Build Your Body’s Access to Abundant Energy

by | Sep 14, 2011 | Functional Medicine, Nutrition & Diet | 0 comments

Increase Insulin Sensitivity with Step 6 of

Dr. Lavine’s Ten Step Program to Conquer Chronic Illness

Insulin is one of your body’s best friends.  It’s the single hormone most responsible for building healthy tissue, gaining muscle, tapping the energy of the glucose in your blood, and blocking the protein in your body from being broken down for use as a back-up fuel source.

But the distortions of today’s lifestyle conspire to make insulin’s job harder.

Poor diet, stress, toxic exposure, sedentary lifestyle and weight gain all lead to reduced sensitivity of your body cells to the effects of insulin – insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance is one of the core imbalances contributing to today’s epidemic of degenerative diseases – cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, dementia, chronic pain, and the like.

Insulin resistance, if it progresses far enough, has another name – Type 2 Diabetes.

How do you reverse the damage done by the modern lifestyle and rebuild your body’s sensitivity to insulin?

If you’ve been following the arc of Dr. Lavine’s Ten Step Program to Conquer Chronic Illness, you’ve already made major strides toward increasing insulin sensitivity.  In Step 3 – Restore Lean Muscle – you engaged one of the most potent triggers to insulin sensitization – weight training.

If all has been going according to plan, you’ve already found that your muscles are getting stronger and that the level of resistance and number of repetitions you can complete is increasing.  Perhaps you’ve also incorporated a wider range of muscle groups into your regular workout regimen.

Keep up the good work.

Now, with Step 6, you’ll use other tools to help insulin do its job in your body’s cells.

Here are a four of them.

  1. Cut out sugar, corn syrup, and other sweeteners.  You don’t need them.  And don’t substitute artificial sweeteners for sugar, either.  They’re even worse for you.  Honey, maple syrup, agave, and other alternatives are only slightly better.
  2. Get rid of “trans” fats.  That means no hydrogenated vegetable oils.  Lots of baked products – everything from crackers to cookies – have them.  They don’t exist in nature.  Do you think your body has evolved enzyme systems to process them?
  3. Improve balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.  Boosting your intake of healthy omega-3 fats by eating fresh, oily fish and taking a fish oil supplement can help, but usually it’s not enough.  You also have to severely cut down your intake of corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, and the like.  And fried foods?  Unless you’ve made them yourself, you can be nearly certain they’ve been prepared with evil fats.
  4. Use the proven power of specific herbs that boost insulin sensitivity.  Two of them you can start with:  green tea and cinnamon.A cup of brewed green tea is a healthy drink, and there are supplements that can give you a daily tea dose, too.  Freshly-ground powdered cinnamon can be added to a lot of foods, but herbal supplements with cinnamon extract can also be a handy way to get what you need.

Ready to take charge of your program to regain health?  Find out more about Dr. Lavine’s Ten Step Program to Conquer Chronic Illness.


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