Have you heard of Blood Sugar Dysregulation? Elevated blood sugars occur when the pancreas cannot make insulin or cannot use insulin properly in the body. This causes “insulin resistance” which also slows down the process of transporting glucose into cells in your body. In short, you need glucose in your cells to help give your body energy. We’ve all experienced some sort of symptom of blood sugar highs and lows. We are here to tell you there are simple steps you can take to manage your blood sugar levels. Some Causes of Elevated Blood Sugar Blood sugar can be a fickle aspect to control. Often times we don’t realize what might cause imbalanced sugar levels. Here are some common causes to keep an eye out for.
- Artificial Sweeteners – Don’t be fooled by the zero calorie labels and ads saying you are making a healthy choice. While this is a healthier option than regular soda or juice options, it still has the potential to spike your blood sugar levels. You may not have to cut diet drinks out completely, simply re-evaluate your consumption.
- Dehydration – This one might surprise you. Being dehydrated and not having enough fluids in your system leads to your system compromising. The sugar in your body will become more concentrated which can lead to more frequent bathroom breaks, which leads to, you guessed it, dehydration. Prevent this cycle from occurring by staying hydrated.
- Travel – From day trips, weekend getaways, to a week-long vacation, traveling can compromise that healthy mindset. It could be a time change you are trying to adjust to or not have the best healthy food options to keep your energy up, having a plan will help you stay in control.
Using Nutrition to Manage Blood Sugar No matter what the cause is, you have the power of nutrition on your side, a dedicated nutritionist just a phone call away. Don’t reach for the Snickers bar with the clever ad campaign or take down an energy drink just to get by. Here are some tips you can use to manage your blood sugar the smart way, with the right actions.
- Increase your fiber intake
- Mind your portions
- Drink water… see above
- Choose foods with a low glycemic index
- Choose foods rich in magnesium
- Add a dash of cinnamon
Meet with Our SF Nutritionist If you aren’t sure which foods are the right foods to help you control or manage your blood sugar levels, consult with a nutritionist. Whatever your goals may be from weight loss, blood sugar management, stress relief, etc., our experienced nutritionist will be able to help create a plan to help you feel better and stronger with the right foods. Give us a call and schedule an appointment with our nutritionist at our San Francisco office.