Are you suffering from High Insulin Levels?
Lets admit it, life is stressful and many people are battling with high insulin levels. More and more people are reporting that they feel anxious, have problems sleeping and constantly feel "wired" due to overwork and caffeine. To compound our busy lifestyle habits, many people are overweight and no matter how hard they try are unable to lose the extra weight. Which then makes them feel bad about themselves, thinking that they lack discipline. When in reality their lack of weight loss is most likely due to high insulin levels versus lack of discipline or hard work.
Do you have high insulin levels?
Answer the following questions and the more your answer "yes" to the more likely you may have problems associated with controlling your blood sugar levels and your body could be pumping out high amounts of insulin to compensate.
1) Do you crave sugar or salt?
2) Do you find it hard to lose weight no matter how much you cut calories or exercise?
3) Do you find that you hold weight around your belly?
4) If you are a woman, do you have painful or heavy periods and a low sex drive?
5) Do you feel depressed?
6) Do you sleep poorly?
7) Do you rely on coffee in the morning and few glasses of wine to wake up and calm down every day?
8) Do you have thinning hard or dry skin?
9) Do you feel sluggish in the morning even after a good nights sleep?
What are the problems associated with high insulin?
Insulin is a hormone that helps your body dictate how much fat to store. When insulin is high in your body, no matter how much you diet or starve yourself, you will not lose weight. Your brain will actually be signaled by your high insulin levels that it needs more food, which will increase your appetite and cause you to develop more cravings for sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Insulin also increases LDL levels which is the "bad" cholesterol and lowers your HDL which is the "good" cholesterol, raises triglycerides and increases your blood pressure. Insulin resistance causes 50% of all reported cases of high blood pressure. High insulin leads to mood and behavior disturbances such as depression, panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia and ADHD.
Solutions to High Insulin Levels
The best news is that insulin levels in the body can be re-balanced and is well within our reach. We live in a society of abundance and what comes with that abundance is the ability to make good choices. Armed with the right information, now when we go through the grocery stores when we are tempted by the donuts, processed cereals, baked goods and cookies, we can bypass them for healthier choices.
When you make better eating choices you can actually reverse diseases ranging from depression, anxiety to high blood pressure.
Tips to help you regulate high insulin and stress levels
1) Eat whole, real foods, mostly from plant based sources.
2) Remove toxic foods from your diet. Toxic foods would include, trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, and processed foods.
3) Do a yearly liver cleanse to clean out the impurities in your system and jump start your liver
4) Eat organic, pesticides, antibiotics and hormones slow down your metabolism.
5) Avoid sugar and flour products
6) Start your day with protein, with nuts, eggs or a protein shake and try to eat protein with every meal
7) Get plenty of sleep each night, women need more sleep than men. Try to go to bed around the same time every night and allow for 7-9 hours of sleep
8) Move 5-6x per week, go for a brisk walk, go to yoga, go dancing, play a team sport. Move your body for 20-30 minutes.
9) Make sure you have plenty of time margin in your day. Don't overbook yourself and try to find time for quiet meditative time each day to write, read, meditate or just breathe deeply.
Hormones and Inflammation, Experience Life Magazine July/August 2008
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