Apr
14
2010

Tips For Keeping Your Insulin Levels In Check

Insulin is the hormone produced by the pancreas in response to sugar entering into the bloodstream. Generally high glycaemic sugars such as white or raw sugar, white flour products, fructose, honey and cooked animal fat appear to all raise the insulin levels and cause the cells to become resistant to insulin. This causes an increase in abdominal fat, fatty liver disease, increases in blood pressure and cholesterol (particularly triglycerides) and promotes inflammation in the body. Other conditions associated with insulin resistance are polycystic ovarian syndrome, ischaemic heart disease, obesity and cancer.

Below are some tips to keep insulin levels down:

  1. AVOID SWEETENERS OTHER THAN XYLITOL OR STEVIA. Most sweeteners (including honey) raise blood sugar levels, and thus insulin. Artificial sweeteners often act as excitotoxins in the brain and can contribute to neurodegenerative conditions. Xylitol is a polyol extracted from birch sap. Stevia is a sweet leaf and the sweetener contains no glucose or fructose. Both can be   purchased from your local health food store. The ideal type of stevia is a green powder, not the   clear drops.
  2. MINIMIZE SOFT DRINKS.  Most soft drinks and even some commercial juices contain high fructose corn syrup, sugar and/or caffine. Stick with water and herbal teas for optimal reduction of insulin levels and longevity.
  3. EAT LOW GLYCAEMIC FRUIT ONLY.  Sweet fruit such as mangoes, bananas, pineapple etc are often hybridized and contain high levels of fructose, which appears to also contribute greatly to insulin resistance syndrome. Stick to berries, cherries and grapefruit for insulin balance.
  4. LOAD UP ON GREEN VEGETABLES AND SEA VEGETABLES.  These high nutrient foods contain important minerals to support the pancreas in insulin production.
  5. CONSIDER SUPPLEMENTING WITH A GLUCOSE FORMULA containing chromium, vanadium, magnesium and zinc along with herbs with gymnema or bitter melon to support healthy blood sugar metabolism.
  6. TAKE YOUR METABOLIC TYPE INTO ACCOUNT. Some people have a greater need for protein and fat then others in order to balance their blood glucose system. A fast oxidizer or parasympathetic constitution is the classic sign that this may apply to you. The advanced Healthexcel Metabolic Typing ®  test  is available here.

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