Healthy Habits to Help You Karate Chop Diabetes into the Abyss
Have you just been diagnosed with insulin resistance? And are you now struggling to manage diabetes symptoms? You’re now probably thinking of fighting it with fiber, doing more exercise, and adapting whatever health diet you can find just to find some relief and feel better. Well, you are not alone.
According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report of 2017, over 30 million people in the United States alone has been diagnosed with diabetes. Disturbing, right? And diabetes comes with a slew of complications you’re most definitely be better without.
Fortunately, there is a way to efficiently manage the condition yourself. And all you need is to set aside about 10 seconds every day. No joke! But before we get into that, let’s first discuss what really is diabetes, what kinds there are, and what is insulin resistance.
The Lousy Business of Diabetes
So how does one get diabetes exactly? Contrary to what some might think, diabetes is not just a genetically inherited medical condition. You can also acquire it… mainly due to poor health choices or unhealthy eating habits. In most cases, especially with the abundance of fast food today, it is the latter that’s the main culprit.
Now, technically speaking, diabetes is not an eating disorder but is actually a condition in which the body is unable to produce or properly utilize insulin. Insulin is a polypeptide hormone that helps manage and regulate the glucose level in the bloodstream, which comes from carbohydrates in the food we eat.
But what do carbs, glucose level, and insulin actually have to do with all of it? Well then, let’s find out, shall we?
The Deal with Carbs, Glucose, and Insulin
Now, in order for your body to function, you need energy, right? You get this from the food you eat, particularly carbohydrates (or carbs for short). When you eat, the food gets digested and the carbs in it are broken down in your stomach into glucose. This is what your body uses for energy. The glucose then gets absorbed into the bloodstream and is carried to different cells in the body. Unfortunately though, your body can’t automatically use this glucose without help.
Meanwhile, the presence of glucose in the bloodstream signals the beta cells in the pancreas to release a polypeptide hormone called insulin. This hormone basically has two functions:
- to signal the cells to take in glucose from the bloodstream
- to stimulate the muscles and liver to store excess glucose and fat
Well, let’s say that glucose is like the gasoline and the bloodstream is the gas pump. Meanwhile, the insulin is the attendant at the gas pump and the cells are the engines in cars that convert the fuel (glucose) into energy. Insulin is the one that enables the glucose to enter the cells.
Without the attendant (insulin), there’s no way for the fuel (glucose) to get from the pump (bloodstream) into the car engine (cell). So basically, the fuel, pump, and engines are all useless without the attendant.
And that is how important insulin is in your body.
So what happens when the attendant at the gas pump is sick, or worse, not there at all?
The Consequences of the Absentee (or Wonky) Insulin
Normally, insulin is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that is produced in the pancreas. In some people, however, their body is unable to produce or efficiently utilize insulin because their pancreas has been damaged by their immune system or been compromised by unhealthy habits.
Basically, there are three types of diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes
Also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, it is when the pancreas completely loses the ability to produce insulin, which is why people with Type 1 diabetes need regular insulin shots. This type is usually diagnosed in children or young adults.
Type 2 Diabetes
Otherwise known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes, it is the type of diabetes in which the pancreas can still produce insulin but the body just doesn’t know how to efficiently use it. This makes the blood glucose level continue to build up. This type is the most common type of diabetes in the world today.
This type of diabetes develops in 6% of pregnant women, and is quite a common complication of pregnancy. Technically, it’s an “insulin resistance”, which results in hyperglycemia or elevated blood sugar levels. This condition usually disappears after pregnancy but may occur again later in life.
Now, what’s the big deal with diabetes? Well, if you have it or you know someone who has it, then you’re probably aware that it can affect almost all the major organs and systems in the body. And you may not immediately physically feel the discomfort and inconveniences of all the health problems associated with it, but you may very well also experience these:
- Extreme thirst
- Excessive urination
- Fainting spells
- Dry skin and other skin conditions
In addition to all those, high glucose levels can also cause damage to nerves, which can cause loss of sensation in limbs and affect your perception of pain and temperature. High blood glucose can also cause fatty deposits in your arteries, which can increase your risk of strokes, high blood pressure, and heart diseases. It can also increase the risk of having serious eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
Common Culprits of Insulin Resistance
Type 1 diabetes is a genetic predisposition and couldn’t be helped. However, Type 2 diabetes is an upgraded condition of insulin resistance, and is often a result of unhealthy habits like:
- Sleeping Late
- Skipping Breakfast
- Being Overweight
- Lack of Exercise
- Sugary Drinks
- Junk or Fast Food
- Midnight Snacking
- Too Much Pastries
- Lack of Fruits and Vegetables
Luckily, there’s a surefire way to manage this dreadful condition. How? Pretty simple. Read on to find out.
A Rockstar Lifestyle: Managing Diabetes Like a Boss
Manage your Weight
Being overweight can worsen diabetes. How? Because fat deposits in your liver and pancreas can affect the production of insulin in the body. So shed that extra weight and start feeling better.
Get some Exercise
Being active can help lower your blood sugar, lower your blood pressure, help your heart health, and help insulin be more efficient. So get those muscles moving!
Get Some Proper Shut Eye
It is during sleep that your body is in an optimum state for producing hormones and performing other bodily processes. So the better sleep you have, the more efficient your insulin production is.
More Fruits and Vegetables
One of the best things you can do when you have diabetes is to have a meal plan. You need to concentrate on cutting those bad carbs and sugar from your diet and eat more nutrient-dense foods, a.k.a. superfoods. Perfect examples of superfoods are acai berries and chlorella.
Acai berry has a low glycemic index, which means it is slow to digest, absorb, and metabolize compared to most foods. This means it’s a type of food that causes a slower and more gradual rise of glucose in your blood. It also makes you feel full longer, which helps you curb your cravings. Chlorella, on the other hand, helps regulate hormones (such as insulin) and metabolism, as well as reduces body fat and helps flush out toxins in the body.
As Heather Morgan said,
So start saying “No” to those cheeseburgers and fries and stop feeding that diabetes. Say “Yes” to more fruits and vegetables and fight that “insulin resistance” instead.
Now, you may think that you don’t have sufficient energy and time for doing all those things I’ve mentioned above, especially including more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. After all, you will have to not only spend a lot to buy each of them, but also set aside considerable time to go out to buy them and then prepare or cook them. Phew! That’s a lot of hassle, if I do say so myself.
Well, what if I tell you that you can significantly cut the time (and save on expenses, as well) for shopping, preparing, cooking or juicing all those healthy foods you need to eat in order to manage diabetes symptoms or blood glucose level?
Interested? Well, read on then.
The Superbly Sensational Supplement
There’s an amazingly brand-new superfood blend that can definitely help you develop a healthier eating habit… and in turn, let you efficiently manage your insulin resistance. You can have it with your breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you only need 10 seconds tops to prepare it. It’s called Life Essentials.
- Complete formula of all 14 superfoods
- Full spectrum of greens
- 1 serving equivalent of 2 portions of antioxidants
- 100% USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten Free
- Packed with essential daily vitamins and minerals
Doubtful? I dare you to check out the health benefits of each ingredient for yourself.
If you prefer to know what those who’ve tried think about it, check below.
Got my box just yesterday and just tried it this morning. It’s surprisingly sweet, and consistency not so thick like other green juices I’ve tried before. But most of it settles at the bottom a few minutes after you stir it. So am planning to try making a smoothie with it… maybe add some apple slices or strawberries, if I could get my hands on some. All in all, I have no complaints yet.
I don’t trust health supplements like this right off the bat. There’s just too many fakes out there today. But this one is actually not half bad. It’s fairly tolerable, more so than others. And it actually has a lighter texture than other powdered juices. Not everything dissolves in water though and most of it actually settles at the bottom of the glass, so you may have to down the drink right away. Other than that, I’m satisfied enough with this product.
I’ve been drinking the juice every morning for about a week now. It tastes a little weird at first, but you’ll get used to it (at least I did). I seem to have a lot more energy and feel a lot more alert. I move faster and think faster and seem to have more patience in dealing with my toddler. Thanks, Life Essentials!
You see, Life Essentials is…
- 100% natural, USDA-certified Organic
- Full of antioxidants, equivalent to 2 servings of vegetables
- Full of enzymes, probiotics, phytonutrients, and essential vitamins and minerals
- Has an awesome taste you will definitely fall in love with
All its 14 awesome Superfoods were painstakingly chosen… specifically because of the long list of health benefits each of them contains. Most importantly, they can help minimize those inevitable health struggles that medical conditions such as diabetes and insulin resistance may bring.
At the same time, it can supercharge your body with the daily vital nutrients it needs without you having to chug all those sugary energy drinks to fight lethargy or tiredness. It can also help you sleep better, which, in turn, will give your body that needed time to produce more efficient insulin to help those glucose do its intended purpose and get to its destination… as fuel for your cells.
And how can you include it in your meals? It’s super simple!
Just add 1 scoop of Life Essentials powder into a tall glass of water and stir well. Drink it with any of your favorite healthy meals. And you’re good to go!
So start that Life Essentials habit now and effectively “karate chop” that insulin resistance today!