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Bad News if You Eat Potatoes or Drink Coffee!

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If you’re a potato or coffee lover like us, then we’re afraid we’ve got some bad news for you…unless you’re religiously buying organic, that is.

You see, as a root vegetable potatoes absorb all of the compounds in the soil they’re grown in.  For conventionally grown potatoes, this means they’re soaking up loads of herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides on a daily basis.

According to the USDA, 37 different pesticides have been found on conventionally grown potatoes.  Seven of these are possible cancer causing agents, 9 are brain and central nervous system toxins, and 12 are possible hormone disrupters.  Even worse, 6 have been shown to potentially cause developmental and reproductive harm!

But it doesn’t stop with potatoes.  In fact, did you know that there’s an ingredient in your daily coffee that could be KILLING your brain?  Truth is, this ingredient is so toxic that the United Nations is considering a worldwide BAN, but the food industry is keeping it under wraps in hopes that you don’t hear about it.

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4 Tricks to Lower Blood Sugar

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4 Tricks to Lower Your Blood Sugar

You’ve probably heard over and over again that carbohydrates are perhaps the WORST thing you could eat when trying to lose fat or transform your body, and for most people, that’s 100% true.

Fact is, due to years of consuming a diet full of processed carbs and sugars, most people have grown quite insensitive to one of the most important hormones in our body–a hormone that can either be a huge asset to your body transformation goals, or a total fat-loss and health-derailing nightmare.

The name of this hormone is insulin.

And insulin’s function is to help your body keep blood sugar at bay, clear it quickly from your bloodstream after a carbohydrate meal, and (hopefully) shuttle that blood sugar to muscle tissue for energy instead of into fat cells (driving up your weight).

We say “hopefully” because that’s actually the exact opposite of what occurs when most people eat carbs. Going back to insulin sensitivity and carbohydrate tolerance, due to a diet full of processed, insulin- and blood-sugar-spiking carbohydrates, most folks are suffering from some level of insulin resistance, a condition in which insulin is no longer able to efficiently remove blood sugar from the blood stream.

The result? Dramatically reduced fat burning, increased blood sugar levels and increased fat storage.

Even worse, insulin resistance can and often does lead to type II diabetes and an array of other health problems over time, such as an increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders, premature aging, heart disease, and even stroke… and it all leads back to insulin sensitivity.

Ideally, when you consume carbohydrates, here is what you want to happen:

1. Minimum insulin release. This occurs when your body is highly sensitive to insulin. When it is, only a small amount of insulin is necessary to effectively and efficiently clear glucose from your blood to its storage sites. This is great news because your body has an incredibly difficult time burning fat in the presence of insulin. The less insulin you have floating around, the better.

2. Quick and efficient blood sugar clearance. Again, this will occur when your body is highly sensitive to insulin.

3. Maximum glycogen uptake. Glycogen is the term used for stored carbohydrate in muscle tissue and the liver. When these tissues are highly sensitive to insulin, the vast majority of blood glucose will be stored within them as an energy reserve, instead of being converted to fat.

4. Minimum fat storage. When you increase insulin sensitivity, your body will choose to store your carbohydrate intake as energy, again in lean muscle tissue and the liver, instead of body fat.

Simply put, your body’s ability to process the carbohydrates you eat all comes down to your insulin sensitivity and your body’s ability to quickly and efficiently clear sugar from your blood.

Knowing that, and also knowing that you yourself are very likely suffering from too much blood sugar and some degree of insulin resistance due to the previously mentioned dietary and lifestyle factors, you’re probably wondering what you can do to improve your insulin sensitivity and make your body responsive once again to this critically important hormone.

Fortunately, there are 4 somewhat odd, but extremely effective strategies you can begin using that will ultimately end your struggle with insulin resistance and carbohydrate intolerance once and for all, while finally allowing you to experience the excitement of seeing a thinner waist, flatter stomach, and a more defined body when looking back at yourself in the bathroom mirror each morning.

Cross Island Medical Center offers Primary Health Care Services, as well as Urgent Care Services in Hilton Head Island, SC.

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The 4 BEST foods to eat before bed

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The 4 Best Foods to Eat Before Bed

Eating before bed is a big-time “no no” for those looking to lose weight. You’ve probably even heard that eating late at night will undoubtedly cause you to GAIN weight…

Well, there’s good news, and that good news is that not every food that you eat past 7PM will be automatically deposited to your butt, thighs, and love handles.

In fact, there are certain foods that you can eat as a late-night snack that can actually INCREASE your fatloss results! The key is knowing which foods to eat, and which to avoid, as the evening progresses.

Here’s a good rule of thumb:

Avoid carbs before bed in favor of slow-digesting high-quality protein.

Carbohydrate consumption causes significant rise in the storage hormone insulin, which also puts the breaks on fat-burning. That’s a recipe for disaster in the late evening hours as your metabolism is winding down, but fortunately, slow-digesting protein isn’t.

Instead, slow digesting proteins provide your body with a steady flow of amino acids throughout the night to help you recover from exercise and maintain your calorie-burning lean muscle as you lose fat.

Here are some pre-bedtime choices:

White Meat Animal Protein (not red meat or fish):

White meat protein sources such as chicken and turkey are great pre-bed meal choices because they digest slowly and have a very low insulin release. These sources also promote the release of another hormone, glucagon, that assists the body with breaking down stored carbs and fat within your body to be burned for energy…a double win! Red meat and fish have a significantly higher insulin response so they’re best to avoid in the evening.

Cottage Cheese:

Cottage cheese is very slow digesting and coats the stomach to be assimilated by the body over many hours. As a protein, it also stimulates glucagon release; a solid pre-bedtime choice. Just make sure you’re using plain cottage cheese, not the flavored varieties with added sugars.

Green Vegetables:

While these aren’t considered a protein, they contain virtually no calories, are high in fiber, and they’re very filling. If you get a late night craving try eating a big bowl of green veggies to completely kill your cravings…a diet savior!

Slow-digesting, Low-carb Protein Shake:

We recommend a slow-digesting protein shake before bed literally every day. As a bed time ritual, it’s a great, tasty way to end the day. After all, who doesn’t love dessert before bed? 🙂 Try blending the shake with almond butter to get some healthy fats in there, and you’ll love this tasty bedtime treat!

Cross Island Medical Center offers Primary Health Care Services, as well as Urgent Care Services in Hilton Head Island, SC.

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Phone: 843-681-8260
Fax: 843-342-6210

Get Directions to the Cross Island Medical Center, Hilton Head:

19 Moss Creek Village, Suite D
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

 
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Weight Loss

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Cross Island Medical Center offers Primary Health Care Services, as well as Urgent Care Services in Hilton Head Island, SC.

Contact Cross Island Medical Center Today!

Phone: 843-681-8260
Fax: 843-342-6210

Get Directions to the Cross Island Medical Center, Hilton Head:

19 Moss Creek Village, Suite D
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

 
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Healthy Eating

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Cross Island Medical Center supports Healthy Eating

We offer Primary Health Care Services, as well as Urgent Care Services in Hilton Head Island, SC.

Contact Cross Island Medical Center Today!

Phone: 843-681-8260
Fax: 843-342-6210

Get Directions to the Cross Island Medical Center, Hilton Head:

19 Moss Creek Village, Suite D
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

 
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