When to Worry About Blood Sugar

Diabetes has become an epidemic in modern cultures, and especially so in America. According to diabetes.org:
- Approximately 9.3% of Americans suffered from diabetes in 2012.
- Of this number, over 8.1 million people were undiagnosed.
- In 2012, 86 million Americans over age 20 had prediabetes. What's more, this number had risen from 79 million in 2010.

Do you need to worry about your blood sugar levels?
Usually blood sugar imbalances begin with low blood sugar, which when left unaddressed over time will shift to insulin resistance and then diabetes. By identifying a blood sugar imbalance in its earliest stage, you can bring yourself back into balance naturally through diet, lifestyle and whole herbs.

Some of the first signs of blood sugar imbalances include:
- Energy levels that fluctuate throughout the day (such as a 2pm energy "crash" in which a cup of coffee or some chocolate is needed to get through the rest of the workday)
- Fuzzy thinking or brain fog, indecisiveness
- Feeling angry or easily irritable when hungry
- Headaches when skipping a meal or when hungry
- Waking throughout the night, unable to sleep through the night
- Craving for sweets, especially when energy levels drop

You can also determine your blood sugar levels by testing at home using a glucometer. (I use the Infinity meter by US Diagnostics.) They are fairly inexpensive to purchase and will give you a clear reading on what your levels are. It is best to test fasting glucose levels, which is taken first in the morning after rising.

A basic guide to fasting glucose levels
Best Fasting Range: 80-85 mg/dl
Increased Risk Fasting Range: 90-100 mg/dl
Early Pre Diabetic Fasting Range: 100-110 mg/dl
Pre Diabetic Fasting Range: 110-125 mg/dl
Diabetic Fasting: over 126 mg/dl

If you are concerned about blood sugar levels - high or low - it is important to make changes to your diet and lifestyle choices before diabetes occurs.

Diet & Lifestyle for Correcting Blood Sugar Imbalance
The quickest way to bring blood sugar levels back into balance is to follow a 14 day cleanse protocol.

For daily diet choices, it is wise to avoid refined sugar and white flour. Choose whole grains, such as brown rice and quinoa, instead.

Include good quality protein into your diet, such as beans and legumes, organic chicken and turkey and small amounts of nuts.

Fill at least 1/2 of your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal. Avoid fruit juices, as these are high in sugar and will cause further imbalance.

Drink plenty of filtered water - at least half of your body weight in ounces per day. Include high quality fats and oils, such as avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, flax and hemp oil (for salads, never heated).

HOW you eat is equally as important as WHAT you eat: sit down to 3 meals per day, having breakfast within the first hour after rising.  Do NOT graze, as this is often what has created the problem in the first place.

Finally, make sure to get some exercise each day. Make it your goal to get your heart rate up at least once per day and exercise for 20 minutes or more at least once per day.

If you are already dealing with diabetes, it is important that you see your doctor as well as make diet and lifestyle changes.

To schedule a consultation to talk about a private cleanse program for resetting blood sugar levels, please email me at adrian@laughingblossom.com. (Your initial consultation is free.)

For a more detailed description of how the body uses sugar and fat for fuel and why a 14 day Ayurvedic cleanse is the quickest way to balance blood sugar levels, purchase a copy of my book The Mindbody Cleanse.


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