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The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Health: Blood Sugar Balance- Friday, October 30, 2015

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods


October 30th, 2015


So, you went to the doctor and had blood work done. Your glucose level was within normal range. Great! Nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. You can have unstable blood sugar levels negatively impacting your health and not even know it.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 10 percent of American adults have diabetes and that 86 million adults over age 20 are prediabetic.


Together, hyperglycemia (blood sugar that is too high) and hypoglycemia (blood sugar that too low) are referred to as dysglycemia. Dysglycemia weakens and inflames the gut, lungs and brain, imbalances hormone levels, exhausts the  adrenal glands, disrupts detoxification pathways and impairs overall metabolism leading to unwanted weight gain. Each of these effects significantly weakens thyroid function. There is no system of the body that is not affected when our blood sugar levels are not stabilized within a healthy range. The best news is that we can do something about it. You can control your blood sugar levels and the outcome.


Three key areas to focus on:


  1. Diet.

  1. Portion control - overeating causes spikes in blood sugar.

  2. Never eat carbohydrates alone. Always include protein, fiber and a small amount of fat

  3. Eat before you get too hungry. Eat every 2-4 hours based on how many calories you had at your last meal or snack.


     2.  Exercise.

  1. Include in your program both strength training and cardio.


     3. Supplements.

  1. Gymnema

  2. Chromium

  3. Alpha Lipoic Acid


At Sunflower Shoppe, we are committed to helping our customers achieve their health goals. If you would like to learn more about the single most important thing you can do to improve your health - balancing blood sugar - visit us at Sunflower Shoppe. One of our nutrition specialists is ready to help you navigate your way to better health.



SOURCES

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/10/26/451985740/task-force-urges-screening-of-overweight-adults-for-high-blood-sugar

https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2015/10/elevated-blood-sugar-levels-in-pregnancy-tied-to-babys-heart-defect-risk.html

http://chriskresser.com/thyroid-blood-sugar-metabolic-syndrome/

http://www.doctoroz.com/article/balance-your-blood-sugar-lose-weight

http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/20/5-steps-to-reversing-type-2-diabetes-and-insulin-resistance/



The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

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Moody, Fatigued & Sleepless: Hormones and the estrogen-progesterone connection- Tuesday, October 20, 2015

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods


October 20th, 2015


Estrogen dominance is a term that describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal or excessive estrogen, but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Even a woman with low estrogen levels can have estrogen dominance symptoms if she doesn't have enough progesterone.


“Estrogen dominance” was first made popular by Dr. John Lee, as he believed that too much estrogen and a lack of progesterone was the major cause of all women’s hormonal issues from PMS to Menopause.


But the term “estrogen dominance” actually makes the hormone estrogen sound like a bad guy, something that needs to be reduced or eliminated. Both estrogen dominance and the lack of estrogen that create many of the unwanted symptoms of menopause and PMS, which is why so many doctors will use Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).


The list is long, but a few of the most common that we hear of at the Sunflower Shoppe are:


  • Mood Swings

  • Insomnia

  • Hair Loss

  • Lack of energy

  • Trouble concentrating

Let’s take a look at just a few of the benefits estrogen and why we need it.

In the brain estrogen:

  • Helps maintain body temperature
  • May delay memory loss
  • Helps to regulate parts of the brain that prepare the body for sexual and reproductive development
  • Increases serotonin and the number of serotonin receptors in the brain
  • Modifies production and the effect of endorphins, the "feel-good" chemicals in the brain
  • Protects nerves from damage and possibly stimulates nerve growth.

Estrogen impacts our moods, sleep quality and energy levels. We need estrogen to make both Serotonin and Thyroid hormone. Labeling it as a “bad guy” that dominates other hormones can be confusing. It is a balanced hormonal state that we are striving for in order to feel our best. Most of us would like to know what the “magic pill” is that we can take to make it all right again, and find it hard to hear that it is really our lifestyle choices that are the single biggest factors in the production and storage of hormones.


Here are the 4 major causes of hormonal imbalance:

  1. Stress

  2. What we eat and when we eat it

  3. Inflammation

  4. Toxins


The good news is, we want to help you create an action plan that is more than just a band aid for symptoms, but an actual shift in lifestyle that can create lifelong balance and restore the systems of the body that are breaking down causing the imbalances in the first place. There are supplements and nutritional programs that we can talk with you about.


Guessing your hormone levels based on symptoms is usually inaccurate, so have your levels tested regularly. Ask us about this too.



SOURCES

http://www.drnorthrup.com/estrogen-dominance/

https://www.womentowomen.com/hormonal-health/estrogen-dominance/

http://dr-lobisco.com/mood-imbalances-part-ii-the-estrogen-serotonin-connection/

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/406718_2

http://www.drrind.com/therapies/estrogen-dominance



The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.


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