Integrative Health Blog

Sugar: Hidden Ingredient and Healthy Alternatives

Posted by on Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Most of us know that eating too much sugar is bad for us. Sugar promotes acidity in the body which provides a breeding ground for illness and disease.

Rising rates of sugar consumption over decades has contributed to increasing rates of candida, obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes, adrenal fatigue, metabolic imbalances, liver toxicity, cancer, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and a range of health conditions.

When your body craves sugar, it may signal a high level of candida, which provides an internal acidic, environment in which bacteria and fungus, and ultimately disease, grows.

Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to combat sugar cravings and don’t realize that many of the processed foods they consume every day disguise sugar on labels with names such as high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, maltose and dextrose. When you constantly feed your body sugar, which is acid-forming, your taste buds can become addicted to the taste and crave more sugar! On the other hand, as you feed your body alkaline-forming foods and beverages, your taste buds will crave less sugar and you will feel better.

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Tags: insulin resistance, diabetes, sugar

The Magnesium and Diabetes Connection

Posted by on Wed, May 14, 2014

Dr. Mercola posted an article, Low Magnesium May Play Key Role in Insulin Resistance and Diabetes about low magnesium and it’s role in insulin resistance and diabetes, two things that I have a great interest in and have posted  numerous blogs about.

He states that an estimated 80% of Americans are deficient in this important mineral!

There can be many reasons: nutrient depleted soil, nutrient deficient diets, intestinal problems, kidney problems, diabetes, age, certain medications.

My focus here will be on the relation to Type II diabetes. Dr. Mercola says “ the evidence is clear: if you want to optimize your metabolism and keep your risk for type 2 diabetes low, one of the things you need to do is consume adequate magnesium.”

How to Increase Your Magnesium Intake with Food

The easiest way to do that is to eat foods that are high in magnesium:

  • dark leafy green vegetables

  • sea vegetables like dulse,nori, wakame, kelp

  • unrefined sea salt

  • sunflower and pumpkin seeds

  • nut butters

  • almonds, cashews, brazil nuts

  • brewer’s yeast

  • wheat germ

  • cilantro, dandelion

  • unprocessed grains

In a recent 2013 study, according to Mercola, pre-diabetics with the highest magnesium intake, reduced their risk for blood sugar and metabolic problems by 71%!!

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Tags: insulin resistance, magnesium, diabetes, blood sugar

Let's Prevent Diabetes Now!

Posted by on Mon, Sep 23, 2013

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC            

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Tags: insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood sugar

Diabetes and Prevention Seminar Oct. 5, 2013: Control Your Blood Sugar

Posted by on Mon, Sep 16, 2013

Take Control of Your Blood Sugar Now!

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Tags: insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood sugar

Finally...Help for Blood Sugar and Carbs with Transglucosidase

Posted by on Thu, Aug 01, 2013

REPORTING A NEW BREAKTHROUGH!!

I have been a subscriber to LIFE EXTENSION magazine for many years now, and have gleaned much useful information over that time.

I believe that a recent article will prove to be of great importance to  most of us who are fighting to maintain a healthy weight, in spite of a  commitment to proper diet and exercise.  We live in a world that seems to be changing the food supply faster than we can keep up, and many of those changes appear to be part of a nefarious plot against that goal!

It is becoming increasingly expensive to find organic, non-processed foods, and the time to properly and tastily prepare them.  Furthermore, so many healthful foods are rich in the essential nutrients, but also are high in complex carbohydrates [STARCHES], that cause us to exceed the ideal balances for our sedentary lifestyles, since they are broken down  to sugar [GLUCOSE] after they reach the intestinal tract, but fail to satisfy our desire for something sweet.  That craving is a form of addiction, which is only satisfied by having a constant supply for a “fix”.  While not as frowned upon in society as addiction to alcohol or drugs, there are many whispered comments about why that fat person is eating so much bread or potatoes or other starchy foods, or even worse – SUGAR!

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Tags: insulin resistance, carbohydrates, blood sugar

How Many Times A Day Do You Eat This Food?

Posted by on Tue, Jan 15, 2013

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: belly fat, inflammation, insulin resistance, weight loss, integrative health

Metabolic Syndrome Criteria...Is this You?

Posted by on Wed, Dec 26, 2012


                           

I want to share with you what I have been up to lately!

I’ve been helping people with pre-diabetes and Type II diabetes to get their blood sugar levels to come down through diet and lifestyle changes.

Deconstructing Diabetes is a 3 month diet and lifestyle program developed for those people with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and/or Type II diabetes.

Sometimes we need to hear information more than once or twice to get it to sink in.

So, here’s a recap:

Do you have any of the following?

Waist measurement of > 35 for women

                               > 40 for men

Triglyceride level  > 150 mg/dl

HDL level     < 40 for men

                 < 50 for women

Blood pressure > 130/85

Fasting blood glucose > 100 mg/dl

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Tags: insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health

Warning Signs of Pre-Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

Posted by on Wed, Oct 10, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Signs of Insulin Resistance/Pre-diabetes  

-  belly fat

-  sugar cravings

-  fatigue especially after meals

-  high blood pressure

-  high triglycerides

-  hypoglycemia

-  low HDL

-  high cholesterol

-  inflammation in the body

Family History

-  heart disease

-  obesity

-  stroke

-  dementia

Fact:  Pre-diabetes carries with it all the risks of having full blown diabetes

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Tags: belly fat, inflammation, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrative nutrition

Do You Have High Blood Pressure, High Triglycerides, or High Cholesterol?

Posted by on Wed, Oct 03, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: insulin resistance, diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrated health

Do You Have Belly Fat?

Posted by on Thu, Sep 06, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: belly fat, insulin resistance, diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrative nutrition