I often hear the question: "Why should I monitor my blood glucose?"
This is an excellent question because blood glucose monitoring is typically associated with conditions like diabetes. However, the significance of tracking your blood glucose goes far beyond diabetic concerns. It provides valuable insights into your diet, nutrition, sleep, and hormones.
Before we explore the reasons for monitoring blood glucose, let's set the stage. It's crucial to understand that a significant portion of the population is dealing with poor metabolic health. Public health data reveals a concerning decline in metabolic health over the past decade, with over 800 million people worldwide grappling with obesity. This decline in metabolic health is closely linked to an increased risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and is also associated with inflammation, fatty liver disease, PCOS in women, and insulin resistance.
The Main Issue
Our current healthcare system primarily...
In today's fast-paced world, it's essential to pay close attention to our health and well-being. Whether you want to think about it or not, cancer affects everyone either directly, or indirectly.
We often hear about the impact of environmental and lifestyle factors on our overall health, but did you know that 90 to 95 percent of cancers are caused by these factors?
This includes exposure to chemicals, changes in farming practices, radiation from various sources, processed foods, and high sugar consumption.
In this blog post, we'll explore how these factors can lead to damage in a crucial component of our cells, the mitochondria.
These tiny powerhouses are responsible for producing energy, signaling cell growth, and even controlling cell death. Understanding the role of mitochondria is key to preventing and managing metabolic disorders.
The Role of Mitochondria in Cancer and Metabolic Health
Mitochondria are often overlooked, yet they are incredibly important. They make up...
In the fast-paced world we live in today, the health of our children's minds is as important as their physical well-being. As a parent or caregiver, you want to ensure your child not only grows strong but also thrives mentally. In this blog post, I explore the profound connection between nutrition, metabolic health, and your child's mental well-being. Discover how the foods they eat can shape their cognitive development, mood, and overall happiness.
Understanding Metabolic Health:
At its core, metabolic health refers to the body's ability to efficiently process nutrients, maintain stable blood sugar levels, and regulate hormones. These processes are critical for maintaining a balanced internal environment and supporting the health of the brain and nervous system.
Metabolic health affects your child's brain through several key mechanisms:
The Impact of Blood Sugar Regulation
One critical aspect of metabolic health is blood sugar regulation. Stable blood sugar levels are...
Pregnenolone: the unsung hero of your hormonal orchestra, yet many are still in the dark about its significance. Today, we're here to shed light on this crucial steroid hormone, exploring its origins, its role as a hormonal maestro, and the incredible benefits it brings to the table.
Pregnenolone: A Hormonal Trailblazer
This hormone, derived from cholesterol, is a natural creation of the adrenal gland. It plays a pivotal role as a precursor to a host of essential steroid hormones, including testosterone, progesterone, cortisol, estrogen, and more. But wait, there's more to this versatile compound: pregnenolone doubles as a neurosteroid, rapidly firing up neurons for enhanced communication.
The Balancing Act: Pregnenolone and Hormonal Harmony
Maintaining an optimal pregnenolone balance in your body is crucial for ensuring that your other hormones stay in tune. When pregnenolone levels dip, a hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on your daily life. Symptoms of low pregnenolone include...
In this blog post, we'll delve into the intricate connection between low progesterone, insulin, adrenaline, and sleep disturbances.
Hormones play a crucial role in maintaining our overall health and well-being. Among these, progesterone is often overlooked, yet its impact on various bodily functions is significant. Low progesterone levels can lead to a cascade of health issues, one of which is the overproduction of insulin, resulting in hypoglycemia. This, in turn, triggers an outpouring of adrenaline to restore blood sugar levels, affecting sleep quality.
Understanding Progesterone and Its Role
Progesterone is a hormone primarily associated with the female reproductive system. It plays a vital role in regulating the menstrual cycle, supporting pregnancy, and maintaining overall hormonal balance. However, its influence extends far beyond reproduction. Progesterone also affects metabolism, mood, and sleep patterns.
Low Progesterone Levels and Hypoglycemia
When progesterone levels are...
Are you struggling with weight loss, feeling unusually thirsty, or dealing with erratic hunger pangs? These could be indicators of a common but often undiagnosed condition: insulin resistance. In this blog post, we'll delve into what insulin resistance is, its signs and symptoms, and most importantly, how you can reverse it to regain control over your health and well-being.
Understanding Insulin Resistance
Insulin is a vital hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels in our bodies. When we consume carbohydrates, they are broken down into glucose, causing blood sugar levels to rise. In response, the pancreas releases insulin, which helps transport the glucose to cells for energy or storage. However, in the case of insulin resistance, the body's cells become less responsive to insulin's actions. This leads to persistently high blood sugar levels and increased insulin secretion.
Signs and Symptoms of Insulin Resistance
1. Abdominal Fat: Carrying excess weight around the...
The Dilemma of Wine
For those committed too low carb, keto diet and intermittent fasting, struggling to shed that stubborn belly fat can be incredibly frustrating. In this blog post we're focusing on a significant factor that could be impeding your progress – alcohol, specifically wine. Despite following healthy eating habits and adopting rigorous routines, many individuals find themselves unable to lose excess belly fat due to their alcohol consumption. Although the concept of pure alcohol not being a carbohydrate might suggest its keto-friendly nature, this perspective overlooks its complex impact on the body.
The Liver's Role and Alcohol's Effects
Central to understanding the issue is the liver. Hepatocytes, the liver cells, treat alcohol as a toxin, initiating processes to eliminate it from the body. Unfortunately, this detoxification process inflicts harm on these cells, leading to injuries, trauma, and the accumulation of fat. Consequently, the liver becomes fatty and...
Many of us embark on diets with the primary goal of shedding pounds, often under the assumption that weight loss equates to improved health. However, it's time to confront a fascinating aspect of our bodies' intricate mechanisms. Contrary to popular belief, gaining weight, specifically in response to carbohydrate consumption, isn't necessarily a negative outcome. In fact, it can be a sign of your body's intelligent defense mechanism at work.
When we consume carbohydrates, our bodies convert them into glucose, which enters the bloodstream and provides energy to cells. However, excessive and rapid consumption of carbohydrates, especially refined ones, can lead to elevated blood sugar levels. In response, the body releases insulin to shuttle glucose into cells for energy or storage.
Here's where the "getting fat" part comes into play: When you consistently consume an abundance of carbohydrates and don't experience weight gain, it might seem like a blessing, but it's important to...
In the world of nutritional therapy, we often emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy weight for overall well-being. However, a topic that is frequently overlooked in these discussions is the fact that two individuals can consume identical foods, yet experience significantly different outcomes in terms of weight gain or loss. This discrepancy can inadvertently perpetuate the misconception that a slimmer individual is inherently healthier than their overweight counterpart. In today's article, we aim to address this "elephant in the room" and shed light on the complex interplay of factors that contribute to diverse weight responses among individuals.
The Myth of One-Size-Fits-All
It's important to recognize that weight regulation is a multifaceted process influenced by a myriad of factors beyond simply the foods we consume. Our metabolism, genetics, hormonal balance, gut microbiome, physical activity levels, stress, sleep patterns, and even environmental factors all play...
Leaky gut, or "intestinal permeability," is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to "leak" through the intestines and flood the blood stream. The foreign substances entering the blood can cause an autoimmune response in the body including inflammatory and allergic reactions such as migraines, irritable bowel, eczema, chronic fatigue, food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and more.
With leaky gut, damaged cells in your intestines don't produce the enzymes needed for proper digestion. As a result, your body cannot absorb essential nutrients, which can lead to hormone imbalances and a weakened immune system.
What causes leaky gut?
In many cases, leaky gut is caused by a lack of stomach acid, and a lack of digestive enzymes, which cause undigested particles of food to irritate and permeate the gut wall. This is more likely to happen with foods that we consume on a regular basis,...