Blood sugar, also known as blood glucose, is maintained by the food you eat and is used for energy. Glucose is precious fuel for all the cells in your body when present at normal levels. But too much glucose in your blood stream can behave like a slow-acting poison. Over time, consistently high blood sugar levels can damage your cells and lead to a myriad of health problems. In this episode of HealthLine Live Radio Show, Dr. Robert Marshall, Ph.D. and co-founder of Quantum Nutrition Labs, offers some useful insights on how to support your own healthy blood sugar levels.
“Blood sugar is really an issue that’s of paramount importance across America. We’re slowly becoming a very overweight nation. And part of the cause is our overconsumption of carbohydrates, especially simple sugars such as refined cane sugar. Somehow, over time we have come to believe that carbs should be the dominant player in our diet,” Dr. Marshall begins. He says research shows that a healthy diet should be higher in natural fats, moderate in protein, and very moderate in carbohydrates. He points out that changing your diet can be one of the most important things you can do for a long, healthy life.
Dr. Marshall also highlights the tremendous role digestion can play in blood sugar. “If my digestion is failing, whether I'm eight years old or 88 years old, it will force me to expose my body to all types of unhealthy bacteria that normally would have been killed by stomach acid. With poor digestion, these unhealthy bacteria can slip through your digestive tract and thus have carte blanche to your kidneys, your heart, your circulatory tree, your pancreas. And these little buggers have been shown in studies to be an absolute source of many of the problems that we're facing. First, the underpinning of great health is to make sure you can digest and absorb your food.”
He recommends not eating another meal with cooked food without also taking pancreatic enzymes and pepsin, as well as betaine hydrochloride. “This way, you’re no longer playing Russian roulette with whatever undesirable bacteria is let loose in the food you just ate. Time to end that game!”
While many people are concerned with blood sugar levels that are too high, some find themselves with blood sugar levels that are too low. Dr. Marshall comments: "Here you want to support the liver, the pancreas and the adrenals, which are the controllers of the low blood sugar. And the best bet in town to help control this is usually by taking a B vitamin complex.”
Listen to the full episode of HealthLine Live Radio Show below to hear more of Dr. Marshall’s advice on supporting healthy blood sugar levels.