January 17, 2013

January 17, 2013
Splenda Contains Chlorine?

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. It is another very busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

It has been stated in several studies that refined sugar is not good for anyone and especially not good for people living with HIV and AIDS. Not only are people living with HIV and taking HIV medications are at a higher risk for diabetes but some studies have even alluded to the virus somehow feeding on refined sugar.

So because of this I have been using artificial sweetners for years. But then I read the following disturbing information about one of the sweetners in an email being circulated through the HIV community.

I felt extremely compelled to pass it forward to all of you. It has many eye opening facts that may affect your health (and of course your muscle building / fat burning ability as well) so please be sure to take some time to read this:

Splenda, also known as sucralose, is an artificial, chemical sweetener.

Despite advertisements stating "Made from Sugar, so it Tastes like Sugar", which attempt to confuse consumers, Splenda is not natural and contains no elements of natural sugar.

The name sucralose, very similar to the natural sugar sucrose, is also extremely confusing to consumers...just one more way "big pharma" tries to pull the wool over your eyes into thinking this chemical sweetener is safe.

Fact is, there have been no long term studies done on surcralose and Splenda and there is no telling what devastating side effects could be in store for those who continue to put this unnatural chemical in their bodies daily.

You may also be surprised to learn that Splenda contains chlorine. Yes, the same chlorine that goes in swimming pools. And here's the worst side effect:

Just like chlorine kills off micro-organisms in swimming pools, Splenda and sucralose kill off healthy bacteria that lives in your gut -- healthy bacteria that is vitally important to virtually every aspect of your health.

Recently, a study at the University of Duke confirmed this very finding. Not only is sucralose a heavily-processed, chemical artificial sweetener, but it's also damaging to your gut health, which goes on to affect every other aspect of your health.

Here's a direct quote from that study:

"Splenda suppresses beneficial bacteria and directly affects the expression of the transporter P-gp and cytochrome P-450 isozymes that are known to interfere with the bioavailability of nutrients. Furthermore, these effects occur at Splenda doses that contain sucralose levels that are approved by the FDA for use in the food supply."

Did you know that over 80% of your immune system finds it's home in your gut? In fact, there are more than 100 TRILLION living bacteria in your gut that control many aspects of your health, and due to things like the ingestion of artificial sweeteners like Splenda, most folks have created a massive bacterial imbalance in their body.

But, it doesn't just stop with the use of Splenda or other artificial sweeteners. Here are some other common items that are contributing to the bacterial imbalances that BILLIONS of folks are silently suffering from all around the world:

*Diet beverages and food items (remember, sucralose is added to MANY foods, beverages, and supplements as a sweetener beyond just those little yellow packets that you may use in your coffee)
*Ibuprofen [Hugo's note: this is a very often abused item by athletes..stay away!]
*Alcohol consumption
*Processed, packaged foods
*Certain brands of mouth wash, chewing gum, dishwasher detergent, and toothpaste
*Non-organic fruits and vegetables
*Non-organic meats
*Non-organic dairy products

If you are in contact with any of these items, it could be contributing to a serious imbalance in your gut bacteria and an overall decline in your health.

What's more, if you suffer from irregular bowel movements, constipation, gas, bloating, acid reflux, indigestion, skin problems, overall sickness, bad breath, fatigue, urinary tract infections, sugar cravings, and/or an inability to lose weight, these symptoms are a near telltale sign that your gut bacteria is ALREADY severely imbalanced and has literally become a ticking time bomb.

But even worse, here are some of the more serious consequences that can result from gut imbalances left unaddressed:

*Severe irritable bowel syndrome and extreme daily discomfort
*Serious skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis
*A constant battle with ongoing fatigue and low energy levels
*A life full of chronic sickness and pain due to a declining immune system
*Cirrhosis and cancer of the liver
*Metabolic syndrome

So always remember what you consume does effect your health and try to make the healthiest choices you can to live a full and productive life.

Hope you have a beary safe and great Thursday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab