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The (Not So Sweet) Effects of Too Much Insulin

Insulin helps insure sufficient glucose gets into your cells. The problem is that most people simply eat too many foods that trigger insulin release.

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!

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