Each of us is formed physically by some 63 trillion cells. Each cell is an intelligent, thinking being, so intricate that even a full life of study would not reveal all its secrets. How the body maintains balance functioning between all cells is amazing. Let’s explore just one aspect of that integrated function, the all-important aspect of blood sugar stabilization.
Blood sugar regulation
Within each of us there are a thousand self-regulatory “thermostats.” Like a series of ever-adjusting “on-off” switches, regulating uncounted internal balances, these “thermostats” maintain water within and outside of cells, hormone levels, temperature, blood pressure, blood nutrients, blood sugar, and myriad other critical internal balances.
The maintenance of precise levels of blood sugar provides fuel to each of our cells on a second-to-second basis, and the effects of blood sugar dysregulation are profound. Excursions into both low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (diabetes) stress all cells and immediately threaten full functioning. With low blood sugar, one feels weak, irritable and craves sweets and often salt, as the cells run out of fuel. With high blood sugar, the diabetic feels sluggish and tired. Worse yet, high blood sugar actually damages cells and can lead to life-threatening infections and blindness. Both low and high blood sugar are caused largely by dietary factors, and both can be corrected, or better, prevented by proper dietary management. In short, problems of blood sugar dysregulation are often unnecessary.
The six step program
Most often, problems associated with blood sugar originate from the excessive consumption of food and drinks that are easily converted into sugar (like sweets, sugar, bread, sodas, chocolate, candy, and processed carbohydrates) or from the intake of stimulants that trigger hormonal signals which increase blood sugar (as caffeine and nicotine). With such intakes, blood sugar quickly rises and either stays high (in diabetes) or is lowered too quickly (in hypoglycemia). Stable blood sugar, not too high or too low, is one of the most important keys to physical and emotional well-being.
Here’s your clinically proven program for blood sugar stabilization. Implementing it will yield clear and immediate benefits!
- Eat regular meals (and snacks, if necessary) of fresh, whole foods. Eat at least 3-4 cups of low carbohydrate vegetables per day with adequate protein, as needed. Do not skip meals!
- Substitute fruit and/or crackers or pretzels for baked goods, candy, and sweets.
- Drink plenty of pure water, herb tea, and a bit of fresh juice while avoiding sodas and caffeine.
- Take time to consume a protein snack in the afternoon. A little tuna, humus, almond butter, or egg salad on crackers works well. Avoid using coffee, sodas, or sugary foods as pick-me-ups from the “3 p.m. slump.” Rest a bit in the afternoon, if necessary.
- Use daily a broad spectrum vitamin/mineral supplement which includes 200 mcg of chromium, and a full range of all other essential nutrients.
- Reduce your production of stress hormones by practicing relaxation, stress reduction, and playful physical exercises. Meditating 20 minutes twice a day is helpful.
All of these steps will help maintain good blood sugar levels and will help create a healthy relationship between blood sugar and bones.
See the Blood Sugar Curve for additional information.
I’m Dr. Susan Brown. I am a nutritionist, medical anthropologist, writer, and speaker. Get my free weekly newsletter here.