Survive the Snack Attack
by Dr. Michael Aker
In my wellness consultations I find myself in discussions about the many common maladies that seem to afflict us. Over the many years that I have done this I have observed a common malady that significantly promotes these illnesses. It is a bug that has infected nearly everyone.
It is called THE SNACK ATTACK.
The suffering inflicted upon the countless victims of this bug are all caused by INSULIN. You see, excess insulin is a causative factor in:
- cardiovascular disease
- type 2 diabetes
- cholesterol problems
- increased risk for certain types of cancer
There are more physical changes that occur with excess insulin, like premature aging since excess insulin causes the cells of your body to divide too rapidly.
The common factor I find that is causing the exaggerated insulin response in chronically ill patients is too much dietary sugar and starch. We have all heard this, haven’t we? But, how much is too much? The tolerance for sugars and carbs varies greatly from one person to the next.
Some of us are born as insulin hyper-reactors. The pancreas is always primed and ready to release a flood of insulin at the slightest provocation. Even without this inborn tendency, insulin excess will develop in those who eat excess carbs. Those who regularly consume sugar are particularly at risk and those who drink juices and other sweetened drinks are seriously into the process of developing these illness in their bodies.
The progression over the course of an insulin reactor’s life generally goes like this:
Childhood typically includes too many carbs and sugars and insufficient protein. In both the meals and the snacks, the young body is continuously charged with sugar. The pancreas is repeatedly provoked into action. If there are juices or soft drinks, multiply this over stimulation of the pancreas hundreds of times.
Hypoglycemia symptoms ensue. With most meals and every snack the blood (and brain) sugar begins to spike and then, with the surge of insulin, comes crashing down.
- We become cranky
- We cannot concentrate
- We crave more sugar or coffee
- We get dizzy or spacey
- We get shaky
If we give in to another sugar craving, there is another spike and crash. Many people ride this roller coaster all day, every day from childhood into adulthood.
The whole body begins to suffer from the hormone imbalances which result from excess insulin. Those illness described above are cultivated day by day until they are fully grown disease conditions. Therefore, a major key to preventing and treating these illnesses is to STOP STIMULATING THE PANCREAS.
What stimulates the pancreas to release insulin? Eating. Period. The more starch and sugar in the food, the greater the insulin reaction, but any food stimulates insulin production to some extent in anyone. We need to minimize the quantity and frequency of insulin secretion, which is to say: decrease the number of feedings per day and the quantity of sugars and starches in each feeding.
This is so easy to say but not so easy to accomplish. There is a lot to consider relative to the forces that drive our craving and eating patterns. The knowledge and tools you need to make reasonable and gradual changes in your health are more than this article can cover. It is my purpose to help you understand how to express a more vital and happy life. Take action on your health today and call so that we may continue this discussion.