In the last newsletter we were discussing Diabetes, and the different hormones in the body. We are continuing the discussion on Diabetes, and here we are looking at what else, other than hormones, do we need to address.
Other Factors That Contribute To The Root Cause Of Your Diabetes that also need to be considered.
- Our genes are not our destiny. We have the means to switch them on or off depending on how we want to nurture them. This can be controlled and reversed with proper steps of diet and lifestyle and environmental changes that we can control vs relaying on meds that act as a plaster and don’t get to the root cause of the problem.
- High cortisol –Stress is a key player that blocks insulin production. We need to understand the importance the adrenal hormones play- The two shaped triangles that sit on top of our kidneys that produce cortisol-stress. Stress is long term and short term and is required for survival in the short term but if it keeps on being produced then we get into trouble.
As the stress goes up we produce more cortisol. The more cortisol we produce the more our blood sugar goes up. This affects our sleep, and we begin to binge and eat more often and we become unsatisfied and anxious. This then affects our gut and quality of nutrition we feed ourselves.
The more our blood fluctuates due to the blood sugar roller coaster, the more the brain begins to freak out. Thinking it is going into famine and the more cortisol output it produces. This causes our heart to race, we need to feed it and calm it down so what do we do, we reach out for sugar i.e any processed food that is high in calorie and sugar and fast to satisfy our hunger or sugar crave.
How do we solve this problem?
By getting our blood sugar under control.
- Eat more fiber.
- Eat low sugar or avoid it completely except in the natural form of fruit and honey but in moderataion.
- Choose a low glycemic index foods i.e real food; lean protein and a rainbow of colored vegetables and greens.
- Reduce stress by doing some deep breathing, relaxing –massage, being somewhat carefree, bring more joy into your life-laugh and smile
- The liver enzyme “AMPK “also plays a significant roll.
- It controls our cell metabolism
- When its low we end up with poor blood sugar control
- We end up with high cholesterol
- We end up with high triglycerides
- Low mitochondria –energy production
- Low oxidation -more damage to the cells
- More inflammation
- Cloudier thinking-brain fog
What impairs AMPK
- Overconsumption of calories-AMPK activity decreases
- Eating the wrong fats – fried damaged oils, non -organic animal protein.
- A diet high in sugar- this is the quickest way to shut it down.
- Alcohol consumption- moderation is key.
How do we improve it?
- Eat a Mediterranean diet, high in good fats, lean protein and a rainbow of vegetables and greens
- Consume good fats- olive oil, coconut, avocado, olives, nuts and seeds
- Eat Fruit and vegetables.
- The overuse and abuse of pesticides, herbicides, toxic chemicals and flame retardants.
What do they do?
- Block insulin action
- Cause metabolic syndrome: which is a cluster of conditions-increased Blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, abnormal cholesterol or triglycerides that occur together, increase risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
These all have an impact on diabetes as they increase the stress in our body. This raises our blood sugar which affects our endocrine disruptors: the hormones responsible for adrenals, thyroid, ovaries and testicles.
Scientists have begun to find the connection between high blood sugar and Alzheimer’s (type 3 diabetes) which is not new. There is an impact the environmental toxins are having on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and neurological disorders and it is important to keep detoxifying the body from these chemicals.
How do we do that?
- Drink lots of water
- Eat a diet high in fiber
- Eat organic produce as often as possible
- Eats legumes, lentils and beans which are high in fiber and bind to the toxins to eliminate them out of the body.
- Eat lots of garlic and onion to keep the blood sugar under control
- Check your blood to make sure you are not lacking any minerals and vitamins and take supplements accordingly to build the reserve back to normal.
By lowering our exposure and switching to better alternatives we can help ourselves lower the risk of becoming diabetic.
The take away of getting to the root cause of your diabetes is:
- Your genes are not your destiny. Work on changing your diet and lifestyle. Educate yourself on better food hygiene, sleep hygiene, exercise and eat a cleaner diet.
- Make sure that you have the thrifty geneotype in balance and that Adiponectin is higher than your Resistin. In order to combat insulin.
- Control your stress and bring more joy into your life.
- Make sure you have the” AMPK” liver enzyme, is also under control to keep insulin and blood sugar under control.
The power is with you. You now have the information and understanding of what you need to do to take control of your health. The pill is not the answer. You do not want to be dependent on it. It is easier to pop one, but it does not solve the problem for you. No one cares more about you than yourself. Take charge and make the necessary steps to reverse your disease.
If you need help you know where to find me.
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