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What can I do to counteract too much sugar in my body?

Asked by nebule (16379 points ) August 26th, 2009

Apparently sugar can cause a whole host of health problems including general inflammation and yeast problems in the gut and urinary tract…

I have several problems that I believe have been aggravated by consuming too much sugar in the past few days. Is there anything that I can eat or drink or do to counteract this problem quickly?

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HotAsIce911's avatar

I would think that eating carby foods like pastas and breads may help that. Drinking a lot of water also might help to flush it out.

nebule's avatar

I think carbs turn to sugars :-/

richardhenry's avatar

Hmm. I’m no expert, but I think you just need to wait this one out rather than trying to counteract the effects of a dietary extreme using a dietary extreme.

Rest, drink a good amount of water, eat normally and you’ll get back on track.

mattbrowne's avatar

If you’re not a diabetic it’s extremely rare to have sugar in the urinary tract. All carbohydrates you eat including all sorts of sugars like sucrose, fructose or lactose end up as glucose which is the basic energy to keep your body up and running. Insulin allows the glucose to move into the cells to be used as energy, so if you’re healthy there’s no need to worry. However constant intake of pure sugar and other high-glycemic food may put a strain onto your body and if it’s more than your body can use it ends up as fat stored for later use which in modern society may never come.

Your general inflammation has most likely nothing to do with sugar.

rooeytoo's avatar

Read the Food Tree by Dr Ranveig Elvebakk. Her whole thing is about how white sugar and the sugar in the white carbs we eat is obviously causing the increase in diabetes but also directly related to inflammation. I used to crave sugar constantly, was always hungry and while still in the healthy range of bmi, I was edging towards the top end of the range. Since I have gone on the Food Tree style of eating, I don’t crave sugar anymore, I am not hungry all the time, I am slowly losing a little weight and feel great. I have more energy, just feel better all over.

Don’t know how it applies to your situation, but if you feel sugar is causing you problems, have a look at it www.foodtreemd.com

Velvetinenut's avatar

I hope my answer can help you.

I have a reaction to sugars, basically any type of sugars-fructose, glucose, honey, etc. One day, I spent at least 4 hours working in the garden. Not the heavy digging stuff but enough for me to perspire (hauling compost materials, hose-watering the plants). I then had lunch at my parents’ place. We have so much cake and ice cream, two things that I avoid if I don’t want excess phlegm and coughing in the night.

I ate more than my fair share of ice cream and cake.

Oddly enough, that night, I did not suffer any excess phlegm or coughing. I now work out a bit before having any stuff I have a reaction to. It has been good so far but I’m taking baby steps on this.

So perhaps working out before consuming sugars might help you.

mattbrowne's avatar

@rooeytoo – I disagree with the inflammation correlation as a generalization. If you are a healthy person and eat a normal meal which for example includes, say potatoes (“white carbs”) it won’t cause inflammations as a result. Especially if you don’t sit around all day. Now long-term if you don’t get a healthy balanced diet and don’t get enough exercise this might cause all sorts of problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases etc. Then you’re not healthy anymore and this also has an effect on the immune system and can complicate inflammations. Of course there are also isolated cases of people reacting to certain types of food. But this is no basis for making generalizations.

wundayatta's avatar

Exercise like hell! (Interval training)

Judi's avatar

Exercise helps almost anything that ails you.

marinelife's avatar

If it is causing digestive issues (because candida has crowded out your other flora with overgrowth), you could try a probiotic to help rebalance things.

Sadly, the only thing you can do is starve the yeast to death. That means cut out all sugar for at least a week. It’s tough!

Darbio16's avatar

Do not eat sugar or anything else that effects insulin levels. Try Stevia, its natural and healthy. Sugar leads to diabetes and cancer.

Darbio16's avatar

Also, start paying attention to ingredients on everything, and i mean everything, you put into your mouth. 70% of what is available at the supermarket is derived from the use of GMO. Chemicals are in just about everything most Americans use, even our water.

Learn the names of vitamins and minerals so you wont be confused when reading labels. Since we are all going to most likely start chipping in for one anothers health care, we might as well start caring about our health.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Exercising (to burn the sugar) will help prevent diabetes and “a whole host of health problems”. If you mean anything specific, please say so, then we can give you a more specific answer.

Jeruba's avatar

You can lower your blood sugar by spending it on exercise. There is nothing you can eat that will reduce it, or diabetics would be in heaven. If this was just a brief overindulgence, I wouldn’t worry too much as long as you get back in line. If it is a persistent problem, you’d best check with your doctor.

nebule's avatar

Yes..it is persistent…I have IBS, stomach problems, laryngeal disease, yeast imbalances and inflammation in my joints..ankles mainly. I’m exercising a fair bit at the moment.. I’m walking 10,000 steps every day (well most days) and doing between 40 and 60 minutes aerobics 4–5 times a week too..sometimes more… I generally feel ok…being on a diet and losing weight but my body seems really sensitive and the minute I start having a glass of wine or something unhealthy my body seems to flair up in all sorts of ways… well…thank you all for your help anyway. Doctors don’t seem to help me much. I’m currently under three different specialists and none of them have alleviated any of the problems as yet. God love em!

Judi's avatar

@lynneblundell; I guess you’re proof that we won’t all die if we have a public option for healthcare here in the US hu? Here that skeptics? She lives in the UK and has three specialists!

rooeytoo's avatar

@mattbrowne – I am responding to the question asked. And I am repeating what is in the book I mentioned. The problems @lynneblundell mentions are all discussed in this book. I have had a lot of them myself and the symptoms have diminished dramatically on this new way of eating.

This is MY experience and it is different from what you are saying. I am not an expert, I am simply telling my experience.

Once your body is reasonably balanced having sugar or white carbs occasionally is not going to make a big difference but you have to get everything in balance first.

Exercise is good but alone did not eliminate all symptoms.

Brahmaviharas's avatar

I recommend reading Art Devany’s essay on Evolutionary Fitness. It answers your question better than I could.

mattbrowne's avatar

@rooeytoo – My point was that long-term excessive intake of sugar might indirectly influence the immune system and inflammations. I think this is what your book means to tell us. I disagree with the “also directly related to inflammation” part. That’s all.

While simple messages might help marketing efforts, very often they can also lead to unnecessary hysteria. Help, I ate two much sugar for 5 days and I feel terrible. What will happen to me? Then people start giving advice about how bad sugar is. The effect? People might get sick or die early because their own exaggerated anxiety harms their bodies. Therefore:

@Darbio16 – Messages like ‘sugar leads to diabetes and cancer’ are simplistic and wrong, creating hysteria in the same way like ‘fat leads to high blood pressure and heart diseases’. The human body actually needs sugar and fat in moderate doses. If you take a 3-hour exam or take your bike up a mountain, high-glycemic carbs will actually be beneficial. Think hard and your brain will burn glucose like a furnace.

We should talk about life styles and over-consumption over longer periods of time. Yes, too much high-glycemic food, excessive body weight and lack of exercise will in the long run increase the risk of getting diabetes.

Garebo's avatar

Lots of water until you are about to pee in your pants, then a generous slab of fresh red salmon with a nice glass of Chianti. No! I am just partially kidding, I meant a good English tea without sugar or honey. Ok, hate fish, then a beef tenderloin, or a tasty shroom burger-protein and fat.

I always try to remember a placebo is often times just as effective as the drugs a doctor like to prescribe. So, it always pays to see your doctor to see if there is a condition they can diagnose?

This is my placebo route:
L- Glutamine my amino acid of first choice; it has done wonders for me. A gram and a half a day helps keep the crab ass away. It keeps my bodies glycemic cycle to operate more smoothly.
Chromium, depleted in most soils in the US and foods, helps me maintain weight balance, and a favorable fat/muscle ratio while taking it, maybe, because it is key in the metabolism process.
Inositol, if you are prone to anger and mild depression, mega doses (3 grams) calms one right down, in conjunction with Glycine and GABA which can produce a mild tranquilizing effect with metabolic regulation. None of these have ever bothered me, but each person is a unique organism that can, and will react differently.

Yes, they are all supplements and can be very efficacious if the quality is there, and a regimen of sufficient rest, a modicum of exercise, along with good diet. If natural diet is the route that agrees with you, then my strongest suggestion is stay away from processed carbohydrates and soda, especially the caramel colored soda as much as possible. Replace coffee or soda, with anti-oxidant Green Tea, or any tea which are much less ‘hypo”.
Then, nothing can beat a good glass of red – it just has to have something favorable about it, maybe it’s the relaxation and reservatol.

JLeslie's avatar

They say cinnamon helps balance insulin levels, but I don;t know if you are worried about belly fat or yeast or what. Mostly, if you want less sugar in your body eat fewer carbs (potatoes, pasta, bread, rice, most snack foods like doritoes and cheetos, etc) carbs turn into sugar, also fruits, and soda pop has huge amounts of sugar. Basically look up a diabetic diet and I would recommend buying a little nutritional book, I have one that is pocket size, that has calorie, fat, carbs, cholesterol, of a long list of foods. Be careful, I was never a big believer of cutting out all carbs like the Atkins diet. Carbs give us energy and feed or nervous system, but I would agree that Americans in general eat too many carbs and too many calories in general

lloydbird's avatar

@lynneblundell “Yes..it is persistent…I have IBS, stomach problems, laryngeal disease, yeast imbalances and inflammation in my joints…” You may well be on the right track in suspecting sugar to be a cause for your ailments, according to the advice available here as well as some interesting info about Xylitol. The concerns expressed by @Darbio16 seem to hold water according to the same site. There is some intriguing info about the dangers of ‘refined sugar’, especially with regards to moods and mental health, to be found here that seem to support the same concerns, and that don’t appear to be “simplistic and wrong”, as @mattbrowne states (despite the otherwise practical advice that he has offered).

@Garebo seems to have a sensible regimen especially about water, an insufficiency of which may be causing your inflammation (but try to avoid the tap). The link offered by @rooeytoo seems very worthy of further investigation. Unbiased first hand testimonials are usually a good indicator.
Finally, as for so many other ailments, garlic (The Wonder-herb) is supposed to be an effective treatment for yeast imbalances.

JLeslie's avatar

@lynneblundell I’ll just throw out a bunch of ideas after hearing some of your symptoms: Have you checked your thyroid? Any chance of Lymes disease? Are you starting menopause? Personally I think getting enough water is important, but an extra abundance of it does nothing but put you in the bathroom every 30 minutes, if you are peeing out all of that water, your body didn’t need it I’m thinking, and there is a such thing as too much water, which is very dangerous but requires a lot of water intake in a short time and is rare.

My brother-in-law suffered from very bad gout, and finally found a diet that has significantly changed his life. I have another friend who cured her colitis with changing her diet. For years I seemed to have a lactose intolerance, any dairy and in 20 minutes I was in the bathroom. I took some MEGADOSES of antibiotics, both oral and IV for something completely unrelated. I did take some acidopholous to hopefully hold off yeast growth. Even with the probiotics I wound up with a vaginal yeast infection (which I had never had before, even when I had taken some antibiotics in the past for common things like strep throat or a sinus infection), who knows what was going on in my tummy, but after this extended and high dose of all of these antibiotics and then some yeast medicine my lactose intolerance was gone. It has never reoccurred in over 10 years. I trully believe it was one of the antibitics that cured me, but no way to know which one.

The moral of the story is that when something is chronic, even if you have suffered for years, it is very possible it will resolve itself, either from persistent trials of various remedies or pure dumb luck, I hope this happens for you.

Diet, I would try eliminating wheat, then I would try dairy, then meat, etc. Not altogether, but separately so you can tell what is doing what. Generally, what I have found, is that if you go without something for 2 weeks, you may not notice if you are much better or not, but then when you eat it again at the end of the two week trial you might feel like shit, and then you might have your answer.

mattbrowne's avatar

@JLeslie – Not only carbs turn into sugar. The liver for example is also able to convert protein/amino acids into sugar (glucose).

JLeslie's avatar

@mattbrowne Yes, from what I remember, the body can actually convert or utilize amino acids and sugars to other things when lacking what it needs. To be clearer, carbs are used for energy and helps your nervous system, but if eat zero carbs, your body pulls from proteins and fats and takes care of those systems, but it is much harder on the body, not as efficient.

mattbrowne's avatar

@JLeslie – Exactly. So for a lazy day it’s for example a good idea to eat lentils, see

http://www.carbs-information.com/glycemic-index/lentils-gi-value.htm

But when you’re taking a bike to the top of a mountain in a hurry (not a ideal exercise for the purpose of losing weight) high-glycemic carbs will do a better job.

If you eat zero carbs or slow carbs, your body eventually pulls glycogen stored in the liver as well (and of course proteins and fats) to produce glucose.

borderline_blonde's avatar

Eat lots and lots of vegetables and some lean meat. It’ll not only stabilize your blood sugar but help prevent it from spiking again.

atreacy's avatar

I always sip apple cider vinegar tea after I eat too much sugar to help alkalinize the acidity from too much sugar.
—Ann

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