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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5 Tips for Balancing Blood Sugar

beans grains vegetablesWhat did you eat for breakfast today? A spinach omelet? A bagel? Pancakes with syrup? Or, did you skip breakfast altogether? The food choices you make and timing of your meals play a very important role in balancing blood sugar. A diet that promotes optimal blood sugar balance consists of nutrient dense meals and snacks eaten regularly throughout the day. Eating frequently promotes the burning of stored fat and helps to keep you feeling satisfied and energized.

Insulin is the hormone that responds to the food that you eat. Its role is to regulate fat metabolism and control blood sugar levels. Continue reading “5 Tips for Balancing Blood Sugar”

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10 Ways to Balance Blood Sugar Levels

blueberriesWe have all been there – low blood sugar! After going too long between meals or snacks, you might have a headache, be irritable, or feel weak or shaky. And when we feel like this, the first then we reach for is something high in sugar or calories. In my case, chocolate bars… or, well, chocolate anything.

Why do we do this? Research shows that when our blood sugar levels drop, we lose our ability to control our desire to eat. And we crave calorie-laden sweets and snacks. But what happens  when we eat junk food, or “empty” snacks? Continue reading “10 Ways to Balance Blood Sugar Levels”

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Kickstart Insulin Function with Plant-Based Foods

vegetablesDiabetes rates are on the rise and Washington is no exception: one in three adults has elevated blood sugar and a third of children are on their way to full-blown diabetes, which, at $85,000 or more over the course of a lifetime, is expensive to treat. Our medical systems aren’t equipped for this influx and our bodies can’t handle it.

The question isn’t “How did we get here?” but “How can we fix it?” And fast.

One solution is to kickstart insulin function with plant-based foods. Regardless of your health insurance plan, this option is already available: Continue reading “Kickstart Insulin Function with Plant-Based Foods”

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  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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    Margo Gladding
    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
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    Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
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    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
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    Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
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    Susan Levin
    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
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