Each moment of the day blood sugar levels change. Optimally our blood sugar levels are between 65-90 before our first morning meal. After eating and digesting our food our blood sugar rises because the “sugar” glucose goes into our bloodstream so our cells can grab it and use it for fuel inside the cells. Once the cell has grabbed the glucose the level of sugar in our bloodstream gets lower causing a drop in our blood sugar. We experience this as hunger, headache, irritability or other symptoms. When people skip meals especially breakfast or eat only 1-2 meals per day it throws off your bodies blood sugars during the day. This negatively affects the bodies metabolism and the ability to lose weight and inches. The body gets use to the behavioral pattern of skipping meals and may stop the hungry urges but the cells are still in need of the fuel they would get from eating more regularly. The body begins to hold onto the small amounts of food it is given and refuses to release extra fat because the cell thinks it is “starving” even though there may be an abundance of fuel as fat stores in the body.
When the body receives 5-6 small meals per day, eating something every 4 hours the body’s blood sugar is more balanced through the day. When my patients eat smaller meal throughout the day they experience more energy, better focus and concentration and less over eating at each meal. This sets the stage for weight and inch release and maintenance of ideal weight. Understanding blood sugar is important for all of us to understand to help us create the health we want and the weight that we are trying to maintain.
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Dr. Dae's Bio:
Daemon "Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who completed her training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is certified as a General Practitioner by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).