“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” Tony Robbins
Good morning peeps, meditation done.
Quote for the Day:
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”
How do I get more energy is a question I am often asked?
Simply having a basic understanding of how your body works and what it needs to make it work at its best will help you to see what may be “the key” to obtaining better energy levels that will have people asking you what your secret is.
David McCulloch, MD of Group Health states that,
All parts of the body (muscles, brain, heart, and liver) need energy to work. This energy comes from the food we eat.
Our bodies digest the food we eat by mixing it with fluids (acids and enzymes) in the stomach. When the stomach digests food, the carbohydrate (sugars and starches) in the food breaks down into another type of sugar, called glucose.
The stomach and small intestines absorb the glucose and then release it into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, glucose can be used immediately for energy or stored in our bodies, to be used later.
However, our bodies need insulin in order to use or store glucose for energy. Without insulin, glucose stays in the bloodstream, keeping blood sugar levels high.
When insulin is released from the pancreas, it travels through the bloodstream to the body’s cells and tells the cell doors to open up to let the glucose in. Once inside, the cells convert glucose into energy to use right then or store it to use later.
The rise and fall in insulin and blood sugar happens many times during the day and night. The amount of glucose and insulin in our bloodstream depends on when we eat and how much. When the body is working as it should, it can keep blood sugar at a normal level, which is between 70 and 120 milligrams per deciliter.
However, even in people without diabetes, blood sugar levels can go up as high as 180 during or right after a meal. Within two hours after eating, blood sugar levels should drop to under 140. After several hours without eating, blood sugar can drop as low as 70.
Insulin helps our cells convert glucose into energy, and it helps our bodies store extra glucose for use later. For example, if you eat a large meal and your body doesn’t need that much glucose right away, insulin will help your body store it to convert to energy later.
Insulin does this by turning the extra food into larger packages of glucose called glycogen. Glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles.
Insulin also helps our bodies store fat and protein. Almost all body cells need protein to work and grow. The body needs fat to protect nerves and make several important hormones. Fat can also be used by the body as an energy source.
How Diabetes Changes the Way This Works
With diabetes, the body has stopped making insulin, has slowed down the amount of insulin it’s making, or is no longer able to use its own insulin very well. When this happens, it can lead to several things.
For example, glucose cannot enter the cells where it’s needed, so the amount of glucose in the bloodstream continues to rise. This is called hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).
When blood sugar levels reach 180 or higher, the kidneys try to get rid of the extra sugar through the urine. This makes a person urinate more than usual. It also makes a person feel thirstier because of the water he or she is losing by urinating so much.
When a person loses sugar in the urine, it’s the same as losing energy because the sugar isn’t available for the cells to use or store. When this happens, a person might feel tired, lose weight, and feel hungry all the time.
Other problems caused by high blood sugar include blurry vision and skin infections or injuries that don’t heal. Women might have vaginal yeast infections more often.
When the body doesn’t have enough insulin to help convert sugar into energy, it often starts burning body fat instead. This sounds like it might work well, but burning too much fat for energy produces a byproduct called ketones. High levels of ketones can lead to a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which can be life threatening if not treated quickly. DKA is more common in type 1 diabetes because the body has stopped making insulin.
Keep Blood Sugar Levels Under Control
For a person with diabetes, the main focus of treatment is to control the amount of glucose in the body so that blood sugar levels stay as close to normal as possible.
Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 549,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it.
People with type 1 diabetes need insulin shots as part of their care plan to control their blood sugar levels.
Some people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood sugar levels with a healthy diet and exercise.
However, many people with type 2 diabetes will need to include diabetes pills, insulin shots, or both in their diabetes care plans.
People with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes need to pay close attention to how blood sugar levels change at various times throughout the day in order to keep them as close to normal as possible. When blood sugar levels are close to normal, it means the body is getting the energy it needs to work, play, heal, and stay healthy.
Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 10 per cent of all adults with diabetes and is treated by daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump. It is also recommended to follow a healthy diet and take regular physical activity. Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age but usually appears before the age of 40, and especially in childhood. It is the most common type of diabetes found in childhood.
Type 2 diabetes usually appears in people over the age of 40, though in South Asian people, who are at greater risk, it often appears from the age of 25. It is also increasingly becoming more common in children, adolescents and young people of all ethnicities. Type 2 diabetes accounts for between 85 and 95 per cent of all people with diabetes and is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity.
In addition to this, medication and/or insulin are often required.
In Type 2 diabetes there is not enough insulin (or the insulin isn’t working properly), so the cells are only partially unlocked and glucose builds up in the blood.
I have been involved with Diabetes since I agreed to go on Sir Ian “Beefy” Botham’s “Great British Walk” in 2012 to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, which has now become known as Bloodwise Click Here to find out more
I agreed to participate on Beefy’s walk with my mate Paul “Leafy” Burnham, He is one of the founding members of the Barmy Army England cricket team supporters. In 1994, Paul travelled to Australia to watch The Ashes. There he met a number of other English supporters who were noted for singing songs, despite England losing. They received a lot of press attention, which was positive in Australia, but negative in Britain. Paul then trademarked the name Barmy Army and created a number of replica shirts, which sold out.
After the Ashes, “Leafy” on a part-time basis started running the Barmy Army supplementing his income by working as a bookmaker and writing for cricket magazines. In 1997, he negotiated the Barmy Army’s first sponsorship deal with Vodafone to support the Barmy Army’s tour of the West Indies. He started working for the Barmy Army full-time in 2002 as the organizer creating a website and travel agency. In 2009 I met “Leafy” and choreographed the Barmy Army’s “Hey, Hey Ricky”
Paul introduced himself on the video shoot as the leader and founder of the Barmy Army. He was ready to help in anyway but refused to dance a step in the video. Some leader he turned out to be! I then saw Paul for the whole of the 2009 Ashes series, whilst I was working for the ECB. As soon as my daily duties were over, I would go and find Paul, during the tea interval. Inevitably he would be at the Cockspur Rum shack, where I would meet him for an obligatory Rum Ginger mule, before sitting in the Barmy Army ground section, suited and booted singing along, with a stand full of men in fancy dress, watching England beat the Aussies. It was a great summer and we became great friends.
The next year I travelled with the Barmy Army to Australia for the 2010/2011 Ashes winning tour and organised the celebration parties in Melbourne and Sydney for the Barmy Army, which featured appearances by the victorious England team. I also captained the Barmy Army cricket team that played a “Bashes” Series against their Australian counterparts the Fanatics the day before Ashes Test matches.
Leafy and I shared a room. I knew Paul had Type 2 diabetes, before we did Beefy’s walk, but sharing and spending all day with him, really showed me the condition’s true effects. How his energy levels and moods were really affected by the changes in blood sugar levels and the importance of keeping them level through medication plus consistent and healthy food and drink intake.
After finishing the walk I began living in Aberdeen and hooked up with another friend who has diabetes called Steve Reaper but he has Type 1 diabetes.
We decided to raise money for Diabetes by entering a team into the first Tough Mudder in Scotland, our team was called Team Nemesis and I ran very gruelling training sessions on Aberdeen Beach every week including February dips in the ice cold North sea to prepare the team for the event, which was great fun and raised money for a very good cause.
When I returned back to London to live a friend from Scotland Karen Moore who had worked for Children1st another charity I have also worked for raising money and awareness before she began working for Diabetes UK introduced me to John McKie in London who is the Celebrity manager for Diabetes UK and funnily enough also from Scotland.
John asked me to get involved in a few awareness events, which I was happy to do like this one,
I just wanted to write properly to say a huge thank you for providing a quote of support for Diabetes UK’s Community Champions programme, a project which encourages people from ethnic minorities, often with a background in living with diabetes, to help educate others in their communities.
The scheme is so key as the champions can approach those in the areas about the dangers of particularly Type 2 diabetes, which affects as many as 4.5m, often in the poorest communities, and can talk to them about what they can do in culturally sensitive ways their peers will understand. Often a mainstream charity can struggle to reach a truly diverse audience and the Community Champions scheme is a great way to make this happen.
As you know, the prevalence of diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is wider in the BAME communities than elsewhere and as someone who knows all about fitness and exercise, you have helped amplify our message. Later in the year, I look forward to sharing with you the answers you gave on exercise alongside other sports experts.
I am aware through my work that celebrities can feel they do things for a charity in a void but this has had real impact and Krishna Sarda, who is leading our work in this area, has told me that there has been positive feedback about your comment in the boroughs of Southwark, Brent, Manchester, Birmingham, Lincoln and the total for community champion volunteers this year has reached 735. Thanks in part to your help, we are hoping we will reach 1,000 by the end of the year. Krishna has also told me he is using your image with supporting quote along with the others who supported the scheme for a major recruitment campaign in Brent starting in November of this year.
As you can imagine, there is plenty more work on this area of our work we can do but for now, and I’ll be in touch with your answers from the sporting advice, but for now I just wanted to say thanks from everyone here at Diabetes UK – particularly myself and Krishna.
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