Almost 2/3 of Americans are overweight and many (if not all) overweight Americans are also diabetic or trending in that direction. Studies have shown that maintaining a stable blood sugar helps attain or maintain a healthy weight. The average American consumes a whopping 156 lbs of sugar per year according to the USDA. While the best way to maintain a healthy blood sugar level is by modifying diet to avoid processed foods, grains, and added sugar in drinks, acupuncture has also been shown to improve the body’s natural response to sugar and help stabilize blood sugar levels. Some patients also report a reduction in sweet cravings while under the care of an acupuncture physician. Exercise or physical exertion is also beneficial for helping the body remove excess sugars.
High carbohydrate diets are too common since the FDA has recommended cutting down on dietary fats and meats for heart health. New research suggests that sugar, not fat or meat, as previously thought, is more to blame for cardiovascular disorders, as well as obesity. Sugar should be consumed only as whole fruits or freshly juiced with a meal consisting of protein and healthy fats. Grains should be limited if you are struggling with blood sugar disorders, as they are usually broken down in the body as sugars, and certain grains can cause other issues as well. Some grains can be reintroduced after the body has healed from its sugar overload. You should get most of your fiber from non-starchy vegetables. They contain powerful micronutrients and do not cause harmful spikes in blood sugar and improve overall health. Meats should come from grass-fed or pasture-raised, preferably local sources and should never be treated with hormones or antibiotics. Fats should come from raw, grass-fed butter, coconut or olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds. Eat right, get acupuncture, move your body and achieve vibrant health. At Satori Acupuncture we will give you the tools to heal yourself.