Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland located under the left ribcage. Insulin is a hormone that helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
Insulin lowers the sugar in the blood. Normally, there is only a small amount of sugar in the blood, but if there is more than that, it is considered excessive. On average, a person has about a gallon and a half of blood. This means that there is only one teaspoon of sugar diluted in a gallon and a half of blood. Anything more than that would be excessive.
The average person consumes a lot of sugar every day – 31 teaspoons on average. This is a big problem because sugar is linked to many health problems.
Normal sugars refer to the level of sugar in the blood. 100 milligrams/deciliter is the normal level of sugar in the blood. This means that there is one teaspoon of sugar per one and a half gallons of blood. If there is more sugar in the blood, the body will activate insulin to get rid of it.
Insulin is a hormone that helps the cells in your body absorb glucose. Glucose is a type of sugar that your body uses for energy. Without insulin, the cells can‘t absorb glucose, and the sugar stays in your blood.
Insulin helps to store sugar in the liver and muscles in the form of glycogen. Glycogen is a long chain of sugar molecules that the body can use for quick energy if needed. If there’s any leftovers, it converts the sugar to fat.
Insulin is a hormone that helps you absorb amino acids and makes you more likely to store fat, especially in the gut. It also helps you absorb potassium, which is a key mineral involved in many body functions.
After a sugar meal, your body retains sodium, which can cause you to feel bloated and gain weight.
What is Insulin Resistance?
If you have insulin resistance, it means that your body isn‘t responding properly to the hormone insulin. This can cause your blood sugar to rise, which can lead to diabetes.
What is Hyperglycemia?
Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, can cause your cells to starve for insulin and glucose. This can lead to cravings for sweets, as well as other issues like insulin resistance and fat conversion in the gut.
Hyperglycemia can starve the cells of glucose in the brain, which is why diabetics may lose their memory or have problems absorbing amino acids. Muscle mass and strength may also decline, and high blood pressure and fatigue may result from the body‘s inability to process sodium and potassium correctly. Lastly, because insulin levels may become too high, diabetics may have difficulty losing weight.
What Stimulates insulin?
Sugar is found in many foods, such as refined carbohydrates, bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, and alcohol. If you eat sugar and protein together, your insulin levels will spike even more. This is because protein also stimulates insulin.
I typically recommend that people consume 3–6 ounces of protein per meal. This is a good amount of protein to help you feel satisfied and to help fuel your body throughout the day.
NOTE: MSG is a monosodium glutamate and a modified food starch that is in a lot of junk food. It will increase insulin by 300%.
How to Counteract Insulin Resistance?
Intermittent fasting is powerful because it cuts down on the frequency of eating and, as a result, drops insulin levels. This helps to correct the dysfunction that can be caused by too much insulin in the body.
NOTE: Fat has no effect on insulin, while apple cider vinegar can improve insulin sensitivity.