Health-e-Solutions comment: Dr Mark Hyman, author of the book, The Blood Sugar Solution, describes the importance and necessity of Savvy Supplement Shopping, supplementing with certain vitamins, minerals and health-promoting foods and herbs. We are strong believers in getting our nutrition from whole, fresh, organic, nutrient-dense foods. That said, we recognize the need and place for specific supplements for optimizing health and maximizing diabetes management.
Nutrients provide the oil that greases the wheels of our metabolism. And large-scale nutritional deficiencies in our population, including omega-3 fats, vitamin D, folate, zinc, magnesium, and iron, have been well documented in extensive government-sponsored research.
Why are we so nutrient depleted?
- Depleted soils and industrial farming and hybridization techniques, the animals and vegetables we eat have fewer nutrients.
- Processed factory-made foods have no nutrients.
- The total burden of environmental toxins, lack of sunlight, and chronic stress leads to higher nutrient needs.
That is why everyone needs a good multivitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D supplement. I also recommend probiotics because modern life, diet, antibiotics, and other drugs damage our gut ecosystem, which is so important in keeping us healthy and thin.
Be a Savvy Shopper
Supplements are a multi-billion dollar unregulated industry. The wide display of choices in drug stores, food stores, online, and even in doctors’ offices can make your head spin! It is more important now than ever to be aware of what you are and are not getting.
Be sure to pick quality supplements and ones that contain nutrients and compounds research has shown to be effective and safe. Think of them as part of your diet. You want the best quality food and the best quality supplements you can buy.
This is how I judge quality supplements:
- The form of the nutrient is high-quality, well-absorbed, or used by the body.
- They contain absolutely zero additives, colors, fillers, and allergens.
- The raw materials (especially herbs) have been tested for toxins like mercury or lead, and are consistently pure from batch to batch.
- The factory in which they are produced follows good manufacturing standards, so products are uniformly consistent in quality to be sure of getting the same thing every time.
We are overfed and undernourished. It may seem paradoxical that the most obese are also the most malnourished. It has been said that diabetes is starvation in the midst of plenty. When sugar and vital nutrients to your health cannot get into your cells, metabolism slows and becomes sluggish. Without this nutrition, cells don’t communicate as a finely tuned team and you feel sick and lousy.
Nutrients are an essential part of getting back into balance and correcting the core problem – insulin resistance, when cells become numb to the effects of insulin. There are two ways in which these supplements work:
- They make your cells more sensitive to insulin.
- They increase your cells ability to metabolize sugar and fats. Also, special fibers can slow the absorption of sugars and fats into the bloodstream leading to faster metabolism, more balanced blood sugars, improved cholesterol, less inflammation, less cravings, more weight loss, and more energy.
While I strongly discourage you from going off any medication without your doctor’s supervision, you can integrate the following in your regimen to help overcome diabesity.
A high-quality multi-vitamin and mineral
- 1,000 to 2,000 IU of Vitamin D3 a day with breakfast.
- 500 to 1,000 mg of omega-3 fats, (should contain a ratio of approximately 300/200 EPA/DHA), once with breakfast and once with dinner.
- 100 to 200 mg of magnesium, once with breakfast and once with dinner.
- 300 to 600 mg alpha lipoic acid a day, once with breakfast and once with dinner.
- 200 to 600 mcg chromium polynicotinate a day (up to 1,200 mcg a day can be helpful).
- 5 to 1 mg biotin, once with breakfast and once with dinner.
- 125 to 250 mg cinnamon, once with breakfast and once with dinner.
- 25 to 50 mg green tea catechins, once with breakfast and once with dinner.
- 2 to 5 grams of PGX fiber in powder or capsules, 15 minutes before each meal with 8 ounces of water.
Whether you follow these recommendations or not, please practice smart shopping and become savvy about what you put into your body. Guidance from a trained dietitian, nutritionist, or nutritionally oriented physician or health care practitioner can be helpful in selecting products.
Planning and preparation makes this lifestyle practical, livable, and sustainable for mastering diabetes in the healthiest way possible. Being purposeful & organized helps you persevere and master this condition when motivation runs low. The old saying is true, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Our downloadable printable e-publication provides you with resources to target long term success following the Health-e-Solutions lifestyle. We don’t think it is in your best interest to achieve short term success if it cannot be sustained. To that end we have compiled and created this e-publication to help you plan, prepare, organize and succeed in transforming your lifestyle for improved blood sugar control and better living.