You have been spiked most of your life without knowing it. You’re spiked with something that tastes so good but causes harm to your body. It’s in your diet, and it’s called sugar.
Consider the Standard American Diet (SAD).
- Cereal or peanut butter and jelly for breakfast
- Pizza or sliders with soda for lunch
- Pasta and wine to cap the day
The meals look delicious and pleasurable. We can eat everything quickly, which satisfies our time-scarce lifestyle.
But this isn’t the typical diet our ancestors had hundreds of years ago. During their time, they had stronger and healthier bodies because they fueled them with animal- and plant-based foods instead of sugar-spiked ones.
It’s time for us to tap their ancient wisdom using modern ways. We can start by shedding some light on the sugar-filled SAD diet and how to start managing it until we’re strong-willed enough to change it.
The SAD Diet We All Enjoy Is High in Sugar
According to the US Department of Agriculture, processed carbs and high-sugar foods dominate today’s SAD, making up 63% of our intake. Only 12% comes from plants, and fast-food products such as French fries make up half of that 12%.
Sugar takes a large portion of our diet. And while this ingredient makes eating pleasurable, it causes a sustained high blood sugar level, leading to dangerous health consequences.
The Bittersweet Truths of the High-Sugar Diet
The sugar-spiked diet is part of a lifestyle we unwittingly chose. To most of us, it has become a necessity. But it must change. And for us to let go of it, we have to be aware of the bittersweet truths surrounding the diet that leads to high blood sugar.
It’s an energy fix…
Our body turns sugar into glucose, a fuel that fills us with energy. It helps us get through the day as our most productive selves, so we’re attracted to it.
It’s also fast-acting. One bite of that donut chased with a sip of coffee, and we’re switched on like a light bulb, ready to shine for the day.
As you partake of the sugar-spiked diet to boost your energy, you start to become dependent on it for a quick pick-me-up. Over time, you may increase your dose until it reaches a point where it raises your blood glucose level.
And it tastes and feels heavenly…
Sweets are one of life’s heavenly pleasures. The rush we get from a sudden sugar spike feels amazing, too. Factor in the delicious and irresistible taste of sugary foods, and that seals the deal. We just have to have a soda on a humid day or a dessert after a flavorful meal. We may even binge an entire cake to reward ourselves.
Letting ourselves go with these sweet pleasures is harmless at first. But we can form a bad bingeing habit if we don’t watch ourselves. Ultimately, it will lead to us raising our blood sugar.
But our bodies can’t sustain a high-sugar diet.
Our body is not equipped for sustained high blood sugar. In the short term, it’s going to be tough for our cells to burn the excess amount of fuel in our system. As a result, it becomes fat. Look out for love handles and pot bellies—they’re indications you’ve been loading way more sugar.
In the long run, the cost of sustained high blood sugar can affect our pancreas’ ability to regulate insulin and irreversibly damage it. As a result, we can acquire the following illnesses:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Kidney disease
- Nerve damage
- Gum infections
- Heart disease
- Eye disease
Ways to Manage a Sugar-Spiked Diet
To change our diet with compassion, we must start by managing it before we change it completely. Doing this will set us up for consistent success.
Put these natural ways to consistent practice so that even if you commit a diet blunder, you’ll have something to fall back on.
Engage in sweat-producing activities. Work out, take up a sport, or train for a marathon. Subjecting your body to regular exercise helps it burn energy and keep your blood sugar level stable.
Exercise also has a lot of benefits apart from keeping your body free from the risks of high blood sugar levels. It also helps you build muscles. And a well-toned, active body has a high level of metabolism that helps maintain low blood glucose and melts off stubborn fat. Plus, you’ll feel less guilty about giving in for a slice of cake if you’ve been losing weight and getting ripped.
Get good sleep.
Sleeping well helps you keep a normal blood sugar level. A lack of it makes your body produce a hormone called ghrelin, an appetite stimulant. And when your ghrelin level increases, it results in an increased craving for sweet food. So even if you’re not hungry, you’ll grab a bite of that high-sugar comfort food.
Staying awake when you’re supposed to be sleeping also disrupts your body in what is known as circadian misalignment. As a result, the organs that are supposed to be resting are working overtime, which affects your body’s insulin management. When this happens, your body will have a tough time regulating your blood sugar, leading to a sustained high sugar level.
A lot depends on good sleep, not only in terms of frequency but also in terms of duration and quality. So if there’s one thing you can do to fight off high blood sugar from your diet, take the following steps to ensure you’re resting well:
- Set a time for sleep and follow it.
- Avoid using your mobile phone before sleeping.
- Keep your bedroom’s temperature cool.
- Avoid daytime naps.
- Take a sleeping pill if you have to.
- Listen to ambient sleep sounds to relax your senses.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks and meals a few hours before bedtime.
Drink plenty of water.
Water can help you manage your blood sugar levels. When you drink a lot of water, it carries excess sugar from your system and flushes it out through your urine.
Another benefit of water is boosting metabolism. When you drink a glass or two of water, you’ll get a 25% increase in your metabolic rate an hour after. High metabolism helps you burn sugar and fat, and this promotes weight loss.
Carry a water jug with you every day, one that can hold 2 to 3 liters of water. Make it a habit to chug on the jug every two hours. You’ll be going to the restroom more often, but you’ll feel a lot better for the entire day, and you’ll have a better chance of reaching your blood sugar goals.
Cut down on simple carbohydrates.
If you have a sedentary lifestyle and your diet is rich in simple or processed carbohydrates, you’ll need to lay off to manage your blood sugar levels. We know it’s hard to cut out the simple carbs from your diet, so a good first step is to reduce them.
Cut down on servings of donuts, bread, pizza, pasta, and rice on your standard diet, as these meals are spiked with hidden sugars that will rapidly increase your blood sugar levels. It will be better to cut them down gradually and replace them with complex carbs rich in fibers, until you have little to no simple carb intake. Doing this will keep your blood glucose to manageable levels.
Alternatively, if reducing simple carb intake is a challenge, you can always engage in exercise to burn down the simple carbs you take while still keeping your blood sugar on an ideal level.
Manage stress levels.
Stress switches on a hormone called cortisol. When cortisol is present in your system, your blood sugar rises. This high sugar level helps your brain and organs have the necessary fuel to function in response to stressful stimuli. But if you’re constantly stressed out, you’ll always operate on high blood sugar. Add to that your sugar-spiked diet, and you double the chance of high blood sugar health risks.
Managing your stress keeps your blood sugar at an ideal level. To do this, give your mind and body time to relax, even for just a moment.
Mediation is a good way to manage stress during your waking hours. So set aside 5 to 10 minutes to sit quietly. This mindfulness practice will do wonders not only for your blood sugar but also for your mental and physical health.
Add healthy drinks to your diet.
Drinks are a convenient way to get a sugar boost; that’s why the majority of our sugar intake comes from what we drink. So if you want to start changing your high-sugar diet, start by managing what you drink.
Replace your soda, caramel macchiato, or energy drink with low-calorie, low-sugar drinks packed with vitamins to keep you energized while keeping your blood sugar on the sweet spot.
Karviva Keeps You on the Blood Sugar Sweet Spot
Karviva’s wellness drinks are made of whole-plant ingredients with no added sugar. Each drink has an organic sweetness from natural fruits and will feed your body with just enough natural sugar that it needs to sustain energy. It means you have an ideal blood sugar while keeping your body replenished.
Ancient wisdom combined with modern science helped us concoct our line of drinks. Every bottle delivers specific health benefits, from detoxification, immunity, energy recovery, and relaxation.
To give you a good start, we recommend adding these drinks to your diet to help manage your blood sugar levels while giving you energy throughout the day.
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Karviva Immunity is an excellent choice if you want to stay healthy and protect yourself from illnesses.
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Next time you need an energizer, reach for a bottle of Karviva ACE. Your body will thank you for it.
If you need a non-alcoholic drink to help you ease into sleep, Karviva Unwined is an excellent substitute for your favorite nightcap beverage. This Malbec-inspired drink is rich in calming herbs that help you relax while it detoxifies your body. It’s also low in sugar and helps your brain and heart recover as you turn in for the night.
Start the Quest for Ideal Blood Sugar Level with Karviva
Get a head start in changing your sugar-spiked diet by including a Karviva drink in your diet. It will give you the necessary nutrients and energy you need to stop craving the sugary foods you consume daily.
Start with one Karviva bottle a day, and you’ll immediately feel the healing this drink brings to your body.
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