5 Excellent Reasons to Consider Chromium

adequate chromium supports good healthChromium is an essential micronutrient or trace mineral required for proper insulin function, healthy blood-sugar levels, and carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. The typical North American diet is deficient in chromium because of over-consumption of simple carbohydrates and refined sugars that are lacking in chromium.

Soil depletion is also playing a role in chromium deficiency. Continue reading “5 Excellent Reasons to Consider Chromium”

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Managing Low Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

low blood sugarOur overall well being is largely governed by blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may occur if a person is not able to manage the amount of insulin they require based on their food intake, or it may be a sign of prediabetes. Hypoglycemia may also temporarily affect people that do not have any form of diabetes, referred to as non-diabetic hypoglycemia.

Ultimately, any time your body produces more insulin than is required for energy production, it could cause hypoglycemia. Not eating enough or skipping a meal can also cause a drop in blood sugar. Continue reading “Managing Low Blood Sugar Levels Naturally”

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Trace Minerals: Chromium

broccoli2The next trace mineral in our series from A to Zinc is chromium. Chromium is an essential micronutrient or trace mineral required for proper insulin function, healthy blood-sugar levels, and carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism.

The typical North American diet is deficient in chromium because of over-consumption of simple carbohydrates and refined sugars that are lacking in chromium. Soil depletion is also playing a role in chromium deficiency.

Because chromium deficiency leads to poor insulin utilization and metabolism, Continue reading “Trace Minerals: Chromium”

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National Healthy Lunch Day: 8 Ways to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

lentil-saladToday is National Healthy Lunch Day, organized by the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness about the need to make healthy choices at lunchtime.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your pancreas can’t produce enough insulin to metabolize the amount of sugar that you are ingesting. Diet, excess body weight, lack of exercise, and heredity  often play significant roles in developing type 2 diabetes. At least 92% of type 2 diabetes cases can be attributed to lifestyle choices, with 8% attributable to genetics.

Basically, type 2 diabetes is often extremely preventable. Here are eight ways in which you can reduce your risk.

1. Get moving, lose weight: The association between abdominal fat, or the apple-shaped body, and type 2 diabetes is well established. Fat cells, particularly abdominal adipocytes, secrete a number of biological products that slow the effects of insulin, impair the body’s ability to use sugar, and interfere with insulin production from the pancreas. Continue reading “National Healthy Lunch Day: 8 Ways to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes”

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