Diabetes – Nutrition – Exercise

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Diabetes is a great example of a condition that naturopathic medicine excels with, not only because it can be largely controlled or improved with lifestyle changes, but also because there are some great supplements that can help prevent complications from high blood sugar while we working on the rest of your treatment plan.

The main diet strategy is a very low carbohydrate diet, and this is done in a way that is healthy and nutrient-dense so general nutrition does not suffer and cardiovascular risk is not increased. Increased blood sugar levels can deplete several nutrients and diabetics also generally have a lot of oxidative damage so a diet rich in fresh fruits (especially berries that are high in antioxidants) and vegetables like leafy greens, lean proteins, nuts and seeds, and other healthy fats is really important.

Exercise is critical for diabetics to help lower blood sugars and increase lean muscle mass. Sometimes this needs to be implemented gradually, depending on a patient’s health. But working up to more intense interval-based training, especially with a weight-lifting component, can support weight loss and lowered insulin resistance.

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Weight Loss – Common Obstacles

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Weight Loss – Common Obstacles

Weight loss can be frustrating because there are so many different things
that block it. Even when you’re putting in the effort sometimes things are
working against you that you don’t even recognize. Here are some of the
most common obstacles:
1. Not eating enough- most people cut back on calories when they are
trying to lose weight. This can be an important thing, especially if you
are doing a lot of snacking or over-eating. But it is possible to eat too
little and actually shut down the metabolism. It can be helpful to get
tested to understand how many calories you need to eat so this does
not happen.
2. Hormone Imbalances- there are so many hormones that can block
weight loss if imbalanced. Particularly high insulin levels, low thyroid
levels, high estrogen levels, or very high or low adrenal hormone
levels. It’s helpful to check your hormone levels before you get
started to make sure your hormones won’t be working against you.
3. Ignoring the importance of building muscle- having more muscle
mass means your body has a higher metabolic rate all the time. You
are actually burning more fat just sitting around as long as your
muscle mass has your metabolism revved up. Sometimes hormone
imbalances can worsen muscle mass, or sometimes a person is
focusing too much on cardio-type exercises and not enough of
strength training, which can burn your muscle.
4. Ignoring sources of inflammation- there are lots of places your body
can be inflamed that keeps bloating and weight on. Gut infections
can do this, food allergies can do this, and poor detoxification can do
this.
Investigating and correcting these issues can help make weight loss a
success.
If you would like to learn more, give us a call at 858.228.4188 or visit us
online at MySparkHealth.com.