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:
Portion control - overeating causes spikes in blood sugar.
Never eat carbohydrates alone. Always include protein, fiber and a small amount of fat
Eat before you get too hungry. Eat every 2-4 hours based on how many calories you had at your last meal or snack.
Include in your program both strength training and cardio.
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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.
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