Friday, September 11, 2015

That Sugar Thing, It's No Joke

Friday September 11th, 2015

First of all, today is a day of reflection and prayer, in my humble opinion. I will never forget what happened on this day in 2001, I will never forget where I was, what I was doing, or how terrifying it was to see the events of that morning unfold - and hope that none of you will either. A candle burns in my heart for the lives lost that day.

I'm updating you today because I think it's important to be honest about what happens to your body when under the influence of sugar, and quite possibly too much caffeine as well. Over the long weekend I not only drank too much wine and ate a crap load of sugar (only once though, thank heavens), I also drank a lot of coffee in the morning. Probably 3-4 cups. We, as a group, went through 3-4 pots of coffee each morning and even though I was hydrating like a motherfucker, I know that much caffeine isn't a good idea. I went through all of this detoxing and whatnot only to poison myself! And frankly, I'm still paying the price for that.

Here's what I got in return for my weekend of over indulgence:

3 days of banging headaches
3 days of feeling flu-like symptoms (fever, body aches, nausea - these came and went)
4 days of kidney pain 
4 days of extreme fatigue

In short, I was a miserable pile of flesh and bone. I'm getting over it today but WOW last night I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital. My left kidney hurt so much that I couldn't sit or stand comfortably, I had to go to bed at 8:30. It felt better when I was laying down but I have to tell you, this scared the shit out of me! Thinking in the back of my teeny brain - this couldn't all be from one weekend of misbehaving - or could it?

The answer is yes. Enter this into a Google search "can too much sugar make your kidneys hurt", the results will knock you over. 

Yes. Too much sugar OR caffeine can damage your kidneys and make them ache. Crazy, right? Well maybe not in my case. I have had several kidney function tests (before going Paleo AIP) come back abnormally low. So I may have some kidney troubles to begin with, eh? Now clean up the ol' body, and take better care of the kidneys for a few months, the tests come back normal (just a tad on the low side, according to my last labs that were drawn in June). A couple of months later, have an indulgent weekend and what happened? I overloaded my body with so much garbage that my kidneys said "F you!".

This is quite a revelation. And honestly - no wonder I felt so shitty all the time! Evidently my body wasn't firing on all cylinders, waste wasn't properly being removed from my bloodstream - how scary is that? Even more frightening - this was all because of FOOD. Wow. 

If you didn't believe me before, believe me now: what you put into your body matters, a lot. Don't do to yourself what I have done to myself. It's not worth it in the short or long run. Spending 4 days (it will be 5 or 6 by the time I feel better, I'm still dealing with it today, just on a much milder level) recovering from a 3-day weekend of "screw it, I'm gonna do what I want and even eat some damn marshmallows" isn't smart. I'm embarrassed that I let myself fall into that trap.

Be good to yourself. It's 100% worth the trouble it takes.

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