Posts Tagged ‘acne blood sugar metabolism’

Sugar Cravings; Sugars in foods; Why we crave sugar!!

Friday, May 26th, 2017
Good morning! Challenges with maintaining our weight throughout life are going to be constant and inevitable. Sugar is constantly in the news lately – yes, manufacturers of our food deliberately add the exact amount which makes us addicted! No wonder it’s so challenging.
Diabetes in Australia is increasing at such a rapid rate that it’s estimated that 50% of us will have dementia by the age of 50within 25years – and diabetes is a major cause.  This is ridiculous!  We’ve modified our food, DNA and genes so much these days our cells become primed to develop chronic illness such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease so much earlier in our bodies than even 30 years ago.
May favourite 3 products for sugar cravings are:
1. Bactrex and Ultra Flora SB Dysbiosis – for underlying candida, fungus, bacterial infections that make us want to eat sweets (they love a sweet, acidic environment!) 3-6 daily depending on the severity and combination of the infections.
2. Gymnema tablets – known as ‘the sugar killer’ in Indian – it’s a herb which over a period of time makes our tongue need less sweet. Long-term (2 year) studies have shown pancreatic cells regnerating with gymnema use. 4-6 daily when sugar cravings are bad.
3. Resist X – definitely a favourite – contains herbs and nutrients which reduce insulin resistance (pre-diabetes); increase cellular energy and work on eating away our tummy fat. 2-6 daily depending on energy levels, tummy fat stubborness, sugar cravings.
Get your health under control today!
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Natural Effective Support for Acne! Let’s look at the facts…

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Natural Effective Support for Acne!  Let’s look at the facts…

Acne is no longer the incurable problem it was 30 years ago. In the past, acne caused profound suffering for many people.  Acne is a skin condition which may occur on the face, neck, chest and back.  It is also more prevalent, estimated that up to 80% of Aussies suffer from acne at some stage in their lives.

Simply put, acne is associated with blockage of the sebaceous gland ducts. Sebum continues to be produced by these glands forming comedones (blackheads and whiteheads). These often become inflamed to form papules, pustules and cysts.  But what causes these block ducts?

There are many things however, that cause acne…

Several hormones such as testosterone, androgens, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), as well as insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-I) have been linked to changes leading to acne. Still the exact mechanism remains a mystery.  Every hormone effects every other hormone – when one is out of balance, it effects every other hormone.

The most interesting theory comes from Dr. Loren Cordain (author of The Paleo Diet). In his paper Dr. Cordain explains how swings in blood sugar levels lead to:

  • Increased turnover of skin cells. Meaning cells die faster and new ones grow to replace them. This means there are more dead skin cells in the skin pores, causing blockages.
  • Skin cells failing to separate after death. Normally skin cells separate after death so they can be easily pushed out. This is controlled by a hormone called IGFBP-3. Blood sugar problems bring down IGFBP-3 levels. So more skin cells remain together and block the skin pores.
  • Increased oil (sebum) production.
  • Overgrowth of P. acnes bacteria in the skin pores (linked to 40% of chronic back pain, by the way!!)
  • Inflammation of the blocked pore.  It has also been found that  there is insulin inside the blocked pores – allowing growth of other infections besides P. acnes.

Problems with blood sugar metabolism are caused by insulin resistance, which is a result of wrong diet and lifestyle habits.

Insulin resistance

Insulin is the hormone that takes the glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream and escorts it into cells. In people with insulin resistance cells are resistant to insulin. Therefore the pancreas has to release more insulin to bring down the blood glucose levels. Insulin is closely related to the hormones that have been linked to acne. More insulin means more of the hormones that have been linked to acne.

Closely related to insulin resistance is a condition called chronic, low-intensity inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s response to injury. This is true whether the injury results from a cut or bruise or an immune system reaction. As the immune system reacts to an invader it also damages the nearby cells and causes insulin resistance in them.

In case of an acute inflammation this is not a problem as it only happens in a limited area, such as is the case with cuts and bruises.

Chronic or systematic inflammation is entirely different matter. Inflammation turns chronic when the offending substance (such as chemicals and toxins) or pathogen (for example bacteria and virus) persists in the body. Inflammation turns systematic when the circulatory or lymphatic systems spread the offending agent all over the body.

So, as you can imagine, we work with acne in the following ways:

  1. working with the body to reduce inflammation
  2. finding the causes of inflammation our clients
  3. using anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial external products that SUPPORT the skins natural immunity
  4. using products to prevent scar tissue
  5. working with diet to be less inflammatory
  6. finding underlying infections – there are often co-infections in those with chronic acne.

Madonna Guy ND
Acne Naturopaths Brisbane
3348 6098