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Balanced Blood Sugar


MaxLiving Perspective

Incorporating 5 Essentials™

Glucose is a sugar that is converted by the body from carbohydrates and carried to the cells for energy.(1,2) Blood sugar levels measure how much glucose is in the blood, and these levels are regulated by the hormones insulin and glucagon.2 Certain health conditions, such as diabetes, cause problems with insulin secretion and blood sugar balance, resulting in high or low blood sugar levels.(3,4) 

Use these strategies to help normalize and balance blood sugar naturally. 
Core Chiropractic

Core Chiropractic

  • Get a chiropractic adjustment. The central nervous system controls your endocrine glands and plays a key regulatory role in blood glucose levels.(5) Chiropractic adjustments can eliminate interference in the central nervous system, which may alleviate the sensory nerve abnormalities that have been found to contribute to chronic inflammation in the pancreas as well as both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.(6)

  • Maintain chiropractic care. Chiropractors focus on keeping your spine in alignment and eliminating interference in the central nervous system.(7)

Nutrition

Nutrition

  • Consume frequent, portion controlled meals. Aim to eat every four to six hours and practice a regular eating schedule.(8) Eating regularly can help balance and stabilize blood sugar levels.(8,9)

  • Increase your fiber intake. Low-sugar fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of fiber. Unlike other carbohydrates, dietary fiber is not broken down by the body and can help stabilize blood glucose levels.(10) Aim for at least 21-38g of fiber per day.(11)

  • Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates, like white bread, pasta, cereals, and desserts. Sugar and refined carbohydrates have a high glycemic index, meaning they are rapidly absorbed into the body, resulting in blood sugar spikes and imbalances.(12)

  • Add cinnamon to your meals or beverages. Cinnamon can actually mimic insulin in the body, helping transport glucose to cells.(13) Cinnamon has been shown to significantly decrease fasting plasma glucose levels.(14)

  • Avoid artificial sweeteners. Look for ingredients such as aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. Although artificial sweeteners typically have very few or zero calories, their sweet taste can cause unnecessary insulin release in the body, which can lead to weight gain.(15,16,17) Artificial sweeteners can also alter gut bacteria to favor harmful bacteria, which increase the risk of diabetes.(18) Instead, use stevia or xylitol.

  • Consume foods that have a low glycemic index, such as avocados, cold water, wild-caught fish, and grass-fed, organic beef.(19) These foods have very little to no effect on blood sugar levels and can help to lower A1C.(20)

Mindset

Mindset

  • Practice stress management techniques. Chronic and severe stress can create hormonal imbalances that adversely impact blood sugar.(21)

  • Get 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night.(22) The lack of sleep is a form of stress on the body, and can decrease insulin sensitivity resulting in increased blood glucose levels.(23,24)

Oxygen and Exercise

Oxygen & Exercise

  • Exercise consistently. Practice a combination of both aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming, and biking, as well as resistance training, such as free weights, squats, and push-ups.(25,26) Strive to exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3-4 times per week.(27) It is best to exercise one to three hours after eating, which is when your blood sugar is usually higher.(28) Frequent exercise has a wide range of benefits, including helping to regulate and balance blood glucose levels.(28) 


    Please consult with your healthcare practitioner before starting any exercise program.  

Minimize Toxins

Minimize Toxins

  • Avoid smoking. Smoking increases inflammation, which affects proper cell function.(29) Additionally, smoking can cause the body to become increasingly more resistant to insulin, leading to imbalanced blood sugar.(29,30)

  • Drink alcohol in moderation. Alcohol, especially high-sugar, high-carb drinks, can cause rapid spikes and drops in blood glucose levels.(31)

Minimize Toxins

Tests

  • If you have any concerns about your blood sugar levels, please consult with your healthcare practitioner about performing the proper blood tests.

Minimize Toxins

Nutrient Support*

Talk to your healthcare practitioner about including these and/or any other supplements in your dietary practices.

Balanced Blood Sugar Supplement Recommendations

Supplement

Gluco-Support

Metabolic Support

PurePath™ Fiber

Instructions for Use

4 capsules per day with meals

3 capsules twice per day with meals

5 grams (approx. 2 teaspoons) per day

Daily Essentials

Supplement

Multivitamin (Men's or Women's)

Vitamin D3 + Probiotics

B-Complex with Delayed Release

Optimal Omega

Magnesium Glycinate

Instructions for Use

1 capsule twice daily with food

1 capsule daily with food

1 capsule daily

2 softgels - 1 -2 times daily with food

4 capsules daily with food

Balanced Blood Sugar Bundle

Daily Essentials Bundle

Never modify any medications or other medical advice without your healthcare practitioner’s support.

*For optimal results, we recommend you perform a metabolic analysis profile test, which tests for key biomarkers that identify nutritional deficiencies, toxicities, bacterial overgrowth, and drug effects. Talk with your MaxLiving Chiropractor about the Metabolix Program to get tested and be able to obtain a more customized health plan.

References

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