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The Secret To Balanced Blood Sugar Levels: Protein, Probiotics, And… Testosterone Boosters?

The Secret To Balanced Blood Sugar Levels: Protein, Probiotics, And… Testosterone Boosters?

There are many men who suffer from imbalanced blood sugar levels. Some may be too low, while others end up having high blood sugar levels. Either way, this increases the risk of getting diabetes, a very serious condition that may end up costing your life. Not only are the doctor’s appointments and medicines expensive, but it’s very painful to deal with, changing your life in a lot of ways. With that being said, it’s best to make sure that you start making lifestyle changes in order for you to lessen the chances of getting diabetes. This will call for looking into your blood sugar levels and getting the right amount of nutrients in order for you to balance it out. There are three main things that have been said to help control blood sugar: A diet rich in protein and probiotics, and a test booster. But do they really work? With that being said, it’s best to make sure that you start making lifestyle changes in order for you to lessen the chances of getting diabetes. This will call for looking into your blood sugar levels and getting the right amount of nutrients in order for you to balance it out. There are three main things that have been said to help control blood sugar: A diet rich in protein and probiotics, and a test booster. But do they really work? How Do Protein and Probiotics Help With Blood Sugar? Protein is not only for the muscle builders, but is also essential in keeping your blood circulation at ease. When mixed with the good bacteria, or probiotics, your body will have the ability to absorb carbohydrates slower. This helps keep your blood sugar stable, as taking in carbs can give it a spike. Research has been done to prove that a diet rich in probiotics will be able to help with overall blood health. Participants’ hemoglobin, blood sugar levels, an Continue reading >>

14 Amazing Herbs That Lower Blood Sugar

14 Amazing Herbs That Lower Blood Sugar

We live in a world where prescription medicine is getting more and more expensive as well as controversial. Alternative medicine is gaining momentum and with good reason! The same is true for treatments for diabetes type 2. You have therapies that can reverse diabetes through lifestyle and diet changes, natural supplements that can help stabilize blood sugar levels, and also herbs that lower blood sugar. Not only are these alternative therapies safer, but they are also easier on your pocket, on your body and mind. Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is necessary for the body’s overall health. Erratic blood sugar levels can affect the body’s ability to function normally and even lead to complications if left unchecked. Some herbs and spices found in nature do a tremendous job of naturally lowering blood sugar levels, making them a boon for diabetics and pre-diabetics. What’s more, being nature’s multi-taskers, herbs and spices also produce overall health benefits beyond just helping balance blood sugar. We want to clarify one thing right away – not everything on our list can be classified as ‘herbs’. However, they are all from natural sources. Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant. Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit, such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds. RELATED: Decoding The Dawn Phenomenon (High Morning Blood Sugar) With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best herbs that lower blood sugar, along with a few spices thrown in, to give you a more comprehensive list. Please note that while we normally do not use animal studies to support any dietary supplement, several herbs like garlic and ginger are considered ‘food’ and so, are used traditionally by cultures across the world in their daily diet Continue reading >>

Balancing Blood Sugar

Balancing Blood Sugar

What are the benefits of balancing my blood sugar? This is a powerful tool to help you avoid cardio-metabolic syndrome, which is marked by adrenal fatigue, weight gain, sleep disturbances, and cardiovascular disease. When we don’t know how to stabilize our blood sugar, this results in wide fluctuations in the blood glucose level throughout the day. These fluctuations in turn cause the pancreas to secret insulin in erratic amounts over time. Insulin is a hormone responsible for allowing glucose to get into the cells for energy fuel. When this mechanism is disrupted, insulin will also convert excess glucose into triglycerides, a blood fat, and eventually store this fat in your adipose cells, causing weight gain. When insulin surges occur over many months or years, eventually the insulin receptor sites on the cells lose their ability to respond to insulin. Once receptor sites stop responding, there is less glucose inside the cell to utilize for energy, and one of the results is fatigue, leading many to eat sugary foods or caffeine to try to get an energy boost. Increased sugar in the diet causes more insulin to be secreted, but since the receptors no longer respond, this excess sugar is converted to and then stored as fat. This creates a vicious snowball effect of fatigue, poor energy, and weight gain. After many years of dysglycemia, eventually this disease process becomes Metabolic Syndrome, characterized by elevated LDL cholesterol and inflammation, elevated blood pressure, fatigue, and abdominal weight gain. With enough weight gain and loss of insulin receptor function, Diabetes Type II often follows, with cardio metabolic syndrome frequently concurrent. There are 4 simple rules to reverse this process: 1. Stabilize your blood sugar levels by eating frequent, small, Continue reading >>

Papaya Leaves Balance Blood Sugar And Boost Immunity

Papaya Leaves Balance Blood Sugar And Boost Immunity

(NaturalHealth365) Most of us are aware of the nourishing, restorative and protective benefits of papaya fruit, but have little knowledge about the healing powers of papaya leaves – which are far more powerful than its fruit. Unlike the fruit, the leaves are bitter to taste due to its high concentration of phytonutrients – which explains its therapeutic benefits. The nutrition inside the papaya leaf is incredible! Based on the research studies, it was found that the phytonutrient compounds in papaya leaves act in synergy to display a strong antioxidant and immune enhancing impact in the bloodstream. Papain, alkaloids and phenolic compounds are responsible for their positive biological effects. The enzymes papain and chymopapain are the two biologically active components of papaya. They aid in digesting proteins and are widely used for treating indigestion, bloating, and other digestive disorders. In addition, the alkaloid compounds, carpaine, pseudocarpaine and dehydrocarpaine demonstrate chemo-preventive effects. Pure isolated alkaloids and their synthetic derivatives are used as basic medicinal agents because of their antispasmodic, analgesic, and bacterial properties. The phenolic compounds, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, quercetin and kaempferol exhibit potent antioxidant effect. Papaya leaves are also high in minerals like calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron and manganese. Diabetics have 3 good reasons to try papaya leaf extracts Enhances insulin sensitivity: Poor insulin sensitivity is the cause for type-2 diabetes, which causes inefficient glucose uptake by the cells. Several animal studies and some human studies have shown that papaya leaf extracts were able to demonstrate glucose lowering effect. A study on Mauritian population showed that papaya l Continue reading >>

Balancing Blood Sugar/ Preventing Inflammation

Balancing Blood Sugar/ Preventing Inflammation

Today we continue on to Part 3 of our ‘Month of Motivation’ with a really important topic: Balancing Blood Sugar and Preventing Inflammation. You may wonder why I chose to pair Balancing Blood Sugar with Inflammation. This is why: rapid rises and falls of blood sugar cause inflammation, inflammation causes disease…almost all disease in fact! What Are The Benefits of Stabilizing Blood Sugar? Prevents Inflammation thereby preventing disease Stabilizes mood (no crazy mood swings ladies) Weight loss/ breaks down body fat Helps you control sugar cravings Keeps hormones in check (see ‘mood swings’ above) Increased energy and mental alertness Increased lean muscle mass which increases metabolism How Do I Stabilize My Blood Sugar? It’s actually rather simple. Blood sugar rises too high too quickly when you consume sugar and processed foods, in other words, foods that are high on the ‘glycemic index’. Blood sugar rises slowly and stays level when you eat foods low on the glycemic index. It will not surprise you to find out cake, breads, candy (sugar in all it’s tempting forms) pastas, french fries, alcoholic beverages and soda are high on the glycemic index. It should also not surprise you that beef, chicken, fish, legumes (beans and lentils) vegetables, nuts, and many fruits are low on the glycemic index. Why is it important to Control Inflammation? We can chat till we are blue in the face about how good you will look and feel if you eat well, thereby stabilizing blood sugar but the most important aspect of controlling blood sugar levels is controlling inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s natural healing response. We injure ourselves, the area floods with water (swelling/inflammation) the injury heals and we are on our merry way. Thank you inflammation! Continue reading >>

Fascinating Facts About Balancing Your Blood Sugar With Herbs And Supplements

Fascinating Facts About Balancing Your Blood Sugar With Herbs And Supplements

Balanced blood sugar is essential for overall health, but for some, keeping blood glucose (a.k.a blood sugar) levels in a healthy range can be challenging. Knowing and understanding the symptoms of high and low blood sugar is very important, especially for those living with diabetes, not to mention their friends and family members. Sugar is everywhere. It’s almost impossible to avoid. The foods you eat every day have varying amounts of sugar in them. Your body breaks down the carbohydrates and sugars in your food into a simple sugar called glucose. The purpose of glucose is to give your body the energy it needs to function at the cellular level. Insulin helps to move the sugar from your bloodstream into your cells. Any time that your body can’t process glucose and get it into your cells for the energy it needs, you have a blood sugar problem. The most common blood sugar disorders are diabetes (types 1, 2 and gestational) and non-diabetic low blood sugar (hypoglycemia.) Type 1 diabetes usually begins in childhood. With type 1 the body can’t manufacture insulin at all. Type 2 diabetes is where your body doesn’t respond well to insulin — this is called insulin resistance — so your blood sugar is constantly too high. Gestational diabetes is a bit different. It only develops during pregnancy and often goes away after the baby is born. In cases of gestational diabetes, the mother develops type 2 diabetes while pregnant, which can put her baby at risk of lifelong obesity and low blood sugar levels at birth. Gestational diabetes can also make the baby more likely to develop type 2 diabetes as an adult. Low Blood Sugar When the amount of blood glucose, or sugar in your blood, drops below your target range, it’s called low blood glucose or hypoglycemia. Low blood su Continue reading >>

Apple Cider Vinegar And Diabetes

Apple Cider Vinegar And Diabetes

OK, y’all. I wrote about this several years ago, but now I’m serious. If you want to control any type of diabetes better, consume vinegar before meals and at bedtime. Start today! It lowers post-meal and fasting glucose levels. In a study from Arizona State University, subjects took a drink of 20 grams of apple cider vinegar, 40 grams of water, and 1 teaspoon of saccharin with each meal. (I think stevia might be better than saccharin.) Those with insulin resistance who drank the vinegar had 34% lower postprandial (after-meal) glucose compared to controls. These postprandial benefits had been found before. It was thought that vinegar might slow the absorption of carbohydrate into the blood, or slow the breakdown of starches into sugars. This effect would mimic the effect of drugs like acarbose (brand name Precose). But the 2004 study cited above reported that vinegar reduced postprandial glucose more in subjects who were highly insulin resistant. The authors say this result shows that vinegar increases insulin sensitivity, perhaps acting similarly to metformin. Now studies have found that vinegar at bedtime reduces fasting blood glucose in the morning, indicating that vinegar might promote insulin production, like nateglinide (Starlix). Pretty amazing that a simple chemical like vinegar (acetic acid) could have the benefits of three different classes of diabetes drugs, and all for a few cents a dose! It’s likely good for both Type 2 and Type 1, especially for lowering postprandial glucose. And postprandial glucose levels account for 30% to 70% of A1C values. Vinegar has got to be the most cost-effective medicine in history, but most people with diabetes still aren’t taking it. And doctors aren’t prescribing it. Why not? Is it because there are no “vinegar rep Continue reading >>

My Go-to Supplement To Balance Blood Sugar

My Go-to Supplement To Balance Blood Sugar

Let’s be clear: even if you don’t have diabetes, you probably have some degree of insulin resistance, and its consequences wreak havoc on your waistline and overall health. “As much as 25% of the population by conservative estimates have a condition known as insulin resistance, which is at the root of both type 2 diabetes, as well as metabolic syndrome (a kind of pre-diabetes),” writes Dr. Jonny Bowden. “These folks simply don’t process carbs well. Their blood sugar goes up too high when they eat them, and the pancreas over-secretes insulin—the fat storage hormone—in response to the increased levels of blood sugar.” The resulting conditions take a huge hit on your waistline and overall health. “Insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome associated with it is often accompanied by increasing central obesity, fatigue after meals, sugar cravings, high triglycerides, low HDL, high blood pressure, problems with blood clotting, as well as increased inflammation,” writes Dr. Mark Hyman. “If you have a family history of obesity (especially around the belly), diabetes, early heart disease, or even dementia, you are even more prone to this problem.” Even if you don’t have diabetes, you probably have some degree of insulin resistance, and its consequences wreak havoc on your waistline and overall health. Doing my Sugar Impact Diet and gradually transitioning into a low-sugar impact diet is the very best thing you can do for insulin resistance. Sugar plays a monumental role in the inflammation, obesity, and insulin resistance that contribute to type 2 diabetes. What does all this have to do with fish oil?Well, everyone benefits from taking this supplement, but if you have a familial history of diabetes or any form of insulin resistance, you can’t aff Continue reading >>

10 Ways To Balance Blood Sugar Naturally

10 Ways To Balance Blood Sugar Naturally

Blood Sugar Balance in Plain English Before we get started with tips to balance your blood sugar, I want to cover some basic blood sugar terms that I will be using in this discussion. Blood sugar/blood glucose – Glucose is the form of sugar that is in our bloodstream. Glucose is the body’s preferred source of fuel. Insulin – the pancreas secretes insulin, a hormone that shuttles glucose from the blood into body cells. It knocks on the cell and says, “Open up, I’ve got some glucose that I need to get out of the bloodstream so take it and use it for energy.” Insulin resistance – When we consume a large amount of refined carbs with very little fat and protein, our blood sugar spikes very high and the pancreas frantically overcompensates with insulin release. This overcompensation of insulin eventually causes insulin resistance, which leads to Type 2 Diabetes if poor dietary practices are continued. The good news, however, is that it can an be reversed through a healthy diet that balances your blood sugar. Glycogen – Glucose that doesn’t enter body cells is taken to the liver where it is converted to glycogen. This is a form of stored sugar that is broken down to stabilize low blood sugar levels between meals and during the night. It is healthful for the body store of glycogen, but stress and hormone dysfunction deplete our ability to store glycogen and this can contribute to blood sugar imbalance. Hyperglycemia – Hyperglycemia is another term for high blood sugar. It is normal to have a spike in blood sugar after a meal, but chronically high blood sugar causes severe health issues. Hypoglycemia – Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. Glycogen, the sugar stored in the liver, is responsible for raising blood sugar in-between meals and should prevent hypoglyc Continue reading >>

Why Is It Important To Balance Blood Sugar Levels In Pregnancy?

Why Is It Important To Balance Blood Sugar Levels In Pregnancy?

Learning to eat in a way that keeps our blood sugar balanced is vital for the optimum health and functionality of any individual. During pregnancy, your increased blood supply and elevated levels of certain hormones expose you to more dips in blood sugar and make balance harder to achieve. Having excessive amounts of sugar in the blood can cause significant damage to our arteries and organs. When we consume foods containing sugar our bodies release a hormone called insulin to pull excess glucose from the blood; the higher the sugar content, the more insulin is released causing blood sugar levels to plummet suddenly. Since we need some sugar to fuel our cells, we crave sweet treats and pick me-ups to relieve our symptoms. This triggers another spike and drop in blood sugar. Short-term symptoms of blood sugar level imbalance Dizziness Headaches Nausea Irritability Sugar cravings Long-term symptoms of blood sugar imbalance Constant fluctuations in blood sugar place unwanted stress on the pancreas and leads to the over-production of cortisol – a hormone that has a direct effect on the ageing process. Why is blood sugar balance important for your baby? Babies born to mothers with poor blood sugar control are often bigger. Macrosomia is a condition in which the baby grows excessively large due to a continuously high level of maternal blood sugar, generally due to gestational diabetes. This condition increases the risk of delivery complications, such as shoulder dystocia and caesarean section. Large babies of mothers with elevated blood sugar levels have a higher risk of childhood obesity and developing other health conditions later in childhood. Your midwife will monitor your blood-sugar levels during the third trimester, as gestational diabetes is becoming more and more co Continue reading >>

Balance Your Blood Sugar Based On Your Gut Microbiome

Balance Your Blood Sugar Based On Your Gut Microbiome

There are a number of tests currently available that will analyse your gut microbiome. One such test detailed in the book is the stool sampling test and App, supplied by Day Two. Please note that Day Two testing is currently only available in the US and Israel. Testing will soon be available in the UK and Australia. Sign up to our newsletter (on the right of this page) to be kept up to date with launch dates. A word from DayTwo: DayTwo provides actionable health solutions based on gut microbiome research, utilizing the DayTwo Microbiome Platform™. We translate each person’s unique gut microbiome into surprising food recommendations personally tailored for maintaining balanced blood sugar levels. We benefit people with diabetes and pre-diabetes, as well as those with other metabolic disorders. Our technology is based on a four-year research study led by Prof. Eran Segal and Dr. Eran Elinav from the Weizmann Institute (Cell, Nov 15) and exclusively licensed to DayTwo. What’s healthy for others may not be healthy for you – our groundbreaking research shows that people respond very differently to the same food. You’ll be surprised to learn which foods raise your blood sugar levels and which help keep it in balance. When signing up to DayTwo, you first fill out a questionnaire and send us a stool sample, using the provided kit. We then sequence your gut microbiome DNA – we use our cutting-edge science to profile the composition and diversity of your gut microbiome at the genetic level because your microbiome is directly associated with your health. We run the sample through our patent-pending predictor – samples are carefully analyzed through our patent-pending algorithm, producing a unique nutrition profile just for you. Finally, you receive your personalized Continue reading >>

How A Healthy Gut Promotes Balanced Blood Sugar Levels

How A Healthy Gut Promotes Balanced Blood Sugar Levels

If the first thing that pops into your head when we talk about “gut health” is your waist size, think again: we’re actually speaking about the health of your microbiome. By microbiome, we mean the trillions of bacteria and other microbes living in and on your body. These organisms may be microscopic, but they outnumber human cells in the body by 10 to 1 and play an integral role in many of your body’s critical functions—like maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. You’re not alone if the importance of gut bacteria is news to you. In fact, scientists are still puzzling out all of the jobs that these little guys juggle within the human body. Although there is still much to discover about the role of the microbiome and the microorganisms that dwell within it, researchers are learning that the majority of your microbes produce proteins and metabolites that interact with and influence your body’s cells and organs on many levels. You see, your beneficial bacteria communicate with cells to carry out many processes in your body, such as balancing immune function, optimizing digestion, regulating moods, and improving nutrient absorption. But, did you know that beneficial microbes—or probiotics—also work to keep your blood sugar balanced? Indeed, several studies show probiotics’ abilities to support healthy blood sugar levels. In one study published in Lipids in Health and Disease, researchers at Brazil’s São Paulo State University gave volunteers a daily shake containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. After 30 days, participants showed a significant balancing of glucose levels while the placebo group, who received a shake without the beneficial microbes, showed no change1. Based on data from this study and various others, the link b Continue reading >>

Blood Sugar And Mood: The Fine Art Of Balancing With Food

Blood Sugar And Mood: The Fine Art Of Balancing With Food

There are many benefits to balancing your blood sugar. When your blood sugar is on a roller coaster ride all day, so is your mood. Ever wonder why you get irritable and frustrated when you skip a meal? Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is the reason behind this and something you want to try and avoid. Daily consumption of refined carbohydrates, alcohol, poor diet and skipping meals contribute to hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Not only do imbalanced blood sugars affect your physical health which puts stress on different body systems; they also affect your emotional well-being. Read more about hypoglycemia and marital stress Diabetic or not, keeping your blood sugar level balanced is important to your overall health. Learning to recognize the signs of hypoglycemia will help you in making preventative steps to achieve greater health. Symptoms of hypoglycemia usually present themselves before increased blood sugar levels do and are easier to recognize. Symptoms of Hypoglycemia: Headaches Depression Anxiety Shaky feeling Irritability Blurred vision Excessive sweating Confusion Incoherent speech Refined sugars in the diet are quickly absorbed into your bloodstream, resulting in an increase in blood sugar levels. This signals the pancreas to produce increased amount of insulin. Because of the increase in insulin symptoms of hypoglycemia can occur. The rapid drop in blood sugar levels can cause the adrenal glands to secrete cortisol. Over time your adrenal glands can also become exhausted. This situation can cause you to become depressed and emotional issues can present themselves. As you can see preventative, measures to eliminate low blood sugar reactions are the first step to achieving balance for emotional and physical health in your body. Read more about s Continue reading >>

6 Habits That Help Balance Blood Sugar

6 Habits That Help Balance Blood Sugar

With so many Americans suffering from obesity and diabetes, it is becoming more important than ever to be aware of your food’s effect on your blood sugar levels. Having high or low blood sugar can lead to myriad issues, such as decreased insulin sensitivity, mood swings, stress, headaches, and mental fogginess. But, luckily, these 6 habits can benefit your insulin sensitivity and keep you healthy in the long term. Eat enough fats. Fat slows down sugar absorption in the bloodstream and prevents a roller coaster of spikes and crashes. Many people are afraid of fat, but eating fat will not make you fat. Once more: eating fat does not make you fat. In fact, fat keeps you satisfied longer, which can discourage overeating, so don’t nix it from your diet. If you’re trying to keep your sugar levels balanced, make fats — like coconut oil, chia seeds, nuts, egg yolks, avocado — a steady part of your diet. Worried about all that saturated fat giving you heart disease? According to the research, there’s no significant link between the two. Don‘t eat constantly. Eating many small meals can actually disturb your body’s natural hunger signals. Instead of force-feeding yourself every few hours in the name of health, wait until you are authentically hungry to eat. This can be hard to get used to at first, especially if your body is used to constantly snacking. However, by restricting your eating for a few days, you’ll start to understand when your body actually needs food in contrast to when you find it comforting to have a snack. Your body knows when it needs food. Once you start listening to what your body needs, it will become infinitely easier for everything else to fall into place. Eat protein. Like fat, protein slows the absorption of sugar in the body. If you ar Continue reading >>

5 Crucial Supplements For Blood Sugar Balance

5 Crucial Supplements For Blood Sugar Balance

Why does blood sugar balance matter? If you weren’t already asking, you should be. Blood sugar balance is the foundation of health. An imbalance in blood sugar is the foundation of all disease, from type 2 diabetes and heart disease, to cancer and obesity. It affects your moods, energy levels and sugar cravings, too. Maintaining steady blood sugar levels is key for mental clarity, weight loss, hormonal balance, reduced inflammation and disease prevention. All of this being said, most of us are used to riding the blood sugar roller coaster day in and day out. We walk around exhausted, cranky, with compelling sugar cravings and stubborn belly fat that nothing seems to help, and we wonder why. We help clients break free of this so they can get to their healthiest, most energetic selves with our balanced PFC (protein, fat and carbohydrates) eating approach to maintain stable blood sugar levels. We also realize that for almost all of us, focusing on food alone just isn’t enough. If you are sensitive to blood sugar swings, prone to sugar cravings or if you have a family history of diabetes, a form of diabetes or even insulin resistance yourself, then you can benefit from natural supplementation for blood sugar support. Top 5 supplements for Blood Sugar Control: 1. GlucoVive™: This is a key supplement to take at meals, as it helps promote stable blood sugar levels and healthy glucose metabolism. Those who are sugar sensitive find this supplement to be extremely effective in helping with blood sugar balance, and it can helps to reduce the blood sugar crashes that cause sugar cravings. 2. Metabolic synergy: This multivitamin, designed by a doctor specifically for those seeking blood sugar support, is the one we recommend. It helps by assisting in the conversion of carbohyd Continue reading >>

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