When the blood sugar level goes too high, after a meal, the brain sends a signal to the pancreas to secrete more insulin. This is necessary to bring the glucose back down.
The problem is that this process converts the excess of sugar into fat (stored mainly in the belly). Moreover, the higher the rate of increase in blood sugar, the more chance you have that your body will release an excessive amount of insulin.
This causes your blood sugar to go back down too low and for this reason, you become lethargic and/or experience increased hunger.
Therefore, you may feel an elevation in mood and energy as your blood sugar rises after eating foods that promote large and rapid glycemic response.
In other words, spikes lead to unstable blood sugar levels, mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and diabetes!
Why Reference Ranges are Misleading
Don’t wait until your blood glucose level is outside the reference range. Start your prevention early. Just because your value is in the reference range doesn’t mean it is optimal. And now I’ll explain why.
First of all, we need to understand how the reference range is calculated.
The first value to be calculated is the average value of all the people that have a test done in a certain laboratory.
The second value is the variance, which represents how much the values move away from the mean.
With these two values, they calculate the reference range.
The model used is the Normal (or Gaussian) distribution which is used in statistics and probability theory.
Of course, the model has a great value in many fields but there’s something wrong in the way traditional medicine uses it.
First off, we have to understand that it is just a model and, as such, it works only under certain conditions.
In particular, this is a model that assumes that the average person is healthy. This is not true anymore. And it’s not true because the natural flow of life has been artificially altered by the human beings through processed foods and prescription drugs.
Therefore, if the mean value doesn’t represent a healthy individual anymore the entire model becomes unusable.
The second problem is that the true goal of the model is to sell the cure. So, it’s structured in a way that, when your value goes outside the reference range, you can legally be given a prescription drug.
However, the model doesn’t acknowledge that there’s a whole spectrum where, even if drugs are not needed, your value is not optimal.
7 Steps to Stabilize Your Blood Sugar Level Naturally
Here are seven elements you can consider in order to keep a healthy blood sugar level completely natural.
1. Eat Nutrient-Dense Foods
The food we eat today is highly processed. It contains the calories we need to survive, but not the nutrients we need for optimal health.
You need to eat whole nutrient-dense foods. In other words, foods filled with minerals and vitamins which has not been processed and industrialized.
So, the solution is to stop eating anything which is not in its natural state. To achieve that, look for foods which contain a single ingredient.
For example, an apple is just an apple, not a list of ingredients!
If it’s too strict for you, then try to choose foods with the least amount of ingredient as possible. If you spot unrecognizable ingredients, they’re poisonous additives, so avoid that product.
2. No Refined Sugar & Junk Foods
This is pretty obvious. However, is important to remember that refined sugar is pretty much everywhere.
It is disguised as sucrose, fructose, dextrose, brown sugar, glucose, evaporated cane juice, high-fructose corn syrup, lactose, and maltose.
Also, alcohol is a liquid form of sugar which is even more detrimental as it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
Likewise, avoid artificial sweeteners. They are very toxic.
Natural sugars like fruit are allowed in moderation.
Other foods to avoid are refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pastries, cookies, pasta, white flours.
Also avoid trans fats which are found in snacks, pastries, bread, cookies, margarine. Any food that contains “partially hydrogenated” or “hydrogenated” oil in the ingredients list contains trans fats.
3. Take Magnesium Chloride Supplements
Magnesium is a powerful healing mineral designed by nature. The body can’t manufacture it by itself, so we desperately need it.
It helps in stabilizing the blood sugar levels because it re-activates chemical reactions that are responsible for repairing our body functions.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
When the body is dehydrated, the kidneys tend to go into a panicky mode. When this happens, they start to retain water and increase blood sugar.
To reduce your risk of developing diabetes and maintain healthy blood sugar levels, try to drink 15 to 35 ounces of water per day.
5. Get More Sleep
Lack of sleep can disrupt hormones which can lead to higher blood glucose and enhanced appetite.
It is said that people who get at least 8 hours of sleep per night will less likely develop abnormal blood sugar levels than those who sleep less than 6 hours.
6. Do not Skip Meals. Eat Healthy Portions
Getting your first meal (breakfast) of the day is very important to controlling weight and other health factors.
Space out meals throughout the day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) as too many carbs (or overeating) at once can spike blood sugar levels.
7. Take Care of Your Emotional Health
Personal freedom and inner peace are very important for your overall health.
There are many techniques to achieve a strong emotional health. One of the most important things, though, is to not take things personally.
Consider this example where you meet the same person in two different situations.
In the first case, this person has had an amazing day, maybe a productive workday or a personal achievement.
If you approach this person, she will probably treat you very well.
Now think of a different situation. She lost her job or had a car accident, or whatever bad could happen it did happen.
If you approach this person, how will she treat you? Probably very differently compared to the first scenario. Yet nothing in you changed.
So never take things personally. The way people treat you says a lot about them, not about you.
We have analyzed for important areas for stabilizing your blood sugar level. Remember, this is not an easy task, but it’s definitely possible—especially if you face the problem before it becomes too big.
Your health is your greatest wealth! Take care of it.
Guest post by Fabrizio.