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      Understanding Glitches in Your Metabolism

      Glitches in Your Metabolism Seattle WA

      Many people suffering from Type 2 diabetes and having difficulty balancing blood sugar have been given orders to exercise and lose weight too many times. If you are one of these individuals, you may have tried changing your diet and introduced some form of exercise to get your blood sugar under control. But just like many patients with abnormal sugar metabolism, one day you came to the conclusion that it is not so simple to lose those stubborn pounds, to keep your unruly appetite under control and to generate enough energy and stamina to keep up with your workout regimen. The pounds stay put, the energy stays low and the blood sugar monitor does not show optimum numbers no matter how hard you have tried.

      If you are about to give up and reach for a chocolate cookie or that slice of bread you have been depriving yourself of for a month, stop and think. Why is your body not cooperating with your efforts? Is there a glitch in the pathways of your metabolism that prevents you from letting those pounds go?

      The answer is YES. There is a glitch; more precisely, several glitches. Your diet choices and physical activity level do play significant roles in your health. But there are many other factors that influence your success in balancing blood sugar.

      3 key factors influencing your metabolism

      1. Let’s start with genetics. Some people were created by nature to have a very “conservative” or “thrifty” metabolism. The good news for these “lucky” ones is that they can efficiently convert food they eat from any food group into sugar. But the “unlucky” part of this “conservative” approach is that sugar can be quickly stored as fat. If you are one of those people who feel fantastic on a low carbohydrate diet, if you can lose your weight and gain it all back a few weeks after you have celebrated your weight loss, you have a ” thrifty” metabolism. Your body knows how to store your fat in the most efficient way possible. You need to learn to understand how your body responds to different foods and how you can use the efficiency of your metabolism to your advantage.
      2. The next important glitch in your sugar balance is the balance of your hormones. Do you remember what your diet looked like when you were in college? Can you count all of the pizza slices and soda cans loaded with sugar and caffeine you consumed while working on a late project at night in your 20’s or 30’s? What magic thing in your body kept you from getting diabetes or gaining weight at that time? Why 10 years ago you were able to cut your calories for a few days and drop 5 pounds without a big effort and now you literally have to erode your joints on the treadmill to drop a few ounces? It is because the balance of your blood sugar depends on the balance of all your hormones. You had much more efficient metabolism when your hormones were perfectly balanced.
      3. Another important obstacle to balancing sugar and dropping pounds is your stress. Poor coping strategies for high stress situations will keep your body in the mode where each one of your stress hormones mobilizes to provide for your survival. Think of it: you are a mammal. Nature wisely created many beautifully working protective responses in your body to give you a good chance at survival. Let’s imagine a chain reaction of events: you have spotted a dangerous animal, experienced stress, and are pumping adrenaline so you can run away from the danger. To successfully run, you need some support with extra blood sugar!

      Now back to reality: while you are feeling stress, tossing and turning in your bed at night, sitting in front of your computer, or driving your car, your body is helping you to run from a dangerous animal; it is pumping your blood sugar higher and higher.

      At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine we have the privilege and opportunity to serve hundreds of patients who are suffering from impaired sugar metabolism, diabetes and obesity. We have developed state-of-the-art treatment protocols and coaching techniques that appreciate the uniqueness of each individual’s metabolism and help patients get control of their blood sugar. We empower our patients with every necessary tool to improve their diet, to balance hormones and to safely lose and keep off significant amounts of weight.

      Stop and do not reach for that cookie. Do not give up on your weight loss or balancing your blood sugar. Call us! We are here to help.

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