We as humans don’t eat like we once did… (in general of course). You’re different right? I try to be. I eat seaweed and so do my kids for example. Eating seaweed (dulse) used to be weird to me until 4 or 5 years ago. Of course I had nori wrapped around my sushi here and there but now I consistently eat seaweed. Foods like seaweeds and medicinal mushrooms have nutrients that just aren’t available in common foods in the same amounts.
Like proteins and fats, there are essential carbs. “Essential” of course… means that the nutrients must come from food consumption, for use in the body. Well, some of the foods our ancestors ate regularly, most of us are far removed from these days. Being that carbohydrates, fats and proteins are considered the macronutrients, I think it’s key to get these “essentials” into our system in a conscious way. People are aware that foods like chia seeds, and perhaps salmon can help keep the healthy fats in balance, and that combining specific foods or sprouting specific beans can keep the essential proteins (or amino acids) flowing… but I would venture to guess few know how to get the required glyconutrients, sugars… or essential carbs. The truth is, the foods that contain them are even more uncommon than chia seeds and bean sprouts. As a result some expensive products were made to help people get these sugars.
Several years back I broke down which foods contain these sugars and shared an eBook with that information. It contains the names of the sugars and what foods, when mixed, will give you all eight. You can download that eBook here (note: I’m not sure if the product links within the eBook still work) but I’ll tell you, I have since learned of a different way…
First, what are the essential sugars said to do?
It is explained that white blood cells are often “stupid,” and need the intelligence of the sugars to function properly. It is said that when these long chain sugars are present they “plug in” to the white blood cells to smarten them up.. likened to a USB stick containing smart efficient programming, plugging into a computer and downloading the intelligence.
When white blood cells are sluggish they “let sickness through.” When white bloods are over active they attack healthy cells, “autoimmune”-style.
The sugars keep the cells in check and functioning how they should
Where does chaga fit in? Chaga mushroom, the fungus found on a birch tree that looks nothing like a mushroom at all, when boiled in water and also when soaked in an alcohol solution gives off a healthful tonic, tea and/or tincture that is said to contain all eight sugars that are essential to the human body. These sugars, are said to simply put the white blood cells in check, smarten them up and teach them to perform as intended. This is powerful!