Insulin Insensitivity Longevity & ObesityOur lifestyle has created chronic cellular stress. Case in point: Presently 70% of North American children are not expected to outlive their parents due to the fact that they have Type 2 Diabetes by the age of nine years. Please read that sentence again and try to envision a country where only 30% of the kids you see today will be alive by the time they are 60. (Have you noticed children walking to school in your neighborhood drinking Coca Cola for breakfast like me? Sound the alarm!) The progression to diabetes begins with glycemic stress which leads to metabolic syndrome or pre - diabetes to Type 2 diabetes. In other words, a Big Glucose Sugar Addiction = Bigger Insulin Response. High Insulin and High levels of Cortisol means your body is storing more fat. You can feel like you are always hungry and just can't stop eating. This is because the hormone that signals to the brain that you have had enough food to eat, leptin, is no longer receiving messages and so binge eating continues. Here are some simple actions you can take to improve your health.
1. Exercise is important because it is a lymphatic pump. Exercise improves insulin insensitivity. So if your kids have had recess cut from their school program, be sure to involve them in some fun physical activity to set them on the path for lifelong good habits. It could be jumping on a trampoline, taking a walk, riding your bikes, getting into yoga or just rough housing in the backyard.
2. A good nights sleep will provide you with enough energy to get through your day instead of going to food all day long for energy. Make sure you and your kids get a good nights sleep by turning off those electronic devices two hours ahead of bed time. It will also help your child grow and avoid tempermental meltdowns. Crankiness is a symptom of sleep deprivation.
4. Come up with a food plan and stick to it 80% of the time or work you way towards that goal. Just keep adding more good stuff and pretty soon the not so good stuff will be a non issue. Remember fiber first, adequate Omega 3 fatty acids, Active (Magnesium) Calcium and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are tasty and ripe.No one likes eating rock hard tasteless produce.
5. Detoxify your body on a regular basis by drinking clean water. If you or your kids are resistant to drinking water try livening it up with some of the fabulous recipes from Spa Water by Pam Wenzel, a breast cancer survivor.
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