As every cell present in your body requires an amount of energy, also that energy was provided in the form of glucose which you obtain from your food. But some cells which are certain, those like brain cells require a regular and constant supply of energy to function out balanced, also this doesn’t mean you need to eat all day. Fortunately, your body is hardwired to regulate and control a steady balance of glucose in your blood. Also, the practice of a session of your exercise can help you balance anyway which helps to make your system balanced.
The role of insulin and glucagon
Adding an amount of carbohydrate, whether it is potatoes or a Frappuccino with whipped cream, will raise or cause a high over in blood sugar. Yes, this does mean that the type of carbohydrates that you eat are important, but more on this in a moment. Whilst your cells rely on this glucose to provide energy, excess glucose can damage your cells. This is why your pancreas will step into action to pump out insulin in order to keep your body safe and in balance.
Insulin’s main function is to help transform glucose into energy and to distribute it throughout your body. Insulin, therefore, helps to reduce blood sugar levels by allowing sugar to enter the cells so that it can be used for energy.
During periods of fasting, in-between meals, or overnight, when insufficient glucose is available to provide energy to your cells, your pancreas will secrete glucagon in an attempt to maintain a healthy sugar and energy balance. Glucagon signals the liver to break down glycogen (stored glucose) and also stimulate the breakdown of fat cells in an attempt to generate energy for your body.
Balance blood sugar, get healthy!
Here’s the scenario we’re aiming for when we take steps to balance blood sugar naturally:
- When we consume healthy sources of carbohydrates with plenty of good fat and protein, the glucose from the meal enters our blood slowly, and the pancreas responds by secreting a measured amount of insulin.
- Insulin shuttles the right amount of glucose into the cells and it is used for energy. There is no excess insulin running around in the bloodstream to promote inflammation.
- We avoid “sugar highs” and “sugar lows” with balanced blood sugar throughout the day. We can easily go 3 hours or more between eating without experiencing sugar cravings or feeling shaky, irritable, or tired.
- Since blood sugar imbalances perpetuate inflammation, stable blood sugar reduces inflammation and helps balance hormones.
- Because stable blood sugar means no sugar or carb cravings, even stubborn weight starts to melt away with balanced blood sugar levels.
Get a good sweat at least four days a week.
All exercise is beneficial for overall health and managing and also beneficial in maintaining blood sugar levels. However, a moderately vigorous effort, such as brisk walking or running, for at least 30-40 minutes four times a week can significantly benefit insulin regulation and blood sugar levels.