We’re Killing Our Children with Sugar and Soda & Ice, and Everything “Nice”

We’re Killing Our Children with Sugar and Soda & Ice, and Everything “Nice”

Data show that more and more children are in need of liver transplants. Americans, both children and adults, are slowly killing themselves with their diet. It’s slow enough that the average person doesn’t detect something’s up with their health, and the fix can feel equally slow that it discourages individuals from sticking with a healthier lifestyle. Yet stick with it they must if they don’t want to become the 1 in 3 adults or 1 in 10 children in need of an organ transplant, most often the liver.


Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and its more aggressive form, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, have become the fastest-growing reasons for liver transplants in young Americans, according to a recent study.


The poor nutritional value of American food is one part of the equation. The other part, which can be remedied without surgery, is the digestion of foods. Foods like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and carbonated beverages excel at giving humans liver disease, but why? Simply put: your body can’t digest the stuff. Let’s get into cellular level details of how the American diet promotes liver disease.


Breakdown & Inflammation

Enzymes are minute protein molecules found naturally in food. They serve as catalysts that make it possible for the chemical reactions that digest our food and break it down to useable, absorbable nutrients.


Enzymes are the life force found in foods and then transferred to our bodies to keep every system functioning optimally. Problems arise because most of the foods we eat are enzyme-deficient. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 118ºF or above. This means that almost any kind of food preparation method destroys enzymes. Anytime you cook, microwave, fry, bake, grill or otherwise process your foods, you subject yourself to the dangerous consequences of eating enzyme-deficient foods. Eventually, you become unable to digest certain foods at all.


High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup and carbonated beverages are nutritionally worthless. Companies try to claim that sugar is sugar and your body absorbs it all the same. They’re right about that BUT—and it’s a huge “but”—it doesn’t change sugar’s lack of nutritional value.


As Dr. Mark Hyman, MD put it, “As part of the chemical process used to make high fructose corn syrup, the glucose and fructose — which are naturally bound together — become separated. This allows the fructose to mainline directly into your liver, which turns on a factory of fat production in your liver called lipogenesis. This leads to fatty liver, the most common disease in America today, affecting 90 million Americans. This, in turn, leads to […] pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. So, high fructose corn syrup is the real driver of the current epidemic of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia, and of course, Type 2 diabetes.”


Carbonated Beverages

When it comes to liver issues and beverages, we’re more often think we’re more often thinking about alcohol. However, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis is often the end result when it comes to drinking a lot of soda pumped with sugar on a regular basis.


Carbonated beverages are an acid that wears the body down from the inside like water rusts metal. It doesn’t take more than a couple of cans a day to cause irreversible damage. In one study, a group of 90 people, 45 men and 45 women aged 40-50, were asked about their level of physical activity, caloric intake and the amount of soft drinks they consume.


Carbonated beverages are an acid that wears the body down from the inside like water rusts metal. It doesn’t take more than a couple of cans a day to cause irreversible damage. In one study, a group of 90 people, 45 men and 45 women aged 40-50, were asked about their level of physical activity, caloric intake and the amount of soft drinks they consume.


Dr. Nimer Assy, who led the study, said his research—published in the Journal of Hepatology—showed long term consumption could result in liver failure and the potential need for a transplant.


“We found people who drink more than two cans of Coke a day have increased their chances for a fatty liver, and if left untreated their chances for heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver also increase,” he said.


The Rise in Health Issues

Due to increasing childhood obesity, hypertension and diabetes, however, more young adults are reaching end-stage liver disease early in life, researchers say.


“I see kids at ages 7 and 8 with this problem, and one of my youngest patients developed cirrhosis at 13,” said senior study author Dr. Naim Alkhouri, who directs the metabolic program at the Texas Liver Institute in San Antonio, Texas.


“In Texas in particular, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis is the No. 1 indicator for transplants in adults,” he told Reuters Health in a phone interview. “It now affects 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 10 children.”


Alkhouri and colleagues analyzed nationwide data from the United Network for Organ Sharing on liver transplants in young adults between 2002 and 2012 to examine the reasons they needed a transplant.


During those years, there were a total of 5,157 transplants in people ages 18 to 40, of whom 23% were obese, the researchers found. The top reason for transplant, accounting for 25%, was autoimmune/cholestatic liver disease, which includes conditions such as bile duct infections, immune system-related hepatitis, hereditary bile duct problems and drug-related liver damage.


About 18% of transplants were for acute liver failure, and other important causes were hepatitis C and B as well as liver cancers. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, also called NASH, accounted for just 3.3% of transplants across the entire study period, but it was the fastest-growing reason for transplant.


The number of liver transplants performed for NASH increased from 0.53% in 2002 to 4.46% in 2012, a nine-fold jump, the study team reports in Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, online September 28.


Why Digestion Fails

The simple answer is Americans eat way too much sugar. It used to be a rare, privileged delicacy. Now it’s in everything, especially in high fructose corn syrup form. HFCS isn’t found in nature; it’s manmade. The human body isn’t meant to handle so much sugar, so it stops digesting it properly. This non-digestion leads to liver disease, along with all the aforementioned health issues.


On top of that, sugar and carbonation wreak havoc on your gut flora. Your digestive system is known as your second immune system. When you pump yourself full of sugar, you starve your healthy gut flora of nutrients they need to thrive while bad bacteria gorge themselves on sugar, kill your gut flora, and kill your health (and make you addicted to sugar).


How to Turn the Tables

We understand the food industry has no intention of removing carbonated beverages from the market, much less HFCS from every last product. That’ll go over about as well as Prohibition in the 1920s. We also understand it’s equally unrealistic to expect society to give up both items. So, at the very least, we urge you to read food labels and be mindful of much carbonation and HFCS you ingest.


With these doses of reality in mind, we at OHS cannot stress enough the importance of properly digesting everything you eat, along with getting in a strong daily dose of whole food antioxidants. The enzymes in Optimal 1 Digestion™ can help your health in so many ways, including significantly decreasing your chances of developing liver disease or a fatty liver. Optimal Fruit & Veggie Plus™ plays a significant role in overall health with its over 20,000 antioxidant units per serving, keeping you healthy both inside and out. The powder can help neutralize or reverse the damage sugars and carbonation cause.





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