NutriMap Diet Glucose Metabolism

June 6th, 2012, 02:06:27 admin

The Science of Endocrine Regulation of Metabolism

Endocrine Regulation of Metabolism:

We eat sugar and we eat carbohydrate; as a result, our bodies break them down into a molecule called glucose that we use for energy. When the amount of glucose in the body increases, it stimulates our body to secrete insulin. Think of insulin as a “Glucose Taxi.” Insulin literally picks up glucose, and taxi’s it around our body: to the brain so we can think, to muscles so we can move, and to the heart so it can beat. This is a very elemental explanation of how a healthy person utilizes sugar/carbohydrate (glucose) for energy, and how the insulin taxi is our happy friend.

       Now, it’s no secret that millions of Americans eat lots of sugar and carbohydrate. Our bodies can only use a limited amount of glucose at a time, but that’s cool because our insulin taxi drives the extra glucose to the liver.

       Think of your liver as a bank. It’s a bank that turns all the extra glucose into glycogen to use for energy later. So far we are all good, using some of the glucose for energy and storing the excess glucose as glycogen to use for energy later.

       Here’s the problem: American’s eat so much sugar/carbohydrate that our liver banks are overflowing like crazy. As a result, our liver turns this overflow of glucose into cholesterol and fat (triglycerides). That’s not cool. In addition, our insulin taxi get frustrated because it’s driving so much and it has nowhere to go, so the taxi stops driving glucose. That’s not cool either.

       Do your insulin taxis a favor and be mindful of the amounts of sugar and carbohydrate you are consuming. You should educate yourself on the amount of sugars and carbohydrate you should consume daily according to your lifestyle. Things like genetics, age, and physical activity, should all be taken into account. Contact a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) at Bio-Shift to schedule an appointment and take the tests and learn how to achieve your optimal health.

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