Weight management the natural way…with PURICA TrimActiv
When we have long lapses of time between eating, our blood sugar drops. When we are in this state, we tend to make more impulsive decisions. The quick “go-to” treats to fill the gap can give us that initial blood sugar spike, but that’s always followed by low blood sugar a few hours later. And don’t deny it: We’ve all been “hangry” more often than we’d care to admit. And even if we’ve avoided a bad case of the “hangries”, we’ve all been around someone who is hangry. With this fast-paced lifestyle of ours, it’s even become – as of 2018 — an official word in the Oxford Dictionary. “hangry” means “bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger”. It’s a classic case study in the chemistry of life, both the ups and the downs.
Healthy body composition to feel your best
Of course, most of us would like to feel limber and physically strong — with sustained energy and a sense of ease within our bodies and minds — throughout the day. When we’re feeling sluggish just getting through the day, that utopia of feel-good energy sounds like it’s out of our reach. That’s where a holistic approach of positive lifestyles, shifting dietary habits and supplementation with a natural formulation such as PURICA TrimActiv can be a game changer, particularly when it comes to curbing cravings and balancing blood sugar.
In terms of “weight management”, it is really about healthy body composition. That allows you to feel your personal best. The beauty is that we’re all so different when it comes to our bodies. There is no “one size fits all”. Having said that, if we are losing or gaining weight too quickly – or doing a yo-yo dance between those two – it is a sign that’s worth exploring the underlying causes of those fluctuations.
Yet metabolic rate is only part of the equation. When we become what we may considered as overweight, it’s most often for more than one reason: From tucking in at night with a pint of ice cream, to focusing on the wrong kinds of foods, such as those high in carbohydrates and simple sugars. Another person may eat relatively healthy, but have a weak spot for at least one sugary drink every day. This can throw off the body’s ability to properly process the sugars and the extra pounds can become an issue.
It’s worth taking a moment to talk about how stress, blood sugar and cravings impact our weight – and just as important, if not more – our mood!
How does blood sugar affect our weight and mood?
Anyone who battles cravings knows just how overwhelming they can be. It can start out with an initial feeling of eating for comfort or an energy boost. What begins as “I’ll just have one cookie” becomes “okay, let’s just polish these off so they out of sight!” It’s easy to judge ourselves as not having any so-called will power. The truth is when our body is in that craving state, it’s difficult for us to control those impulses and regulate that primitive drive and behavior.
How does stress affect blood sugar?
When it comes to blood sugar and stress, it’s bit of a catch 22! When you are under physical, mental or emotional stress, it can also affect your blood sugar levels. When your blood sugars are not in balance, it can cause you to feel stressed. When we have a high level of stress, we are activating our sympathetic nervous system; the “fight or flight” response. Our hormone cortisol (and epinephrine) triggers the release of sugar (glucose). The body releases sugar into the blood so that energy can be circulated throughout your system. This results in higher blood sugar for the short term. The problem is that stress-induced cortisol can also increase our risk for food cravings.
Positive Lifestyle Strategies
So, what can we do to mitigate against the stress and wildly-fluctuating blood sugars? Small incremental changes — such as creating new habits — can go a long way toward effective weight management. The incorporation of these positive lifestyles does not have to be overwhelming. It’s all about consistency.
Some of the positive lifestyle changes we can look at include:
- Eating small meals and snacks throughout the day to keep blood sugars balanced;
- Thinking Rainbow! Incorporating as many colors of fruits and vegetables into your diet (rich in antioxidants and fiber which help with blood sugar);
- Reducing simple sugars (out with the white!).
As noted above, “stress” – especially chronic stress – can impact us on so many levels. We can’t avoid stress completely if we are a living and breathing human being. It’s just there for us, for both good and bad. How we manage and handle stress, however, can be a game changer. Recognizing our own personal triggers can be a huge step in the right direction. The key is to look for ways to trigger our parasympathetic nervous system by doing things such as diaphragmatic breathing (also known as belly breathing). Stress impacts our absorption and assimilation of nutrients, making the weight management connection problematic.
PURICA has always been committed to the connections between stress and immunity. It has always shined in its ability to identify and develop formulations that help the body and mind adapt to stress. When it comes to natural supplementation for weight management, PURICA TrimActiv is no exception. It is weight management the natural way. This unique formulation is different than a typical weight loss product in that it stimulates metabolism in a holistic way. It focusses on supporting overworked adrenals (through the medicinal mushroom cordyceps) to help the body better handle stress. It helps to mitigate unhealthy cravings and encourages healthy, intuitive eating, stabilizing blood sugar and minimizing the cravings that affect both mood and energy. As the name suggests, being “activ” is an important consideration when it comes to achieving optimal natural weight. Supplementation using PURICA TrimActiv is intended to complement an active lifestyle and, of course, good nutrition.
It works on the strength of a series of synergistic ingredients:
Cinnamon: This helps to regulate blood sugar, prevent spikes and the associated deposition of fat. Regulation of blood sugar also helps to reduce cravings.
Garcinia cambogia: A source of hydroxycitric acid (HCA), it plays an important role in fat metabolism. HCA blocks the portion of the enzyme citrate lyase, which helps turn sugar and starches into fat. As a result, carbohydrates are deployed in the production of energy, as opposed to accumulating as fat on our stomach and hips. Physical activity ensures energy is burned off.
Green coffee bean extract: A source of chlorogenic acid, unroasted coffee bean extract has been shown to help fat loss. Chlorogenic acid is believed to reduce the absorption of carbohydrates from the digestive tract, lowering sugar and insulin spikes.
Yerba mate: This herb increases metabolism via a stimulant known as mateine. Like caffeine, mateine can increase energy levels, but doesn’t give you the “jitters”.
Cordyceps: This medicinal mushroom has been used for centuries for a number of health benefits, including increasing muscle mass.
The bottom line: By changing the narrative of a low-energy, sluggish lifestyle to a PURICA TrimActiv lifestyle, you can arrive at a healthier, natural weight. Make it a priority to integrate these positive lifestyles and natural supplementation into your day-to-day living. And while you’re at it, find out about other natural supplements such as PURICA Power vegan protein and PURICA Curcumin 30% BDMC.
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Tawnya Ritco, R.H.N., is Director of Education for PURICA and promotes natural health education and finds inspiration in the connection between nutrition, lifestyle, and vitality.