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Glucose, Insulin and Your Health

Type 1 sugar addicts are addicted to energy drinks, coffee, and soft drinks containing caffeine.

Energy drinks have grown in popularity since Red Bull was introduced in 1997. Today, more than 500 energy drinks are on the market, which accounts for more than $5.7 billion in sales. The basic energy drink ingredients are sugar and caffeine (although some brands add herbal extracts, amino acids such as taurine, and vitamins). When this mixture of empty calories hits your system, and your blood sugar rises, you get an immediate energy boost. Unfortunately, three hours later, you feel even more exhausted than before. You also crave more sugar. What do you do? Reach for another energy drink. Fatigue drives sugar cravings, and sugar consumption drives fatigue. Getting energy from "energy drinks" (including coffee and sodas) is like borrowing money from a loan shark - its costs you way more in the end.

One of the biggest concerns about the abundance of sugar is the elevation of your glucose and insulin, which can cause metabolism imbalances throughout the body and increase your risk of Diabetes and, yes, cancer. Increased glucose metabolism promotes several hallmarks of cancer, including the excessive proliferation of cancer cells, antiapoptotic signaling (helps cancer cells remain immortal), cell cycle progression, and angiogenesis.

In a study published in 2013 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers reported that high glucose levels trigger the expression of several growth factors. Plus, high glucose levels inhibit the function of the P53 protein (tumor-suppression protein). That means that high-sugar diets take p53 off the job, leaving cells more prone to uncheck DNA damage and cancer formation.

There's more. Insulin also stimulates the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals called cytokines from human fat cells. Therefore, a diet that repeatedly elevates blood glucose levels (such as a banana for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and pasta for dinner) promotes a pro-inflammatory environment that is considered a match that lights the fire of cancer. High insulin levels also increase inflammatory molecules that inhibit immune cells, like growth fact, type 1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 is a hormone that promotes tissue growth. It exerts potent effects at several critical stages of cancer development, including cellular proliferation, apoptosis, angiogenesis, metastasis, and the development of resistance to chemotherapeutic agents.

So, I am trying to convey today that limiting your glucose intake is crucial if you want to live longer and reduce your risk of cancer and other diseases like Diabetes, heart disease, and nearly every noncommunicable disease there is.

Now that we are going into Fall, it is essential to have a wellness routine to help you stay healthy this autumn; it's time to get started on your personalized plan. Whether you focus on diet, exercise, or self-care, make sure to take the time to enjoy the fall season and all of its bounty. What are you most looking forward to this autumn? How will you be incorporating wellness into your life? Hit reply and let me know what you have in mind; I'd love to help.

If you're struggling to eat intuitively, it's okay to seek help from a professional who can help you get started. Intuitive eating is a process that takes time and practice. When you start eating intuitively, you'll likely have more energy, better digestion, and a healthier relationship with food.

What are your thoughts on intuitive eating? Have you tried it before? Hit reply and let me know.

"Remember - Food As Medicine" is how I teach my clients to begin their journey in healing!

Here are a few tips from my Youtube Channel Click Here

As promised, here is the link for the coffee and teas I use daily, Organo


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For additional information: Join the Aging Well for Longevity Community; many new things will enlighten the beginning of Fall. Topics will include - The Best Mood-Boosting Foods to Eat,

A Fall Wellness Reset You Can Follow with Ease, 5 Ways to Upgrade Your Takeout for a Healthier Meal, and Daily Tips for Immune Health to Sustain Your Though Fall and Winter. You will also have the experience of learning informative wellness information and discussions, including body, mind, and spirit, to ensure you and your family have a healthy life.

Thank you, and have a healthy, happy week!

Kathy Morris

Symplicity Wellness

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