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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Sugar is Toxic to Health

Because balance or homeostasis is so essential to our bodies, the minerals sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium are utilized to create this balance. For example, in order to neutralize the blood from sugar (sugar creates an acidic body), calcium is taken from the bones and teeth, thus, decay and osteoporosis may occur. If sugar is consumed every day, our bodies eventually will be depleted of these very important minerals and leave you with mineral deficiencies that depletes your health and weakens your defenses against disease. This process allows the dreaded free-radicals to cause major damage. Think of free-radicals as your body’s equivalent to nuclear destruction.

Excess sugar affects every single organ in the body – including the liver. The liver is where sugar is stored in the form of glucose. Eventually, if sugar is consumed every day, your liver will be unable to store the excess sugar and is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. Guess where those fatty acids are stored? They are stored in the most inactive areas: The belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs. After these areas have been filled-up, the fatty acids then get distributed to organs such as the heart and kidneys.

Sugar hinders the body’s immune system and predisposes people to illness and disease. Our white blood cells are adversely affected. Here are just some health conditions associated with over-consumption of sugar: Obesity, cancer, aging, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, eczema, kidney stones, depression, candida (yeast over-growth), anxiety, dental cavities, atherosclerosis, poor brain function and countless other conditions.

Cancer is affected by sugar due to the cancer cell’s main source of fuel: Glucose. By controlling blood glucose, the cancer cells are starved for fuel and the immune system is bolstered.

We think of sugar as the granulated white stuff but it can be disguised in many forms such as: corn syrup, fructose, sucrose, lactose, molasses, honey, maltose, fruit juice and many other forms. It is essential that we become aware of the hidden sources of sugar found in processed foods.

Control Your Blood Sugar

1) Work with your health care provider and make sure you understand all the instructions given and feel able to implement them when you get home. If you do not feel comfortable with any of the instructions, inform him/her at the time of your office visit.

2) Know your sugars and keep them charted. It is impossible to control numbers if you do not know what they are. If you are not checking your blood sugars now, ask your health care provider if “home glucose monitoring” is appropriate for you. If your sugars are at goal sometimes and not at others, try to figure out why and what changes can be made. Bring a copy of your log to your health care provider. He/She will be in a better position to help if you provide this data.

3) The hemoglobin A1C is a 3-month average sugar measurement. If the sugars are consistently at good levels, your health care provider will probably be very satisfied. If a good average is achieved with many high and low sugars, he will probably want to make changes to lower the variation in your sugar level.

4) If the sugar is not at the established goal, the first place you should look is diet. If you are gaining weight inappropriately, you may need to make adjustments. If the sugar is too high after meals, you may be consuming too many carbohydrates. Keep a log of your diet as well as the sugars and bring this into your health care provider. Many people improve their control by changing their diet. In addition to discussing this with your health care provider or a nutritionist, realize that your diet is your responsibility. You will need sufficient cooking skills, knowledge about food labels, and the desire to implement this knowledge consistently. I have found many people with diabetes are unable to implement their knowledge because they lack the desire or ability to cook. Please consult our website (listed below) as well as other sources to learn basic cooking skills as well as how to read food labels.

5) Find out your appropriate weight and set that as an important target. A proper diet involves proper portion sizes as well as proper foods. Watch your weight, and if it increases, review your diet with your health care provider. If he or she feels the foods are all appropriate, you may want to consider decreasing your portion size. You may need a scale to learn the appropriate portion sizes for you.

6) Ignore marketing hype and look at the nutrition labels on all foods. Even if a food is marked “appropriate for diabetes” or “no sugar added,” you must still pay attention to portion size!

7) Try to be consistent with your diet. If you only follow a diet 5 days a week, you will have a very difficult time losing or maintaining your weight at normal levels as well as controlling your sugar.

8) If your health care provider directs you to restrict sodium (Na), green leafy vegetables, or other elements, you will have to follow this advice in addition to limiting carbohydrates.

About Energy Drinks for Healthy

The ingredients contained in the different brands of energy drinks are many. The ingredients common to most energy drinks are taurine, glucuronolactone, inositol, B vitamins, caffeine, sugar, carbonated water, natural flavors, and natural ingredients.

Taurine is a derivative of the sulfer-containing amino acid cysteine. Taurine is often found in infant milk formulas. Taurine helps carry minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium throughout the cells. This helps generate nerve impulses. It is also an antioxidant and is believed to steady irregular heartbeats.

Glucuronolactone is a naturally occurring carbohydrate produced by the human metabolic system. It is believed to improve memory and concentration. It can have stimulant and anti-depressant effects.

Inositol is instrumental in how the brain uses serotonin, a chemical that is the same that is boosted by the anti-depressant drugs prozac and zoloft.

B vitamins are necessary for a variety of things. Vitamin B-3 (niacin) metabolizes energy from fat and carbohydrates and can help the body use energy by releasing it from food. Vitamin B-5 (pantothenic acid) improves mood and boosts energy. Vitamin B-6 helps in the formation of red blood cells, which provides better oxygen utilization. Vitamin B-12 also helps in the formation of red blood cells and helps break down sugar stored in the body to use as energy.

Natural ingredients found in energy drinks include ginseng extract, L-carnitine, guarana extract, milk thistle extract, green tea extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, L-trosine, fruit juices, and citric acid. The amount of these natural ingredients varies among energy drinks, and is usually a proprietary blend.

One could do a Ph.D. dissertation on the ingredients contained in energy drinks. Because of time limitations, this article focuses on the ingredients that receive the most attention regarding health effects: caffeine and sugar.

Achieve Normal Blood Sugar Levels

Exercise

Regular exercise is a vital part of managing and reducing blood sugar levels. It works with the way your body is designed: to use energy from carbohydrates in your food to power your muscles directly when you move. Exercise also has multiple health benefits, both in terms of physical health and in overall well-being. Exercise releases endorphins, which are ‘feel-good’ hormones. This explains the feelings of satisfaction and even exhilaration after a good exercise session or workout. It’s also great if you can exercise outdoors, preferably in the countryside, so you get the benefits of fresh air, more oxygen, sunshine and being in nature.

As you start to exercise, your body uses both glucose and fat to supply your muscles with energy. This could be from food if you’ve eaten fairly recently or from stores in the body. Otherwise, the glucose is released from glycogen stored in the liver and fat is taken from fat stores in your body, so it helps you to lose weight.

Exercise increases insulin sensitivity and for people with type 2 diabetes, it reduces insulin resistance. For people with type 1 diabetes, increased insulin sensitivity means that if you are going to exercise after the meal, you need less insulin for a meal.

Do some of each type of exercise regularly each week:

  • Aerobic/ cardio-vascular – 20 to 40 minutes per day, 5 days a week
  • Anaerobic/ strength training – 10 – 20 minutes, 3 days a week
  • Stretching/ flexibility – 10 minutes a day, yoga class once a week

Meditation for stress reduction

A wonderful way of relaxing and reducing stress is through regular meditation. There are huge numbers of scientific studies and papers describing the benefits of meditation on physical, mental and emotional health.

By far the most effective way to meditate that I’ve come across is by using binaural beat technology. It is a way of meditating that enables you to go very deep into meditation at the press of a button! You can do this by listening to meditation CDs with binaural beat technology.

This is a fantastic way of meditating effectively, with virtually no effort, using ‘binaural beat’ technology. This method allows you to meditate as though you had been practising for 10 or 20 years, like a Buddhist monk, and you get the benefits of meditation much more quickly and reliably. The beauty of this method is that it is very effective and easy to use. You can even do it while you are sleeping!

Achieve normal blood sugar levels

The information in this article will help you achieving normal blood sugar levels. It will also help you get your blood sugar stable and your long-term average blood sugar levels into the normal range, i.e. HbA1c between 4% and 6% or at least into the healthy blood sugar levels range, up to an HbA1c of 6.5%, so you won’t get any long term complications. You will be able to reduce the amount of insulin you need and possibly even to come off insulin completely. If you pay directly for your medical bills, you will save money on buying insulin and you will avoid expensive unscheduled hospital visits and hospital stays.