Many people are suffering from brain fog, weight gain, anxiety and low mood without realising that fluctuating blood sugar levels could be the culprit.
It’s not only about weight gain or the inability to burn fat with blood sugar fluctuations. It’s about your body shifting to a more unhealthy, oxidised state creating free radicals in the body. Think inflammation, rapid ageing and autoimmune issues.
If blood sugar is high, more insulin will be produced by the pancreas to lower it. Taking all of the sugar out of the bloodstream will then drop you to low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia).
Now you feel “hangry”, irritable, moody and have brain…The body craves more sugar or carbs and then your blood sugar spikes up again. This will take you all the way back to square one. It’s a vicious cycle that will lead to more and more inflammation in the body and we know that this the root of all evil when it comes to health.
CAUSES OF BLOOD SUGAR FLUCTUATIONS
Caffeinated coffee can spike your adrenaline, which can produce more cortisol and then draw blood sugar into the bloodstream. It does this by breaking down liver glycogen and turning it into usable fuel for a survival response (fight or flight)
If you’re going to have coffee, have it after breakfast to prevent that spike.
2. Skipping breakfast
If you skip breakfast and you drop in blood sugar (below 70/75), your body may very well spike your own blood sugar. This is how the body works and it does that as a protective mechanism.
If you perceive any type of stressor in the morning, your body will produce adrenaline and – if needed – it will then produce glucocorticoids (cortisol) by the HPA axis. This will then break down glycogen from the liver to bring glucose to the bloodstream for fuel.
A lot of people believe that they will tap into body fat or ketones but that is not the case if you’re in a “fight or flight” state.
You can have higher levels of blood sugar if dehydrated.
Remember, 90% of your blood plasma is water so less water and higher blood concentration could lead to higher levels of sugar.
Some people do great with higher glycaemic fruits such as bananas, mangoes, and pineapples but others do much better with sticking to lower glycaemic fruits such as berries.
5. Artificial sweeteners
There are numerous studies that show that artificial sweeteners can actually spike blood sugar. The body is smart.
Don’t fool it!
Alcohol can spike your blood sugar, but it can cause a drop during the night as well. Drops in blood sugar will cause you to wake up at night and this is why alcohol is one of the biggest enemies to good quality sleep.
Even if you don’t wake up, your deep sleep will still be lower (you can measure this yourself with numerous devices) and this is why you can feel groggy the next day.
7. Insufficient sleep
People that get less than 6h of sleep typically wake up with higher levels of blood sugar.
WHAT TO DO
You can get a really good indication of how balanced your blood sugar levels are with an easy at-home blood sugar test.
These things can all be corrected, they really can, by working with me or any other practitioner that you trust in order to rebalance the body.
My 21 Day Reset is one of the best ways to break that vicious cycle from taking place and this is why it’s so powerful at reducing inflammation in the body!
My membership platform Synergised Nutrition will also be teaching you a wide range of healthy principles that you can use for the rest of your life to make sure you keep your blood sugar in check.
The goal is to make sure that you’re a super healthy individual, in shape and with loads of energy so you can live life to the fullest!
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