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Prevent energy Dips and Cravings! ( Part 2 – Blood Sugar Maintenance, Proper Digestion and Gut Microflora)

energy drain image2Blood Sugar Maintenance, Proper Digestion and Gut Microflora

Ever eat something and a few hours after feel like a ton of bricks?  It is likely the food wasn’t right for you because you were intolerant, sensitive or perhaps it shot your insulin levels up too fast.  When this happens your stress hormones come in to try and help put out the fire.  Do this over and over and your body can get resistant to insulin and or the hormone cortisol.

When your cortisol levels are going through the roof  (high cortisol) or in the pits (low cortisol), and adrenal function is improved (where the cortisol/adrenaline are produced) the entire body gets a health makeover. If you know you have high blood sugar then a lower-carb plan is best for you. There is really no set rule here. You should just either try by experimenting to find your exact micro-nutrient ratio, or get yourself tested to find out your ideal Metabolic Type.

If you have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), you will benefit by eating more regularly. (around every 2 – 3 hours),. Eat a breakfast rich in protein and a protein and fat rich snack before bed (if dinner wasn’t too late). Ideally, you want to get to a place where snacking isn’t necessary. But, more on that in a later post.

Several micronutrients can be helpful in improving your energy production as well as restoring insulin sensitivity. Magnesium from soaked and roasted or dehydrated nuts and seeds. (Always soak nuts and seeds as they are rich in phytates that inactivate important enzymes in the body)

Blood sugar issues are much of the time caused by inflammation and oxidative stress. Nutrients from green tea extract, CoQ10 from red meat and liver, and even master anti-oxidant glutathione from raw vegetables and fruit, whey protein, eggs and dairy if your not sensitive.

Practice mindfulness when eating. Choose a calm time and place to eat and make sure you are chewing your food thoroughly. This should be your first step in the digestion process. I recommend reading a book by Jan Chozen Bays called,“Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food”,

Optimal Digestion and Gut Microflora

You have heard the saying, “You are what you eat”?   We should really be saying, “You are what you eat, digest and absorb”!

You can address digestive issues to improve digestion by supplementing with HCL and enzymes if they are low. A qualified nutrition practitioner can test your digestion and breakdown of foods.

Your gut microbiota also play a role in central nervous system functions. Stress, poor diet, incomplete or delayed digestion, hormonal imbalance, medications, especially anti-biotics help eat up the naturally good bacteria in your gut.  When the bad bacteria overpopulates the gut, dysbiosis is the result.  Probiotics, which are known to aid with digestive functions, and may have a beneficial effect on mood and psychological distress.

Seek out good probiotic food sources such as yogurt with live or active bacteria cultures (added after pasturization), sauerkraut, miso soup, gouda cheese and buttermilk. Biotin from pre-biotic (pre-biotics help feed probiotics) and foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, onions and leeks can help in the formation of intestinal bacteria. (Careful! Some people can negatively react to these foods in the FODMAP family.

FODMAPs are carbohydrates (sugars) that are found in foods. Not all carbohydrates are considered FODMAPs.. ie.The Low FODMAP Diet (FODMAP=Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols) http://stanfordhospital.org/digestivehealth/nutrition/DH-Low-FODMAP-Diet-Handout.pdf

By being mindful of  how you handle stress, your blood sugar, digestion and enough good bacteria in your gut you can curb the energy drain and craving cycle.  What have you done lately too help yourself get better energy?

What blocking factors are you currently trying to beat?

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Thinking of you…

~ Cat

 

Cat Dillon

This blog is my journal, where I share everything wellness. From tips on healthy lifestyle to creating as much deliciousness in your life as possible.

Cat Dillon is the Cat in Caterpillar Nutrition and Wellness.

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