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SUGAR #4: SUGAR AND EXERCISE- Sugar is not a poison, but part of Balanced Nutrition and Healthy Active Lifestyle found naturally in fruits and vegetables and added to many foods, soft drinks and sports drinks. You need sugars from sports drinks after exercise when they flow freely into muscle cells. Sugars and glucose or maltodextrin (a chain of glucose’s that break up in your stomach) are absorbed rapidly into the blood stream and are removed from the blood to provide energy to the liver, muscles, brain and other organs. At rest, the hormone insulin is needed to drive sugar into muscle and other organs. Insulin comes from the pancreas – a long flat organ behind the stomach. Most of the pancreas secretes enzymes into your intestine to digest food, but a network of cells making up 5% of the pancreas has cells called beta-cells connected to your brain by the vagus nerve sensing your blood sugar levels. Whenever blood glucose rises, the pancreas on a second by second basis releases insulin to keep blood sugar normal. In overweight people with excess abdominal fat, the cells resist the effect of insulin leading to increased blood sugar levels and diabetes over 10 years once the blood sugar remains elevated. Sugars and fats not burned lead to more body fat and resistance to insulin creating a vicious cycle. During and after exercise, the muscles take up glucose without insulin and give the pancreas a rest. So exercise helps the body because muscle needs to keep its stores of glycogen full so that you have energy for exercise- That’s how sports drinks work!! You need them to be your best!! #drdavidheber #nutrition #sports #sportsdrink #glucose #insulin to learn more go to and and read PERSONALIZED NUTRITION AND TRANSFORMATION available as an e-book on for $5.49

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