Health Restoration 101

Insulin Resistance

Carolyn Guilford, CNC
Carolyn Guilford, CNC

Are you suffering from one of the most common diseases of the modern age?,

No, not a deadly new virus. Not cancer, nor heart disease. It’s a disorder caused by the body’s inability to make the most of the foods we eat. As many as one in three people (especially in the south) suffer from Insulin Resistance, also called Syndrome X or Metabolic syndrome.

If these names don’t ring a bell, the symptoms might. Are you tired after you eat, and at times when you shouldn’t be, like early in the morning after you just woke up? Gaining a pound here and there and having difficulty losing them? Craving sweets and junk foods, while your blood pressure continues to climb, year after year, and your cholesterol too?

Insulin resistance is the main cause of type 2 diabetes, which affects an estimated 30 million Americans. It also sets the stage for obesity and coronary heart disease – even if you do not have diabetes (yet).

What can you do about it? The simple truth is to change your eating habits, take really good supplements everyday, and exercise daily. Each will increase insulin sensitivity. It’s that uncomplicated. Insulin resistance is caused in large part by eating refined carbohydrates, like white breads, pastries, enriched pastas, and sugary foods. Eating too much animal fat, qmega-6 fatty acids from vegetable oils and the foods fried in them. Packaged and processed commercial food. Then, also, there is the exercise component, always a factor in health, but not the most important, especially in the beginning of change.

In general, after you eat a meal, your body brakes down carbohydrates into glucose, blood sugar. This glucose in the blood causes the release of insulin from the pancreas. Insulin helps transport glucose from the blood to the cells, where it is burned for energy or stored.

When a person eats to many ‘refined carbs’ year after year a dangerous cycle sets in. Insulin levels remain high, chronically and the cells become less responsive – resistant – to the insulin. Consequently, relatively little glucose gets burned, and blood glucose levels remain high, leading to diabetes. New research tells us that elevated glucose is a major source of dangerous free radicals. Glucose is a highly energetic compound and the primary source of energy for the body, and will spontaneously oxidized (or rust) and spins off large numbers of free radicals which reacts badly with normal molecules in the body, and also oxidizes cholesterol in the blood, setting the stage for coronary heart disease. This is not a good thing. This leads to the advancement of other illnesses such as diminished immune function, premature aging and more.

Changing what you eat, how you prepare food, and eating at home is your greatest defense against poor health, diabetes, heart disease, disability and early death.

Look toward eating more fresh clean fruits and veggies. Cut way down on the animal products, prepared and processed foods, chips, and commercially prepared sweets. Think more about preparing your own food from scratch, using good organic produce, whole grains, and local ingredients, and of course drinking more water.

Exercise daily, whatever you enjoy doing the most and find a partner to do it with. And then, find and take daily the best whole food supplement you can find. This is an easy three part recipe for restoring your health and ensuring great health for your family.

Remember, Health is a Choice!.

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