Use this Spice to Improve Your Insulin Sensitivity! 

A simple, scientifically proven trick to not only fight belly fat, but control blood sugar levels (and fight carbs)…
This spice that I’m going to mention is one of the most overlooked, but healthiest spices in the world…
You might even call it a “fat burning spice”… in a roundabout


And yes, it can actually help you win the battle against abdominal fat if you use it daily…I’ll explain why.
Here are some other benefits of this miracle spice:
controls blood sugar levels

helps maintain insulin sensitivity

a VERY powerful antioxidant

may have antibacterial and antifungal properties

and dozens of other benefits

So what is this miracle spice that beats abdominal fat?
Well… it’s good old tasty Cinnamon!


Although cinnamon does NOT directly increase fat burning (such as by increasing metabolic rate, etc), it CAN actually help you to burn off abdominal fat and get leaner in an indirect way
Here’s how…
Although cinnamon has dozens of health benefits, the main benefit that will help you to get leaner is through it’s strong effect on controlling blood sugar levels in your body.
In a study published in 2003 in the medical journal Diabetes Care, groups were split into people taking 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon per day in capsule form (the equivalent of approx 1/4th to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon).
The results of the study showed that all 3 amounts of cinnamon reduced fasting blood glucose levels by 18-29% after 40 days.
Cinnamon can also increase insulin sensitivity, which essentially means that it is helping your body to control blood sugar while simultaneously allowing your body to produce less insulin.
As you know, chronically high insulin levels can make your body pack on the blubber.

How to harness cinnamon to lose stubborn belly fat…
One possible way to benefit from cinnamon to lose more fat is to use cinnamon daily in your meals when you can, such as in yogurt or cottage cheese, in smoothies, oatmeal, or anything else you can think of where it would go well.
Also, you could use a cinnamon capsule before each of your meals, particularly if you’re going to have more than 30 grams of carbs in that meal.
This could help to control blood sugar and insulin response from your meals and thereby control your appetite and cravings throughout the day… hence, helping you to lose body fat more effectively over time.
So now you can see that not only is cinnamon a powerful antioxidant that can help you stay youthful longer, it can also help you to control blood sugar and get a leaner body!

Your Diabetes Epidemic! This Lifestyle Disease Can Be Avoided ….

We’re talking about Type 2 diabetes here, the one that used to come on in middle age – but now younger and younger people are found to be pre- diabetic or with the full disease.

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According to top medical doctors, nutritionists, scientists, and now even the media type 2 diabetes is a completely reversible condition. Yet, millions of people all over the world are being told that diabetes is “genetic” and that they have to live with it the rest of their life.

But there’s good news! In this article I will go over the exact steps you need to take to reverse type 2 diabetes naturally and improve type 1 diabetes. In most cases, type 2 diabetes can be reversed in less than 30 days. I also layout a sample eating plan and supplement regimen that you can follow or share with someone you love who needs this information.

25% of the Population is Pre-Diabetic… And They Don’t Know It!

Aside from the financial costs of diabetes the more frightening findings are the side effects and the fact that diabetes is the 7th leading disease killer in America today. The most common side effects of diabetes include: high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy, Alzheimer’s and amputation.

So let’s discuss what actually causes diabetes and the difference between type 1 and type 2.

The Cause of Diabetes

Diabetes is an illness related to elevated blood sugar levels.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The damage to the pancreatic cells leads to reduced ability or complete inability to create insulin. Some of the common causes that trigger this autoimmune response may include a virus, GMO organisms, heavy metals, vaccines, or foods like wheat, cows milk, and soy.

The reason foods like wheat and cows milk have been linked to diabetes is because they contain the proteins gluten and A1 casein. These proteins can cause leaky gut which in turn causes systemic inflammation throughout the body and overtime can lead to autoimmune disease. In order to reduce the autoimmune response and improve type 1 diabetes, I suggest you implement the advice in this article and follow the steps.

Type 1 Diabetes is rarely reversed but with the right dietary changes major improvements in blood sugar levels can be seen and a person can often reduce their dependence on insulin and medications.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is caused by insulin resistance. It is a metabolic disorder that is caused by high blood sugar. The body can keep up for a period of time by producing more insulin, but over time the insulin receptors sites get burned out.

Now, we know the main causative factors in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes include foods that spike blood sugar levels and cause intestinal inflammation. Next, let’s go over the top foods you MUST get out of your diet to reverse type 2 diabetes and support overall health for type 1 diabetes.

Foods You Must Remove to Reverse Diabetes Naturally

Refined sugar rapidly spikes blood glucose and soda, fruit juice and other sugary beverages are the worst culprits. These forms of sugar enter the blood stream rapidly and can cause extreme elevations in blood glucose. Even though natural sweeteners like raw honey and maple syrup are better options, they can still affect blood sugar. Your best option is to switch to stevia.

Grains, especially gluten containing grains like wheat, contain large amounts of carbohydrates which are broken down into sugar within a few minutes of consumption. As discussed earlier, gluten can cause intestinal inflammation which affects hormones like cortisol and leptin, and can lead to spikes in blood sugar. I would remove all grains from your diet for your first 90 days on this healing program and after that time you can introduce back in sprouted ancient grains in small amounts.

Conventional cow’s milk, should be eliminated especially for type 1 diabetics. Dairy can be a fantastic food for balancing blood sugar if it comes from goat’s, sheep, or A2 cows (1). Stay away from all other forms of dairy because the A1 casein produced by conventional cows will harm the body and trigger an immune response similar to gluten. When buying dairy, only purchase raw and organic from pasture raised animals.

Alcohol can dangerously increase blood sugar and lead to liver toxicity. Beer and sweet liquors are high in carbohydrates and should be avoided.

GMO corn, soy, and canola have been linked to kidney and liver disease and may promote diabetes. I suggest removing all GMO foods and all packaged foods from your diet. Also, remove hydrogenated oils from your diet including vegetable oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, and canola oil. (Rape seed oil)

Top Foods to Cure Diabetes

If you want to reverse diabetes quickly or prevent diabetes I suggest you add the following foods into your diet.

High fibre foods help slow down glucose absorption. Aim for at least 30g of fibre per day from vegetables, avocados, berries, nuts, and seeds.

Foods high in chromium can improve GTF glucose tolerance factor in your body and naturally balance out blood glucose levels. Broccoli, raw cheese, green beans and grass-fed beef are all high in chromium, however broccoli has the highest amounts by far.

MCFA’s found in coconut and red palm oil can help balance blood sugar levels and be a preferred fuel source for your body rather than sugar.

Wild-caught fish contain Omega-3 fats and reduce inflammation which can help counteract some of the negative effects of elevated blood glucose.

Foods with a low glycemic load tend to not spike blood sugar as much as high glycemic foods. Low glycemic foods include vegetables, nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut, organic meat, eggs, wild caught fish and raw pastured dairy.

Sprinkling herbs like cinnamon, turmeric, and parsley on your food may also help balance blood sugar levels.

The 5 Best Supplements for Balancing Blood Sugar

1. Chromium Picolinate (600 mcg daily) Helps improve insulin sensitivity.

2. Cinnamon (2 tsp daily) Add to food, smoothie or tea to help improve blood sugar control.

3. Fish Oil (1,000 mg daily) Omega-3s are necessary for proper insulin function.

4. Alpha-Lipoic Acid (300-1200 mg daily) Improves insulin sensitivity and reduces symptoms of neuropathy.

5. Fibre Powder (10 g) Fibre from vegetables and seeds can control blood glucose. I recommend finding a supplement that contains sprouted chia and flaxseeds.

Other supplements that may support diabetes include: magnesium, rhodiola, green coffee extract, bitter melon, and gymnema sylvestre.

Exercising Balances Your Blood Sugar

Exercise is another crucial part of improving insulin sensitivity. It naturally supports metabolism by burning fat and building lean muscle. To prevent and reverse diabetes I recommend getting outside and walking 20-30 minutes a day. This has been shown to be especially beneficial following meals.

In addition to walking, you also need to do interval training cardio (like burst training) or weight training 3 to 5 days a week for 20-40 minutes.

Burst training can help you burn up to 3x more body fat than traditional cardio and can naturally increase insulin sensitivity. You can do this on a spin bike with intervals or you can try my BurstFIT home training program. Burstfit has a variety of workouts for all levels of fitness.

Strength training using free weights or machines is also recommended because it helps you build and maintain muscle, which supports balanced blood sugar and sugar metabolism.

Eat Clean, Feel Great.
Jax

*MILK – type 2 cows – what are they?
1- Prominent food researcher Dr. Thomas Cowan has been involved in thinking about the medicinal aspects of cow’s milk virtually his entire career.

His studies on the subject started in earnest when he read the book The Milk of Human Kindness Is Not Pasteurized, by maverick physician, William Campbell Douglass, MD.
Cowan became convinced that a large part of the disease in this country is related to the way we handle, or rather mishandle, milk and milk products.

Raw and cultured dairy products from healthy grass-fed cows are one of the healthiest foods people have ever eaten. However, pasteurized milk products have caused more disease than perhaps any other substance people are generally in contact with.

However, he still felt that a piece of the puzzle was missing. Many of his patients, in spite of eating only the proper dairy products, still had illness and still seemed not to tolerate milk. Recently, he was asked to consider writing the foreword to a book called The Devil in the Milk, written by Dr. Keith Woodford, which was again an eye-opener for him.

All proteins are long chains of amino acids. Beta casein is a chain 229 amino acids in length. Cows who produce this protein in their milk with a proline at number 67 are called A2 cows, and are the older breeds of cows (e.g. Jerseys, Asian and African cows). But some 5,000 years ago, a mutation occurred in this proline amino acid, converting it to histidine. Cows that have this mutated beta casein are called A1 cows, and include breeds like Holstein.

Proline has a strong bond to a small protein called BCM 7, which helps keep it from getting into the milk, so that essentially no BCM 7 is found in the urine, blood or GI tract of old-fashioned A2 cows. On the other hand, histidine, the mutated protein, only weakly holds on to BCM 7, so it is liberated in the GI tract of animals and humans who drink A1 cow milk.

BCM 7 has been shown to cause neurological impairment in animals and people exposed to it, especially autistic and schizophrenic changes. BCM 7 interferes with the immune response, and injecting BCM 7 in animal models has been shown to provoke type 1 diabetes. Dr. Woodford’s book presents research showing a direct correlation between a population’s exposure to A1 cow’s milk and incidence of autoimmune disease, heart disease, type 1 diabetes, autism, and schizophrenia.

Simply switching breeds of cows could result in amazing health benefits.

PERHAPS it’s easier to swap to coconut, almond or hazelnut milk? I have! Jax

GI or GL Why Should I Bother?

Your heart will thank you!

What is GI?
It’s the glycemic index value, or sugar content, measured in 100g portion of your foods.

What is GL?
It’s the glycemic load, or the sugar content in a normal portion of your foods.

I prefer to use GL just because you don’t normally eat 100g of many foods. So, comparing portion values gives you a better idea of which foods will effect your health and body fat!

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Harvard University found that women who eat lots of refined carbohydrates have 10% less good cholesterol. This good cholesterol keeps your heart healthy.
They also had 76% more triglycerides which is a very toxic fat.
So start controlling the sugars in your diet!

Question for you…
How many servings of these foods do you have daily?
White bread, bagels or rolls
White rice or rice cakes
Jacket or mashed potatoes, chips or potato crisps
Cakes
Biscuits
Cornflakes, rice cereals or honey-covered cereals

Score 1 point for every serving.

More info soon!

Jax

Sugar is the Enemy

New Studies Confirm the Surprising Relationship Between Sugar, Insulin Resistance, and Heart Disease.

IMPORTANT health information follows. More people need to know about this so please read this article and reblog or send those you care about the link to my blog. Heart disease is still the #1 killer in the western world… Accounting for 17% of all deaths (according to the WHO) and killing over 94,000 people in the UK every year. In 2006, heart failure cost the NHS £625 million, community based drug therapies cost £129 million (NICE 2003). In 2006 CHD cost £29 BILLION with 69 Million work days lost. (2004) As you can tell, heart disease not only kills but it weighs heavily on the economy and health care system of our country.

For years it was believed that eating too much fat was the cause of heart disease. And for that reason, the 1980s saw a a new “low-fat” movement. However, heart disease is still increasing. And so is obesity. If fat was the problem then why are people still having more heart attacks, getting fatter, and more of them developing Type 2 Diabetes?

Well, a big part of the answer is SUGAR.     As I’m about to show you in this article, sugar is a big reason why 1/3 of us have high blood triglyceride levels, making them (maybe even you) more susceptible to a cardiac event – heart disaster!     Don’t be fooled by low-fat products because if fat has been reduced or removed, then manufacturers know that something else has to take its place. In many cases, it’s sugar.

So why is sugar so bad?    Well, it can destroys every cell and system in your body and although I won’t be touching on every one its negative health effects here, I will be discussing the rarely talked about relationship between sugar, insulin resistance, and heart disease. After reading this article, I guarantee you’ll never look at sugar the same way again.

New Study Finds Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Increase Risk of Heart Disease This really comes as no surprise (after you understand how all this works) but a March 2012 study in the journal Circulation (USA) with 42,883 men found a significant and positive association between drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and the risk of coronary heart disease. In fact, the researchers revealed that for a one serving per day increase in sugar-sweetened beverage intake, the risk of CHD increased by 19%.

If you thought that drinking a pre-packaged fruit juice or soda pop was only doing damage to your waistline, then think again. This is just one of many studies showing sugar’s detrimental effects on the heart and cardiovascular system. As we’ll see below, fructose (which makes up roughly 50% of the sugar molecule sucrose as well as poisonous high-fructose corn syrup) is perhaps the main culprit here.

Why?    Well, among other reasons, the liver has a very tough time metabolising fructose (as opposed to glucose).  In fact, roughly 30% of fructose intake is converted to fat in the liver. One of the ways this happens is through a process known as de novo lipogenesis (or “new fat creation”). There’s dramatic rise in DNL after fructose consumption? Crazy, right?

Fructose and Uric Acid Not only does fructose (ie. sugar) add more fat (in the form of triglycerides) to your bloodstream – not a good thing by any stretch of the imagination – but also stresses your heart and vascular system by increasing blood pressure.

How?     Well, one of the by-products of fructose metabolism is uric acid. You may have heard of it before. It’s the precursor to and associated with gout. But in this case, uric acid increases blood pressure by preventing the normal way your blood vessels open and tighten to control your Blood Pressure.

Does that make sense?    The combination of increased fat production and the creation of uric acid are just 2 ways that sugar puts you at greater risk of heart disease. No wonder heart disease is still killing more of us than any other disease!

What About Fruit?    So, does that mean that fruit is bad for your heart too?   Well, first of all, fructose is only a portion of the sugar found in fruit. Some fruit have more, some have less. But either way, fruit is a natural whole food and if anything should be eaten in greater amounts to prevent heart disease.

Case in point… A 2011 study assessed the effect of low glycemic index fruit intake in type 2 diabetes and whether or not it increased the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Temperate climate fruit, which are generally low GI, were the focus and included apples, pears, citrus fruit (oranges, tangerines and grapefruit), berries (strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blackberries and blueberries) and the Prunus family (nectarines, peaches and plums).

Not surprisingly, the low GI fruit consumption is associated with lower blood pressure and CVD risk and supports a role for low GI fruit consumption in the management of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.    FANTASTIC!   This shows that WHOLE foods are an important ingredient to life-long health.

Fruits have a large amount of fibre, which naturally slows down the amount of fructose that reaches the liver at any given time. Therefore, the liver can more easily process the fructose from fruit, meaning less of it is converted to fat.   Fruit is also loaded with antioxidants, which are very important for fighting off free-radicals and preventing oxidative damage in your arteries.     So go ahead – get your 8-12 servings of fruits and veggies!    Yes I said 8-10 servings!!

The Beginning of the End –   To further understand how sugar eventually leads to a greater risk of heart disease, we need to start at the beginning. When you eat sugar (specifically glucose), it causes a spike in blood sugar. The greater the glycemic index (load) of a food or meal, the greater that spike will be.     Generally, refined grains (white bread, pasta, pastries, etc…), sweeteners, and sweets are the major culprits here.

But, your body is amazing.  It knows that high levels of sugar in your blood is dangerous, your pancreas produces and then secretes a hormone called insulin. Insulin is like a VIP tour guide that takes excess blood sugar and brings to your muscle, fat, and liver cells. Without insulin, blood sugar (glucose) almost always would not be able to enter and do its job in your cells.   So, in order for things to operate smoothly, your pancreas must first produce and secrete insulin and, second, your cells must be “sensitive” (or responsive) to it.

However, eating a lot of sweet/sugary foods creates a cascade of events that can eventually lead to a condition called “Insulin Resistance” or Diabetes.   When this happens, your cells are no longer sensitive to insulin.   So, no matter how much insulin you produce it has no effect.

The reason?  You’ve simply been exposed to too much of it over the years and no longer respond to this important hormone. This creates a deadly scenario… You have sugar in your bloodstream but cannot store or move it into your muscle, liver, or fat cells, which means you have elevated blood sugar.    If, your blood sugar remains high for a prolonged period of time, disastrous consequences can occurr.

Too much sugar   EATS AWAY   at your blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues in your body causing eye, nerve and digestive damage

BAD News.   But that’s just the beginning.    Let’s assume that you have become insulin resistant (that you have Diabetes) like the 2.9 million other sufferers in the UK alone.

How Insulin Resistance Can Hurt Your Heart    Under healthy conditions, insulin stores sugar in your cells.   It also encourages fat storage too. You might not like that about insulin but that’s the way it goes.   If you don’t want as much insulin circulating in your blood, and less sugar stored as fat, then don’t spike your blood sugar with poor quality foods, biscuits and sweets.

When insulin resistance occurs, your cells NO longer respond to insulin.  Therefore, no sugar can be stored.  At first glance, if you want to lose weight you might think that’s a good thing but let me explain why it’s not.   Apart from the fact that too much sugar in your blood WILL ruin your arteries, nerves, and other precious tissues… It also increases triglycerides (fats) in your blood, raising your risk of heart disease.   In fat cells – insulin resistance triggers an increased release of a hormone (HSL), which increases fat breakdown into free fatty acids. These free fatty acids (FFA) then move to your liver.   In the liver FFAs can either be converted to energy in your muscles  OR… Converted back into triglycerides for storage OR incorporated into dangerous VLDL particles. (High blood triglyceride levels)

Side note:   When your doctor measures your “blood triglycerides” he/she is measuring the amount of triglycerides in VLDL particles in your blood.  A higher the number means you’re at greater risk of heart disease.

Not only does insulin resistance increase your blood triglycerides by increasing VLDL formation but it also activates all of the fat-forming genes in your liver.  This essentially means that more processes occur to convert sugar into fat, rather than energy.

Similarly, HYPERGLYCEMIA (too much sugar) causes enzyme processes in the liver to favour cnverting excess sugar to more fatty acids. They are converted into triglycerides (yet again) rather than being burned as energy.  All of these events lead to one major problem…                         High blood triglyceride levels (aka. VLDL) which is big time risk factor for heart disease.

Thankfully,   this level can easily be attained through lifestyle changes such as diet, weight loss, and exercise.

The Take Home Message…… SUGAR – directly related to diabetes and weight gain – could be such a big problem for your heart as well?

But after reading this article, I’m sure you can see why sugar (yet again) should have a very very small place in your diet.

Disease doesn’t just happen. Genetic factors are extremely minimal (5-10%) in comparison to what really matters…

What you’re putting in your mouth and whether or not you’re moving your body.

If you want to avoid heart disease and diabetes (insulin resistance), then start by limiting your sugar intake.

Doing so will also improve all other aspects of your health as well!

Don’t add sugar to your food, never eat anything with HFCS, avoid added Fructose. Diabetic Sugar is often made from corn syrup (Poisonous stuff).

Look at labels on packages and don’t buy anything with sugar as the first few ingredients.

Example – Just have a look at flavoured yoghurts… if Sugar is the first ingredient – it’s mostly sugar – not yoghurt!!  Buy plain greek yoghurt and add your own fruit – fresh or frozen –  kind to your heart and completely   YUMMY!!

JaxAllen  miclub Cheltenham   follow me @miclubtweets