A chronic degenerative disease that is caused by a lack of or resistance to the hormone insulin, which is essential for the proper metabolism of blood sugar, goes by the name of Type II Diabetes. Individuals are with Type II Diabetes are unable to move glucose from the bloodstream into the cells and cannot maintain a normal blood glucose level.
Signs and symptoms of insulin resistance that sneak up on you and lead to Type II Diabetes can show up as:
- clammy skin
- bowel issues (constipation, loose bowel movements, diarrhea, or alternating constipation and diarrhea)
- mental signs (decreased memory or concentration, depression, fatigue, fuzzy brain, foggy thinking, irritability, light-headedness, panic attacks, etc.)
- degenerative diseases of aging
- eyesight problems, including blindness
- heart disease (heart palpitations, high cholesterol profiles, atherosclerosis/arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, hypertension, etc.)
- increased appetite and/or thirst
- increased blood sugar levels
- kidney failure
- limb issues (ankle swelling, burning feet, limb amputation)
- male or female hormone imbalances, irregular menstrual cycles, infertility
- sugar cravings
- water retention
- weight gain, especially around the mid-section of your body
What causes it:
The two types of insulin disorders are:
Juvenile diabetes – where there is a dysfunction with the gland.
Lifestyle-based insulin disorders
Type II Diabetes – where your symptoms come on more gradual and develop over a longer period of time due to long-term daily poor nutrition and lifestyle habits.
“About 95% of diabetes cases can be treated successfully with diet, nutrition, and herbs,” says Daniel Dunphy, P.A.-C., of San Francisco, California. “While juvenile diabetes can have a genetic factor, adult-onset diabetes, in most cases, is produced by a combination of factors such as high stress, faulty diet, obesity, impaired digestion, and an overworked pancreas.”
In this article, we will be focusing on lifestyle-based insulin disorders that lead to Type II Diabetes.
Type II Diabetes is a Lifestyle-based disorder, and results from these lifestyle habits and choices:
- poor nutrition
- skipping meals
- low calorie intake (dieting)
- high adrenaline levels from stress
- damaged metabolism from unbalanced meals
- too many refined carbohydrates and sugars in your diet
- high cholesterol levels
- exposure to toxic chemicals (food, beverages, drugs, stimulants, sweeteners, cigarettes)
- excessive or insufficient exercise
- your age
- any habit that increases your adrenaline and/or cortisol levels
What can I do about it:
Your hormones are all interconnected and your body’s ability to regenerate efficiently depends on the health and function of your endocrine system. A foundational step in balancing your hormones is a healthy and balanced diet. Here are some diet and lifestyle options for you:
Steps to immediate relief are:
(1) Choose your team of healthcare practitioners wisely. Your health condition and experience of discomfort may be the result of many imbalances in your body, requiring proper testing and an accurate diagnosis. Choosing practitioners with additional training in the areas nutrition, hormone testing/balancing, and detoxification processes will help you take a multi-faceted approach.
Taking ownership of your health equation can be one of the most empowering steps you can take and you can do this by: becoming more informed, listening to your inner wisdom, focusing on your “ideal experience” of health, and partnering with your healthcare and wellness practitioners to effect the best possible outcome. Essential Wellness would be honored to be a part of your wellness team.
(2) Make water your beverage of choice. Water is one of nature’s natural cleansers. Drinking optimal levels of purified water benefits your overall health by supporting your ability to digest your food, supporting your liver in its ability to detoxify your body, and providing fluid for optimal elimination of toxins.
Commit to drinking 1/2 your weight in fluid ounces of water each day. Drinking sips of warmed water (not microwaved) can help support you with detoxifying the congestion in your intestinal tract and lymphatic system throughout your entire body. Eliminating all other caffeinated, sugary, mucus-producing, carbonated beverages (such as coffee, tea, dairy, and soda pop) is essential as they support digestive dysfunction, parasitic and yeast overgrowth, and insulin resistance.
(3) It’s very important that you digest, assimilate, detoxify and eliminate properly. Anytime a food is eaten and not completely digested, it will only feed inflammation, gut dysbiosis, and leaky gut. Low stomach acid interferes with the first step of digestion and can be a factor in your health equation.
The HCI Challenge Test can help you determine if you have low stomach acid. If your HCl Challenge Test causes you to experience immediate reflux symptoms, confer with your doctor to rule out a possible H. pylori infection, ulcer, or other stomach issues. Repairing your stomach lining is essential.
(4) Determine whether your symptoms are related to an overgrowth of microorganisms like Candida and Parasites because they often show up with Leaky Gut Syndrome and the symptoms of all three overlap and are the underlying root cause of many health problems. With this information, you will be better informed to ask questions of your team of practitioners. We can teach you how to improve your diet, eliminate candida and parasites, and repair your leaky gut by incorporating an elimination diet as your next step.
(5) Because blood sugar imbalances, insulin resistance, and Type II Diabetes has to do with your digestive system, eliminating the most common highly-reactive, inflammatory foods (dairy, soy, wheat/gluten, eggs, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners, and corn) can help you eliminate the food sources that are contributing to your leaky gut situation, while you complete the required repair work. Upgrading your building materials will help you to unburden your digestive system, remove the foods that feed unfriendly microorganisms, stabilize your blood sugar levels and reduce cravings, and support your body’s detoxification and elimination processes.
Replace inflammatory foods with satisfying balanced meals (healthy, lean and clean proteins; low-glycemic and high fiber carbohydrates; lots and lots of dark leafy greens; and healthy fats (nuts, seeds, oils).
Reintroducing each reactive food group separately will allow you to determine what foods are still a problem for you. At Essential Wellness, we have a specific coaching program designed to help you formulate a diet that will work best for you and teach you how to optimize your digestion.
(6) Becoming an expert at reading labels and eliminating unhealthy ingredients is key. If you cannot pronounce the name of an ingredient or know what it is, how will you know if it’s actually safe to consume? Most food companies add preservatives, colorings, and flavor enhancers by adding chemicals to packaged foods. Some ingredients like MSG and wheat are hidden as “spices” in the packaged foods. They often add several sweeteners to a product so that sugar doesn’t have to be listed as a top ingredient.
With blood sugar, insulin resistance, or Type II Diabetes, it’s important to reduce your sugar intake and to know where your sugar is coming into your diet. Be aware that all these ingredients mean sugar: dextrose, sucrose, glucose, corn sweetener, fructose, dextrin, high-fructose corn syrup, lactose, modified cornstarch, maltodextrin, maltose, malt, fruit juice concentrates, mannitol, sorghum, xylitol, and sorbitol. Agave sweetener is a highly processed sugar and should be avoided. Stevia is a great natural sweetener alternative that is available in both powder and liquid forms. You can substitute it in many recipes without difficulty.
(7) Getting into the habit of always washing your fruits and vegetables before consuming them is a proactive choice you can make to reduce your exposure to parasites, bugs, and added pesticide residues present on your produce. Choose organic whenever possible to avoid the drag that insecticides and pesticides play on your digestive and immune systems. Avoiding the consumptions of raw or undercooked meat reduces your exposure to parasites.
(8) Setting yourself up for optimal digestion by reducing stress at mealtime is key. Drinking a glass of water 15-30 minutes before your meal, then taking the time to sit down, eat and enjoy it in a stress-free environment is a habit that supports optimal digestion. This allows you to chew your food thoroughly in a relaxed manner and it helps facilitate better digestion. This turns off the stress response and turns on the digest response in the body. Eating until you feel 80% full is another key to optimal digestion.
(9) Skipping meals can affect your blood sugar levels by putting your body in a state of stress, which turns on fat storage hormones. Eating three balanced and satisfying meals each day supports stabilized blood sugar levels. When you have blood sugar issues or Type II Diabetes you may need to eat more often in order to avoid blood sugar crashes until you repair your metabolism. Monitoring your blood sugar levels before and after meals can help you decipher what combination of foods work best for you.
(10) Balanced and nutrient-rich meals support the synergistic relationship of your major hormones. When blood sugar levels are out of balance continually because of your dietary choices, your liver converts excess sugar to fat and sends it to your fat tissue to be stored for future use. Your body needs a variety of nutrients to make all your hormones, and when these building materials are not present your hormone system really suffers. Implementing improvements in your dietary and lifestyle habits support the balance of your hormone levels, and is often overlooked before beginning hormone replacement. See information on Adrenal Fatigue and Hypothyroidism for more information about your body’s hormonal system.
(11) Implementing an appropriate exercise plan helps you de-stress, burns energy, and supports your body’s natural detoxification and elimination processes. Spending 15-30 minutes each day doing some form of exercise that causes you to break a sweat is ideal. It can be something like going for a brisk walk or working with a personal trainer. If you suffer from extreme fatigue or low energy, read the exercise guidelines for Adrenal Fatigue. Checking with your healthcare practitioner before beginning any exercise program is a good idea, especially when you have a health condition.
(12) Eliminating excessive stress levels is an important key to your well-being. A little stress can prompt you into action and that’s good thing. Too much stress can affect your digestive capabilities as well as the function of your adrenal glands. Using stress reduction techniques regularly will help you manage your stress more effectively.
Stress reduction techniques might include: exercise, relaxation therapy (such as meditation, visualization, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or tai chi), biofeedback, hypnosis, Eden Energy Medicine exercises, EFT, Mental-Emotional Stress Release, counseling or stress management training. We teach various techniques to help you diffuse your stress.
Steps to long-term, permanent relief:
If you are experiencing a lot of the symptoms listed above, your inner ecosystem and hormones have been out of balance for quite some time. It’s time to think about implementing these additional steps:
(13) Making your dietary improvements permanent might be exactly what you need to feel better. When you do not provide your body with key nutrients all aspects of digestion, absorption, detoxification and elimination become impaired. Your hormone system can only mirror the quality of the building materials you provide it through your diet.
The place where most people fail is falling back into old habits that slowly recreate their imbalances and symptoms. Eating healthy 95% of the time and indulging only 5% of the time supports your optimal well-being. If you are struggling with how to integrate these changes on your own, an Essential Wellness practitioner skilled in the areas of nutrition, digestion and detoxification can help you.
(14) When you suffer from any kind of digestive dysfunction, it may benefit you to complete repair work of your gut lining so that you experience complete digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Herbal supplements like a Biocult probiotic, L-glutamine powder, NAC, Alpha Lipoic Acid, digestive enzymes, and Glutathione spray all have their place in supporting the rebuilding of your gut ecosystem, but they will not make up the difference if you eat a “crappy” diet.
You can also introduce organic, home-made probiotic foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, etc., to continue feeding and rebuilding your gut ecosystem. The healthier your gut ecosystem is, the more able your immune system is to chelate toxins from your body. There are many ayuredic herbs that benefit the repair of your digestive system. Young Living has many nutritional supplements that can help you balance your digestive terrain. We can help teach you about these supportive supplements and live foods at Essential Wellness.
(15) What to do if you are following the elimination diet and it doesn’t seem to be making any improvement. You may have an underlying imbalance (such as H. pylori, yeast overgrowth, parasites, food sensitivities, abscesses in the teeth, hormone imbalance, heavy metal poisoning, etc.). Your healthcare practitioner can run tests to determine what factors are responsible for your inability to rebalance your body and experience well-being.
(16) ALCAT allergy testing can easily determine what allergens are triggering you. Your test results will tell you what foods, chemicals, and other environmental triggers (like pet dander, mold, fungi, grasses) are triggers for you. This testing determines the severity of your intolerance and gives you recommendations of how long to remove it from your environment while you repair your digestive system.
If it’s determined that you have food, chemical or environmental sensitivities, receiving NAET Desensitization Therapy might be part of your allergies answer. This desensitization therapy works in combination with cleaning up your diet, strengthening your ability to digest your food, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating toxins. It helps reduce the over-triggering of your immune system.
(17) Detoxifying your body through dietary improvements, an herbal cleanse program, and/or detoxification therapies can be an effective way to improve your overall experience of well-being. Before beginning any detox protocol, check in with your healthcare practitioner, to determine if there is a reason you should not complete a cleanse at this time. (When your body is in an extreme state of stress and toxicity, it’s important to replenish your nutrient reserves before beginning any detoxification protocol.)
It is also very important for your elimination channels to be open before beginning and during any detoxification program, otherwise you may suffer from a Herxheimer Reaction. At Essential Wellness, we know the ins and outs of the cleansing and detoxification process and we can help you minimize your discomfort as you detoxify your body.
How can Essential Wellness help:
At Essential Wellness, we believe repair and recovery is based on many factors. Although we cannot diagnose, prescribe, treat or claim to cure any medical condition you may have, our focus is on helping you reduce the many levels of stress that are playing into your current health experience.
When you are experiencing blood sugar imbalances, insulin resistance, or Type II Diabetes and the therapies you’ve tried are not giving you relief, Essential Wellness can help you. We do this by sharing our knowledge and experience, tools, techniques, and these therapies:
- Nutrition & Wellness Plan is one of our coaching programs that will help you get clear about what your wellness goals are (based on your individual needs), teach you how to decipher and make sense of all the dietary information available to you, and help you formulate your own wellness plan with accountability. The foundation of your wellness plan will be structured around habits that only you have the power to control and change.
- Based on our knowledge and experience, most health disorders including Type II Diabetes are connected to some physiological dysfunction that causes accumulated toxicity in the body and vice versa. We offer the detoxification therapies of Colonics, Core Lymphatic, and IonCleanse Foot Detox to help reduce stress on your digestive, detoxification and elimination channels. Colonics in combination with herbal support will compliment your dietary foundation and can be especially helpful to you when you are not eliminating at least once per day. IonCleanse Foot Detox may not be appropriate for you, depending on the health of your feet and whether your blood sugar levels are stabilized.
- We offer Core Synchronism, Eden Energy Medicine exercises, and Vibrational Raindrop Technique therapies to assist you in balancing your physical body by reducing stress associated with blood sugar imbalances, insulin resistance, and Type II Diabetes. When your body feels out of balance and you feel stress, it is usually due to blocked or congested energy that has settled in your physical body. We can add Essential Oils to compliment the therapy you receive.
- Toxic emotions can block the flow of your energy channels and become stuck in your physical body. The emotional component of Type II Diabetes can be connected to: longing for what might have been, having deep sorrow, or the feeling like there is no sweetness left in your life. If any of these descriptions match what you are experiencing, Mental-Emotional Stress Release techniques can help you understand and integrate these experiences and diffuse the stress they cause you. Flower Remedies can compliment the therapy you receive.
- With Type II Diabetes you are most likely experiencing multiple symptoms. We offer RAE Radionics Hair Analysis as another tool to help you understand any stress that is present in your energy system.