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What is Insulin Resistance (IR)?
Insulin resistance is a state in which the cell receptor for insulin is downgraded or blocked. So the receptor is resisting insulin.
It’s kind of like right now if I had ear plugs and you’re talking to me I would be resisting your communication.
When you resist the communication of insulin, you don’t get the feedback loop.
If insulin is ignored this sets off some highly negative effects in the body.
If the insulin does connect with the receptor, it signals back to the pancreas which releases insulin to lower blood sugar.
Insulin resistance blocks the receptor so that we have no feedback loop going on.
So the pancreas gets a little angry and confused and increases insulin more in an effort to be received. But increases insulin to 5 to 7 times the amount of normal insulin release. What happens is that THAT ultimately creates more insulin resistance.
Over the years, what happens is the pancreas gets burned out and you will no longer be able to produce insulin. That’s diabetes type I. Type II is insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance is a state where your cells are not absorbing insulin and when that doesn’t happen you don’t get the positive function of insulin which is basically helping absorb potassium and nutrition and fuel to the cells.
So a cell with IR is a cell that’s starving of nutrients.
Even in the brain. Also, you get a lack of control of blood sugars and you get the whole diabetes problem.
So a normal cell has a lot of nutrition in it but insulin resistance cells have less.
The Side Effects of Insulin Resistance
Eventually, if you let insulin resistance (IR) go, you COULD become a diabetic. So that’s one side effect that you most assuredly DO NOT WANT.
Other side effects of insulin resistance.
1. Inability to lose weight
2. Inability to lose belly fat
4. Cystic acne
5. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Disease
6. High blood Pressure
7. High Cholesterol
8. Tired After Eating
10. Fatty liver
11. Swollen belly especially when you eat
12. Not satisfied with eating
13. Excessive urination at night
14. Not able to go very long without eating.
All of these are signs of insulin resistance, and I’m going to tell you exactly what to do to heal insulin resistance in the next lesson.
How to Heal Insulin Resistance – and Correct It For Good
If you have a dysfunction with insulin, you have to understand what triggers insulin.
What triggers insulin is
1. Consuming sugar
2. Consuming hidden sugars
3. Consuming artificial sweeteners
4. Consuming foods with MSG (fast food—not just Asian foods).
And one additional thing triggers insulin –it’s eating in general will trigger insulin.
That means every time you snack, every time you put something in your mouth, you spike insulin. If we can keep insulin low, you can actually heal insulin resistance.
So if we do breakfast, lunch, and dinner with no snacks at night or in between we can heal insulin resistance.
If you want to take weight loss one step further, try more intermittent fasting and go to two meals a day. This will really heal insulin resistance and help you burn fat and lose weight as well.
So do a late breakfast and a dinner later on. What you want to do is increase the time in between eating and lengthen the time between eating to burn fat and suppress insulin.
Adding more fat at meals helps you to go longer without eating.
We’re not talking about cutting calories – we’re talking about cutting the frequency of eating.
So the best steps you can take to reverse insulin resistance are:
1. Stop Snacking
2. Add fat at meals
3. Eat a potassium rich diet which decreases the need for insulin
4. Chromium decreases the need for insulin
5. The B vitamins decrease the needs for insulin.
6. Limit protein to 3-6 ounces at every meal – more than that will release insulin
7. Increase fat at your meals
In fact, don’t do this program without adding fatty proteins. Lean proteins spike insulin even more. I mean healthy fats. Even grass fed beef is a healthy fat. Even bacon without sugar is healthier than a lot of the chicken people eat. You can also do coconut, Brie, avocado, nut butters, and nuts.
8. And Avoid Sugar at All costs.
All of these tools will help you to heal from Insulin Resistance.
I do have a new supplement that is really beneficial for healing insulin resistance.