Top5 Non-Food Contributors to Insulin Resistance, a Holistic Health Bites podcast by Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson


We often hear about how diet plays a significant role in insulin resistance, but today, let's explore the equally important non-food factors.

Sedentary Lifestyle and Lack of Physical Activity: First up, the impact of a sedentary lifestyle on insulin resistance. Did you know that muscle is a glucose sink? More muscle means more glucose-burning capacity. I share practical tips for incorporating movement into daily life, from parking farther away to interval exercises.

Chronic Stress and Cortisol: Next, we delve into chronic stress and its connection to insulin resistance. Whether it's emotional, chemical, or physical stressors, they all play a role. I provide strategies to manage stress effectively, supporting improved insulin sensitivity.

Sleep Deprivation and Poor Sleep Quality: Then, we uncover the link between inadequate sleep and insulin resistance. Poor sleep can lead to increased cravings, reduced detoxification, and more. I offer tips for enhancing sleep hygiene and prioritizing rest.

Environmental Toxins and Endocrine Disruptors: Our fourth factor explores the influence of environmental toxins on insulin resistance. I highlight common endocrine disruptors and share ways to minimize exposure to harmful environmental factors.

Genetics and Epigenetics: Lastly, we touch upon the role of genetics in predisposing individuals to insulin resistance. While we can't change our genes, we can influence the factors that impact them. Understanding epigenetics and how lifestyle influences gene expression is key.

Conclusion: So, there are the top 5 contributors to insulin resistance that aren't related to food. Remember, while food is the primary driver, addressing these non-food factors becomes crucial, especially if you've been on point with your nutrition.

I encourage you to share your thoughts, questions, and experiences. And don't forget to tune in next week, where I'll be joined by a special guest, Louise Swartswalter, discussing her BRAIN system. Until then, take care of your health!


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