Everything that we eat or drink is digested. The digestion process simply breaks down food and drink into component parts so that they may be absorbed as vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Everything ingested, whether fruit, vegetables, bread, pasta or meat, they are ALL converted to the sugar glucose in the body. Glucose is used by the cells (via insulin and cortisol) in our body for energy to perform daily functions. Glucose is "blood sugar". If our blood sugar levels are normal, then the levels gently rise and fall as food is digested. Proper blood sugar function means maintaining a good insulin/glucose/cortisol balance in the body.
So What's Wrong?
Unfortunately, there are many ways in which the blood sugar system can become imbalanced: emotional stress, poor diet, lack of exercise and lack of rest to name a few. The symptoms are varied, but usually someone who suffers from blood sugar imbalance experiences increased appetite, food cravings, fatigue and drowsiness shortly after eating a meal and other symptoms (see right panel). Most of these symptoms are produced due to an excess of insulin or cortisol in the blood. The imbalances can be hyperglycemia (too high), hypoglycemia (too low) or dysglycemia (too high AND too low). The pictures below show the blood glucose levels in these cases. No single type is worse than another, and all of them can be corrected within a few short weeks.
Hyperglycemia, blood sugar (glucose) is too high; Hypoglycemia, blood sugar (glucose) is too low; Oppositic Syndrome (Dysinsulinism, SyndromeX), blood sugar (glucose) runs too high and low throughout the day.
Correcting Blood Sugar Regulation:
A specific nutritional regimen is the cornerstone for correcting blood sugar. It may take two to six weeks to achieve complete balance of the blood sugar system. During the first few days of the "blood sugar diet" you may experience irritability, excessive hunger, and even cravings for processed foods and sugar. After the third or fourth day, these symptoms will reduce and you will feel a sense of clarity, energy and well-being that you may not have ever felt before! Take note: this is what it feels like to feel healthy! Many foods will be avoided during this period. However, once the body's blood sugar system has been restored to full function, occasional "fattening" foods can be eaten without consequence to health or to your waistline!
Some conditions helped by Regulating Blood Sugar are:
* Food, Contact and Inhaled Allergies
* Blood Sugar Imbalances, Diabetes
* High Blood Pressure
* Chronic Pain and Inflammation
* Learning Disabilities
* Hyperactivity/Attention Deficit
* Chronic Digestive Disorders
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Menstrual Difficulties & Infertility
You may want to use the services of a Health and Wellness Coach to help you set realistic goals, make a plan, and stick with it until your energy and vitality is where you want it to be. Just like a personal trainer at your gym, your Health and Wellness Coach maintains an objective position as he or she helps you find that all important "Mind/Body" connection, because where the mind goes...the body follows.