If you suffer from blood sugar highs and lows on a day to day basis, you probably have difficulty concentrating on your to-do list. Feeding your body a nourishing diet will give your system a steady stream of energy along with all the vitamins and minerals it needs to obtain optimal health.
The Importance of Diet
Eating the right type of carbohydrates will help to boost your health and mental acuity. According to the American Diabetes Association, carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our body. We also convert energy by consuming proteins and fats. For this discussion, we will be spotlighting our attention on carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are the sugars, starches, and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products. They are called carbohydrates because, at the chemical level, they contain carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Carbohydrates are important for many functions within our body, including brain performance and blood sugar optimization.
Carbohydrates: Good vs. Bad
There are two types of carbohydrates that we consume in our diet: the non-processed (good) and processed (bad). The processed or simple carbs are found in candy, soda and syrups. These foods are made with refined sugars and get absorbed into our bloodstream quickly causing bursts of energy followed by energy crashes. The good or non-processed carbs are found in starchy foods such as beans, potatoes, fruits, veggies, and whole-grain flour. These carbs are absorbed slowly into our system helping to avoid spikes in blood sugar levels and thereby providing a more sustained energy level.
Sources of Good Carbs:
- Whole Grains
- Fruits & Vegetables
- Nuts & Seeds
- Beans & Legumes
Sources of Bad Carbs:
- White bread & pasta
- Soda & Syrups
- Candy, sweets, pastry
- White Rice
If you eat a donut and drink a can of soda at the same time, you will experience a temporary boost of energy. This is due to the insulin rapidly taking the sugar from your bloodstream and bringing it into the cells so the sugar can be used as energy. As that sugar is removed from the bloodstream, you’ll suffer a blood glucose crash, leaving you feeling ravenous and irritable.
If you eat a dish of whole-grain rice, beans, and vegetables, you will experience a steady flow of energy for many hours. These good carbs aid the body in maintaining an environment of homeostasis which is defined as the stable state of an organism. Natural, wholesome foods provide a healthy source of fuel for the body, and they contain a bounty of essential nutrients.
The author, Susan Kapatoes, MHA is the founder of Inspire Your Journey, a holistic wellness company. She is a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, and an Independent Distributor with BEMER Therapy and Healy World. She lives in Massachusetts.