Blood Sugar Made Very Simple
By Nancy Mehlert, MS
- 1. We have about 1 gallon of blood. Ideally, it should have about 4 grams (1 teaspoon) of glucose in it at all times for optimal function. Less or more negatively affects function.
- 2. If you consume, for example, 2 ounces of Gluten Free Pasta, it contains 42 grams of net carbohydrate. As it digests, blood sugar rises from the optimal 4 grams to 46 grams of glucose. This creates a significant blood sugar imbalance and the body responds quickly to address the problem.
- 3. The corrective measure is two fold. First, the liver stores a portion of the glucose as glycogen for future release when blood sugar is too low. Second, the body releases insulin to usher the excess glucose into any cells willing to receive it, which most of the time, it will be fat cells, thus storing the glucose as fat causing weight gain.
- 4. This lowers blood sugar back to normal optimal levels and stockpiles sugar supplies in the liver. Next time you fail to eat, the liver will release fuel in the form of glucose, RATHER than burn fat from the body.
- 5. So every time we eat excessive amounts of carbohydrate, we are storing excess sugar in the liver and in fat cells and the next time the body needs fuel, it will access the liver stores, rather than burn fat. This cycle prevents weight loss. Learning to maintain stable blood sugar is key to weight loss.