What is blood sugar? How do I balance my blood sugar naturally? In this article, we dive into the history of rising blood sugar levels and what you can do about it.
Healthy Fat, Replaced by Sugar
We all have two sources of fuel: fat and sugar (carbs). Fat is stable, long-lasting fuel, while sugar and carbs burn quickly. In 1961, America was told fats were bad for our health, and so food manufacturers replaced fat fuel (cholesterol) with government-subsidized starchy and sugar-laden, highly processed corn and wheat products.
Without good fats, America became hungry for more carbs and sugar. Highly processed grain products deliver only short bursts of energy (sugar), so America started to overeat in order to feel satiated. Researchers found that older Americans are eating significantly more calories from carbohydrates and less from fats than they were only 40 years ago!6
Eating too much causes excess sugar to linger in the bloodstream. Even a small rise in blood sugar has been linked to premature death, accelerated aging, and chronic and degenerative health concerns. The key to optimal health is early detection!
Today, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1/3 of America is prediabetic.8-10 Not only that, but blood sugar levels still within the accepted normal range are now linked to epidemic levels of cognitive decline in our elderly, as well as premature aging and cardiovascular risk.4,5,7
Blood Sugar History
The following is a short summary of facts that show how we got into this mess of heightened blood sugar concerns. It is up to us to dig ourselves out!
FACT: In 1961, the American Heart Association (AHA) declared cholesterol a public health concern.1
FACT: Consumption of fats declined.6 Heart-healthy consumption of eggs decreased by 30%.1
FACT: In 1980, the federal government subsidized farmers to grow wheat and corn. In 2005, $7.3 billion was subsidized to farmers to grow grain for feed.2
FACT: Good fats were out and corn and wheat (sugar) were in. Not only that, corn and wheat (sugar) were used by food manufacturers for pennies on the dollar.1,2
FACT: Heart disease has skyrocketed in the USA over the past 30 years.4
FACT: Dairy products from grain- and corn-fed cows have 500% less heart-healthy fats, such as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) compared to grass-fed cows.3
FACT: According to the CDC, an estimated 1/3 of American adults are prediabetic and 90% don’t know it!5
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Catch Blood Sugar Issues Early
Take responsibility for your health, wellbeing, and longevity by monitoring your blood sugar. Today, the normal range for fasting blood sugar is too high, according to an overwhelming amount of science.4,5,7
Start by monitoring your fasting blood sugar levels in the morning, and make lifestyle and dietary adjustments until you see fasting morning blood sugar start falling into the 70-90mg/dL range—no higher.
To learn more about the most common causes of blood sugar concerns, download and read my free eBook Blood Sugar Secrets for Health and Longevity.
How to Balance Blood Sugar
There are many things we should all do to protect ourselves from blood sugar concerns. Here are some of what you will learn in my eBook:
- How to reduce or avoid added sweeteners
- How to reduce or avoid processed foods + cooked oils
- How to eat balanced meals with proteins, veggies, starches + good fats
- How to exercise daily to balance blood sugar
While these blood sugar rules will help tremendously, sometimes it requires a little detective work to understand our blood sugar levels. Often there are hidden causes of heightened blood sugar that are not so easily detected. This is why I am a fan of self-monitoring blood sugar at home with a glucometer.
10 Experiments to Solve the Blood Sugar Mystery
Let’s say you’ve cut out sugar and processed foods, and have followed all of the eBook recommendations and you still have blood sugar numbers higher than you would like. Get creative!
Start taking certain foods out of your diet or make some specific lifestyle changes for a week at a time and check your numbers first thing in the morning during that week to measure changes. These can be done in any order:
- Stop wheat for a week.
- Stop dairy for a week.
- Stop wheat and dairy for a week.
- Cut out alcohol for a week.
- Go to bed before 10pm for a week.
- Don’t eat carbs at night for a week.
- Stop eating after 6pm for a week.
- Fast on water or green vegetable juice one day a week for a month.
- Eat light (only 600 calories a day) two days a week (and normal the other five days) for a month.
- Try my Ayurvedic intermittent fasting plan in my free Ayurvedic Weight Balancing eBook for a month.
Be aware that glucometers are inexpensive and not precise instruments. Look for trends rather than exact numbers with each reading.
Sometimes being a blood sugar detective requires some extra sleuthing, so be patient while you learn about which unique lifestyle factors work best for you in supporting healthy blood sugar levels—it’s well worth it!
Have you tried any of the above experiments? How did they go?