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Balancing Blood Sugar, Naturally

Balancing Blood Sugar, Naturally

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The Scene: your local supermarket. The Event: choosing the healthiest bread, cracker, cereal, pasta, or rice for you and your family. The Dilemma: which ones are whole grain, whole wheat, unbleached, and therefore, most nutritious? The Breakdown: all grain products are carbohydrates as are fruits and vegetables. Comparatively, fruits and vegetables have more vitamins and minerals than grains and much less calories from carbohydrate to burn. Carbs, proteins and fats are the 3 macronutrients (basic categories) of the foods we eat. High-quality protein containing foods are meat, chicken, fish, pork, nuts, seeds, and beans when combined with rice. High-fat containing foods are oils, butter, nuts, seeds, and avocados.

In the US and most of the “industrialized” world, we have an abundant food supply and a scarcity of activity, especially among children. The result? We have a society that is growing at the waistline. The energy we take in from our food must go somewhere: either burn it or store it. Most Americans are storing it. Our pancreas secretes insulin which is required for storing energy (blood sugar) in our cells. Our high carb/high sugar low veggie diets lead to high blood sugar levels. When our insulin levels are chronically high in response to chronically high blood sugar levels, our storage sites (our liver, muscle and fat cells) begin to turn a deaf ear to the insulin. In response, insulin levels rise higher and higher and the storage sites become progressively more resistant. This is called insulin resistance and the health consequences are devastating.

Here is a summary of the effects of a high carb/high sugar diet: increased body fat and weight gain, increased fight or flight (stress) response, increased cortisol (stress hormone) production, arterial constriction and increased blood pressure, increased arterial plaque buildup, sodium retention and further blood pressure increase, increased LDL cholesterol, increased heart rate, decreased cellular magnesium, decreased muscle relaxation, decreased thyroid function, decreased immune function, increased blood clotting, increased osteoporosis due to interference with bone formation, and accelerated aging from faster cellular division. A recent study showed that those who consumed 2 sugared soft drinks per week had an 87% increased chance of pancreatic cancer (Univ. of Minnesota School of Public Health, based on 60,000 participants).

Now that I have your attention, let’s look at the big picture: your body’s health requirements. We all need a healthy spine and nervous system leading to a healthy stress response, whole food nutrition, daily exercise, and positive and loving relationships with yourself and others. When it comes to nutrition, you and I already know we need to eat more fruits and vegetables. When compared to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, we eat far fewer vegetables and far more grains than they did. Their food supply was local, ours is often not ripe when picked and travels days to get to us. Unripened fruits and vegetables have a lower nutrient content. So we need to eat more of them to make up for the difference and I recommend you try to grow your own and buy locally grown produce.

By increasing the fruits and vegetables we increase our vitamin and mineral and fiber intake. Next step is to reduce the sugar and the grains. Whole grains are the best choice for grains, but most of us need fewer servings relative to our level of activity. I believe that most people would do well to avoid gluten which is found in wheat containing products. It appears to be irritating to many and a source of allergic reaction as well. You can experiment with this and see how you feel and function as a result. I recommend you start by trying to replace a serving of grains with a serving of greens in a large salad. You can do this for a meal, or a day, depending on your motivation. You will likely find you have more energy and therefore feel less sluggish after your meals. If you are interested in a detoxification program, contact me, Dr. David Gustitus at Rhythm of Life Chiropractic in Franklin, WI by calling 414-858-1212 or visit www.mychiroforlife.com and I can get you started. The program my wife and I have followed along with several patients is the Standard Process Purification Program. The major long-term benefits I found were that I became accustomed to eating large quantities of fruits and vegetables and decreased my cravings for sugar and carbs. The Purification Program takes 3 weeks to complete and I believe it is well worth it.

Another key step to take to balance your blood sugar is to increase your body’s demand for energy by spending more energy. Aerobic exercise like walking, biking, swimming, running, should be done on a daily basis for 60 minutes or at least 30 minutes if coupled with a strength training day. However, more important for balancing blood sugar is strength training which should be done 2-3x/week. Using weights, including your body weight, for resistance, you contract your muscles with resistance that is slightly greater than what they are used to handling. Find a good personal trainer to get started at a gym that has access to many different machines and weights for you to begin. I belong to Innovative Health and Fitness in Franklin and you can find them by following this link at www.myinnovativehealth.com.


In conclusion, have your spine checked and corrected by a chiropractor for misalignments called subluxations which are manifestations of accumulated life stress from physical injury, toxic exposure and mental stress. Eliminate junk and processed foods, replace servings of grains for more nutritious and less calorie dense fruits and veggies, exercise daily and especially engage in strength training 2-3x per week. Find and pursue your happiness in life, avoid or find ways to handle stressful areas of your life and rest adequately every day. Please consult with your natural health care professional to discover imbalances in your blood sugar or other bodily functions and begin your journey toward better, natural health.

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Rhythm of Life Chiropractic, LLC
7133 South 76th Street
Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 858-1212

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