It is estimated that over 80 million Americans suffer from impaired insulin response. Fact is, we eat way too much sugar and complex carbohydrates.
Our bodies naturally release insulin after eating so the glucose can be used by the cells to produce energy. If our pancreas releases too much from high sugar diets, this can lead to inflammation in the cells which may also result in weight gain, especially visceral fat around the waist.
Those most at risk are folks with triglycerides over 150, HDL under 40, those with high blood pressure and BMI over 25. Folks who eat diets high in sugar and carbohydrates such as pastas, breads, chips, pizza and doughnuts are obviously at risk. Eating a diet focused on lean meats, fish, raw nuts, veggies and healthy fats will significantly reduce your chances for glucose problems.
Here are some basic steps you can take to help reduce your risks:
1. Exercise daily
2. Maintain your ideal weight
3. Eat lean and clean such as fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes, fish, non gluten grains and other lean proteins.
4. Use supplements that help metabolize your blood glucose.
Eating well and exercising are my favorite ways to keep down the sugar and body fat but some folks may need a little extra help from nature's medicine. My favorite is the phytonutrient, Berberine. It helps improve insulin response by up-regulating enzymes that trigger blood glucose metabolism. It also helps neutralize endotoxins in the gut.
At Be Well Nashville, we carry Berberine IR, a high quality and highly effective berberine our clients love!
So put down the fries, grab a hand full of almonds and step outside for some exercise! You're worth it!