Monday, July 1, 2013

Step 8 of Reversing Reactive Hypoglycemia: Increase Physical Activity

Use it or lose it! That's a common expression when one encourages another to exercise, but there are many reasons why exercise is important. It controls weight, helps improve stamina, increases strength, enhances flexibility, improves your overall quality of life, and the one we're going to focus on here is it helps prevent disease. How so?

How so?
Our bodies need regular movement of the joints and muscles to maintain strength, flexibility, and improved circulation of oxygen to body tissues in an effort to push lymph fluids carrying waste products back to the blood where it filters through the lungs, liver, kidneys and spleen to excrete those toxins from the body. We excrete toxins through the bowel, urine, and pores/follicles (sweat). Without proper circulation, those toxins will use the body as a host to breed illness and diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease and others.

For persons with reactive hypoglycemia, exercise is a secret weapon. It lowers stress (major trigger), gets your heart pumping, improves brain function and mood, helps the body respond better to insulin, and strengthens the body's control systems to function better and get things moving to maintain blood sugar levels. Physical activity is a must but Properly Planning Exercise is Essential With Hypoglycemia.

Healthy weight.
Exercise helps you build healthy lean muscle, pump up your metabolism, and lose inches. Maintaining a healthy weight decreases a person's risk of developing certain diseases including diabetes. Anything that decreases risk for diabetes, decreases risk for hypoglycemia.

Exercise benefits every part of the body including the mind. It helps our body to release endorphins, which are chemicals responsible for making us feel happy (smile).

If you're considering exercise for the first time in a long while, you'll want to take it slow initially. With hypoglycemia you won't be able to go hard. Exercise does use energy so the body's blood sugar levels will decrease without proper nutrition before hand. Walking is a great way to get your body moving again and get you on track to improved health. A daily walk will go a long way in encouraging improved circulation and  reduced stress. Here are 10 Reasons to Start Walking.

Read: How Do I Start to Exercise?

Step 9: Permanently Change Your Lifestyle
Linked recommended readings are for informational and learning purposes only. This blog post is based on the personal experiences and expressed opinions of its author. The information is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations and advice. If you experience severe low blood sugar, seek emergency help.

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