Tips to Manage Blood Sugar With Simple Dietary Changes

Whether you have struggled with diabetes (type 1 or 2) or have discovered your body is insulin resistant due to autoimmune diseases or other ailments, managing your blood sugar and glucose levels can be done with various food and dietary changes. While selecting the right way of eating may not eliminate all issues you are looking to overcome, it can greatly improve quality of life while allowing you to achieve a healthy weight with added benefits to the body.

Paleo and Keto Lifestyles

Some of the most popular ways of eating such as Paleo and Keto diets have skyrocketed in recent years due to millions of success stories and radical improvements in overall health. If you are unsure of whether paleo or keto is right for you, speaking with a doctor and conducting a bit of research may help with making your decision.

Paleo Lifestyle:

The Paleo lifestyle involves cutting out processed foods and eliminating massive sugar intake by replacing traditional western diet foods with more whole options, fruits, vegetables, and organic meats. While the Paleo lifestyle is less intense than the Keto diet, it does help eliminate excessive carbohydrate intake while keeping blood sugar spikes to a minimum. However, for those who are suffering from diabetes type 2 or insulin resistance altogether, the Keto way of life may be the optimal choice.

Keto Diet and Lifestyle:

The “Keto” diet stands for ketosis, an actual process that occurs in the body once you have adapted and adjusted to the way of eating. A high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate diet Keto allows your body to burn ketones instead of sugar, as it does everyday. The burning of ketones allows us to access our fat stores so we lose weight. Eggs, vegetables, bacon, and other meats and leafy greens sustain you throughout the day, leaving you satiated.

A great supplement from Metagenics to increase ketones when following this diet can be found here: https://primewellness.metagenics.com/mct-powder

A Vitamin a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

The old adage that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is still true in many aspects. While modern medicine works miracles curing illnesses, in most cases it doesn’t promote wellness. With the advances in biological science, we are even more aware than our ancestors were that eating healthy promotes wellness. If you look at a balance sheet with wellness at +100 and sickness at -100, not being sick or being cured of sickness puts us at 0, right in the middle. Wellness is a body with a healthy immune system, proper nutrition and vibrantly active anti-bodies that can fight off most illnesses. Wellness is promoted through regular healthy habits such as eating a well-balanced diet of primarily plant-based foods that are grown without chemicals, moderate regular exercise to keep our bodies moving and supplements to fill in the gaps for nutrients that we miss from our diet. These nutrients may be hard to digest, hard to source or just not available to us in the quantities we need them.

Encouraging Health in Children

Children are especially susceptible to illness due to several reasons.

  • Children do not always eat healthy foods no matter how much we encourage them to.
  • Children have incomplete immune systems because they have not built them up as much due to their young age.
  • Children are exposed to other children at school who get sick.
  • Children’s bodies are smaller and can get sicker faster than adults.

To help offset these circumstances, you can add healthy supplements to your child’s diet to help reinforce their immune systems and give them more power in the fight against illness. Two Metagenics products are highly recommended for all children to help build and maintain healthy bodies.

PhytoMulti® Kids

PhytoMulti® Kids is a chewable supplement designed to add a rainbow spectrum of phytonutrients to complement nutrients gained from foods. It contains 16 vitamins and minerals including the Vitamin C equivalent of eating one whole orange.  It is comprised of fruit and vegetable extracts that include blueberries, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts and broccoli, often the exact vegetables that children refuse to eat. It is a delicious flavor of tropical citrus that children love and great for those who cannot swallow tablets (adults included).

UltraFlora® Children’s

UltraFlora® Children’s is a probiotic formulated to promote digestive health with a blend of B. lactis Bi-07 and L. acidophilus NCFM® which help aid in a healthy immune system. It offers several benefits including clinically demonstrated support for GI and immune health, improves the balance of intestinal flora, may help with digestion of lactose in a chewable grape tablet.

Countering the Effects of Harmful Chemicals

There is no question that our children brush up against harmful chemicals on a daily basis without any intention. Chemicals are in our food, water and environment whether they were put there to fight germs, left from older construction or added to promote growth or preservation. We cannot eliminate them all from kids’ lives unless we live in an untouched wilderness, but we can protect our children’s lives and help them live longer and healthier ones through active encouragement of wellness practices.

Improve the wellness in your children by learning more about these Metagenics products or by learning more about how you can encourage wellness in your entire family. Contact Dr. Kelly Austin N.D. with any questions at austin.nd@gmail.com.

The Case For Giving Children Probiotics

The physical development children undergo can lay a strong foundation for how healthy they can be as adults. This is why it is important that they have the substances they need to develop properly. The introduction of probiotics into the diets of babies and young children may be able to provide them with enough of the “good” bacteria the immune systems in their bodies need to fight off illnesses. As a concerned parent, you should be able to understand how important these special bacteria can be to your children’s health and how supplemtns containing the probiotics may be used to treat certain ailments.

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are living microorganisms and yeasts that are naturally in the body and are essential to maintaining one’s health. Probiotics help your stomach move food and can be used to help alter the bacterial balance in body, eradicate harmful bacteria and reduce infection. You can find them in certain enhanced foods, and they are also available as supplements, which are typically used to enhance the growth of probiotic bacteria in the stomach. The two main groups of probiotics include:

  • Bifidobacterium, which can be found in some dairy foods
  • Lactobacillus, which is the most common type of probiotic and is typically found in fermented foods, like yogurt

Microorganisms and Children

Everyone has microorganisms that live on and in their bodies. This collection of microorganisms, or the microbiome, is created during development in the womb. During the birthing stage, babies will swallow amniotic fluid, which will begin to spur the creation of the good bacteria inside of their bodies. These good bacteria will continue to develop and then mature during the infancy and early childhood stages of development.

In addition to having key roles in the proper digestion of food and manufacturing vitamins, the microorganisms also aid in the development of the intestinal mucosal defense system, which is a complicated network of immune processes that aid in preventing diseases and infections. Studies have shown that children who have compromised intestinal mucosal defense systems have been known to suffer from asthma, Type 1 diabetes, allergies and variety of autoimmune diseases. As a result, researchers have concluded that children who have insufficient microbiomes may experience health complications throughout their lifetimes.

What Does the Science Say?

While there is an extensive range of foods that contain probiotics, only probiotic supplements contain the high doses of probiotics needed to be effective as a treatment. There are brands that are marketed specifically for use in children, like UltraFlora Children’s Daily Probiotic Support, which is made by Metagenics and can provide daily support for immune and gastrointestinal health and is ideal for kids who like chewable supplements.

There are results from multiple studies that show that children can benefit significantly from taking probiotic supplements and that they may be effective as a curative or preventative treatment for a number of illnesses from which children may suffer:

  • Diarrhea: According to a study reported in Pediatrics magazine, Lactobacillus was determined to be effective in treating children with infectious diarrhea. There was also a 2007 review of ten trials that found Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG  and Saccharomyces boulardi were used to successfully treat children who had diarrhea due to receiving antibiotics.
  • Respiratory Infections. There is also research that indicates probiotics can be used to prevent childhood respiratory infections. A 2015 review of 12 trials, which included seven trials that focused on children mostly enrolled in child care centers or daycare where the risks of infections were high, showed that different types of probiotics, including Lactobacillus GG, reduced the chances of a child acquiring an upper respiratory tract infections by 50 percent. It also found that the administering of probiotics cut the number of children who would need antibiotic treatment to treat their infections by nearly 33 percent.
  • Colic: The results of another study published in Pediatrics in 2007 indicated that the use of medical drops containing the probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis was successful in treating infants suffering from colic and actually reduced the amount of time the babies cried during the day.

There are certain situations in which children should not be given probiotics, including instances in which a child has a serious or chronic condition or if their immune system has been severely compromised. Before you add probiotic supplements to your children’s diet, contact us at Prime Wellness. We are a Metagenics product provider and can address your concerns regarding the proper use of probiotic supplements as a part of a naturopathic treatment plan.