Food and Herbs That Improve Insulin Sensitivity

Ep 101
In this episode of ReInvent Healthcare, I talk about Insulin and its dual nature. I also go over why maintaining a delicate balance is key and how deviations can lead to weight gain, inflammation, and a myriad of health issues. This episode serves as a guide to understanding the intricate interplay of insulin, providing insights into its positive contributions and cautionary tales, ultimately empowering you to give your clients the support they need to make healthier decisions in life.


Why Insulin Sensitivity is Crucial

Addressing Insulin Sensitivity is important considering that a significant portion of the population is insulin resistant. That is why I highlight the signs of insulin resistance, such as excess weight around the middle, fatigue, sugar cravings, and more. Knowing this information allows you to assess your clients and give them the proper care and support they need to address their Insulin issues. 


Foods and Herbs to Support Insulin Sensitivity

There are various foods and herbs known to support insulin sensitivity. Some examples are cinnamon, chocolate or carob, maitake mushroom, turmeric, and oregano. Each of these have benefits and help support insulin sensitivity when taken properly. Here are in-depth examples:

  • Cinnamon – due to its properties that help improve the sensitivity of cells to insulin. It is recommended as a simple addition to the diet, making it an easily accessible and flavorful option. Cinnamon is known to be beneficial for individuals dealing with insulin resistance or early-stage insulin resistance symptoms.
  • Avocado – Avocado is praised for its ability to lower glucose levels relatively quickly. The chemical mannoheptulose present in avocados is identified as a constituent that aids in improving insulin sensitivity. Avocado is versatile and can be consumed in various ways, making it a practical and delicious addition to the diet.
  • Blueberries – Blueberries are highlighted as fruits with a low glycemic index, making them suitable for individuals looking to restore insulin sensitivity. While individual responses may vary, blueberries are recommended, especially after a metabolic reset, as a tasty and beneficial option. They are versatile and can be mixed with various foods like coconut yogurt or chia porridge.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.