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BLOOD SUGAR CONCERNS & MORE
by Dave Foreman
The past several newsletters have contained articles about my recommendations for someone based on their symptoms and requests. I am selecting these based on some of the more common requests for help in areas such as weight loss, blood sugar problems, skin issues, blood pressure, etc. In many cases, you will see repeated suggestions such as cleansing, Probiotics, Omega-3s, and a good Multivitamin. The information that will be different is in the area of key supplements to address the person's "goal" or "issue(s)". Remember that these suggestions are the beginning of a new lifestyle and are not necessarily designed to be a lifetime supplement program. As we improve different aspects of our health, our supplement program should change. In some instances, I focus on the primary goal only. In other instances it might be possible to address other areas that are not listed in the person's goals, but may be health issues that can be covered under their program. It is always recommended to seek advice from your local health care provider and natural health expert prior to starting your new lifestyle plan.
Here is the profile for this edition's consultation:
Issues to Address: Anxiety, UTI's, infertility, hypoglycemia, allergies (stuffy nose, clogged ears).
Goal: Balance blood sugar.
Current Supplements: VM-100 complete, Calcium, fish oil, probiotics, D-Mannose.
Desired Weight Loss: 10 pounds.
Nervous System: Anxiety - Wake up between 2-4AM. Nervous stomach or colon.
Eyes: Weak Vision - Night vision is poor.
Respiratory: Congested sinuses - Respiratory allergies. Overproduce phlegm and mucous. More than 1 respiratory infection per year.
Thyroid: Hands and feet frequently cold. Infertility. Crave sugar, chocolate, caffeine, or breads. Weight gain below the navel or on the thighs. Weak hair and nails.
Adrenals: Low energy or stamina. Trouble building muscle. Weak muscles. Allergies. High Stress level. Low blood pressure.
Urinary:Bladder or kidney infection(s).
Activity:Need more stamina.
Environmental: Live or work in a toxic environment
Intestinal:1 or less bowel movements per day. Abdominal bloating. Flatulence (gas). Consume less than 35 grams of fiber/day.
Liver Blood and Gallbladder:Food allergies and sensitivities. Overweight. Regular headaches. Tight shoulder/neck muscles. Gas. Gallstones or Gallbladder removed. Nausea.
Weight Management:Snack between meals.
Immune:2 or more colds per year. Allergies.
I am looking forward to working with you on your goals to achieve better health! I feel that your goal of addressing your blood sugar is a very reasonable thing to achieve. Upon reading your information, I feel that I should also guide you to some other things to help with other health issues. In most cases, I don't do this, but I feel moved to help you beyond what you have requested. I am hopeful that this is acceptable to you. The following are the suggestions I have for getting you on the right track.
Step 1:Cleansing. I think it is prudent to begin your program with a good cleansing and detoxification program. This will benefit how well your supplement program works as well as supporting improvement for many other health issues you may have. My favorite cleanse is CleanseSmart (Renew Life Formulas), but there are many other, similar, "whole body" cleanses available at your local Vitamin Shoppe. While cleansing, make sure to eat more fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. I suggest you eliminate (as much as possible - be reasonable) animal protein (meats, chicken, fish, eggs and dairy). You should also consume at least 65-80 oz. (8-10 8-ounces glasses) of purified water each day. Eliminate other beverages as much as possible (especially coffee, sodas and juices - unless you juice at home). The fact that you have one or fewer bowel movements per day is not always a good thing, almost never. A gentle cleanse will help get things going the right direction. Other suggestions to follow will address this issue specifically for the long term.
Step 2:I would like you to continue the cleansing process but this time focus specifically on your liver. Using a liver cleanse immediately following the 30-day cleanse mentioned above is what you should do next. I use Liver Cleanse (Enzymatic Therapy), but there are other great kits available. You should consider liver cleansing for 14 days. If you can, continue the same dietary recommendations mentioned above. The big deal-breakers here are caffeine, alcohol and any other non-organic foods/beverages. I have found that liver cleansing and then support is a great way to help the body deal with environmental toxins, stress, and many other health challenges (especially several others that you listed). It is a commitment, but works.
Step 3:Start a supplement program (maybe this should not be labeled step 3. You should begin with these supplements when you start the first cleanse). Here's what I suggest:
Multivitamin:Every Woman II. This is by far the best multivitamin because it is a whole food vitamin (so it's better digested, absorbed and retained) designed for women over 40. Women over 40 have different nutritional needs than younger women, and therefore it is a great idea to take this approach.
Omega 3:Based on your age, weight and health concerns listed, I think you should be taking 2 grams of Omega-3s from fish oil each day. In order to make sure you are taking the right amount, take a look at the supplement facts panel on your product. Find out how many capsules/tablespoons etc. make up a serving. Then see what the total Omega-3s for a serving are. If the label doesn't provide a "total," then add up the amount of EPA, DHA and other Omega-3s listed per serving. Every product seems to be different so please read the label carefully. If you find out that the total is 500mg per 2 capsules, then you would need to take 8 capsules per day to get the 2000mg I am suggesting. Brands like Nordic Naturals (Concentrated), Carlson Labs, Coromega (this is what I use) and Vitamin Shoppe brand will be great choices. If your fish oil smells or tastes like fish, don't use it. This smell or taste means it has oxidized and will not be effective or healthy for you any longer.
Antioxidant:I prefer that ALL of us take a combination antioxidant. If you try to buy one product that combines multiple antioxidants, it will save you some cash. I like to have people use antioxidants that are helpful at addressing more than just one issue. In your case, there is an eye formula that also is great for those with blood sugar control problems - I found Occu-Plus (Vitamin Shoppe) by doing some research for an article a year or so ago. It ROCKS.
Probiotic:This will help with your digestion and a whole lot more. I believe that we ALL should use a probiotic daily. There are tons to choose from, but I think Reuteri Pearls (Nature's Way), FloraSmart (Renew Life) and Advanced Probiotic (MD Select) are the best for you. Just follow the manufacturer's labeling for dosing. Your probiotic is probably fine, but I prefer these brands.
Blood Sugar control:In most cases, the dietary suggestions I am making below will do the trick, but sometimes supplements are required. Supplements like Chromium, Magnesium and Licorice Root, etc. help take out the peaks and valleys your sugar tends to get into. I think that you should consider using 1 gram of Licorice Root 3-4 times per day. This is great at helping blood sugar levels and will also help support your adrenal fatigue, liver health, and many other issues.
Step 4:With regards to how you eat, this is what I suggest: Eliminate completely (go in your pantry and refrigerator and bag up everything and throw it away) ALL refined foods. This means anything that isn't in its original state (the way GOD created it). No bread, pasta, cereal, etc. Even packaged (canned, frozen, etc.) foods should be eliminated. This also includes canola oil, vegetable oil, etc. What you should be eating are plenty of fruits (NO juices though), veggies, nuts, seeds and legumes. Try to avoid starchy foods - these are EVIL for you right now. When it comes to meats, eat organic and consume 4-6 ounce servings - no more. Buy leaner cuts of pork, beef and chicken too! Fish is great, just not canned. If you get cravings, try keeping baby carrots or some other veggie available (already cut and washed), and eat them with a big glass of water. Remember that we are changing your lifestyle, and that takes time to get used to. Pray about it and then give praise to GOD for answering your prayers. Once you learn to eat the right way, this will NEVER happen to you again.
Consuming refined foods is an EVIL thing for someone with blood sugar control issues. Again, you should focus on more fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, etc to help balance out your issues. NO Pasta, bread, Rice, Sugar, Honey, etc. These are like throwing gasoline on your fire. These are also EVIL for your fatigue. Avoid caffeine and alcohol like they are the plague, too. These will mess with you in a bad way. You should really try to stick to just water as your beverage, and avoid all foods and supplements that might have caffeine.
Your blood sugar drops from skipping meals or poor food choices, which ends up triggering cravings. If you make sure you eat regularly (3-5 times daily - small portions if 5 times daily), you will avoid energy dips and cravings for poor food choices. If you happen to skip a meal, make sure you have healthy food snacks around like baby carrots, nuts, apples, etc. Carrots, in particular, are a great food to eat when your blood sugar drops below a comfortable level. They are high in sugar (but not too high) and are also high in fiber.
Step 5:Turning now to your stress and anxiety, I find that prayer works the best. Too often we are focused on ourselves. I am not sure where you are in your spiritual growth, but I have found over the past two years that prayer and a spiritual belief can help to address stress and anxiety. Yes, there are supplements to help (Valerian Root is probably best because you can adjust the dose for your needs), but if you process your cares and worries on through prayers, you have nothing to fear. I am a walking testimony to this. Feel free to ask me more if you wish. I am learning more and more about this subject and have been helping others get through their problems using scripture, prayer and church.
Step 6:I would also recommend that you get blood work done to determine exactly what foods or food groups you are truly allergic or highly sensitive to. This can be accomplished by going to www.directlabs.com and purchasing their tests. I believe that a majority of your health concerns are probably caused or made worse by food sensitivities. Once they are eliminated, you will see great improvement in your overall health and wellbeing. Foods like wheat, corn, dairy, soy, eggs are usually the top culprits, but it is best to have the food sensitivity testing done to make sure and not guess.
Finally, I would like you to keep me posted on your progress. I am excited to hear about your results. Please let me know if you have any questions.
God Bless You.
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