Manage it by addressing blood sugar imbalances, insulin resistance and chronic inflammation.
- Focus on a more balanced omega 3/6 ratio
- Remove common known allergens and trigger foods that worsen inflammation (alcohol, processed foods, refined sugars, artificial trans-fats and sweeteners)
- Eat balanced snacks and meals that include whole foods containing high quality protein, fibre, healthy fats – as this will slow the rate of digestion and moderate blood sugar levels.
- Remain hydrated! This can help balance blood sugar levels (your kidneys flush out the excess blood sugar through urine) and help prevent imbalanced blood sugar levels.
- Focus on your gut health, as inflammation can often be rooted in gut health.
- Partake in high-intensity exercise (sprints/burst training/circuits), as this can work to improve insulin sensitivity, which can help with glucose control and inevitably allow you to utilize carbohydrates better.
- Focus on getting quality sleep. Poor sleeping habits and a lack of rest can also negatively impact blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity. Not only does sleep deprivation increase cortisol levels, but it also decreases the release of growth hormones (both of which play an important role in blood sugar control)
- Manage stress levels, as stress can affect negatively impact your blood sugar levels. During times of stress – glucagon and cortisol are two hormones that are secreted, causing blood sugar levels to rise. Controlling stress levels through stress relieving techniques and supplementing with adaptogens will help you control blood sugar levels.