Syndrome X also known as Metabolic Syndrome, or Insulin Resistance is a resistance to insulin, a hormone that converts the food you eat into energy.
Insulin Resistance together with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or too much body fat is a sure sign of this condition.
Syndrome X is one of the largest disease epidemics ever to strike North America. You are not alone with this problem. If left uncorrected it will wreak havoc on you life.
If you are tired of being overweight; feeling lousy after meals; and seeing your health spin out of control; Learn how you can reverse insulin resistance with the following recommendations.
At the root of obesity and diabetes is the over consumption of high glycemic (carbohydrate) foods such as breads, pastas and sweets.
If your blood sugar is out of control, these are the very foods that you crave because of the instant energy you get. I call this the blood sugar roller coaster.
The Glycemic Index will help you lose weight and keep it off for good.
O.K., It's time to talk about exercise. This may not be your favorite topic but because I care I'm going to tell you the truth, you have to find a way to start moving.
Exercise increases your body's ability to maintain blood sugar stability which is critical if you ever want to reduce food cravings and lose weight.
The following facts may help motivate you to take action.
Dr Oz has some good advice about Healthy Weight and lifestyle tips.
1. Alpha Lipoic Acid
The single Most Important Supplement that will influence blood sugar balance is alpha lipoic acid. It's main role is to help you burn glucose, converting this sugar to energy. It is a powerful antioxidant, protecting your body from free radicals that age you rapidly.
Healthy Food Choices it is found in Spinach, Broccoli and Beef.
ALA declines with age which means you burn glucose less and less efficiently. Scientists have discovered that alpha lipoic acid works best with vitamin E, C, Co enzyme Q10, and glutathione.
To balance your blood sugar you can take 100-300 mg of ALA daily. This will improve your glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity.
If you are diabetic you may benefit from taking 300-600 mg. of ALA daily. This will help with complications such as neuropathy.
A Word of Caution; if you are taking insulin or hypo glycemic drugs, take ALA under a physician's guidance because ALA may reduce the drugs requirement.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals and enhances your body's defenses against excess glucose and glucose derived free radicals. Based on the evidence, vitamin C also lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure.You can take 2,000 - 4,000 mg. of vitamin C daily in divided doses.
3. GTF Chromium
GTF Chromium is without a doubt the most important mineral for the prevention and treatment of Syndrome X and insulin resistance. Most Americans have a chromium deficiency due to the over consumption of sweets and refined grains which deplete chromium levels.
The symptoms of chromium deficiency are the same as Syndrome X. GTF chromium can be considered a blood sugar balancer as well as regulator. Scientific studies have shown that chromium can help reverse Syndrome X and insulin resistance quickly.
GTF chromium when combined with L-carnitine (200 mg. daily), will increase your metabolism and your body's ability to Burn Fat. It will also help reduce your sugar cravings.
For prevention of Syndrome X, 200 mcg. of GTF chromium should be enough. However if you have any other conditions such as Obesity, Hypertension or Diabetes, increase the dose up to 1000 mcg. daily in divided doses to help balance blood-sugar levels.
Chromium has been studied extensively and has been found to be extraordinarily safe even when given in very high doses.
Syndrome X generates Free Radical Damage to the cells and that is why it's very important to include antioxidants. According to Dr Mercola, Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to obesity and insulin resistance.
For more information on the subject, read Syndrome X by Jack Challem, Burton Berkson, M.D. and Melissa Diane Smith.
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