One of the common issues facing many people, especially those with systemic fungal infections, is blood sugar regulation imbalances. A simple approach to remedying this is the protocol of eating celery throughout the day. A recent article out of Harvard School of Public Health lists some of the additional benefits of dietary fibers – http://the-scientist.com/2011/08/01/sharing-the-bounty/
“Dietary fibers are metabolized into short-chain fatty acids such as acetic, propionic, and butyric acids, which contribute an estimated 10 percent of our daily energy supply.5 The amount and variety produced are determined by the types of food ingested, how long the food stays in the gut, and which microbial species are present. While humans have the capacity to synthesize some short-chain fatty acids, the vast majority are produced by gut microbes.
These metabolites do more than just provide us with extra energy. Approximately 95 percent of gut short-chain fatty acids are absorbed and metabolized by the host for a wide range of physiological functions. Microbe-generated acetate, for example, has been shown to bind a G-protein-coupled receptor, GPR43, expressed on immune cells. Deletion of this receptor in mice exacerbated arthritis, asthma, and colitis—diseases characterized by an overactive immune system—suggesting that the microbially produced acetate may help guide the resolution of inflammatory responses. Acetate also appears to protect the host against infection by pathogenic bacteria, like the intestinal hemorrhage-causing Escherichia coli 0157:H7, by strengthening epithelial barrier function.7
While acetate’s connection to health benefits is clearest, propionic and butyric acids may also be beneficial. Propionic acid appears to modulate T-helper cell immune responses by promoting the adaptive immune response. Butyrate’s role as an important energy source for certain epithelial cell types is well established, as is its inhibition of histone deacetylase enzymes. Some of butyrate’s anticancer effects may involve its ability to alter microRNA expression. A recent study from the laboratory of Eugene Chang at the University of Chicago suggests that butyrate slowed the proliferation of a cancer cell line by reducing miR106b levels. This family of microRNAs plays important roles in regulating cell cycle progression and is often overexpressed in cancers.”
Blood sugar protocol:
If you get tired, irritable, sleepy, or moody when you go too long without food, you most likely have a low blood sugar issue (hypoglycemia). Hypoglycemia can affect the following: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormones; suppress the immune system; cause adrenal fatigue, sugar cravings and promote inflammation; and cause various disturbances in the nervous system such as anxiety, depression, nervousness, brain fog, etc. Many people will have both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia/insulin resistance (tired after meals) during the day. This protocol helps with both. You’ll need to eat at least a small handful of food every 45-60 minutes (60 minutes usually works). That can be 1/3 of a celery stick or carrot, ¼ of an apple, ½ of an avocado, a rice cake, a meal, some veggies, etc., to keep your blood sugar balanced. It is very important that you follow this strictly, as almost doesn’t work. Anyone with problems handling fruit, should stick to celery, meats, avocado, etc., for snacks. Celery is very easy to prepare and carry with you. Plan your day around having enough of something with you at all times. As an example – if you wake up at 7am, eat a piece of celery right away, then get ready for the day and eat breakfast at 8am, then snack at 9, 10, 11; lunch at 12; snack at 1, 2, 3, 4; dinner at 5; snack at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; bedtime. Have a snack as soon as you get up, then go about getting ready for your day and making breakfast. If you wake up in the middle of the night, keep a piece of celery on the nightstand and have it before going back to sleep. It is important to do this for at least 4 months. Additionally, it’s important to start the day with protein and have protein at every meal.