WHY REGULATE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR AFTER THYROID CANCER SURGERY?
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT!
And not just for diabetics, or those of us (many) who are insulin-resistant.
High insulin (which is needed to neutralize any ingested sugars) is a known contributor to causing cancer, among other health issues such as diabetes and pain. Additionally, high insulin makes you overweight and tired. Who needs that, when you are working so hard toward your goal of good health and vitality?
Getting your blood sugar under control is critical in keeping yourself healthy, especially when you have already experienced imbalances that have led to the occurrence of thyroid cancer. Chronic stress and overworked adrenals, a poor night’s sleep, hormonal changes, and even artificial sweeteners can all contribute to blood sugar swings.
There is a very close relationship between how your adrenals are functioning and how your blood sugar levels are doing. A lot has to do with cortisol, which plays a role in elevating blood sugars. Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced from cholesterol (that’s right, your body needs cholesterol for this, and lots of other reasons!) and is often called the “stress hormone” because of its connection to the stress response in your body. This is because consistently elevated cortisol can lead to higher blood sugar levels.
After ingesting sugars, your pancreas secretes insulin in order to move excess glucose from the blood and into the cells, where the glucose is then used to produce energy. If there are too many carbohydrates being consumed too often, then after a while your cells can’t tell when there is a need to react to the insulin. So the pancreas continues to pump out even more insulin, in an effort to get the needed glucose into the cells. After a while this creates insulin resistance, meaning the cells are now resistant to the insulin. Repeated insulin surges can damage the thyroid gland, if you still have one, and your thyroid hormone production suffers.
Chronic low blood sugar is just as damaging as high blood sugar. When your blood sugar levels fall, your adrenal glands have to produce more cortisol, which makes the liver create more glucose, in order to bring the blood sugar back to normal. Cortisol has to increase the amount of glucose for the brain, too.
High insulin levels will put your immune system on active alert. In this manner, high insulin contributes to cancer growth. Cancer cells have increased amounts of insulin receptors, which makes them respond quicker than healthy cells to the ability of insulin to promote growth in cells.
So what should you do? Of course, you must stop eating candy, soda and processed sweets. Avoid too many carbohydrates (even healthy ones!) eaten alone without combining the carbohydrates with a healthy fat and some good protein. Blood sugar swings cause destructive imbalances in your sugar and insulin levels, and honestly, you’ll never get well if you are eating candy and drinking soda, or consuming too many carbohydrates alone. It is simply not physiologically possible. So that is a fact that must be accepted. And there truly are some wonderful substitutions for the “un”foods like soda: I have a recipe here for a soda that is so much tastier, and a million times more healthy, and it can project you into a higher level of vitality when you drink it! Here’s the recipe:
Homemade Cola Recipe:
4 drops Lime essential oil
4 drops Orange essential oil
2 drops Lemon essential oil
2 drops Cardamom essential oil
2 drops Nutmeg essential oil
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 teaspoons sweetener such as maple syrup, honey, or liquid stevia (to taste)
- Drop the essential oils into the vanilla extract and add your sweetener of choice
2. Add to 2 glasses of 8-10 ounces sparkling water
3. Serve chilled.
Props and recipe credit to Magdalena Wszelaki, nutrition coach, speaker, educator and chef
High blood sugar can cause fatigue, blurry vision, frequent urination and increased thirst. Low blood sugar can cause sweating, light headedness, excessive hunger, mental confusion, and anxiety. The symptoms may not be apparent, but you may be experiencing “silent” damage (internally) from the swings of high and low blood sugar throughout the day and into the night.
It’s a great idea to eat a light protein snack at bedtime to help keep your blood sugar stable throughout the night. There are also some very helpful supplements you can take regularly throughout the day to help in this area as well, like Chromium, or L Glutamine. The easiest way to keep track of your blood sugar is to buy an inexpensive blood sugar monitor and routinely check your blood sugar. Here is a great blood sugar monitor that can help you keep track of your blood sugar levels quickly, easily and painlessly: http://amzn.to/2n7m9A9 .
Food triggers can result in feelings of anxiety, exhaustion, and irritability. Have you ever felt that way, and then you were compelled to bite into a sugary donut or candy, and then you immediately felt better? If your blood sugar had been low because you didn’t eat for a while, or you were not eating right, your brain (which needs glucose to survive), actually would send a signal that it is in survival mode, and the only antidote that will do is an immediate dose of sugar.
Feeling great after a sugary snack doesn’t last long, though, and you will get “hangry”, (a combination of angry and hungry) and you’ll start feeling shaky, irritable, light headed, foggy-brained, and fatigued. Your cortisol revs up, and the result is weight gain, mostly because the hormone leptin, which is made by your fat cells, stops your automatic control button for when you are hungry. This is known as leptin resistance — which results in chronic inflammation, and it’s the same as insulin resistance as far as damage.
STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR — IT IS CANCER’S FAVORITE FOOD
Sugar actually can cause a mineral depletion and create a more acidic environment in your body. You want to have your body more on the alkaline side in order to avoid cancer from moving in. Your adrenal hormones can be hit hard with the consumption of sugar. You can begin to experience insomnia due to the mineral depletion. Your immune system can become exhausted as well.
Sugar will feed the growth of tumors. Andrew Weil, MD states that “tumors are gluttons for glucose. They consume this blood sugar at a rate of 10 to 50 times higher than normal tissues.”
When you are looking for something sweet, try snacking on sliced apples with almond butter or cashew butter. You can mix some honey or coconut sugar into your plain yogurts or into hot beverages, and enjoy some dried dates or figs, or crunch on some frozen berries right from the freezer!
You want to avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose, because studies have found these chemicals have a harmful impact on your gut microbiome and your blood sugar metabolism. People who consume high amounts of these sweeteners tend to have gut bacteria that promote obesity. Artificial sweeteners actually increase your appetite and your desire for sweet things. They also will inhibit your fat metabolism.
According to the National Institute of Health, “most malignant cells depend on steady glucose availability in the blood for their energy” and high insulin resulting from Western diet meals “can directly promote tumor cell proliferation”.
Do your best to keep junk food out of your home. Read labels to make sure there are no hidden sweeteners in your foods. Eat good fats like avocados and coconut oil. Keeping your blood sugar regulated throughout the day is going to be very helpful in avoiding destructive upheavals in your blood sugar levels, and therefore your immunity. Make the effort to help your body maintain blood sugar equilibrium, and avoid the risk of developing further destruction that can lead to cancer.
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