Our body’s blood sugar (or blood glucose) needs to remain in a specific range to maintain proper metabolic health. If we eat, get stressed, or exercise, our blood sugar levels increase or decrease as a response. It is then up to our body to produce hormones like insulin or glucagon to bring our blood sugar back into a healthy range.
Glucose, the primary sugar we use for energy, is toxic if levels remain elevated for too long. This can clog arteries and form free radical causing advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), inflammation, increased triglycerides, increased risk of heart disease, and diabetes (1).
The longer your blood sugar stays elevated, the more insulin resistant you become. This breaks down your body’s ability to accurately regulate your blood sugar, further putting your health in peril. What’s worse is that during this process you begin to crave sugar more; the stuff that’s screwing you up in the first place! And the destructive cycle continues…
As fun as traveling can be, air travel can cause a great deal of stress to the body. Aside from the stress of getting to your flight on time, just sitting on the plane as it flies through the air bombards the body with stress. Most people don’t know this, but there’s radiation in the air and the higher the plane goes, the higher your exposure can be (1)! Then there’s the recycled air you have to suck. And don’t even get me started with the low-quality airplane food. What’s more, the airport itself is full of things that can add to your stress load and put you at risk of developing a cascade of health issues.
But fear not! Here’s your ultimate travel guide to keep your body’s stress burden at a minimum while flying.
If your goal is to put on some muscle, you’re going to get some value from this article! Do a google search and you’ll find a lot of different information breaking down what it takes to build muscle. Unfortunately, I have noticed through my own research there are a lot of gaps in information that are critical to truly understanding what it takes to be a muscle beast warrior. In this article, I list 13 necessary components to gain muscle. And don’t worry; following this guide doesn’t mean you’ll become a bodybuilder. Even from a weight-loss standpoint, putting on a little more muscle is always a good thing, because it will better support the joints and increase your metabolism. So let’s get into the details. Prepare to get swoll.
In my last article, I went broke down the epidemic that’s plaguing us all—hypochloridia, which is a fancy way to say “low-stomach acid.” This article is going to be a little more fun because I’m going to give you some tools you can do yourself to test your own stomach acid status as well as teach you how to reverse the issue. I also want to throw in a couple other suggestions, mainly things I like to recommend to my clients to better improve their overall digestive health.
Let’s get into it…
I hate to say it, but there’s fairly good odds that your
digestive system isn’t running optimally. But fear not! I’ll provide you with the tools to dial in your digestion and start increasing your ability to absorb nutrients today.
This is going to be another two-part article. The first article is going to go into the details of why we all aren’t producing enough stomach acid and how it connects to reflux issues, and the second article is going to give you the tools to fix it by teaching you how to self-test to find out if you have hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) and how to start digesting food properly again. (more…)