SUGAR, WHAT’S ALL THE HYPE ABOUT?
We all need sugar, not always in the form of chocolate or muffins, but we do need it in some form. Without it, the body comes to a grinding halt as glucose is the fuel for the majority of cells in the body.
So, what’s the problem?
The problem is sugar is toxic to the brain, so we have an ingenious safety switch to keep our blood sugar stable. In a nutshell, the pancreas secretes insulin in response to an increase of glucose in the blood. Insulin picks glucose up and delivers it like a buffet to the muscles, fatty tissues and all other cells. Low blood sugar levels equals low insulin levels and high blood sugar levels equals high insulin levels.
Unfortunately, it is not quite as clear cut as that. Over time, eating foods that cause a spike in blood sugar levels causes the pancreas and liver to become compromised. The receptor sites do not work as efficiently as they once did and other conditions develop such as insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome which are often labelled as pre-diabetes.
Symptoms of unstable blood sugar, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome include:
•• Slow, progressive weight gain despite best efforts.
•• Moodiness, being snappy.
•• Irregular blood work (HDL/LDL ratios in blood tests, high triglyceride levels).
•• Frequent urination.
So, what is the solution?
Here are some things you can do to keep your body in balance:
•• Increase your fibre intake. Introducing psyllium husk or partially hydrolised guar gum will help to bulk up the stools, support stable blood sugar and assist your body’s detoxification potential.
•• Take small amounts of good quality omega-3 fatty acids like wild caught mackerel, coconut oil and hemp seeds.
•• Ensure you eat some protein with every meal. Organic, free-range boiled eggs are a great choice.
•• Minimise your sugar intake. Be mindful that some foods cause insulin to spike even though they seem to be a healthy choice. Oats are a great example of this.
If you would like to know more about how food affects your health make an appointment to see your local nutritionist to find out more.
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