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Adrenals and blood sugar: A balancing act

Here it is!  The secret formula to be happy and lean…

  • 70-100 mg/dl.

 

That’s it. That’s the secret formula!

OK, here’s some more detail. The numbers refer to the ideal ranges of your blood sugar.

When there is too little, your brain and muscles can’t work at their best. When there is too much, even for a few minutes, lots of bad things happen.

Your blood cells are little discs that rush around in your blood vessels. They leave the blood vessels through tiny openings and bring badly needed oxygen to your body.

When your blood sugar gets too high, sugar sticks to the outside of these cells. Have you ever used a misting bottle with water for your plants or your hair? How well would maple syrup work in that bottle? How well would corn syrup work in that bottle if it had been sitting for a week?

That is exactly what happens to your whole body when your sugar gets too high. The blood can’t get out to where it is needed. This lack of blood is just plain bad everywhere but some parts of your body are affected earlier than others. Your brain, tendons and liver are especially vulnerable.
Along with not feeling well, we have to work hard when our sugar moves out of range. Hormones like cortisol and insulin are used to push our sugar up or down. They both work to control our blood sugar but when we need a lot of them, they make us stressed and overweight. This is because they don’t fine-tune our sugar levels but rather make them bounce above and below the range.

Insulin is a storage hormone. The more of it you make, the more apt you are to store calories around your belly. Cortisol is a stress hormone. The more of it you make, the more apt you are to feel stressed, tired and anxious. The more your blood sugar swings up, the more it drops down. The more it drops down, the more cravings you will get for sugar.

If we can keep it in this tight range of 70-100 we can have:

  • Great energy levels
  • Reduction in belly fat
  • Lower risk of chronic diseases
  • Less cravings for sweets

OK, so how do you do this? For most, the most powerful initial step is a high protein breakfast.

This works best when you have a reasonable amount of food for breakfast that yields a high amount of protein. If you have 4 pastries, you may end up with 20 grams of protein but at the cost of too many calories.

The foods that give you the most protein per calorie include seafood, poultry, lean meat, cottage cheese, nonfat unsweetened Greek yogurt, eggs and unsweetened protein powders.

Protein for breakfast? Traditional Japanese commonly start their days with fish, vegetables and rice. If you tried to sell them on pancakes, butter, syrup and juice for breakfast, they would be just as shocked.

Somewhere along the way we got the bad idea that the best way to start the day is with desert or nothing at all.

The magic amount of protein is 30 grams, if you get it, your blood sugar will stay much more steady for the whole day.

Here are some easy options:

  • 1.25 cups of unsweetened nonfat Greek yogurt = 30 grams
  • 1.5 serving of VegaPro vegetable protein powder = 36 grams
  • 1 egg + 1 cup liquid egg white = 32 grams
  • 3.5 ounces of chicken breast = 30 grams
  • 4 ounces of salmon = 30 grams

If you have some combination of fatigue, food cravings, insomnia, anxiety, headaches muscle pain and poor short-term memory, think about your blood sugar levels.

If you’d like to get more lean and focused, think about your blood sugar levels.

Would you like to plan for great health and smooth aging? Have our doctors evaluate your insulin, cortisol and blood sugar. If anything is not ideal, it can be soon!

 

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