The body spends a lot of effort dealing with blood sugar (glucose): getting it, storing it, transporting it into cells. When glucose metabolism goes awry for a variety of reasons, irregular blood sugar levels result – and that can lead to a cascade of consequences. Supporting cells with the right amounts of glucose, and removing excess glucose from the blood stream is one of our most critical processes for long term health and overall wellness.
Here are a few tips on how you can help keep glucose metabolism running smoothly.
If it seems like exercise is the answer to just about everything, there’s a good reason for that. Humans didn’t evolve in a reclining chair, we evolved on the move. Until recently, we hunted, tilled fields and (when we wanted to go somewhere) walked. So it’s only natural that our bodies respond well to consistent physical activity. It’s simply what we’re meant to do.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take that much physical activity to streamline glucose metabolism. A study conducted in the Netherlands found that people who exercised for 30 minutes every other day were able to better control their blood sugar. Other studies have shown that exercise increases insulin sensitivity. As cells become more sensitive to insulin, they take in more glucose, increasing energy stores and reducing glucose levels in the blood.
Healthy glucose metabolism is directly related to healthy weight. But it’s not really how much you eat that impacts your blood sugar levels, it’s what you eat. Be sure to emphasize unprocessed, nutrient dense and low sugar foods in your diet. Green vegetables, sprouted grains and legumes, lean protein, raw nuts and seeds, and healthy fats are excellent choices. Some studies show that white vinegar minimizes glucose spikes and crashes, even after high-carbohydrate meals. Coffee also decreases glucose spikes. Cinnamon is another natural substance that can help support healthy blood sugar levels. Studies by the USDA have shown that cinnamon supports glucose metabolism.
Relax and Sleep
Research shows that over time, elevated stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin can impact metabolic health, along with immune, hormonal, neurological health and much more. Likewise, sleep deprivation can have similar effects. Finding healthy ways to relax, de-stress and get a good night’s sleep are critical for a healthy metabolism, along with nearly every other aspect of long term health and wellness.
That’s why we created the new ecoSleep™ formula, to help you relax, unwind, and get restful, restorative sleep. ecoSleep™ contains targeted herbs and extracts, along with nutrients and a small amount of melatonin, to help balance your circadian rhythms and support healthy sleep cycles — so you can wake up feeling refreshed and energized.*
Take Control of Your Metabolism
Glucose metabolism is too important to be left to chance. Fortunately, there are a number of natural ways to help get blood sugar into cells—where it belongs.
For example, ecoNugenics ecoMetabolic™ combines alpha lipoic acid, chromium and alginates with beneficial mushrooms and traditional herbs, including gymnema leaf, cassia bark (cinnamon), fenugreek seed, holy basil leaf, jambolan seed, American ginseng root, kudzu root and other ingredients. This formula supports a healthy metabolism and blood sugar response and helps reduce cravings.*
There are many reasons to take a proactive approach to healthy metabolism. Together with regular exercise and a nutrient-dense, low-sugar diet, these recommendations can offer natural support to help keep you on the optimal side of the glucose scale.*