Your body makes insulin to help insure that sufficient glucose (sugar) gets into your cells. Since glucose is one of your cells’ primary energy sources, this is a good thing.
The problem is that most people simply eat too many foods that trigger insulin release.
Triggers for excess insulin release include:
- Flour and sugar products, especially high-fructose corn syrup.
- Liquid calories, especially soft drinks and mixed drinks.
- All processed, junk, and packaged foods. Follow the “no box, jar, can, bottle or package” rule when cooking.
- Trans and hydrogenated fats.
- Not eating sufficient protein and soluble fiber
- Not eating frequent, small meals
- Excessive stress
Here is what too much insulin does to your body and health:
- It increases LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, lowers HDL (“good”) cholesterol, raises triglycerides, and increases your blood pressure.
- It makes your blood sticky and more likely to clot, creating circulation problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
- It stimulates cancer cell growth.
- It increases inflammation and oxidative stress and ages your brain.
- It increases unhealthy homocysteine, a pro-inflammation factor that increases the likelihood of stroke or heart attack.
- It affects sex hormones and can lead to infertility, hair growth where you don’t want it, hair loss where you don’t want it, acne, low testosterone in men, etc.
- It also leads to depression, anxiety and “fuzzy brain.”
Do yourself a favor and stick with whole, fresh foods in their natural state. You’ll live longer and enjoy your life more!