Insulin resistance has become a new buzz word.
It’s “PRE” diabetes, as they say. So, you might feel like you don’t need to worry … yet.
You don’t have trouble with your blood sugar, you are just “insulin resistant”.
What the heck is insulin resistance?
Put it this way. If you have any “pre-diabetes condition”, you have reason to be concerned about blood sugar.
You need stable blood sugar to fuel your body.
High blood sugar fuels the inflammation that causes all chronic illness.
You don’t want to feed bad gut bacteria, and you don’t want to feed inflammation.
Too much sugar in your blood stream feeds both!
What do you do to control your blood sugar short of drugging it?
You might be surprised to learn that one of the biggest problems contributing to your dysfunctional insulin is SITTING.
Do you sit a lot?
Chances are you do!
These days technology has us looking down AND sitting down far too often!
Dr. Joan Vernikos, former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division and author of Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, wants us to know why sitting has such a dramatic impact on your health, and how you can simply and easily counteract the ill effects of sitting.
Dr. Mercola is offering a recent interview with the brilliant doctor from his web site.
Below you’ll find an excerpt from the article, and the link to the video of the interview.
It’s well worth your time.
Dr. V found out:
- the act of standing up is more effective than walking for counteracting the ill effects of sitting
- the key is how many times you stand up
- it’s actually the change in posture that is the most powerful signal, not the act of standing in and of itself
- the key to counteract the ill effects of sitting is to repeatedly interrupt your sitting
The key is frequent intermittent interactions with gravity.
Standing up 35 times at once will provide only a small percent of the benefit of standing up once every 20 minutes.
It’s All About Interacting Regularly With Gravity
During Skylab, which was the longest mission Dr. Vernikos worked on in the early 1970s, many medical observers noted that astronauts were prematurely aging while in space. Interestingly, the changes that were occurring were found to be very similar to what happens to you when you’re bedridden, and to the aging process itself. Initially, Dr. Vernikos referred to these phenomena as parallel processes, as she could not prove a cause and effect that were identical to all three.
That eventually changed when she was doing a bed-rest study.
Astronaut Legend Proves Biological Age Can Be Counteracted
Astronaut John Glenn was the first man to perform an orbital flight. He eventually became a US Senator, and at the age of 77 became the oldest man in space, thanks to Dr. Vernikos, when he participated in her experiment to validate her theory of aging in the microgravity of space.
Your Lifestyle Determines How Quickly Your Body Ages
What this means for us living permanently here on Earth is that the changes that accompany aging are more likely a result of our lifestyle rather than the inevitable outcome associated with a numerical or physiological age. The good news is that you can prevent, and to a great degree delay, the damage associated with a large portion of biological aging, especially the most crippling, which is pain with movement and loss of flexibility that you had as a youth.
It also means that getting too hung up on a once-a-day exercise routine is to put the cart before the horse. FIRST you need to make sure you’re engaging in more or less perpetual non-exercise movement, as this is an independent risk factor. You then want to add structured exercise on top of that to reap all the benefits associated with exercise. Going to the gym a few times a week for an hour simply isn’t going to counteract hours upon hours of chronic uninterrupted sitting, which essentially mimics a microgravity situation, i.e. you’re not exerting your body against gravity. Only frequent non-exercise movement will do that.
Gravity as a Stimulus to Achieve Health…
Interestingly, lipoprotein lipase is dramatically reduced during inactivity, and increases with activity, the most effective activity being, you guessed it, standing up from a seated position. Lipoprotein lipase is an enzyme that attaches to fat in your bloodstream and transports it into your muscles to be used as fuel. So essentially, simply by standing up, you are actively helping your body to burn fat for fuel. But what is it about the mechanism of standing up that would account for this?
On Picking a Better Office Chair… And Standing Up 35 Times a Day
A better alternative to the traditional office chair, according to Dr. Vernikos, would be an upright wooden chair with no armrest.
Dr. Vernikos calls these types of movements gravity habits or “G habits.” These are all movements that are quantified as non-exercise activities, and the challenge is to get more of them into your daily life. When it comes to interrupting your sitting, you want to stand up around 35 times a day or so to counteract the cardiovascular health risks associated with sitting. This is based on double-blind research where volunteers would spend four days in bed to induce detrimental changes. She then tested two groups to see which was more effective, walking or standing, and how long would you have to walk or how many times do you have to stand up to get better again?
You can read the rest of the article and watch the video of the interview on http://articles.mercola.com
Do you tend to make things harder than they have to be?
Maybe you are trying to completely change your diet to address your insulin resistance or “pre-diabetes condition”.
It’s great to eat more whole foods and less processed foods!
However, you’ll find that being diligent to STAND UP every 20 minutes all day long can completely change ALL your blood data!
No joke! Something this simple, really can be that powerful!
Be extra careful and add Sacred Breathing to your plan.
Create a bio-chemical shift and support the foundation of strength you are building by Standing Up!
If you are blown away by what standing up can do for you, check out what Sacred Breathing will do!
Click on the link below and discover how harmful rapid shallow breathing is.
Carrie Tucker, RCP
The Life Breath Coach
Heart Failure Solutions
PS– Remember everyday:
- Relax and Release tension
- Exhale Slowly
- Be active in a way that adds Joy to your life