Effect of Stress on the body: An increase in Insulin Resistance
A good diet needs to take into consideration your stress levels. Stress management is also an essential component of the good health equation. Stress impacts blood sugar regulation in a way that often leads to insulin resistance which is a precursor to diabetes and a myriad of chronic conditions i.e. cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, hypothyroidism, obesity and cancer.
What is Insulin resistance? It is when cells in your muscles, body fat and liver start resisting or ignoring the signal that the hormone insulinis trying to send out—which is to grab glucose out of the bloodstream and put it into our cells.
Signs of Insulin Resistance
Inability to maintain or lose weight
Reduced memory performance
High cholesterol and triglycerides
Poor results on blood glucose levels
What is Insulin?
Insulin is a hormone that acts as a regulator of blood glucose levels by controlling glucose uptake into the cells.
Ways to Restore Balance - Some ways to reduce stress and bring your body into balance include:
Sleep– sufficient and regular routine
A balanced diet that includes a variety of vegetables, low glycemic foods, minimal processed food, moderate protein, and essential fatty acids.
Dietary fiber (30-50g/day)
Weight loss, if overweight
Meditation, yoga, or Thai-chi
Regular use of herbs and spices
Herbs to balance HPA axis, i.e. Ashwaganda, Rhodiola, Licorice root, etc.
Magnesium, alpha-lipoic acid, vitamins C, E, B6, B12 and D.
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