We unfortunately live in a society where what we eat isn’t at the top of our priority list, but it should be. All too often, large portions of the population will frequent fast food restaurants or eat a frozen dinner at home, in place of a well-balanced meal. Everyone knows that these processed foods are unhealthy, but many don’t understand just how detrimental they can be to your overall health. Fortunately, there is a way to counteract the impact that processed foods have on the body: a low-glycemic diet, which restores blood sugar balance.
What Effects Do Processed Foods Have on the Body?
Not only can processed foods cause you to gain weight, they can also have a negative impact on your metabolism. When you eat junk food, your muscles lose their ability to oxidize glucose. This means that whenever you eat, your body has a more difficult time dumping the unnecessary glucose and processing important fibers. This process can take effect only after five days of eating processed foods, which can ultimately lead to insulin resistance, more commonly known as Diabetes.
Even just one processed meal can have a negative impact on your overall health. Your blood-sugar levels can spike, tissues become inflamed, blood vessels constrict and your blood pressure can rise, just to name a few. And due to this spike and sudden drop in insulin, you could feel hungry more often, thus creating a vicious cycle of unhealthy eating habits.
How Can I Counteract This Impact?
With a low-glycemic diet, you can encourage the reversal of the impact of processed foods and the affect they have had on your body. After more than 30 years of research, it has been shown that low-glycemic diets can support healthy weight management, reduce large fluctuations in the body’s blood sugar, the risk of developing diabetes and the risk of metabolic syndrome.
Eating low glycemic foods like fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats can keep your blood sugar levels stable all day long. This allows your body to focus on losing fat while maintaining lean muscle. But the best part is, you don’t have to worry about counting calories or abiding by certain food restrictions. Another benefit to eating this way is that you won’t be hungry as often, and like most people report, you could have more energy and improved brain function.
What Challenges Might I Face with a Low-Glycemic Diet?
When people have gone years with unhealthy eating habits, it can be difficult to break the patterns and cravings that come with eating processed foods, due to the imbalance in blood sugar levels. This is where supplements can play a key role in reducing cravings for sugars and junk food, while also helping to repair the damaging effects. For example, increasing your chromium intake can help support healthy and normal blood sugar levels, which would improve the way your body uses insulin. I like to keep specific supplements in my cabinet, to help maximize the efforts of a low-glycemic diet.
What’s in Dr. Sheryl’s Cabinet?
Like chromium, there are supplements out there that can encourage the decrease of blood sugar levels, which would restore balance to your body. Here are some of the supplements that I would suggest for someone with high blood sugar levels.
- Isotonixâ Isochrome by NutraMetrixâ
This supplement helps you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, supports insulin activity and can improve energy and stamina. Because Isochrome is delivered in isotonic form, the absorption of these essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes are rapid and superior.
- NutraMetrixâ Isotonixâ OPC – 3
Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) are bioflavonoids found in grape seed and red wine, and of pycnogenol found in pine bark extracts. OPC-3 can inhibit carbohydrate absorption and has been clinically proven to improve blood sugar levels.
- Ultimate Aloe Juice
Aloe juice is another clinically studied supplement that has been proven to decrease glucose levels by 17 percent in as little as two weeks. After six weeks of use, these levels can drop 57 percent. This particular product contains three times more polymers than aloe gel and 50 percent more active components than is required to achieve maximum benefits by being consumed orally.
Are you concerned about how many processed foods you eat? If so, please visit my website and contact me to learn more about how a low-glycemic diet can help put your blood sugar levels back on track.