In order to maintain good health, you may know that maintaining good levels of your blood sugar is key. This being said, many people either do not know how this is done, or simply have the idea misconstrued. The answer to blood sugar levels and good health going hand in hand is digestion.
It’s simple; the food that we eat is taken into the body and then digested and broken down in the stomach into essential nutrients that the body needs in order to properly function. These nutrients are used in the body as fuel for energy and brain power (particularly glucose and the hormone known as insulin). Insulin is made in the pancreas and distributed throughout the body as needed. It helps the glucose to safely enter the cells in the body to be used as the energy we use on a day to day basis.
Blood glucose levels usually rise and fall as the day passes, and it’s all dependent on the food eaten that day and the activity undertaken by the body. As the digestive system goes to work, so too does glucose in the cells. In healthy individuals, the rise and fall of these levels is moderate at best. Extreme highs and lows can cause symptoms such as an irregular heartbeat or fatigue. These can be rectified through the ingestion of liquid glucose or insulin if needed, but constant fluctuation is a sign of serious health issues like damage to the vessels of the heart and kidneys.
Eating the right foods can help to increase blood sugar. Foods that are easily broken down into glucose in the body, such as grains, fruit and dairy can do this more quickly than most.
Some dietary components can help slow digestion, which means that the nutrients within many common foods can actually help the glucose become absorbed into the bloodstream at a steady rate. This then helps blood levels to refrain from spiking or rising too fast, which can cause serious health problems. Most food containing fiber, protein and fat will generally do the trick.
Correct timing of meals can also help avoid blood sugar dips and spikes. Eating a healthy breakfast is important considering blood sugar is usually at its lowest in the mornings. Eating regular meals throughout the day can help to maintain healthy levels too.
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