Want to know one of the things that people living over 100 have in common? While there a few different commonalities, the one that really stands out for me is balanced blood sugar levels.
Having problems losing weight, needing caffeine, the ‘hangry’ feelings or being moody or grumpy, depression, fat around the mid-section, insomnia, cravings for sugar, poor concentration, foggy brain, lack of focus or even weakness are all signs of imbalanced blood sugar levels. Even your hormones are affected by it!
Chewing and swallowing carbohydrate foods, once digested, brings on-board various forms of sugar. Sugar creates energy, but only if it gets into our cells, not just circulating in our blood. Our diets and other environmental factors can cause the cells to not intake this sugar for fuel. Think of a stubborn child who stomps their feet and says ‘no, I don’t want anymore.” So we end up elevated sugar in the blood. The pancreas tries to remedy the situation by sending out more insulin which can help force sugar into the cells- but only in a truly healthy body. Over time we end up in a state if insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the root cause of Type 2 diabetes. AND, high insulin actually speeds up the aging process!
It isn’t just sugar alone that contributes to elevated blood sugar. STRESS plays a major role, as well things like food sensitivities and metal toxicity.
The good news is that blood sugar imbalance and Type 2 diabetes is absolutely reversible! Long term healing does require a change in both diet and lifestyle, but it’s entirely doable and it all doesn’t have to happen tomorrow.
Here are my top steps for healthy blood sugar:
- Magnesium: studies have shown insufficient magnesium pre-disposes people to insulin resistance. Get your magnesium levels checked!
- Lower inflammation: promotes dysfunction in the body (all disease starts with inflammation).
- Eat complex carbohydrates: think root vegetables, leafy greens and lentils. (try my Roasted Vegetables with Almond Carrot-top Pesto)
- Eat breakfast: skipping meals triggers imbalanced blood sugar.
- Eat a balance: of carbs, protein and fat at every meal and snack.
- Reduce stress: both mental and emotional stress affects our blood sugar. (reduce stress through your breath)
- Eat cinnamon: it contains polyphenols that actually help maintain insulin sensitivity. (try my Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas)
- Low glycemic foods: you must get rid of sugars, sweeteners, highly refined flours and processed foods like cakes, candy and soda.
- Increase essential fatty acids: think small fish like sardines, nuts, seeds and hemp seeds.
- Look into supplements: berberine is an herbal extract that is a powerhouse in helping to regulate blood sugar.
Start by making small changes rather than trying to do too much at once. Over time you will see and feel the difference. It could even make a difference on your life span!
Need a little help with your blood sugar control? Reach out and let’s get you started on your way.