Your Blood sugar levels have an impact on your energy, concentration, ability to lose weight performance, mood and much more.
When you eat starchy/sweet foods or alcohol they are broken down in the body into a sugar called glucose. This is carried around in the blood stream and taken to cells which use it for energy.
At any one time, the ideal amount of glucose to have in the blood is about 2 teaspoons.
The level of glucose in the blood is carefully controlled by a hormone called insulin. After we eat, the amount of glucose in the blood rises. Insulin is released to bring blood glucose levels back down to ‘normal’ levels. However, if blood sugar rises too rapidly, the body can end up releasing too much insulin. This causes the blood sugar to swing to low again, making us feel tired, grumpy and hungry again. This is sometimes referred to as the blood sugar rollercoaster.
Symptoms associated with a Blood Sugar Imbalance are
- Mood swings
- Poor concentration
- Fat storage, especially around the midriff
- Brain fog
- Cravings, especially for sweet foods
- Excessive thirst
- Addictions to caffeine containing drinks and/or alcohol and cigarettes
- Drowsiness during the day
- Excessive sweating
- Difficulty losing weight
The problem with a Blood Sugar Imbalance
As if the symptoms above are not enough, if your blood sugar remains unbalanced too frequently the body starts to ignore the insulin message, a condition called insulin resistance. This leads to permanently high blood sugar levels which can cause weight gain and can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes.
Testing for a Blood Sugar Imbalance
Your Fasting Glucose levels can easily be tested by your GP.
There are many factors that may play a role in an imbalanced blood sugar level:
Poor dietary choices – A diet high in alcohol or refined and sugary foods predisposes us to the blood sugar rollercoaster. This is further aggravated by irregular eating habits. A Consultation with Smart Nutrition could help you to make key changes in your diet which will help to balance your blood sugar and energy levels. You would also be provided with practical suggestions for meals and snacks that will fit in with your lifestyle.
Being overweight – Fat is not the inert substance many people think it is! In fact it releases all sorts of hormones and messages into the body. Some of these can interfere with the way your body controls blood sugar. Consequently, being overweight increases the chance of having blood sugar imbalances and raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Luckily these risks can be reversed by losing weight. A Smart Nutrition Weight Loss Package is aimed at helping to you lose weight and keep it off by reeducating your eating habits and also addressing any psychological block to weight loss such as binge eating, portion control and emotional eating.
Stress – Stress causes the release of hormones which make the blood sugar rise in the same way as a sugary snack! This stress response is an evolutionary glitch from our ancestors’ time, when the extra blood sugar would have been needed to run away from danger. The problem is nowadays stressful situations crop up everywhere, so our blood sugar levels can be all over the place. If you have a particularly stressful lifestyle this could be a major factor in the above mentioned symptoms. An Adrenal Stress Test can be a really useful way of pinpointing the critical imbalances in stress hormones.
Nutrient deficiencies – Certain key vitamins and minerals are needed for proper blood sugar control. In our busy world of pre packaged convenience food and well travelled fruit and vegetables it is easy to become deficient in these essential nutrients. Luckily A Vitamin and Mineral Screen can identify any potential deficiencies, which can then be corrected with the help of Smart Nutrition.
PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most common hormonal disturbances affecting women. Blood sugar imbalances are a recognised symptom of the condition, along with weight problems, overgrowth of facial hair, infertility, menstrual problems and acne. A PCOS Profile can help to identify the condition, which can then be effectively managed with the help of Smart Nutrition.