Blood sugar balance

What is Glucose and insulin ?

Glucose is your body’s main source of energy. We consume food containing glucose, and it gets absorbed into the bloodstream. From there, it goes to our cells, where the mitochondria ( known as the powerhouse of the cell ) transforms it into ATP (energy) to fuel the body. Glucose isn’t the only source of energy; our bodies can also dig into our fat reserves for fuel (this is called metabolic flexibility). Glucose also plays a direct role in regulating insulin. Insulin is a vital hormone that allows glucose to enter cells, where it can then be used for energy, in a process called glucose uptake. Of course, we need energy, so glucose in itself is a GOOD thing, and so is insulin. BUT—like all good things you can have too much. So, when we have too much glucose our bodies respond to the increased levels of glucose by producing too much insulin to overcompensate, which causes your cells to absorb too much glucose, which overwhelms the mitochondria – this leads to the mitochondria shutting down. Also, Glucose and insulin levels aren’t just important to those with diabetes. This is something we should all be paying attention to. Each of us can have low blood sugar, high blood sugar, or blood sugar within a healthy (baseline) range. What is super important is avoiding/steadying glucose spikes.

 

Why are glucose spikes problem ?

Glucose spikes  = consuming too much glucose lead to to a hyperglycaemic state ( high blood sugar levels). After a glucose spike comes a crash ( hypoglycaemia/low blood sugar ) If this continues for a long time – the body becomes lazy and begins to rely on the glucose spikes instead of using energy from our energy ( fat) reserves . The bigger the spike generally, the faster you’ll become hungry again, as glucose spikes trigger ghrelin (the hunger hormone). Also, the more glucose spikes you have, the more insulin gets released. Too much insulin doesn’t just affect how we utilise glucose BUT ! It also affects other hormones ! For example : it prevents the body from transforming male hormones ( androgens) to female hormones (oestrogens), which leads to a number of other symptoms. Furthermore , glucose spikes can lead to faster aging (especially of the skin, by speeding up a process called glycation) and more inflammation which causes a number of other issues.

Make conscious choices to improve your health and balance your blood sugar , it’s never too late to do better.

 

How can we manage/ decrease glucose spikes?

  • Clothes for carbohydrates: this means that you should first consume protein , fibre and fats before consuming carbohydrates. This will slow down the absorption of carbs.
  • Eat high-fiber vegetables (like leafy greens and whole grains) with your meals to slow down the absorption of glucose
  • Avoid constantly snacking throughout the day , if you do , ensure that you are consuming foods that are not rich in carbohydrates.
  • Take walks : especially after eating . This helps to utilise glucose from your meal.
  • Avoid eating late at night

Can Homeopathic remedies help diabetes / insulin related issues ?

YES! There are a number of homeopathic remedies which can help manage and treat diabetes. Some of them are more common than others, such as :

  • Syzygium jambolanum
  • Arsenicum album
  • Phosphorus
  • Natrum sulphuricum
  • Bryonia alba