Gimme That Sugar!
- Do you have sugar and carb cravings?
- Struggling with weight gain?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Were you diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or told you were pre-diabetic?
If you say yes to any of these, than you are like most people in North America. In the last decade alone, the number of people in their 30’s with high blood sugar levels has risen 70%. It is estimated that in America, 29.1 million adults and children are diabetic or pre-diabetic. It is no surprise to see that these numbers continue to rise as our diets and the products that come into our homes are packed with more refined sugars than we have ever seen before. This excess sugar, which acts like a drug in our brain, is a hungry animal and once we get just a little bit of it, our bodies tell us that we want more. If you have ever tried giving up sugar or have gone a while since eating, than you know what I mean.
Who Can Benefit From Regulating Their Blood Sugar
- Adult men and women who want to retain normal blood sugar levels
- Those wanting to help sustain energy and prevent blood sugar crashes that can lead to carbohydrate cravings
- Those who are making lifestyle changes to help maintain long-term health
Glucose And Blood Sugar Levels
When glucose enters our systems, how it should work is that the pancreas and our intestines break it down and the energy is used to fuel our brain cells. Whatever glucose is left over travels to our liver and muscles. When those are all stocked up, the remain glucose goes to our fat cells and kept there waiting to be burned off as energy. When our bodies notice that we have too high or too low levels of blood sugar, our pancreas gets to work to try and help our body normalize. One way in which it does this is by secreting insulin.
Insulin is a hormone and it plays an important role to lower high blood sugar. Glucose on the other hand helps to raise blood sugar. In a healthy body, insulin attaches it self successfully to the surface of cells and knocks on the doors of those cells, asking them to open up and let the glucose in. Once the glucose makes it’s way into the cells it produces energy that your body runs on. If insulin is rejected by the cells, the glucose enters into the blood stream and the cells suffer as they do not have the nutrition that they need to provide energy that enables them to work properly. For more on insulin and it’s implication with diabetes check this out: Natural Approach to Diabetes.
While a tasty treat here and there is not bad for you, having too many tasties is. When we have too much sugar, our blood sugar levels can rise, over working our pancreas and other important organs. When this happens, we can become hyperglycemic or even diabetic. Many people do not even know that they are on the verge of having high blood sugar levels or of being diabetic because there is a misconception that you must be heavy set for this happen. This is actually not the case. Even people who look slender, and may appear healthy on the outside, can actually have dangerously high levels of blood sugar.
How To Regulate Your Blood Sugar Naturally
One great way to regulate your blood sugar naturally would of course be to take on a lifestyle where you are consuming less sugar. For recipe ideas and suggestions to kick start this habit, you can try out the seven day sugar detox menu that I put together.
Some important tips to keep in mind when regulating your blood sugar is to incorporate the following into your diet:
- Whole Grains
- Vegetables- Lots of them!
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Green Tea
- Water to stay hydrated
Additional ways to help you on your journey to lower blood sugar levels is with the help of Shaklee’s Glucose Regulation Complex. What Glucose Regulation Complex does is it uses naturally found and scientifically supported ingredients to keep blood sugar levels steady and assists with your bodies ability to process glucose.
- Banaba leaf extract/colosolic acid (Langerstroemia speciosa) Banaba/colosolic acid has been shown to lower glucose levels and assist with the bodies ability to use insulin. (Source)
- Chromium is an essential mineral required for normal insulin function. Chromium supplements can support carbohydrate metabolism and blood glucose control. Chromium has been shown to lower oxidative stress. (Source)
- Magnesium A large population study found that women consuming the highest amounts of magnesium had a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. (Source)
- Vanadium may be involved in the regulation of insulin function and the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels as it mimics insulin in our bodies. (Source)
- Zinc has a significant effect on oxidative stress and improved blood sugar levels. (Source)
- Taurine is a very important amino acid which can help restore insulin sensitivity. (Source)
Additional Recommendations to Help Regulate Blood Sugar Levels Naturally
- CoQHeart Promotes cellular energy
- Energizing Protein Sustained boost of energy to help fight cravings
- Vita-Lea Supports good health and the conversion of foods to energy
- Fiber Plan Soluble fiber slows the absorption and digestion of dietary carbohydrates to help retain norm al blood sugar levels throughout the day
Testimonials of Using Glucose Regulation Complex
When I first found out that chromium was one of the major ingredients in this product, I was excited, because I’d been doing a lot of reading and research and found that chromium seems to be an ingredient that is really important in retaining norm al blood sugar levels. And so it was interesting to me that that w as the product Shaklee had chosen to use. In the 30 some years that we’ve been associated with Shaklee, I just have the greatest confidence in their research, and that they would not even be testing a product that was not safe or that was not going to live up to their standards. I’m so excited about the possibilities of this product, not only for me and for my family, but for many other people who have some of the same concerns that I do about health issues. You know, we talk about helping peo ple to feel better. This is a product that we’re going to be able to help them feel better. And I think that’s going to be the exciting thing for people as they do begin to share. – J. Boltinghouse (Iowa)
I can tell the food choices that I’m craving are not sugary carbohydrate type foods. It’s more the proteins and the vegetables that are complex carbohydrates, which is a switch for me.– J. Glacken (Illinois)
I’ve done many things to try and keep glucose level and the insulin, which is a big part of it, level by eating instead of three larger meals, six smaller meals a day. I eliminated all sugar, all white flour, white bread, simple carbohydrates, gone to eating more protein and less carbohydrates. My life sort of centered around what I was going to eat every two hours. Oh, my goodness, it’s such a wonderful feeling to know I can live my life. J. P arks (Wisconsin)
I think people are really searching for something safe that they can rely on and they don’t have to worry about some of the questionable things that are on the market. I would think that the market potential is just huge for this. J-Carter