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Loving Your Liver: 10 Clues It’s Time To Detox Your Liver

Loving Your Liver: 10 Clues It’s Time To Detox Your Liver

The liver is oftentimes the organ we forget.

We have all these symptoms, and we don’t think about how our environment impacts it.

So what does the liver do? Often, the liver is called the “grandfather organ”. It’s one of our organs responsible for detoxing our bodies from the things we eat to the air we breathe.

The liver takes on a lot of strenuous duties, which includes processing everyday lifestyle and nutritional choices. Often, the biggest contributor to strain on our liver is not the choices we make, but the toxic world we live in. The air we breathe is filled with toxins from our environment.

Outdoor pollution is bad enough, but what’s worse is the indoor pollution that contaminates your body.

Unfortunately, we are constantly bombarded with toxins in the air. From the cotton clothing we wear that was sprayed with pesticides, to the off-gassing of furniture/carpet/paint on the walls, and to the fire retardant found in our bedding…

Outside of the air we breathe, chemicals and fluoride fill our water systems. While they’re supposed to keep us safe, they fill our bodies with toxins.

The things we eat or drink on a regular basis are filled with pesticides, herbicides, toxic medications, processed chemicals our body was never meant to handle.

These things can create havoc on our detox organs – especially our liver. It’s honestly no surprise as to why so many people are struggling with decreased liver function when you think about all the modern-day stressors and toxins we’re exposed to.

If you ask me, taking care of your liver is one of the most important things you can do for your body. In this blog, I’m going to share how to love your liver by keying into these 10 clues you need to detox your liver (and signs that it may be congested).

Toxic Liver

When you think about a toxic liver, you may not realize some of the things you’re struggling with on a daily basis could be a result of toxic overload in the liver. The more toxins the body is exposed to, the harder the liver has to work to remove them. Unfortunately, our poor liver gets bogged down and is unable to keep up with the demand for detoxification.

Over time, the ability to filter out toxins diminishes. When this occurs, there are many signs that come along with it. Unfortunately, these signs might look like other common health issues and most of the time medical professionals focus on alleviating the symptoms instead of addressing the root cause, which is toxic overload in the body.

10 Clues It’s Time To Detox Your Liver

If you feel like you may have a congested liver after reviewing the signs and symptoms, you will need to work with a qualified professional like myself to help you out. Yes, I know there are liver dedicated supplements that you can take over the counter. And many people reach out to me on a regular basis and ask me if the supplements they are taking for their liver are good. My standard answer after reading a list of ingredients is typically yes. The truth is, there are supplements that support the liver. But true detox is a process that includes specific vitamins, minerals, and amino acids as well as antioxidants to enable the liver can go through a true detox.

If you have more than one of the following clues you need to detox your liver, please connect with me or someone else.

A congested liver will set you up or other disease processes to take place in the body. The beautiful side of that is once you understand true detox and how to implement it in your own life, it is a tool you will be able to keep in your arsenal for years to come.

1. Poor Digestion

One of the things the liver is responsible for producing is bile. Bile is there for digestion and breaks down fats. You want to make sure you have enough bile to break down those fats to get the nutrients you need to be healthy.

If you’re experiencing poor digestion, that’s an indicator you don’t have clean processes to reuse your bile – which helps you consume necessary vitamins. As a result, you’re going to be malnourished and sick.

2. Hormonal Imbalance

The liver is critical in ridding the extra hormones that our body doesn’t need at that time. When there’s a buildup of hormones, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

● High blood pressure ● Bloating ● Weight gain ● Fatigue ● Sleep problems ● Low libido ● Low immune function ● Craving junk food

Many of my clients before working with me brush these symptoms aside. It’s just part of life. What they don’t know is that these symptoms are a result of a stressed out liver.

3. Weight Gain

We often experience weight gain (and can’t keep it off) if the liver is stressed and cannot rid itself of the toxin buildup. In fact, the body holds onto fat as a protective mechanism if it doesn’t feel safe to release those toxins.

If you’re experiencing this symptom, think about your blood sugar imbalance and hormones. They are all interconnected.

4. Skin Problems

If you have toxins building up in your system and your liver isn’t able to process those toxins, then your skin becomes a detox pathway. As a result, your skin starts to clog up, causing things like: ● Acne ● Rosacea ● Rashes ● Psoriasis ● Dermatitis ● Eczema

Many clients come to me asking what they can put on their eczema. But that’s not the problem. The problem is that they have a congested liver. Their skin issues are showing up as a result.

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5. Fatigue

Fatigue is a super common problem I see and another clue you need to detox your liver.

But what is fatigue actually?

It’s feeling like you didn’t get enough sleep the night before

You feel like you can’t function properly throughout the day (especially after meals).

There’s not enough caffeine in the world to curtail the effects your congested liver is causing.

 

6. Bad Breath Or A White Coating On Your Tongue

Stick out your tongue right now. Does it have a white coating on it? If so, that’s a clear indicator that something is going on with your liver.

That white coating actually leads to your bad breath. People often try to scrape the coating thinking that they are fixing the problem. Unfortunately, unless you address the root, the white coating will return.

So why does this happen? White coating on your tongue is a sign that you aren’t digesting your food well. It also shows things like candida or other bacteria overgrowing in your gut. Since the mouth, gut, and liver are all part of your digestive tract, they all play a role in your digestion. A sluggish liver is going to contribute to the white coating on your tongue. It’s all one pathway.

 

7. Chemical Sensitivities

Do you feel like you can’t stand certain cleaning products and get a headache, anxiety, or irritability when you’re exposed to them? Or do you feel like a lightweight when drinking alcohol? If you said “yes”, you are experiencing chemical sensitivity. This often happens when your body already has too many toxins on board and your liver cannot detox. When you add these chemicals to your system or environment, your liver simply cannot handle it.

 

8. Cravings

If you’re having cravings for sweet treats or highly processed foods (what you would find in a bag or a box), it can be caused by blood sugar and hormone imbalance. Those are signs that the liver is not functioning well.

 

9. Gallbladder Problems

The gallbladder and the liver are connected. The liver produces bile. The bile salts are responsible for breaking down the fats. The bile is stored in the gallbladder until it’s needed for digestion. If there’s not enough bile produced, then it’s more difficult for your body to digest and break down those fats.

When the gallbladder isn’t functioning properly (if you still have your gallbladder as it’s often removed), you experience symptoms like: ● Nausea ● Indigestion ● Abdominal bloating

You have an intolerance to fatty foods. You want to get the liver working so it produces enough bile, so that the gallbladder stores bile appropriately, so it’s utilized when it’s required to break down those foods and fats.

Remember back to clue #1, if you aren’t breaking down those fats properly, then you risk being malnourished. That leads you into a whole other ball game. Your body needs vitamins and minerals to operate

 

10. Pain In The Upper Right Portion Of Your Abdomen

Your liver sits in that upper right corner of your abdomen, underneath your rib cage. Sometimes, it’s going to feel inflamed when it’s congested. And when there’s a lot of inflammation, you’re going to feel pain. That’s an indicator that your liver is enlarged.

Here’s the thing… If you don’t resolve these issues, you may be diagnosed with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). This means you have a compromised liver and need to work on detoxing your liver.

No longer are only alcoholics experiencing this, but other people as well. And it all stems from a congested liver.

 

Detoxification

The toxic environment that we live in is dumping more and more toxins into your liver. If we’re not working to clean up our physical body, then we aren’t doing it any favors.

That’s why I talk about detoxification so frequently. It’s a common method I use to restore a client’s health. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach to rebalance the liver and the body.

If you’re not getting well, think about what might be the root to your health problems. You’re not going crazy. Sometimes, nutrition and exercise just isn’t enough. The key is getting to the root so you can be happy, healthy, and whole.

Several of these symptoms disrupted my life for many years. I worked on my health and thought I was detoxing appropriately. I actually went through some miserable times with detox. But once I learned how to detox properly, my health drastically changed. If you can’t move the needle in some of the symptoms mentioned in this blog, liver detox could be your simple answer.

Don’t leave this unresolved! It could lead to fatty liver disease. There is good news though! Poor liver function can be reversed using a combined approach of proper detoxification methods and appropriate nutrient support. These methods will greatly assist in restoring function and balance to all the systems in the body.

There is no protocol that is one-size-fits-all to rebalance the liver and your body, so working with a qualified practitioner like myself will give you the tools you need to address your personal health challenges so that you can feel your best again.

Chelsie Ward Wellness
Chelsie Ward Wellness

 

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How Your Liver & Gut Health Impacts Hormone Health

How Your Liver & Gut Health Impacts Hormone Health

When we talk about the liver, we usually focus on its role in detoxification. Your liver performs about 200 very important functions. These impact hormones, cholesterol, bile production, protein synthesis, blood purification, and more.

When your liver is working efficiently, it purifies the blood, regulates metabolism, stores vitamins and minerals, and even protects you from parasites and other infections. 

But what happens when your liver isn’t working efficiently? 

And do you understand how your gut health impacts hormone health? 

It’s important to realize that the labs can still appear normal even when your liver is sluggish. A lot of people come to me saying their doctor ran their bloodwork and their liver is fine. 

So if your lab tests are normal, how do you know if you are suffering from a sluggish liver?

What Happens When The Liver Functions & Malfunctions

The liver plays a crucial role in your body. But are you aware of the symptoms of a malfunctioning liver?

Gut Health: Digestive Problems

The liver produces bile that helps to aid in digestion. But what happens when the liver is producing less bile? Or when the gallbladder is no longer doing a good job of storing bile to use when you eat? If this occurs, you may experience bloating, constipation, and loss of appetite. 

Are you tired of digestive problems controlling your life? 

Get in touch with me and together we can get to the root of the problem so that you can truly heal.

Gut Health: Blood Sugar Problems

The liver plays an important role in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. So what happens when you have a sluggish liver? 

If you are suffering from a sluggish liver, then your blood sugar levels will tend to fluctuate. This may leave you feeling weak and dizzy. Nausea, vomiting, and a total lack of energy are common.

Hormonal Imbalance

Think of your liver as a filter for your hormones. When this process is not working efficiently, you may experience sleep disturbance, depression, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, and fibroids.

Skin Related Issues

When clients come to me with any kind of skin problem, one of the first things to come to mind is the liver. This is because it plays a huge role in eliminating toxins from the body. 

One of the ways we detox is through the skin. When the liver isn’t working efficiently, toxins can come through the skin, and you may develop rashes such as psoriasis, eczema, itching skin, or even acne and moles. 

Detoxification

Our livers take a beating regularly due to the toxic world we live in. Several things in our environment expose us to toxins on a daily basis, including:

  • Air pollution
  • Toxic cosmetics and skincare products
  • Home cleaning products
  • Prescription medications
  • Herbicides and pesticides in our foods
  • Toxic cookware
  • Plastics
  • And even tap water

Aside from your liver, you can also detoxify through your skin, lungs, kidneys, and digestive tract. However, when one of those areas becomes overloaded, it can take a toll on your body.

So where does the gut-hormone connection actually come in?

How Your Liver & Gut Health Impacts Hormone Health

Clients often ask me to investigate their hormone health. To do this, I start by asking questions to determine whether the gut is playing a role in their hormonal imbalance.

In my years of practice, there have been client cases where diet and supplements alone improve the hormone imbalance. This was the case for Tanya, one of my younger clients.

She had debilitating menstrual cycles that would even land her in the hospital. The biggest change we made was upgrading her diet to include more natural and whole foods, and eliminating processed foods. Doing this cleaned up her liver. And with targeted supplements, we even repaired her gut lining. 

Are you seeing how your gut health impacts hormone health? Contact me so that you can finally get back to the life God intended for you to be living. 

Understanding The Phases Of Detoxification

Your liver goes through more than one phase of detoxification. That’s why it’s important to know what you need for proper detoxification to take place. 

If you feel the temptation to grab a detox in a box, you might want to reconsider to avoid wasting your money. Unfortunately, the juice cleanse trends don’t offer true detoxification benefits, because they don’t have everything needed to truly allow you to detox. 

Phase One

During the first phase of detoxification, your liver makes the toxins more water-soluble using oxygen. Then your liver uses enzymes to burn up the toxins. This allows toxins to more easily expel through the liver and kidneys. This process stirs things up and causes the liver to produce more toxins. It sounds like we’re taking a step backward here, but it is a necessary step in the process.

Phase Two

In the second phase of detoxification, the oxidized chemicals combine with specific amino acids and organic acids. Then, they excrete through bile or urine.

There are six different pathways in phase two that are responsible for different substances, like estrogen, heavy metals, thyroid hormones, nicotine, bacterial toxins, caffeine, and more.

Other Detoxification Methods & Issues

Not all clients have it as easy as Tanya. When working with my clients, I use advanced hormone testing that looks at the pathways rather than just the hormone alone. This testing also looks at organic acids as well as methylation pathways. 

Methylation Pathways

It’s fairly common to see problems with methylation pathways. They are responsible for detoxifying estrogen, dopamine, histamine, and heavy metals. However, when methylation is slow, we can increase certain types of B vitamins to strengthen the pathway.

Sulfation

Sulfation also plays a role in the detoxification of neurotransmitters, thyroid hormones, and excess bile acids. It’s important to realize that over-the-counter anti-inflammatories negatively impact this pathway. We can, however, support this pathway with sulfur-rich foods and supplements. 

Estrogen

When it comes to estrogen, detoxification pathway blockage can lead to estrogen excess. This can result in fibrous tissue in your uterus or breast, thyroid nodules, heavy menstrual cycles, miscarriages, infertility, hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, and fatigue. 

Too many times, women have come to me after their doctors dismissed some of these as normal hormonal symptoms. That’s exactly what happened to Tanya. But when we completely assessed the situation, we were able to naturally balance her hormones and do away with her unwelcome symptoms – by addressing the root. 

My Gut Hormone Connection

My own challenges spurred my interest in the gut hormone connection. As a child, I developed constipation issues. At the age of 12, I was put on birth control. This was followed by me dealing with fungal and candida infections for many years. I never made the connection between my symptoms and birth control. But by the time I was in my late teens, I received my IBS diagnosis.

In my mid-twenties, I lost my menstrual cycle for about three years. 

Then at 27, I was diagnosed with perimenopause. 

But even with the bioidentical hormones, my digestive symptoms never seemed to completely correct themselves. In fact, some of my symptoms even got worse. The cravings, weight gain, and inflammation in my body were still part of my daily life.

To be honest, I did feel slightly better. But I could tell the prescriptions were simply covering up my symptoms, just like birth control did for so long. 

Turns out, I was being over-prescribed hormones. Under the guidance of a functional medicine doctor, I stopped taking those prescriptions. Instead, my new doctor was helping me to support my liver and detox my body in a way no one ever had. The funny thing is, I was suddenly feeling better than I had in years. 

What I Learned From My Journey

Being a practitioner myself at the time, I took advantage of my resources. I started running the advanced assessments and labs that I use with my clients today. While looking at my digestive system, it was revealed that I had parasites. 

So I started strategically working on those areas. By implementing a healthy lifestyle and a very specific supplement protocol, I brought my body back into balance. I was able to heal my IBS symptoms and rid myself of parasites. 

The best part is, after years of struggling with hormone imbalance, from my first cycle at 11 through the age of 30, I was finally able to balance my hormones. 

And I did it naturally with food and supplements!

Heal Your Entire Body & Your Gut Health (The Liver, Gut, & Hormones) Will Follow

When you’re looking to heal or stop symptoms, it’s important to address the entire body. The problem you are aware of may not be the actual problem after all. Instead, it may be the result of a problem in another area.

It’s important to remember that the entire body is connected. One area can greatly impact another. And it’s understandable if you’re not sure how it’s all connected or not understanding how to do the detective work on your own. 

Putting the puzzle pieces together took me a lifetime and lots of training to accomplish. But that doesn’t mean you should continue in your cycle of trial and error. It’s time to hire someone with experience. I can help you get to the root of your health issues so you can make a bigger impact in this world. Reach out today to start your own healing journey.

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

Are you dealing with a metabolism issue?
That may not be easy to answer at face value.
If you’re experiencing low energy, fatigue, brain fog, poor memory, and digestive symptoms, that may be an indicator for something more.
The symptoms above paired with cold hands/feet, dry skin, and hair loss could be signs of a hypoactive thyroid. Many clients don’t seem to be getting better with their medications.
Others experience the symptoms of a hypoactive thyroid, but their labs fall into normal ranges – indicating a normal thyroid.
Then a few are masking each symptom separately with medications and supplements.
We’re quick to blame the thyroid here, but it’s usually not the only piece to the puzzle – even if there is damage to the thyroid or an underlying autoimmune condition destroying the thyroid.
If you’re searching for out-of-the-box therapies or want more for your life than pills and medications, discover where you should put your focus to heal your thyroid.

Find The Root Of Your Problem To Address Your Thyroid Issues

Our thyroid is the master of our metabolism; however, the symptoms we’re experiencing may not be caused by the thyroid alone.
Instead of investigating the underlying causes – an imbalance of the gut, brain, adrenal glands, and/or cellular health within the body – we may be left with lingering symptoms.
When we see a metabolism issue, we often blame the thyroid and treat those symptoms alone. When that doesn’t work, we typically get referred out to someone who “specializes in” a specific organ or condition.
Unfortunately the root of the problem is never addressed.
This is why people believe we must get sick before we die and that disease is inevitable. The truth is… If we address the underlying cause of our issues, then we can have a much healthier life.

Studying Your Thyroid From A Holistic Standpoint

Addressing the thyroid, or any other organ for that matter, from a holistic standpoint allows us to look at the person as a whole (instead of treating symptoms). When we approach the body in this way, it allows us to uncover imbalances that are leading to dysfunction in these organs.
A thyroid problem is not always a thyroid problem.
If we look at all the organ systems like the immune system, digestion, detoxification pathways, the nervous system, and even emotional health, we will uncover the stress that is actually leading to disease. When we uncover this stress and work to bring healing in those weak areas, we bring balance into the body. This balance gives us the results we are looking for as a side effect of good health.
Of course, there’s a systematic process to accomplish this. That’s why so many people fail when they try to do it on their own. Most people I talk to have spent thousands of dollars trying to figure out their health on their own, when they could have hired a mentor to guide them through the process instead. Skip the heartache and empty wallet that comes with DIYing your health. Schedule some time to chat about your health with me today.

 

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Why Is Thyroid Health Vital?

Your thyroid health regulates metabolism and energy production in the cells. It’s important for tissue repair, cardiovascular health, bone density, cholesterol levels, temperature regulation, and energy levels.

Two Types of Thyroid Conditions

When it comes to thyroid health, there are two different types of conditions – primary and secondary.

Primary Thyroid Condition

A primary thyroid condition is when the gland itself is not functioning at optimal levels. In these cases, medical supervision is required. When you include healthy lifestyle factors through nutrition, proper supplementation, the reduction of deficiencies, the use of stress reduction techniques, and gut healing strategies, you will improve your primary thyroid condition.

Secondary Thyroid Condition

A secondary thyroid condition is caused by toxicity from other areas in the body. This can also be due to chronic stress and inflammation in the body. Since this type of thyroid condition is caused by poor lifestyle habits or toxicity, medications typically will not bring the thyroid into balance because the thyroid isn’t the problem. The key here is bringing balance into all the organ systems of the body so you can experience health. When you address this from a holistic standpoint, medication may not be needed.

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

When someone comes to me with thyroid, metabolism, energy, or even autoimmunity, these are my biggest areas of focus:

  • Brain
  • Adrenal glands
  • Liver
  • Gut

Your Brain

Thyroid communication starts in the brain. The hypothalamus responds to the low thyroid hormone in the body and secretes thyrotropin releasing hormones (TRH). It sends a message to the pituitary gland to secrete thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH). TSH stimulates the thyroid to release more thyroid hormones into the bloodstream to bring the levels up.
Keep in mind, TSH is a pituitary marker – not a thyroid marker. If your doctor is only looking at TSH to measure the health of your thyroid, you will not receive accurate results as to whether or not your thyroid is making enough hormones. Looking at TSH alone is a shot in the dark and does not give an accurate picture of thyroid health.
Instead, acquire a full thyroid panel, and work with someone who understands how to interpret it to help you function optimally.
You can see the type of results this type of investigation will give someone by reading Tina’s story here .

Your Adrenal Glands

Your adrenal glands play a big role here as well; they also get their messages from the hypothalamus and pituitary. They not only help to manage stress, but they also help regulate blood sugar and control mineral levels.
Our adrenal glands are taking a toll due to the chronic state of stress we are in.
Everything from mental and emotional stress to physical stress to environmental stress to internal stress inside the body… The adrenals are responsible for keeping the body in balance.
Right now, they are overstressed – releasing large amounts of cortisol. The body then begins to break down. It will cause your thyroid gland to slow down so it can conserve energy.
Your big takeaway here is that you must address your stress and your adrenal health if you want your thyroid to respond fully.
Unfortunately, you may miss this point because you may not feel stressed. That doesn’t mean your adrenals aren’t stressed.
The body wants to maintain balance; help it by addressing those disease processes from a holistic standpoint.

Your Liver

The liver is responsible for the conversion of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to your active form of thyroid T3. If there’s a problem with this conversion, then the T3 will remain low – leading to symptoms related to a hypoactive thyroid. This hormone gives your body fuel. When it’s low, you feel sluggish.
The liver also produces a substance called thyroid binding globulin – which prevents thyroid hormones from being immediately absorbed into the cells surrounding the thyroid gland. In addition, the liver distributes and transports thyroid binding globulin into other areas of the body. When there’s a malfunction in this area, it can cause the T3 levels to appear high or low.
Thankfully, there’s a sweet spot when it comes to your hormones. You don’t want them too high or too low. When the liver is doing its job, these thyroid hormones will come into balance. Utilize functional lab tests to discover if you have a liver issue and map out a healing plan with me.

Your Gut

My favorite area to talk about is the gut because as Hippocrates said, “it is the window to disease”.
This is foundational when it comes to thyroid health. 20% of the free T3 that is used by the body is produced in the gut. Your good friendly bacteria play a huge role in the conversion of your active T3.
Your gut is made up of billions of bacteria; they can either help us or harm us.
The good bacteria helps to nourish us.
On the other hand, bad bacteria produce toxins that make us sick. Poor diet, inflammation, medications, toxicity, food sensitivities, and low stomach acid can stress the gut. It leads to a condition called leaky gut – which allows toxins and other unwanted particles to pass into circulation. This puts stress on the immune system and causes an inflammatory response throughout the body.
When food proteins spill into circulation where they don’t belong, the body begins to elicit an attack. Many of these food proteins look very similar to our organs, so the body may begin to attack specific organ systems. This leads to autoimmunity. And autoimmunity does not go away. While you can live symptom-free with autoimmunity, it is a condition you must work on to remain healthy.

My Recommendations For Healing Your Thyroid Health

If you want to start healing your thyroid health, here’s what I recommend:

  1. Work with someone to access the right lab tests. Your doctor orders a lab test as a way to diagnose and treat a specific symptom or condition. Those lab tests do not address underlying causes of disease. Functional practitioners, like myself, use lab tests to see a clear picture of what may be causing a disease or condition. You want to make sure you address your brain, adrenals, liver, and gut.
  2. Throw out the processed foods and focus on nutrient-dense foods that heal the organs. Try to include more good healthy grass-fed meats, organ meats, wild-caught fish, healthy fats (like ghee, coconut oil, avocado), dark leafy greens, and colorful vegetables into your diet.
  3. Get your ZZZ’s. Get in bed by 10pm. The first half of the night is when the body is repaired, and the second half is for the brain. Don’t skip this!
  4. Eliminate stress – not just emotional stress. Make sure you’re addressing physical stress as well as internal stress. The internal stress will require that you invest in yourself by hiring a guide.
    If you’ve been spinning your wheels for years trying to figure out how to get healthy on your own, and you’re still stuck in the same place you were years ago, it’s time to address your health in a holistic way.
    What is your other option?
    Are you going to spend the next five years doing the very same things that get you nowhere?
    What would your life look like if you actually reached your health goals?
    If you’re ready to tackle your thyroid, metabolism issues, autoimmunity, or any other chronic condition head-on, schedule a discovery call with me to strategize a game plan.

     

 

5 Simple Steps To Balance Your Blood Sugar Naturally

5 Simple Steps To Balance Your Blood Sugar Naturally

With the new year settling in and sugary holidays right around the corner (cough Valentine’s Day), let’s talk about your blood sugar.

Has your doctor ever told you that you are insulin resistant?

Or maybe that same doctor has diagnosed you with diabetes?

Regardless of whether you answered, yes or no, imbalanced blood sugar is no joke.

When I was 7 years old, I occasionally fainted in the middle of a normal task – for what seemed like no good reason. However, one morning, my mom called for an ambulance after seeing me passed out on the bathroom floor while getting ready for school. The doctors diagnosed me with hypoglycemia – or low blood sugar.

While that diagnosis was shocking, what they told me next was even scarier. The doctors told me that I would develop diabetes by the age of 30. My grandmother became a diabetic at age 30. And I watched how it destroyed so much of her life. The doctors didn’t tell her what to do or how to change her outcome. Unfortunately, the doctors didn’t tell me how to avoid diabetes either (and I want to shed light on for you today).

Different Types of Diabetes


Before we move on, you need to know that there are two types of diabetes that may impact you if your blood sugar is unbalanced.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an immune response that kills the insulin-producing cells of your pancreas. In order to survive, a type 1 diabetic is required to take insulin every day. The body cannot produce that hormone – insulin. It’s not to say they can’t improve their life with proper nutrition and lifestyle behaviors, but they will still need medication for the rest of their lives.

Type 2 Diabetes

The other type has received a lot of attention throughout the pandemic in its relation to COVID infections and deaths. Type 2 diabetes – the most common type – is a serious epidemic that affects more than 29 million people in the United States today.

A person gets type 2 diabetes when the glucose in their blood is elevated for a prolonged period of time. As a result, there is a dysfunction in the insulin and leptin hormones.

Western Medicine Says You Can’t Balance Your Blood Sugar Naturally

Both types of diabetes cause issues in every organ system of the body.

Although science has come a long way in helping us understand the cause and prevention, there is still a lot of outdated information circling around out there. And unfortunately, your own doctor may be a culprit of spreading this misinformation. The so-called trusted sources they rely on, like the American Diabetes Association, may also be leading you down the wrong path.

Many are diagnosed with diabetes and are told they have to take medication for the rest of their life.

The truth is, mainstream medicine is getting it all wrong.

Diabetes is a lifestyle condition. While it can get worse as we age, there are also preventive and corrective measures we can take. .

 

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Lies Western Medicine Tells You About Your Diabetes Diagnosis

Here are a few lies you’ve most likely been told about your diabetes diagnosis.

Lie #1: You’ll Need To Take Medications Forever.

One of the biggest lies is that you’ll need medication forever, and you will continue to get worse with age. Why are you told this lie? Medical schools and the American Diabetes Association continue to teach this to the next generation of medical professionals. What is not taught is how taking a functional approach with nutrition, exercising, sleeping, reducing stress, removing toxins, and taking the right supplements can completely reverse diabetes.

Of course, this requires that a person continues healthy lifestyle habits, but it’s much better than being sick with a disease that can negatively impact every organ system in the body.

Lie #2: Diabetes Is Genetic.

Another lie is that diabetes is genetic. While diabetes can run in your family and can play a small role in the diseases we inherit, disease processes like diabetes develop because of environmental factors that run in families. This includes diet, toxic habits, viruses, chronic stress, lack of exercise, or other negative lifestyle factors.

As a health and wellness coach, I work with people regularly who reverse diabetes naturally. And I’m living proof blood sugar balance can happen naturally as well!

Lie #3 Medications Stabilize Your Blood Sugar.

Doctors will tell you that medications can stabilize your blood sugar so it’s nothing to worry about. Medications deal with symptoms of the disease, but they never address the underlying cause. This means they are masking the actual problem.

Has your doctor ever told you to watch your sugar intake and take your medication accordingly? And if your sugar is too high you may need a bigger dose?

Is that logically a way to treat anything?

It’s kind of like approaching it as if it were a headache. Skip your Tylenol if you don’t have a headache. Take it if you do.

But diabetes is much more serious than a little headache in most cases.

You will never resolve the problem by covering up the symptom. This is true for any disease process! And this is why conventional medicine gets chronic disease wrong so many times. Blood sugar imbalance means there is a dysfunction in the body somewhere. When you bring hormones into balance and address things like weight gain, inflammation, and other disease processes, the blood sugar can naturally come into balance as well.

5 Steps To Balance Your Blood Sugar Naturally

If you’ve been told you have insulin resistance or diabetes, where do you go from here?

First, know that when you are taking medication for diabetes, this can cause the body to store extra sugar as fat. This will lead to weight gain and cardiovascular problems as well as other health conditions.

Then, diabetic patients spend about $13,000 per year on medical supplies alone. You’re much better off working to heal your body naturally if you’re concerned about the financial impact. So this would be a good time to contact someone like me to allow us to save you a little bit of money this year and give you an opportunity to actually live a healthier life.

1. Consume The Right Types of Carbohydrates

Make sure you’re consuming the right types of carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates and simple sugars (i.e. processed foods) are going to cause your insulin to rise faster.

Foods higher in fiber, like non-starchy vegetables, actually slow the rate at which insulin is raised.

Eating a large meal can also cause a surge in insulin.

When you learn to balance your plate appropriately with the right amount of carbs, fats, and proteins for your unique metabolism, you will stabilize blood sugar.

If you don’t have it, download my free guide created to help you learn how to eat right for your unique metabolism. Stabilize your energy, mood, and crush food cravings today!

2. Get In Shape

Have you heard the phrase, New Year, new me? The beginning of a year is one where people usually make a mad rush to the gym.

Why do they do that? Because exercise is good for you. If you want to manage your blood sugar, move your body. Exercise creates healthy stress on the body (as long as you’re not overdoing it). It’s one of the most powerful ways to lower leptin and insulin resistance.

Why is this important?

After you eat, insulin transports blood sugar to your fat cells and activates their metabolism, producing the hormone leptin. Leptin signals to the brain that you are full when you’ve eaten enough. It also tells your pancreas to stop producing insulin.

When there is excess amounts of blood sugar, it will eventually be stored as fat. And you will see an elevation in triglycerides. This leads to leptin resistance – which prevents your brain from getting the message that says “I’m full”. The more you eat, the more your triglycerides increase. And the more weight you gain.

So, start moving your body!

3. Sleep Properly

Get proper sleep. I talk about this a lot, but people think sleep isn’t important. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Your body goes through a natural detoxification process through the night. This is why sleep is so important!

Liver detox starts at about 11 p.m. according to Chinese medicine. When there is an imbalance in blood sugar and fat begins to accumulate, it causes damage to the liver. This fat will clog up the liver’s metabolism and reduce its ability to store sugar.

This results in high blood sugar spikes. Many times, those highs cause you to crash between meals, which also leads to you feeling hangry (hungry and angry). This is also why you can wake up with a very high fasting blood sugar level.

Rest is super important to allow the body to heal itself naturally. Your body will go through natural detoxification processes if you are setting yourself up with good sleep habits.

4. Simplify Your Life

 

Simplify your life, and take a little time for yourself. Stress reduction practices like taking a walk in nature, hugs, laughter, or nurturing positive relationships will take you a long way when it comes to your health.

How does this balance blood sugar?

Very simple. Stress can actually drive up blood sugar and the body.

So focus on yourself this week and start to reduce your stress.

5. Consume The Right Supplements

Take a good multi-vitamin with minerals and/or a healthy green supplement every day. These minerals and nutrients support healthy blood sugar levels.

You also want to make sure that you’re eating nutrient-dense foods instead of white processed foods. If you’re struggling with that, using something like a delicious green powder to help you get in some additional nutrition can go a long way and even help you fight those cravings that lead to further blood sugar and balances.

Need More Support To Balance Your Blood Sugar?

Balancing your blood sugar is just one part of the equation. As a health and wellness coach, I help people just like you find a path towards healing. If you’re ready to reclaim your life, schedule a complimentary consultation with me today.