How much do you know about what you eat? If you’re like most people, your food consciousness doesn’t extend far beyond simply counting calories. So why don’t you seem to lose fat when reducing calories?
In Western diets, it is common to eat processed grains and sugars. There are many of us who are unaware of just how much we may be consuming, leading to an imbalanced diet. Studies show that obesity and many other health concerns are primarily caused by excess glucose in the blood from carbohydrate and sugar intake. Excess blood sugar interferes with normal cellular function by making blood viscous impairing circulation. Poor circulation means cells around the body receive inadequate blood flow and become deprived of essential oxygen and nutrients. The correlation between these health concerns and excess glucose is undeniable and is why this is a major health concern for many of us.
Excess glucose causes damage to the body that compounds over time. The negative effects include:
- Weight gain
- Energy fluctuations
- Carb and sugar cravings
- Brain fog
- Unstable blood glucose levels
- Added stress on cardiovascular system
The good news is that the damage is not completely irreversible. The question we have to ask ourselves is:
How do we begin to optimally balance our diet?
The answer is threefold. First, cut sugar and carbs. We recommend consulting a registered dietitian to determine what your carb and sugar intake should be, but this carbohydrate calculator can be used in the interim. Cutting down on sugar and carbs doesn’t mean that you must stop eating these foods, but making a conscious effort to cut back can have a huge impact on your overall health.
In reality, carbohydrates can be a source of a quick boost of energy but they are not a reliable source. Due to the high carbohydrate content of our modern diets, the body often doesn’t utilize all the carbs a person will ingest in a day and the excess is frequently stored as fat or floats freely through the blood. We want to avoid this happening!
Second, consume the right amount of protein for your body. You should consult a registered dietitian to find out the right amount for you. In the meantime, you can use this online calculator to figure out exactly how much is the right amount for you. It’s essential that you eat protein within this healthy range to provide your body with the proper building blocks. Proteins are comprised of amino acids that are required by the body to function properly and efficiently. The body uses these molecules to build and repair bones, muscle, cartilage, skin, and blood. Consume too little and your body won’t have enough to carry out its natural tissue restoration processes.
Oddly enough, a diet low in protein can lead to fluctuating blood glucose levels that are associated with energy highs and lows. Alternatively, if you are eating an excess amount of protein, the body won’t be able to process the overwhelming amount of protein molecules. A majority of the excess protein will be wasted and the rest will be stored as fat. So, it’s critical to stay within your healthy range.
Third, manage your glucose levels properly. Have a physician test your blood glucose levels to check if they are within normal ranges. Following the previous two steps will help keep your glucose levels stable. If you learn you need to lower your glucose levels, consult your doctor for the best way to do this. Other ways to manage your levels are to stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.
The benefits of cutting sugars and carbs, consuming the proper amount of protein, and managing healthy blood glucose levels include:
- Weight loss
- Fewer energy fluctuations
- Fewer cravings
- Mental clarity
- Reduced joint discomfort
- Reduced stress on cardiovascular system
- Better sleep
Shifting your diet is the most effective way to achieve this optimal balance, but nature has provided us with resources to improve and supplement your journey to better health. Recent studies have shown that Aloe vera provides support for maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. Univera’s Level G contains a proprietary Aloe vera complex. The supplement also contains cinnamon and banaba leaf which, when combined with Aloe vera, provide an even stronger glucose management supplement.
Making these changes to your diet and lifestyle doesn’t need to happen overnight. Keeping yourself healthy is a lifelong mission and gradual changes can be more sustainable than radical changes. A great way to start is to change little habits that, over time, will result in a total transformation of body, mind, and lifestyle.