New discoveries in nutrition science and health can help men and women with irritability, lack of energy and mood swings.
A person doesn’t have to be diabetic, they can be very healthy, athletic or thin, and still suffer the consequences of surging blood sugar. When we eat, the food makes its way through our digestive system and is converted into glucose, the primary fuel for our muscles and brain. The concern with sugary or starchy foods is that that we get much more glucose than we need and our blood sugar levels skyrocket.
Our body releases insulin, a hormone (from beta cells in the pancreas) that tells the body to release that blood sugar into cells to use as fuel and store the remaining in our muscles. Signals are sent to the brain and your body that you are hungry, when you aren’t.
This all leads to weight gain, with serious threats and connections to heart and cancer diseases.
What we eat directly affects the brain. Our moods are closely affected by the hormone levels that deal with the neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) in the brain. New research shows evidence that our brain may be most sensitive to a simple compound: our blood sugar.
Eating the food that keep blood sugar levels the most steady is our best strategy for fighting these mood swings, depression and energy zappers. Some of the foods you should plan to eat more of, (to take the place of high carbs of bread, rice, potatoes, cereals, sugars, etc. you are eliminating) are beans, broccoli, carrots, apples, oranges, pears and oats.
Other powerful approaches include:
- Exercise reduces the roller coaster-like distresses of blood sugar surges and drops. Just 30 minutes of exercise three or four times a week will reduce insulin levels by 20% and lowering blood sugar levels by 13%
- Cutting calories improves insulin sensitivity and reins in the higher levels of circulating insulin in our bodies. Six month with a 25% slash in the amount of calories eaten will result in enormous improvements in insulin levels and sensitivity.
- Sleeping well counters the problems of hormone balance disturbances attributed to insomnia or lack of good rest. Men who sleep less than six hours a night double their chances of developing diabetes over men who sleep about seven.