High Fructose Corn Syrup – okay or toxin – at the prison yoga practice

high fructose corn syrup prison yoga

I’ll cover this one briefly.  Glucose is a kind of sugar that every cell in your body can directly use.  Fructose must be processed by your liver.  Table sugar is sucrose which is a combination of the two.  Fructose in fruit is attached to things that makes it present itself slowly to the liver for processing.  High fructose corn syrup is a manufactured, enhanced product made from corn.  It is tweaked to make it super sweet in taste.  It is cheaper than table sugar.

HFCS is used in soft drinks and all kinds of prepared foods.  There is more HFCS in one large cola from a fast food joint than your liver can safely process in a day.  You think alcoholics have liver problems?  The amount of sugars in our processed foods and drinks are giving the majority of Americans problems of the sort that alcoholics have with the liver.

Here is a doctor’s explanation:

HFCS is super sweet and addictive.  If it is too sweet, they add salt to the mix.  This makes people crave more.  The big guy in my last post probably has a lot of this in his diet.  The thinner guy next to him may be overloading his liver and have problems in his future as well.  They just don’t show yet.

Yoga?  Meditation?  Becoming aware of what you eat and drink is much easier for people who meditate regularly because they build awareness of body states and feelings and can more easily tune in to the relationship between a certain food and the bad feelings, sluggishness, and languor that it causes.  Try an experiment.  For one week, write down each meal, snack, and drink you take in.  Thirty minutes after finishing, write down how you are feeling.  Are you vigorous and wide awake, or puny and sleepy?  Are you overstuffed, still hungry, hungry again?

Let us know here if you try this.

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About sordog1

Shiva Steve Ordog is a Yoga Instructor certified by Yoga Alliance - RYT 200, a Thought Field Therapy Practitioner (TFT-Algo) and a Zen practitioner. He is the author of a book on meditation, mindfulness, and yoga called "Hey, Yoga Man!: Yoga Practices for Everyday Life from a Prison Yoga Practice"
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