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Blood Sugar And Your Mood

Blood Sugar And Your Mood

You ever get that feeling at work where you feel like you're snapping at people right before lunch? Picture this. It's Monday morning, you're tired, had a weekend and a half going out, and you have project piled up to your face all due for Wednesday. You're stressed, there's a lot on your plate, but is it possible that the reason you're a bit nippy at people is because you're just hungry.. or should I say "hangry"?

This is the thing, blood sugar doesn't just influence our energy levels. It directly influences the energy out put we are capable of utilizing in that very moment, especially if we're utilizing carbohydrates as our main source. In times in which we are "low energy" the body's instinctual reaction is to immediately focus on out sourcing nourishment so it doesn't start tapping into stored energy for it has that reserved for emergencies. 

For most people, blood sugar dysregulation usually happens if they aren't eating enough protein to offset their carbohydrates or vice versa, if they don't eat often enough, if they're stressed, or if they're missing essential nutrients to help with the metabolic process of utilizing our macronutrients such as potassium, magnesium and chromium.

This is when we can help and come into the picture.

Many people are actually doing the right thing believe it or not. Following meal plans, exercising, trying to dial in their sleep, but sometimes these symptoms of getting "hangry" don't dissipate. People get frustrated and eventually want to give up. So what gives?

Unfortunately, our food today is mineral dead due to poor farming practices which leaves us eating foods that are devoid of nutrients we require to function as be healthy. 

So no matter how hard you try to regulate your diet or control your cravings, there's a high chance you’ll still have trouble with the reactive effects of poor nutrition. 

This is why we decided to add chromium into our new product called Upgraded Mood

Chromium is important for the metabolism of all 3 macronutrients (fat, carbohydrates and protein) but most notably helping one's glucose tolerance by supporting glucose transport into the cell as well as increasing one's insulin sensitivity. With better utilization of glucose (our body's preferred source of energy), we are then more apt to having more seamless energy and support for our nervous system, thyroid as adrenals over all. With less stress on the body, our bodies aren't as inclined to release stress hormones and make us "hangry" and hate the world. 

Putting the "hangry" to the side though, it's been shown that chromium over time can lower blood sugar and insulin while improving the body’s response to insulin in a matter of just 16 weeks. You can find this study here.

In fact, in another study of over 62,000 adults, the likelihood of having diabetes was 27% lower in those who took dietary supplements containing chromium as you can read here as well. 

This just goes to show that by just taking one mineral such as chromium, you can make an impactful difference on your health. By incorporating Upgraded Mood, you’ll be able to live through the days with fuller, more consistent energy, feel calm and at ease toward tasks as well as the people around you, and avoid those days where nothing seems to be working and you just want to give up. 

Barbara Madimenos
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Practitioner
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
Integrative Health Coach

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