Do you have metabolic syndrome?

Habits to Healthy Blog Post 9

What is metabolic syndrome?

American Heart Association describes it as a cluster of metabolic disorders involving abdominal fat, elevated cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and fasting blood sugar above 100 mg/dL. It’s estimated that 23% of adults are affected but there’s a whole lot more who haven’t been diagnosed yet. Most insurance companies in the US won’t pay for a lipid panel unless you’re over 35 years old. Does our medical system think people under 35 have perfect cholesterol levels?

There’s a few factors that increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome and one of them is blood sugar dysregulation. Most people aren’t concerned about their blood sugar because dysregulation typically doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms. THIS is a common root cause to MANY health conditions.

Blood sugar dysregulation can impact hormones like thyroid, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone. It also puts an incredible amount of stress on all organ systems but especially, your liver.

What happens when our liver gets tired? Our body’s main detox pathway gets blocked. And that’s when symptoms start to become more noticeable.

Balancing meals not only minimizes blood sugar spikes, but it also helps keep hormone levels in check. Best way is to add protein, fiber-filled veggies, and healthy fats to meals. 3 easy ways to make them part of your routine:

1) Green smoothies
1-2 cups of veggies, add some coconut or nut milk, seeds if you have them, and top off with some berries or fruit. mMm!

2) Nuts & seeds
Grind 1-2 tablespoons and add to just about anything. Great seed options are pumpkin, flax, sunflower, sesame, hemp, and chia.

3) Keep veggies on hand
Wash, cut, and store them in clear containers so you have a friendly reminder each time you open the fridge.

Healing starts with food. The most important thing is to ditch processed, packaged foods and focus on a variety of plants, instead of counting calories or measuring portions. How many cups of veggies have you had today?

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