not every day. Remember that any beverage or dessert sweetened with sugar contains almost as much fructose as one sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.

How to break your sugar habit and limit your intake of fructose:

  • Don't drink soda or any sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Limit desserts to special occasions, not every day.
  • Avoid any low glycemic or diabetic foods that are sweetened with fructose.
  • Avoid non-dessert foods like that have added sugar like yogurts, cold cereals, and granola bars. Eat unsweetened varieties instead or sweeten foods yourself with a small amount of maple syrup or honey.
  • Limit your use of agave nectar, as it contain at least 80% fructose!
  • Don’t drink fruit juice.
  • Limit your fruit intake to 2-3 servings/day. You are much better off eating lots of vegetables, which don’t contain fructose.

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    Q: Is there any health benefit in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)?

    A:

    There aren't any benefits in consuming high fructose corn syrup. Because its an artificial food it's not good for the body. You cannot gain health benefits from foods that are not natural.

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    Q: Is it okay to do the Full Body Detox, back to back? Also I am interested in how the detox uses the herbs to force the toxins out of our body. What is the process and how does it work by taking capsules?

    A:

    Yes, you can take back to back. Read our FAQ section! The FBD eliminates toxins via the eliminative organs (liver, kidneys, colon, etc.). Herbs in and toxins out!

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    Q: Is it okay for a person with diabetes to have a fruit smoothie in the mornings during the full body detox?

    A:

    YES!!!! Just watch your sugar because most diabetics have sugar problems due to bad sugar mixed with good sugar (from fruit -- fructose).

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    Q: I wanted to know how often can you use the weight loss cleanse? Can it be back to back?

    A:

    The Weight Release Cleanse and Regimen can be taken back to back as this cleanse is 100% natural. The amount of times that you cleanse is a matter of preference, but most people cleanse at least 1-4 times per year, while some people who have more aggressive goals perform the cleanse more often. 

     

     
     

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    Q: If you suggest 6 Kits a year, would you do them back to back or space them out? I am feeling a lot better since using my First FIBRIOD BUSTER CLEANSE AND REGIME and want to do more!!!

    A:

    You could space them out a little (1-2 weeks)apart.

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    Q: Subject...back pains. What causes it?

    A:

    A HOST OF PROBLEMS - BACKED UP COLON (CONSTIPATION), INFLAMED ORGANS, CERTAIN ACTIVITY, FEELING LIKE YOUR BACK IS AGAINST THE WALL, A FEELING OF BENDING OVER BACKWARDS TO HELP EVERYBODY, ETC.

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    Q: I have severe back pain - What is the likely cause? FIBROIDS, INFLAMMATION?

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    It could be a few things causing it, i.e. constipation, fibroid tumors, etc. The major cause is life issues (i.e. bending over backwards to help people or feeling as though your back is against the wall). Try detoxifying your whole body (Full Body Detox) and soaking in hot water and 1 box of sea salt daily; followed by rubbing essential oil of peppermint on your back.

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    Q: I am suffering with back spasms what can I take for this problem.

    A:

    Take 3 capsules of Headache and Pain formula every 3 hours.

    Take 3 capsules of Bowel Mover or Sen-Fen nightly. Back pains usually involve constipation.

    Take 1 tablespoon of MSM Sulfur two times a day (in orange juice).

    Bath in hot water with 3 boxes of sea salt and 3-5 drops of essential oil of peppermint added to it, daily.

    Rub some olive oil on your back and then apply a few drops of essential oil of peppermint and/or wintergreen and massage into your back where the pain is.

    Apply a heat pad to your back daily.

    Get massage therapy performed.

    Emotionally and/or mentally, do you feel "backed up" or that your back is "against the wall," or that you are "bending over backwards" to appease people???????? If so, stop doing this!

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    Q: I have been seeing a chiropractor; but I feel the chiropractor is adjusting my back so that I can keep coming back for services?

    A:

    Check out my website and save yourself some money!! The body ALWAYS needs adjusting. I go 2-3 times per week myself. Chiropractic work helps the body and greatly so! He's operating off of poverty consciousness!

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    Q: Is it okay to do the Full Body Detoxes back to back?

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    Yes, you can take back to back.

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    Q: I'm doing the Full Body Detox and I have a few questions about it: I get tired of drinking just the distilled water and I'd like to drink the herbal teas, but I don't like it by itself. Would it mess things up to add a pack or two of Splenda to my tea or maybe honey? I can't stand the salads with the olive oil or apple cider vinegar or the lemon juice as dressing and it makes me gag. I have To have some sort of salad dressing. What kind would be suitable? Do I look for sugar-free? Or organic and natural? I found one that is organic and natural, but it has 3 grams of sugar in it. Without eating all my whole grained breads and other fiber, I haven't had much of a bowel movement in 3 days, should I wait a while yet? (I had surgery on my bowels and always had to take fiber tablets and eat lots of grains to get my bowels to move.) I haven't done the enemas yet, (low on money) should I try that? Or should I resume my fiber tablets I normally take? Any type of fiber I could add to my fruit smoothies in the morning? I want to also do the female cleanse. Is it ok to do that immediately after I finish the full body cleanse or should I wait for a little while? Thank you for all your help, I feel much better than I did before and I just started this detox a week ago, lost 10 pounds, too, woohoooooo! Thank you

    A:

    1. Splenda is a POISON and your are detoxing your body from poison. Herbal teas are fine during the FBD, but f you want sweetness, try maple syrup, stevia herb, honey, or agave nectar. These are NATURAL sweeteners.

    2. In re Salad Dressing, as long as it's not a commercial junk brand, GO FOR IT!!!! Get the best salad dressing possible.

    3. The fiber pills are not part of the FBD so I wouldn't advise those. I'd simply advise you to drink prune juice or to start eating prunes. Fruit is you best choice of fiber so look into eating more papaya, mango, figs, etc. And yes, colonics (and enemas) would greatly help you - undoubtedly!

    4. You can do the Total Woman Cleanse right after you finish detoxing. There's no need to wait!

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    Q: I'm a so-called diabetic, is it really okay to sweeten the tea with honey or maple syrup (these are no no's in the medical field!)? I'm not the best at swallowing pills-can I take the herbs out of the capsule and take it? I know this one sounds crazy, but I'm 32 and over a period of time, I have developed or formed rolls or dents on certain areas of my scalp. I guess it's hereditary-my father has them as well. I hate it! It's an eyesore to me. Is there anything natural for this? Lastly, could you say a prayer for me so that I may make a few wholesale deals (real estate) this month? I’m trying to create streams of income so that I may parolee' these monies into other things (i.e. health, prosperity, testimony to others).

    A:

    I DON'T RECOMMEND HONEY. BUT MAPLE SYRUP IS OKAY. STEVIA IS EVEN BETTER! YOU SURE CAN! JUST WORK AT CONSTANTLY CLEANSING YOUR BODY, CHANGING YOUR DIET AND VISUALIZING HOW YOU DESIRE YOUR HEAD/BODY TO BE/APPEAR. SURE, I WILL SEND ENERGY YOUR WAY, BELOVED!

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    Q: I just purchased the Pancreas Kit for children, for my 4 year old who was diagnosed with type one diabetes. I have been feeding her a raw diet of just vegetables. The diet includes no dairy, no grains, and fruit for a week. I also started the Pancreas kit last week too. I was wondering if there is any reason why her blood sugar levels would go up? All she is eating is veggies, and her sugar levels are at 300 most of the time. Even if she doesn't eat anything, it still goes up to 300. I also know it says you cannot tell us not to give, or not to give her insulin, or not. I am still currently giving it to her. Does the pancreas kit work just as well if the are receiving insulin or not? Or does it hinder the process?. I would really appreciate other advise you would offer. Thanks so much!

    A:

    Drugs and herbs don't mix! They cancel each other out. The blood sugar will go up and down due to the body attempting to regulate, and normalize the blood sugar levels. Perfectly normal! It's called "healing crisis. Whatever you guys choose to do, simply keep monitoring the person. Ask the person how he/she feels (very important).

    Article:
    Healing Crisis

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    Q: I am a woman who happens to be diabetic and now I am pregnant. I would like to know what foods I should eat and restrain from while I am still pregnant. I am also taking insulin to keep my blood sugar levels low enough as not to harm my baby. They are telling me I need to eat dairy and meat to meet the dietary requirements for a healthy baby. Please help me. As I know you know better.

    A:

    Congratulations on your pregnancy. New life is such a wonderful thing!

    I recommend that you drink our Pancreas tea (1-2 cups a day).

    Eat plenty of cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Abstain from dairy products and meat products. These are no good for African people. If anything, eat meat-less (vegan) alternatives -- you can find plenty in our Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual ($11).

    Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. You can eat steamed vegetables and brown and/or wild rice (with vegan chicken if you like). Just switch meat for vegan products and switch to non-dairy products or dairy alternatives (which can be found in the Alternative Diet and Lifestyle manual).

    For great nutrition for your baby, I recommend the following Dherbs formulas: PRE-NATAL FORMULA, VITAMIN C FORMULA, ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD, and Iodine Phosphate.

    For natural sugar, try Stevia, Agave Nectar, and/or maple syrup.

    I have 3 beautiful, healthy, and precocious vegan babies. A vegan diet coupled with proper nutrition makes for a healthy mother and child -- GUARANTEED!

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    Q: Cholesterol is also made in the body and sometimes is high in people eating very little. It is an important "ingredient" in the make up of the human brain and helps to prevent joint problems. It is NOT a major contributor to heart disease. Perhaps the reason that vegetarians die (on average) at an earlier age than meat eaters is because they lack this substance? Or might it be that they eat so much of that VERY toxic substance, soy?

    A:

    Vegetarians are healthier than meat-eaters and actually live longer and with better health than meat-eaters. The insalubrious cholesterol is from animal sources (meat) and clearly meat-eaters eat meat. While soy is very toxic to the body, it is actually better to eat than meat which is more toxic to the body than soy as meat consumption puts parasites and worms into the body in addition to uric acid.

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    Q: What causes diabetes and is cane/raw sugar good for the body?

    A:

    What causes diabetes is explained in our ""DIABETES" articles. Raw cane sugar should be avoided for healthier sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave nectar, and Stevia to name a few.

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    Q: I have been experiencing very trying health issues for many years (over 25 years). The trouble began when my gall bladder was removed 26 years ago. I had mood swings, lack of energy, and severe diarrhea. Approximately 13 years ago I had an additional surgery for an umbilical hernia. Due to pre-op tests, my physician diagnosed me with thyroid disease and placed me on synthroid. This medication dramatically improved the digestive issues I had experienced for many years. I had very loose bowels when menstruating and when I was ill. I am overweight and have dealt with weight issues all my life. Three years ago I had a scare where I thought I experienced a heart attack. I spent three days in the hospital and learned of many health risks. My triglycerides were extremely high along with my sugar being borderline. I have been tested for diabetes on a number of occasions in my life but never show to be. There are numerous cases of diabetes in my family. My mother and one sister are insulin dependent and one other sister is on some form of pill medication for diabetes. At that time, I gave up sugar and began a regime at the gym. The have not eaten any sweets other than what I get in a little ketchup occasionally or some other kind of sauce that may contain some sugar. I have gone to the gym with minimal results in losing weight. I had a total hysterectomy six weeks ago. My regular GP has been on vacation and I've been dealing with one of her associates. This dr. sent me in for glucose tolerance and she has since diagnosed me as Type II Diabetic. She put me on a medication called "Metformin" and has me taking a 500 mg pill twice daily. I have only been on this medication for three days. I have been very careful to eat only what they say I can. I am experiencing the same issues as before with the diarrhea. Last night I was up all night with this and it is like water coming out of me. I am unable to find a physician who understands that I want to lose the weight, but cannot when I'm constantly dehydrated and feeling lethargic. When I have this constant problem, I am not able to do what I need to do for my overall health. Sorry to be so wordy but I wanted to explain the full extent of what I am experiencing. My friend told me to get on this website and explain my issues. He feels that you may be able to guide me in the direction of a natural product or products that can help me to have normal bowel movements and therefore begin doing the physical exercise that is needed for me to reduce my chances of becoming an insulin dependent diabetic.

    A:

    I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO FIRST TRY THE FULL BODY DETOX (TAKING THINGS ONE DAY AT A TIME). AFTER THIS CLEANSE, I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO PERFORM THE PANCREAS CLEANSE AND REGIMEN . LET'S TAKE THIS SLOWLY AND GET YOU BACK TO OPTIMAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING. FIRST THINGS FIRST, OKAY? ALSO, PLEASE CONSIDER A CONSULTATION AS THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH TIME I CAN GIVE TO RESPONDING VIA E-MAIL DUE TO ALL THE E-MAILS WE GET DAILY.YOU CAN HEAL. JUST CONCENTRATE ON HEALING, NOT DIABETES. LET'S START HERE, OKAY?

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    Q: Will you please advise how to get rid of fat in my blood, I am having a problem with my blood pressure because of my high cholesterol, also advise on reducing cholesterol. Thanks

    A:

    Hi, thanks for the question.

    Four ways to lower both cholesterol and fat in your blood.

    1: Reduce animal products to a minimum in your diet. Artery clogging saturated fat and cholesterol are mainly found in animal based foods. Anytime you replace an animal food for a plant based food you increase your chances to lower fat in blood and lower cholesterol.

    2: Exercise daily. Your lymph system pumps blood and removes fat, bile, and toxins from your system. A mini trampoline is one of the highest recommended exercises to get the lymph system pumping. 15 minutes on a mini trampoline has the same effect as half hour of cardio as far as lymph systems are concerned.

    3: Doing a detox program such as the full body cleanse from Dherbs.com. It is a proven system coupled with a raw food eating plan that will clean your system out and you will feel like new.

    4: Adhere to a low fat - high raw vegan diet. Literally no cholesterol at all and if you keep your fat intake low you will reduce and remove both of your issues. Average cholesterol for omnivores is 190. Vegetarians 160. Vegans 130.

    5: Take The Vegan Effect health coaching program. www.theveganeffect.com. It's a six month health course that will correct both of those issues rapidly. Contact me and my team at our website and get a free 1 hour consultation over google hangouts or skype.

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    Q: My question is, are raw desserts fattening? I've purchased all raw food cookbooks and I made two desserts that I absolutely love. Then I started thinking that if I have a raw dessert every night that might be too much. What do you think?

    A:

    RAW DESSERTS ARE NOT FATTENING UNLESS YOU THINK THEY ARE THEN YOU WILL ATTRACT WHAT YOU FEAR. HOWEVER, I WOULDN'T GET TOO CAUGHT UP ON EATING A LOT OF RAW DESSERTS (TREATS) BECAUSE WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TREATS EVERYDAY BUT ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS.

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    Q: I just receive my order yesterday (9/15/08) I started today which is 9/16/08. I know I can drink green tea but can I put splenda in it or do I have to drink it plain? I know I can eat fruit in the morning for breakfast can it be like 2 oranges and that's all?

    A:

    Splenda is not to be consumed while on the cleanses. It's an artificial sugar that isn't good for the body. The only sweeteners that you can consume are stevia. maple syrup grade b and agave nectar. You can eat as much fruit as you want when you want.

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