Insulin is arguably the most important hormone in the body.
There is a significant difference between the effect of 100 calories of soda versus 100 calories of broccoli on your insulin response.
Insulin can be a bully, it can be a disruptor, but it can also work in your favor.
Today is the start of a new journey. This blog post gives you the power to understand your body, to take control of any food cravings, and make the decision to become a happier, healthier you one day – one meal – at a time.
This blog provides the tips on how to turn insulin the bully, into a potentially lifelong friend.
Insulin’s Effect on the Body
Insulin regulates how your body uses fuel from the food you eat. It directs your muscles, liver, and fat cells to remove glucose from your blood and store it.
When you eat certain foods (like sugar, fruit, or other carbohydrate sources) they get broken down into glucose (blood sugar).
Insulin transports glucose to different areas of your body.
Insulin knocks on the door of your muscles, liver, and cells which let insulin in for different reasons; growth, movement, and repair. Glucose is converted to glycogen and stored in those tissues to be utilized as fuel.
What’s the Catch?
Only a small amount of glycogen can be stored at any given time. This means that if the body already has a store of glycogen, but the wrong foods are ingested, the body has to do something with the extra glycogen.
This is bad for multiple reasons. Because insulin keeps knocking, eventually, a “Keep Out’ sign is created within the body.
The cells that support growth, movement, and repair become numb to the efforts of insulin.
The result is that fat cells heed insulin’s call and usher insulin in. Insulin quickly becomes a fat-storage hormone, converting carbohydrates into fat, storing the fat in your liver, then your waistline and around your body.
What happens then?
Research warns us that certain foods can almost triple your blood sugar (in proportion to how many calories they carry).
Foods high in carbohydrates cause your pancreas to increase your insulin production. One of the hormones responsible for weight gain is insulin. Insulin is one of the essential hormones in your body.
Besides affecting the level of blood sugar in your body, insulin synergizes with leptin, which influences when you feel hungry!
Insulin and leptin imbalances are what send people searching through the house at night for chocolate and cookies.
These hormones can turn on the fat-storing switch in the fat cells of your body and blocks those fat cells from releasing their stored fat.
The results: as you eat and exercise, your body can't convert the stored fat to sugar to burn for energy (which is the desired result of both eating and exercise).
What can you do about it?
Onе роwеrful way оf blосkіng thе effect of саrbоhуdrаtеѕ аnd thе rіѕе of іnѕulіn is with a sugar detox.
The research shows that insulin response can be reset and recalibrated over a 3-5 day period.
Controlling insulin is nоt only about stopping ѕugаr intake. Yоu muѕt undеrѕtаnd that mаnу fооdѕ, еѕресіаllу the whіtе оnеѕ, gеt turned іntо ѕugаr. It's easy tо lose trасk of thіѕ fасt.
Watch those carbs (fruit, processed foods, and health foods with high carbs)! They are the precursor to thе produсtіоn of sugаr іn your body, which оvеr-stіmulates insulin, аnd іt'ѕ thе insulin thаt расkѕ on the fаt.
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If you're interested or intrigued by the idea of resetting your insulin & leptin, leaning out and supporting a healthy metabolism, you should consider a short detox challenge.
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