By Susan Kapatoes, MHA, CPC
Type-2 diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world, affecting approximately 100 million Americans. It is characterized by a condition called insulin resistance, where the body cannot effectively use the hormone insulin to bring glucose (blood sugar) into the cells and muscles for energy. This causes glucose to accumulate in the blood at higher than normal levels, putting people’s health in danger.
Insulin is beneficial for appetite and blood sugar control. It helps transport glucose into the muscle cells to be used primarily for energy; it drives blood sugar to the brain which is the brain’s primary source of energy using about 150 grams/day. Insulin will also drive amino acids into muscle cells for protein synthesis and transport glucose into fat cells for storage.
Stress can interfere with our body’s ability to allow insulin to do its job. When we are under chronic stress, the body is producing high levels of cortisol. High cortisol blocks insulin function causing large fluctuations in blood sugar levels which leads to an imbalanced metabolism: we crave more calories (when blood sugar is low), so we take in more energy, but we’re not burning those calories as efficiently so we’re storing more energy which can also lead to weight gain.
Chronic imbalances with the metabolism eventually cause changes at the cellular level and this is where Amare Global enters the picture.
Mitochondria Fun Facts
Per Dr. Shawn Talbott, Chief Science Officer of Amare Global.
- The mitochondria are very similar to the microbiome in our gut with its trillions of bacteria. Millions of years ago, the mitochondria were free living bacteria with which our bodies co-evolved.
- At the present time, mitochondria are not bacteria, they are organelles inside our cells that generate energy. With metabolism, it consistently returns to the individual mitochondria which are the powerhouse of the cell. This where our calories actually get burned and energy is generated for cell metabolism and energy production.
- If your metabolism is off because your insulin is being blocked, you get a lot of oxidative stress and inflammatory stress which sets off its own cascade of metabolic reactions at the cellular level which can lead to cellular damage.
Improve Stress Resiliency by Lowering Cortisol
Several of Amare Global products will help you to improve your stress resiliency by lowering cortisol. These products support many aspects of metabolism, e.g. MentaBiotics, MOOD+, and SLEEP+ help with appetite/cravings, digestion of food, absorption of nutrients, and improved function of metabolic hormones such as insulin/thyroid/cortisol.
People with diabetes also tend to also have high levels of inflammation, and several Amare products can help the body reduce inflammatory stress such as VitaGBX and OmMEGA.
People report back: “I’m losing weight”, “My appetite is changing”, and “I don’t feel this drive toward junk food anymore.”
These changes are occurring because of the normal restoration of the metabolic profile. The cells and tissues are communicating with each other in their own language which is the language of the hormones. This communication pathway is what we call the “axis.”
AMARE GLOBAL PRODUCTS
Amare Global offers natural solutions for your gut health and mental wellness. Our products help reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression while lessening aches & pains and improving your sleep, diet, energy, and focus. Amare products will help to normalize the axis where the signaling and communication is taking place between the tissues and cells. This signaling is one-part cellular, one-part hormone, and one-part nervous system.
The goal is to lower stress levels as a way to lower cortisol levels so that insulin can do its job without interference from cortisol. The following Amare products can help you to increase your stress resiliency by lowering cortisol: MentaBiotics, MOOD+, SLEEP+, VitaGBX, OmMEGA.
- Lowering stress and cortisol levels can be done directly in the brain by the effect of Suntheanine which is found in MentaBiotics. Suntheanine has been scientifically shown to increase Alpha brainwaves creating a ‘calm focus’ which helps us to deal with stress more effectively.
- Probiotic strains matter! The Lactobacillus rhamnosus R11 found in MentaBiotics prepares our body and mind to have an ‘on-demand’ calming effect for stress resiliency (this is different than the Ashwagandha in Mood which has a ‘direct’ calming effect on the nervous system). The end benefit is that you improve your ability to be calm in the face of stress.
- Key Ingredient is Ashwagandha by Sensoril. Acutely, people feel a calming effect in about one hour. Over the long term, taken as a regular supplement for at least 4 weeks, people start to see a modulation of their entire stress response profile. There is a lowering and normalizing of cortisol with an adjunct rise in anabolic hormones such as DHEA which is a precursor to testosterone.
- The Corn Grass in SLEEP+ provides a building block for your body’s own synthesis of melatonin. If you need melatonin, your body can use this to make as much as it needs. This means that you don’t wake up with the common ‘melatonin hangover’ the next morning because your body hasn’t fully metabolized the melatonin that you took in supplement form the night before.
- The phytonutrients within VitaGBX activate a whole series of cellular defense responses (CDRs) which will activate the Nrf2 pathway reducing oxidative stress. VitaGBX also includes nutrients that activate other CDRs including those that reduce inflammation (Nf-kB), increase longevity (SIRT1), enhance metabolism (MTOR), and stimulate cellular cleanup (autophagy). In addition, VitaGBX is a comprehensive formulation of 50+ nutrients including bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
- OmMEGA™ is a high-potency, ultrapure blend of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids that is approximately 70% more omega-3 (EPA/DHA) than standard fish oils. EPA has been shown to protect our genes and cell cycle, reduce aggression, and improve focus and attention. DHA is a major building block of the brain. It greatly impacts cognitive function and may help to improve memory loss.
How to Use the Amare Global Products
Metabolism has a cascade effect throughout our entire body, and there is continuous cross-talk between our hormone systems. From a metabolic perspective, taking Amare’s products will be beneficial for optimizing your caloric expenditure, balancing blood sugar levels, and maintaining your weight control. Because these products are going to change how the hormones communicate with one another, your energy levels, mood, focus, and overall stamina will improve.
It is important to establish proper metabolism at the cellular level first by reducing the oxidative and inflammatory stress. Once we improve cellular function, then we can focus upon the metabolic level, and lastly, we can target the microbiome/gut-brain axis. In this way, we are getting to the root cause first and addressing the stress that is causing the imbalance.
Susan Kapatoes, MHA, CPC, is a nutritionist, holistic health practitioner, and certified professional coach. She is the owner of Inspire Your Journey LLC and a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, the Mental Wellness Company. She is accepting appointments at the SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio in Walpole, MA.
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