What is blood level actually?
Blood sugar is in fact, the sugar, or glucose found in your blood, and it comes from the food we eat, and our body uses it for energy. You might think it’s just the sugar we eat that ends up in our blood, but it is any carbohydrates, as carbs are broken down into glucose. When we eat, the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin to deal with the rising blood sugar level.
How to tell if my blood sugar level is imbalanced?
Symptoms associated with a Blood Sugar Imbalance are:
- Mood swings
- Poor concentration
- Fat storage, especially around the midriff
- Brain fog
- Cravings, especially for sweet foods
- Excessive thirst
- Addictions to caffeine and/or alcohol and cigarettes
- Drowsiness during the day
- Excessive sweating
- Having trouble losing weight
Don’t worry! Working on a blood sugar balance is easier than you think!
1. Eat the right food
Doing this will naturally balance your blood sugar levels. It all comes down to nourishing your metabolism so that it can function properly - meaning it can produce insulin effectively. Getting the right ratio of protein, fats and carbs is vital for hormonal harmony, energy, and weight management.
2. Avoid processed sugar
Eating high-in-sugar foods contribute to blood sugar spikes, hormone imbalances, gut issues, and insulin resistance. This is because when you reach for that chocolate bar, you push your body to burn sugar for energy, rather than fat leading to an increase in insulin.
Cutting back on sugar can be hard, so go easy on yourself, drink plenty of water and “crowding out” the sugar cravings with nutritious foods such as leafy greens, avocados, nuts and seeds will help.
Chocolate Craving Tip: Next time you reach out for a block of chocolate, try to go for a dark chocolate block above 70% cocoa instead. Dark chocolate is lower in sugar but is high fat, which makes it a far better option than 30% milk chocolate.
3. Increase protein intake
Protein is the most important macronutrient for stabilising blood sugar. It’s also vital as it provides you with important raw materials for body rebuilding.
4. Eat more healthy fat
Eating more healthy fat will provide much better long-term stable energy. Including good quality olive oil, avocado, coconut oil and nuts and seeds at every meal is a great idea.
5. Eat leafy Greens
Leafy greens help with gut health, detoxification and provide B Vitamins and key nutrients for cellular energy production. B vitamins are especially important for glucose metabolism, so making sure you have enough of these in your diet will help keep your blood sugar levels stable.