A Deep Dive into Blood Sugar Plus 12 Health & Lifestyle Tips for Controlling Your Blood Sugar Levels Naturally
September 29, 2020
We‚ve all been there: you reach for a candy bar or leftover pizza to get you through the final stretch of the workday. And while you experience a quick boost in energy, unfortunately it‚s short-lived; flash-forward moments later and you‚re feeling it hard ‚ fatigued, hungry and downright moody. This well-known scene is the result of a blood sugar crash ‚ when blood sugar levels are out of whack and you‚re faced with a drop in energy levels after eating a large serving of carbs. (Think: pizza, ice cream, or leftover Halloween candy). While we all may experience blood sugar crashes now and then, the goal is to maintain a healthy blood sugar level the majority of the time ‚ to help prevent the dreaded crashes and other more serious health issues that may arise. The good news: there are many changes you can make through diet and lifestyle to maintain healthy levels and take charge of your health before things get out of hand. In this week‚s Vibrant Health blog, we‚re covering the ins and outs of blood sugar, why it‚s important to maintain healthy levels, and health & lifestyle tips you can do at home to control your blood sugar levels.
What is Blood Sugar, Anyway?Also known as glucose, blood sugar is the primary sugar found in our body. It‚s sourced from the food you consume, and acts as the body‚s key source of energy. Bottom line: blood sugar is a good thing and necessary for the body to run properly, but we never want those levels to dip too low or creep too high as that‚s when problems can arise.
Why It‚s Important to Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar LevelsWith that said, it‚s important to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. A high blood sugar level ‚ or hyperglycemia ‚ is often associated with health issues like diabetes, but can also occur from stress, overeating and lack of exercise. Some may also experience symptoms of hypoglycemia, when blood sugar levels drop too low ‚ causing fatigue, irritability, irregular heart rate and other health issues. So what‚s the optimal blood sugar range, anyway? According to the CDC, general blood sugar targets are 80-130 mg/dL before a meal, and less than 180 mg/dL two hours after starting a meal. Your doctor may test your levels at your annual physical, and if you‚re diabetic or pre-diabetic you can work with your doctor to track levels with a home glucose monitor.
Health & Lifestyle Tips for Controlling Blood Sugar Levels
- Get Moving
- Give Yourself a Mindful Moment Through Meditation
- Keep an Eye on Your Stress Levels
- Notice How Your Body Reacts to Caffeine
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Incorporate More Quality, Whole Foods into Your Diet
- Practice Portion Control Throughout the Day
- Reduce Simple Carbohydrates & Mange Your Sweet Tooth
- Pay Attention to Hormone Changes
- Pack On the Probiotics
- Power Up with Vegetables
- Check in with Your Healthcare Provider
- Get Moving