We have all heard that we need to get our blood sugar balanced, but what does this actually mean? And why do we need to do this? And most importantly, HOW do we do this!?
Well, a stable blood sugar level can benefit your entire body and its functions, but one of the biggest rewards for balancing your blood sugar is weight loss, and actually maintaining your weight.
What is Blood Sugar?
Blood sugar (or blood glucose) refers to the amount of sugar that is in our bloodstream. Our blood sugar is our body’s primary source of energy, and it is produced when our bodies break down any form of carbohydrates.
The trick is to have enough sugar in your blood stream to use as energy for your daily tasks, but not too much so that the body stores it as fat. This is why balance is the number one priority when it comes to blood sugar levels.
When you follow a healthy, balanced way of eating it can help keep your blood sugar in check. Eating right can also help prevent sugar rushes and sugar lows, known as insulin spikes.
Insulin Spikes and Blood Sugar
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates the sugar levels in the blood. It helps keep the levels between 80 mg/ml and 120 mg/ml, which is the recommended “healthy zone”.
Insulin is also responsible for storing the sugar that we do not use for energy so that we can use them later. It does this by storing the sugar as fat inside the body’s cells.
When we eat foods that are high in carbohydrates, especially refined carbohydrates, the pancreas works overtime in order to produce enough insulin to keep the blood sugar level stable. This sudden abundance of insulin in the body tells the brain that there is more than enough sugar in the body to use for energy, and the rest should be stored as fat.
High and Low Blood Sugar
High blood sugar: (hyperglycemia)
Hyperglycemia is what occurs when the insulin cannot transport the sugar out of the bloodstream fast enough. When this happens, we struggle to lose weight as weight cannot be lost when there are high levels of insulin in the body. It is therefore crucial to balance your blood sugar levels before even thinking about losing any weight.
Low blood sugar: (reactive hypoglycemia)
This happens when the amount of insulin released is overpowering and transports too much sugar out of the blood. We are left without sugar to use as energy, and as a result we feel tired, weak, shaky, dizzy, and hungry. This then causes our bodies to crave sugar in order to give us a pick-me-up, and if you give in to these cravings, you run the risk of starting the entire cycle over again. And during this cycle, the body stores a lot more fat than it normally does.
What to avoid:
In order to balance your blood sugar levels, there are certain foods that you should steer far clear of.
The main culprits are:
- Simple carbohydrates:
These are different forms of sugar, and they usually end in “ose” like: fructose, sucrose, lactose, and glucose.
- Hidden Sugars:
These are often found in foods that do not actually taste sweet, or food that is generally perceived to be healthy. To avoid this, carefully read the nutritional information on the label before buying a product. Common cases of these include: processed foods, beverages, fat-free foods, and fruit juices.
6 Keys to Stabilize Your Blood Sugar and Trim Your Tummy
The easiest way to stabilize blood sugar within the normal range is to eat a balanced diet of fat, protein, fiber, and greens at each meal. (See the Manna Diet in the free eBook)
Fat does not impact the blood sugar as much as carbohydrates. When fats are consumed on their own, they have no effect on our circulating blood sugar. When fats are eaten with a meal, it slows down the absorption of your meal, which in turn helps avoid sudden blood sugar spikes.
Protein is great for keeping blood sugar levels steady, since they do not cause a rise in blood sugar levels when consumed on their own. Just be careful of eating an excess of protein, as it may be converted into glucose (gluconeogenesis).
Fiber, similar to fats, slows down the absorption of nutrients, especially glucose. Fresh fruits and veggies contain plenty of fiber, which helps balance out the sugar that is also found in these fruit. Always eat fruits and veggies in their whole-state, as the juice may not have the same amount of fiber and may end up causing blood sugar spikes.
Greens and deep-colored vegetables are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals. These are essential in your diet as different vitamins and minerals are needed for different parts and functions of your body. As an added bonus; Magnesium found in green vegetables has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity, which is good for regulating blood sugar.
Exercise is important when dealing with any health complications – especially weight-loss! It does not matter what type of exercise you do, just as long as you get up and get active! Exercise helps burn calories, which is the key in losing weight.
Make sure to get at least 30 minutes of exercise, at least 3 times per week.
The Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement is the organic and natural way to help balance blood sugar levels. This product not only helps to control blood sugar levels but also helps to suppress appetite and curb food cravings for effective weight loss.
When taken with food, the organic fibers and essential sugars in the product forms a gelling effect, slowing down the release of glucose from the food to the blood stream.
When blood sugar levels are under control, the body’s requirement for insulin will be less and therefore high insulin levels can reduce over time.
Healthy blood sugar levels can help to curb cravings, suppress appetite and it can also help to prevent diabetes health complications.
This supplement is manufactured in a FDA registered pharmaceutical facility under strict GMP-HACCP regulations for your safety.