Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lowering Blood Sugar

High blood sugar is an underlying nutritional factor that American people often overlook. High blood sugar leads to diabetes, insulin resistance, and being overweight. Lowering your blood sugar is a natural way of maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.

When we ingest foods, our bodies' stomach and intestines break down the food into glucose. Our cells need and use glucose as energy, but in order for our cells to be able to use glucose they also need insulin which the pancreas emits in the response to glucose. Over time, with a poor diet, excess fat, and high glucose concentrations, the pancreas stops creating insulin and the resulting diagnoses is diabetes.
One must keep glucose levels balanced in order to start losing weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle. High blood sugar makes an individual feel uneasy, and it always negatively affects many organs over a longer period of time.

Diet and exercise are the main factors in the problem at hand. In order to lower blood sugar effectively, one must first start with a moderate exercise routine and eliminate processed grains, sugars, and starches out of your diet. A moderate exercise routine includes at least 30 minutes a day, three days a week, or aerobic exercise at an accelerated pace. Our bodies' muscles are natural glucose burners.

Enrolling in cardio kickboxing classes or a fitness boot camp are both good starts on your journey to a healthier and happier lifestyle. Next is planning your meals throughout the day. Rather than eating three large meals a day, the trick is to eat small, and eat often. Our bodies do much better eating smaller amounts of food throughout the day. It is easier on the digestive system. Depending on your caloric intake, you should be eating 4-6 meals a day of about 500 calories per meal. Eat at least every four hours. With an increase in exercise and frequency of meals, water intake must be increased as well. Chronic dehydration is hard on the blood, which is the carrier of our blood sugar and insulin.

The foods we eat and the exercise we put our body through are essential factors in wellness. One can say they are fit by exercising regularly but with a poor diet, they will still develop health problems such as diabetes or congestive heart failure. Take the next step and clean up your diet and get some good exercise.