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Quantifying sugar metabolism

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Did you know there is a blood marker that tells you if you are eating too much sugar? Eating lots of sugar will reduce the number of insulin receptors on our cells and we will need more and more sugar to still get some energy in our cells. This will lead to cravings for sugar, we will feel tired (no energy in the cells), and we will get fat (sugar can’t enter the cells, so it gets stored).

This resistance to sugar and insulin will ultimately lead to diabetes. Diabetes is pretty shitty, because it will mess up our brain, it messes up our kidneys, we lose nerve function in our hands and feet, we slowly lose eye sight, and our hormonal system gets completely out of whack. You can go check if you are on your way to Diabetes by getting a HbA1c blood test. Its a fairly cheap test. The result should be well below 5.8%. If it is not you really have to change something. The number 1 thing to do is to eat less sugar. The second key thing is to move more. Strength Training is one of the best things you can do to increase your bodies sensitivity to sugar and insulin. The third great thing to do is to eat a lot of foods that contain high amounts of magnesium. These include Spinach, Avocado, Almonds, Yoghurt, Kefir, Banana, and Black Beans. Magnesium will improve the sensitivity of our cells to glucose and insulin and help us stay away from diabetes and all that other nasty stuff. Our cells will figure out our health for us. We just have to give them the right resources. 

Magnesium will improve the sensitivity of our cells to glucose and insulin and help us stay away from diabetes and all that other nasty stuff. Click To Tweet

 

May the FLOW be with you!

Gerrit Keferstein, MD

Gerrit Keferstein is a Medical Doctor specialised in Performance & Functional Medicine. He is most known for his work on the optimisation of recovery and adaptation in elite athletes.

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