Category Archives: Your body

Measuring Your Blood Sugar

Measuring your blood sugar will enable you to get the inside scoop on managing the intricacies of your unique blood sugar responses to foods throughout the day, and will enable fine tuning of your macro nutrient needs (proteins, fats and carbohydrates).

Supplies

One Touch and Bayer are two good brands for their technology, accuracy and ease of use (I use the Breeze2 by Bayer). When ordering be sure to get the Blood Glucose Monitor, Lancing Device, Lancets, and Testing Strips specific to your monitor.

Instructions for Testing

When you take a blood test it will reflect your blood glucose at that moment.

Wash your hands with soap and water before taking a blood test. This is not just to ensure hygiene but to ensure there is no sugar on your fingers giving a false high reading. Use warm water if your fingers are cold.

You can use the same lancet for a day’s blood tests assuming that your fingers are clean.

If you prick the sides of your fingertips, your sensitivity will be less affected, which may be important if you play an instrument or tend to type a lot. Avoid pricking your thumbs and right index finger (or left if you are left-handed).

Ideal Schedule for Measuring Blood Glucose with Functional Ranges:

  • Immediately after waking up in the morning (ideal range 78-88mg/DL or 4.4-5mmol/L)

  • 40 minutes after breakfast (ideal range <135mg/DL or <7.5mmol/L)

  • 40 minutes after lunch (ideal range <135mg/DL or <7.5mmol/L)

  • 20 minutes before dinner (ideal range if no more than 2 hours since last eaten 78-88mg/DL or 4.4-5mmol/L)

  • Just before bed (ideal range if no more than 2 hours since last eaten 78-88mg/DL or 4.4-5mmol/L)

Its best to monitor for 5 consecutive days and keep a food/sleep diary at the same time.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for further advice and support.

Please note this information is intended to help you learn more about your own body and health but it should not be considered medical advice.  If you have any concerns and particularly if your blood sugar is high please see your doctor.

How well do you know your body?

It may seem like an odd question to ask, but your body communicates through signs and symptoms. It can mumble and grumble if you haven’t paid attention to it so the odd twinge is usual, but I would encourage you to take a good look at yourself naked and get to know your lumps and bumps. Why? Let me tell you about a client who I’ll call Jane.

Jane came to see me this summer as she knew she wasn’t eating well. We came up with a plan which reignited her enthusiasm for eating healthily and as she had been experiencing some stress I suggested that she came back the following week for an abdominal massage. She lay on the couch ready for the massage, and just looking at her tummy visually gave me cause for concern. Jane is very slim but the lower part of her abdomen was noticeably raised. The abdomen should be soft when lying down relaxed, but Jane’s was swollen and hard. I expected it to sound full of air, but it sounded dense and full. I asked if she experienced any urinary problems and she admitted that she was going to the bathroom about 7 times a night. The lower abdomen contains the bowels, reproductive organs and bladder, so the pressure in that small space would cause frequent urination. Her periods had recently stopped otherwise I would have suspected they would be problematic.

I have examined many bellies during my 10 years as a colon hydrotherapist and my instinct told me there was a problem. I suggested she saw her doctor at her earliest convenience for a professional opinion and wrote a letter for the GP with my findings. The doctor was very grateful for the referral and made an appointment for an ultrasound within the next few days, so I realised that my hunch was right and it was serious. A few weeks later she was booked in for an operation to remove a large cyst. As the cyst was 20cm long and in an awkward place, Jane ended up having a complete hysterectomy and multiple biopsies taken. Thankfully she heard yesterday that the biopsies were clear, and she is making a good recovery from the surgery.

As the saying goes, one body, one life, so please look after it and seek professional advice if you have any concerns. The following video gives and explanation of what is where in the abdomen so that you can understand your inner workings.