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Childhood Obesity and Poor Blood Sugar Control

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What’s driving the obesity pandemic? September has been deemed National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, an ironic title considering that obesity is so common. It seems that most discussions on public health or chronic disease are punctuated with the growing concern over the nation’s expanding waistline, and for good reason. Yet while the overall rate of obesity in the US is still alarmingly high (over 35% of adults are obese and almost 70% are overweight), there is actually some good news to report. The adult obesity rate, which has been steadily climbing for decades, is beginning to taper off, and the...

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3 Categories of Food That Lower Blood Sugar (And Why They Work)

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Hello Everyone! We are embarking on a video series that seeks to discuss many of the elements of blood sugar health. This includes the science behind how our body behaves, discussion of what foods impact blood sugar and why, recipes, common terms, and simple answers to many common questions regarding glycemic care. There are 3 major categories of foods that help to lower blood sugar. In this video, nutritional expert Andy Kester, cofounder of Ubiotic Health, gives a clear, easy to understand outline of how to eat a balanced, low glycemic diet that will work to lower blood sugar. This short...

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Nutrient Deficiency and Hidden Hunger: Why Eating Organic and Exercise is Not Enough for Most Americans (And What You Can Do About It)

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DIET AND EXERCISE Since the dawn of time, we have heard this phrase as the benchmark advice to ward off poor health and disease. Is a healthy diet and exercise important for health and well being? ABSOLUTELY. So you might ask, “Great! What does this mean for me? Is that all I need to know?” ​ Nutrient Deficiency and Hidden Hunger: Why Eating Organic and Exercise is Not Enough for Most Americans - (And What You Can Do About It) There’s a lot more to this discussion than the conventional wisdom might suggest. Let’s hear from Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., an...

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3 Things the Glycemic Index Doesn't Tell You

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The popularity of low glycemic foods and dieting has put the glycemic index into the spotlight. The glycemic index is a measure of how an individual food item affects blood sugar—the higher the number, the greater the effect—and many people have come to use it as their nutritional “measuring stick.” However, by itself, the glycemic index is actually a very poor marker of a food’s nutritional quality. Let's take a look at: 3 Things the Glycemic Index Doesn't Tell You 1. How healthy a food is Peanut M&M’s have a glycemic index of 33. Oranges have a glycemic index of 40. We trust...

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Top 5 Low Glycemic Snack Foods Plus Awesome Recipes

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Want to avoid that mid-afternoon slump? Try snacking on low glycemic foods. These foods have a minimal (if any) effect on your blood sugar, and are also rich in fiber, fat, and protein, which keep you feeling full and prevent you from riding that dreaded blood sugar rollercoaster. Here are 5 low glycemic snack foods (with recipes) to keep you fueled and energetic between meals. ​ Top 5 Low Glycemic Snack Foods Plus Awesome Recipes 1. Nuts and Seeds Almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds all have a glycemic load value between 0 and...

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