Possible Symptoms of Hypoglycemia
Notes from Béatrice Duplantier-Rhea N.D. (Webnat)
Over time, insulin excess creates a condition called insulin resistance. This is when the body tissues become less sensitive to the effects of insulin. This occurs partly because the tissue cells cannot "regulate" or reabsorb some of their insulin receptors in response to the constant flood of insulin.
Cursed with fewer insulin receptors, your cells become "resistant" to the signal delivered by insulin, resulting in a loss of insulin's ability to lower blood sugar.
Eventually, a person with insulin resistance develops both high levels of insulin and high levels of blood sugar. In the final stage, the pancreas may eventually wear out, leading to insulin-dependent diabetes.
>Along with widespread deficiencies of vital nutrients and a multitude of unnatural toxins, insulin excess is promoting our current epidemic of chronic disease. In fact, most physicians don't realize that too much insulin itself causes damage, including raising blood pressure and cholesterol, increasing triglycerides and inflammation, and promoting atherosclerosis and heart disease. Americans are needlessly suffering from chronic degenerative diseases caused by the excessive insulin that is generated by our high-carbohydrate eating habits.
Check this page for symptoms and help.
Eat the following lean protein foods (be sure to include one of these foods in your breakfast meal, and always eat breakfast): lean meats , vegetables, and whole grains (free range chicken, fish, veal, nuts, beans, peas, lentils and wheat). Proteins such as these digest slowly and help the blood sugar stay balanced all day.
Avoid refined sugars.
Avoid processed foods (white flour, fried foods, canned foods, processed meats and prepackaged foods) and chemical additives, preservatives, colors and flavors.
Eat many fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organically grown. These foods contain natural sugars, along with fiber. Fiber slows the digestion of sugar, allowing the body to receive small amounts for a long time. These foods also contain vitamins, minerals and nutrients essential to the function of the brain.
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Surviving in Sugar Land
By Dr. Scott
For most of us, completely eliminating sugar from our children’s diet is an impossible task. Not only do we have to face our children’s and our own addiction, but our children are out of our sight for much of the day -- especially as they grow older.
In a study in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that most of the sugar consumption (55-70 percent) occurred in the home, so parents do have a lot of control. Here are some ideas to help you control the amount of sugar your children is consuming:
• Get rid of soda: Removing all soda from the house can dramatically cut down on the amount of sugar that children are eating. Fruit juice should also go, but many parents feel they need some sweet drink in the house. While fruit juice still alters blood sugar, it does contain some nutrients, so use with moderation.
• Look for hidden sugars: While you won’t know if everything on a label is sugar, look for the OSE at the end of the ingredient. Examples of sugars include glucose, maltose, fructose, dextrose; this won't help you find all the sugars, but it will take care of most of them.
• Eat fresh and crunchy: Encourage your children to eat something fresh and crunchy with every meal. When we try this in our home, our kids always say potato chips are crunchy, and we have to say, no: fresh and crunchy. Good crunchy foods are carrots, celery, apples, pears, peaches … and really most fruit.
• Eat fruit: For the most part, fruits, eaten in whole form, are much better and don’t cause a rise in blood sugar the way that juices made from the same fruits do. Try mixed berries with a little whipped cream as an afternoon snack. (Whipped cream makes anything fun.)
• Stay away from artificial sugars: While the subject of artificial sweeteners is an article (or a book) in itself, let me say that these chemical sweeteners are harmful enough to recommend eating sugar over them. Artificial sweeteners are chemicals that shouldn’t be in our bodies, and we are just beginning to see the damage that they cause.
• Sugar substitutes: The best natural sugars is xylitol.
Xylitol is a sugar that has some benefits, including not increasing blood sugar dramatically, and it has also been shown to be an anti-cavity sugar.
What to do if you can’t stay away from sugars
• Know what keeps blood sugar low: If you cannot get sugar out of your life, you need to understand how to keep your and your children’s blood sugar low. The nutrients that keep blood sugar low are: protein, fats and fiber. So the best way to eat a sugar is to eat it in a meal where protein, fats and fiber are present. This means giving children their dessert right after dinner, or having them include other foods (that contain a protein, fat or fiber) with their snack.
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