How to FIX Your Gut, Diabetes & Thyroid Issues

Thursday, February 22, 2024

In an eye-opening episode of Sweet Liberation, Georgia Leonard, a registered nutritional therapist specializing in thyroid and gut health, shares her profound insights into the detrimental effects of sugar on our bodies and the importance of gut health. Her journey from experiencing blood sugar imbalances to becoming a nutritional therapist highlights the interconnectedness of our dietary choices with our overall well-being.

The Roller Coaster of Blood Sugar Levels

Georgia emphasizes how sugary foods trigger a blood sugar roller coaster, leading to various health issues including mood fluctuations, insulin resistance, weight gain, and even diabetes. This imbalance stresses the body, damages cells, and disrupts hormonal harmony, affecting not just physical health but our emotional state and interactions with others.

Gut Health: The Foundation of Our Well-being

The gut-brain axis, a constant communication channel, underscores the direct impact of gut health on brain function and vice versa. Georgia advocates for a diverse diet to nurture a healthy gut microbiome, which supports immune function and prevents autoimmune conditions. She recommends aiming for 30 different plant foods a week to ensure gut microbiome diversity, a key marker of health.

Thyroid and Blood Sugar: An Intricate Relationship

Highlighting the link between thyroid health and blood sugar balance, Georgia points out that imbalances in one can lead to complications in the other. Proper testing beyond TSH levels and a comprehensive approach addressing all bodily systems are crucial for understanding and treating thyroid-related disorders.

Probiotics and Fermented Foods: Allies in Gut Health

While probiotics like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium offer numerous health benefits, Georgia cautions against self-diagnosing and treating conditions like Candida overgrowth without proper testing. She underscores the importance of a targeted approach involving antifungal treatments and dietary adjustments to tackle such issues effectively.

Sleep: A Pillar of Blood Sugar Regulation

Georgia also highlights the underrated role of sleep in regulating blood sugar levels and improving overall health. She suggests incorporating reading into the bedtime routine to wind down, reduce stress, and support gut health indirectly.

Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle

Georgia Leonard's insights remind us of the profound impact our dietary choices have on our health. Reducing sugar intake and supporting our body's intricate systems through informed dietary choices are crucial steps toward achieving lasting health and wellness.

Notable Quotes 💬

"When you eat sugary foods, you are doing yourself a disservice, and you're doing your gut bacteria a disservice." - Georgia Leonard

"95% of people with hypothyroidism actually have an impaired ability to regulate their blood sugar." - Georgia Leonard

"We are more bacteria than we are human." - Georgia Leonard

"If your blood sugar's imbalanced, it then causes disruptions in your insulin, and your insulin affects all of your other hormones." - Georgia Leonard

"Every part of you and how you are, and how you feel on a daily basis, is affected by what you eat." - Georgia Leonard

"The gut and brain are in constant communication with each other, affecting everything from your mood to your immune system." - Georgia Leonard​

Understanding and nurturing our body's interconnected systems is key to a healthier life. By reducing sugar intake and embracing a diverse, nutrient-rich diet, we can support our thyroid, gut health, and overall well-being. Georgia Leonard's expertise shines a light on the path toward a healthier, sugar-free lifestyle.

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