Posted by Team Jigsaw on August 25, 2017
We all know Sugar is the enemy.
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- Absorbing minerals is just part of the problem. You see, when it comes down to actually taking care of our gut and absorbing everything, there's a big culprit in play, and that's known as sugar. So wanna break down how carbohydrates are truly metabolized inside the gut and what that sugar and what that fruit is doing that you didn't know it was doing. So before I get into the science, let me explain really quick how carbohydrates work and what they are. So carbohydrates are broken down into glucose in the body for energy.
Now generally speaking, we have three predominant sources of carbohydrates that we're looking at. We've got sugars, of course. We've got oligosaccharides and then we have polysaccharides. But when we actually look at sugars in particular, they're broken down a little bit differently. With sugars, we have monosaccharides, disaccharides, then something known as a polyol, which is a sugar alcohol. I'm not gonna explain that in this video, but I've done it in many other videos.
So the reason that we need to understand what a monosaccharide is, is because we need to understand that something like glucose, that our body is using as a source of fuel, is a monosaccharide. You see our body has broken down carbohydrates into a single monosaccharide, a single sugar, a single carbohydrate, and in this case, it's glucose. But with sugar and sucrose, like table sugar, it's a combination of two monosaccharides together. In this cast, it's glucose, which is all fine and dandy, that's good, our body needs it, and the other half is fructose, which we think is good, but really, it's only good in very small amounts. So we've got glucose and fructose that are combined with a covalent bond. Now when they're combined, they form sucrose. Now how our bodies break that down is really unique, because what we have to understand is before we even get to the digestive component, we need to know that fructose automatically has a small percentage that is automatically converted into fat, automatically. Yep, between one and five percent of the fructose that you consume immediately goes through de novo lipogenesis, and you get immediately gets converted into free fatty acids and triglycerides, no matter how much you consume. So that makes no sense, right, we're always told that fruit is good and fruit is fructose. I'm gonna break it down a little bit more.
It all comes down to how it's metabolized. So let's get down to the digestion. All right, so let's look at your irritable bowel syndrome first simply because it's a simple example. Now the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome vary totally widely, like they could be bloating or they could be complete chronic constipation and diarrhea. And you may think that it's only something that someone over 40 deals with but no. A lot of people deal with it. And there's a direct correlation with sugar, sucrose, and fructose when it comes down to IBS.
What ends up happening is that our body does not have the enzymes to break down fructose. Yes, we inherently lack the ability to digest fructose in the digestive system. We rely on something known as the glut2 transport system. This is an active transport system, and the way that you can think of this is, think of it like a really small bus or a small van that can only carry a little bit of sugar. It can only carry a little bit of that fructose at a time. The rest ends up spilling over and our body doesn't utilize it, but what ends up happening is what we don't utilize stays in the gut and it ferments, and this causes a lot of bloating, it causes a lot of gas, it causes a lot of discomfort and it ultimately can lead to an autoimmune response in the gut that makes you really having a lot of issues. So that's why even if you have just a tiny bit of table sugar, sometimes even that is too much.
Studies have actually shown that as little as five to 20 grams of fructose can be too much for your glut2 systems to handle. That's pretty crazy right there. Next up, let's talk about a leaky gut, because as much as we don't want to admit it, cuz it sounds like witch doctor craziness, a leaky gut is a real thing, even though it's a fancy term. All that means is that you have a little bit of intestinal permeability because you're having inflammation occurring within the gut. Well, in order to make my point, we're gonna reference some science. There was a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that took a look at fructose consumption. Well, what they found is that fructose consumption even in tiny amounts triggered a response with high sensitivity C-reactive protein levels. Sounds fancy; all that means is that they were triggering inflammation.
CRP is a precursor to inflammation within the body. Therefore meaning, that we end up having inflammation occurring in the intestinal tract. Well, when the intestinal tract becomes inflames, it becomes permeable, because it gets so swollen, so disrupted that you actually have big gaps where food particles get into the blood stream.
Why does this seem bad?
We want food particles in the blood stream, but we don't want them when they're big food particles. Big food particles don't get broken down, and our body attacks them because it doesn't recognize what they are. So therefore, gut inflammation ends up leading to chronic inflammation throughout the course of the body. You only need a tiny bit of fructose to make that happen. Which leads me into my next point which is the gut microbio.
We have trillions of microorganisms in our gut, and we're just now starting to understand the link between the gut bio and the brain and the rest of our bodies. Well, like I mentioned in the first instance here, fructose that isn't metabolized ferments, and when it ferments, it causes the feeding of bacteria. So it's just like if you were to leave a bowl of fruit out, it would start to rot and it would start to turn to alcohol, kinda like wine. Well that's gonna grow bacteria and it's going to feed existing bacteria. So that means you're gonna have an overabundance of bacteria, a bacterial overgrow, particularly in the small intestine; in some cases, in the large intestine. What this is gonna do is cause bloating, but it's also gonna disrupt the gut microbio and throw that ratio completely off, which means your mineral balance is gonna be off, your hydration balance is gonna be off, and your whole darn body is gonna be off.
So you might be wondering why you have to care about this part of your gut health when it comes down to mineral absorption. Well, because if your gut microbio is off and your bacteria is working against you, then you're not going to be able to actually utilize the magnesium and the other minerals that you need because the overabundance of other minerals is gonna overshadow your ability to absorb them.
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