High Blood Sugar: Yamaimo (Japanese yam) (Fig. 1) >> slow down absorption of sugar by wrapping it around
High Blood Pressure: Lemon >> antioxidant effect of polyphenol
Dementia: Seaweed laver (Fig. 2) >> rich in folic acid >> toast with seaweed laver and cheese containing short-chain fatty acid which is also good for dementia, Seaweed baked with butter
Smoothening blood: Bonito flakes (Fig. 3) >> EPA and DHA prevent blood clots>> be careful in winter because don’t drink water very much >> more effective if eat with soy products like miso, tofu
Immune system: Scallion (Fig. 4) >> Null which strengthen immune cells which are macrophages, IgA and natural killer cells >> green part of scallion, more in thick scallion >> prevent a cold and flu
Aging of blood vessels (Hardening of the artery): Sesame >> vitamin E prevents oxidization of blood vessel and Sesamin lowers LDL cholesterol >> any kinds, 1 tablespoon per day is effective >> grated is better to absorb
Cold intolerance: Japanese pepper (Sansho) (Fig. 5) >> sprinkle on fried food or miso soup, mixed with mayonnaise as a dip
Osteoporosis: Yuzu (a citrus fruit) (Fig. 6) >> citric acid increases the absorption of calcium by 20 % >> use instead of vinegar >> taking the skin containing Beta-cryptoxanthin helping form bones is effective
The blood flow of diabetes patients is not smooth because of contain a lot of sugar in the blood. That damages the wall of blood vessels and causes the accumulation of cholesterol and results in hardening of the artery (arteriosclerosis) like the above photo above.
The first cause raising blood sugar is eating too much, eating sweets and lack of exercises, which are very famous causes. But there is the second cause.
The second cause is hidden in the small intestine. According to a research, 15 % of elderly people’s small intestines had the second cause.
The second cause of high blood sugar can be found by checking the substance of breath. The substance is the same as fart, which is mainly methane gas. Methane is used for cooking on the stove or is generated from sludge which is rotten animals and plants.
If your breath contains a lot of the substance of fart, you have high possibility of second cause of high blood sugar hidden in the small intestine.
What is the second cause of high blood sugar hidden in the small intestine?
That is gas in the small intestine.
Healthy person’s intestines are about 2 cm (0.8 inches) of the diameter, but if the substance of fart is accumulated in the small intestine pathologically, the small intestine becomes much larger with a lot of gas. If the gas is accumulated in the small intestine at a certain level, the gas is absorbed in the body and is breathed out from your mouth (Fig. 1 and 2).
Why the gas in the small intestine raises blood sugar?
When a lot of gas is generated in the small intestine, the small intestine expands and the wall of the small intestine is damaged. Toxin in the small intestine invades the blood vessel and prevents the function of insulin that lowers blood sugar. As a result of that, blood sugar goes up.
Why the gas is generated in the small intestine?
Intestinal bacteria increase by taking the nutrition from the food in the small intestine. At that time, they generate gas.
Usually intestinal bacteria exist a lot in the large intestine, but few in the small intestine. That is because in the small intestine, the speed to delver food is very fast so that it is difficult for bacteria to increase and gas is generated.
But because of aging or stress or other reasons, if the movement of the small intestine becomes dull, food stays in the small intestine and intestinal bacteria increase a lot feeding on the food. As a result, a huge amount of gas is generated.
How to decrease gas in the small intestine
To decrease gas in the small intestine, it is important to make the interval between meals long. People who have gas in the small intestine often eat something between meals.
If you can keep the interval between meals 8 hours, the small intestine becomes active, deceasing intestinal bacteria in the small intestine.
70 years old female whose gas in the small intestine had been +4 from the referenced value didn’t eat any snacks between meals and kept the interval between meals more than 8 hours for 5 days. After 5 days’ experiment, her gas in the small intestine became -1 from the referenced value.
An island in Japan is paid attention to from the medical professions because the ratio of emergency transport due to stroke or heart attack decreased by 80 % within 3 years.
The rate of deaths due to brain hemorrhage around the islands including this island is the worst in all over Japan. The average blood pressure of the people in this island measured 4 years ago was more than 140. The condition of their blood vessel was very poor until 3 years ago so that the ratio of emergency transport due to stroke or heart attack was extremely high.
A doctor was assigned to this island 4 years ago and he improved various things that were making the condition of blood vessels worse.
(1) Cigarettes were removed from the island
By removing cigarettes from the island, nobody became able to get cigarettes in the island, so the ratio of smoking in the island decreased by 35 %.
(2) Habit of exercises
Walking in the evening is recommended because evening is the best time to build muscles. The hormone to maintain muscles, which is growth hormone is secreted in the evening.
Muscles repeat decomposition and regeneration called metabolism. Growth hormone regenerates the muscles decomposed by exercises. The time that growth hormone is secreted most while awaking is evening (4-6 pm).
Exercises in the evening promotes restoring the muscles damaged by exercises and leads to building up muscles and burning extra fat and sugar in the body efficiently.
(3) Dietary life
It has recently turned out that maintaining muscles prevents hardening of arteries, improving blood sugar, cholesterol, neutral fat and blood pressure.
The important nutrition to maintain muscles is Leucine.
Leucine is a type of essential amino acids contained in protein. Leucine is not only the material of muscles but also plays a very important role as the switch to synthesis muscles.
When repeating decomposition and synthesis of muscles, if leucine is not enough, synthesis of muscles is not processed and muscles are declined. So it is important to take leucine after exercises.
Leucine is rich in soy products, meats, fishes and dairy products.
Blood sugar (glucose) level is the density of glucose in the blood.
For a normal person, a fasting blood sugar should be 80-100 mg/dl and 2 hours-after-meals’ blood sugar should be under 140 mg/dl.
When blood sugar level is always more than 140 mg/dl, the condition is considered as high blood sugar which raises the risk of diabetes.
Recently, blood sugar spikes are considered dangerous, which fasting blood sugars are normal, but after-meals’ blood sugars are always more than 140 mg/dl.
Blood sugar spikes increase glucose in the blood rapidly, damaging blood vessels. In the worst case, it can cause stroke, heart attack and cancer.
The risk of blood sugar spikes raises with age and persons with more than 40 should be careful.
Let’s check the risk of Blood Sugar Spikes
If more than 4 clauses are applied to you, you have the high risk of blood sugar spikes.
Substances to Prevent Blood Sugar Spikes
1. Dietary Fibers
Dietary fibers slow down the absorption of sugar in the small intestine and prevent the elevation of blood sugar.
People who eat more than about 26 grams a day of dietary fibers have 20 % less risk of developing diabetes.
MX-Fraction improve the function of insulin which suppresses blood sugar.
6 people with blood sugar spikes ate “a specific food” for a week. As a result of that,4 out of 6 people had lower blood sugar spikes and the blood sugar spikes lowered by the average of 36 mg/dl.
The food which can prevent and improve blood sugar spikes which raises the risk of sudden death is Maitake mushroom.
Maitake mushrooms are rich in dietary fibers and only the food containing MX-fraction. MX-fraction is water soluble, so it is good to eat maitake mushrooms in a cup of soup. 50 grams per day is recommended.
Glycemic index (GI) represents the speed to digest and absorb carbohydrate.
The food of GI value of more than 55 is considered as easily causing blood sugar spikes.
High GI value’s foods:
Kabocha squash: 65
Japanese Yam: 55
French bread (baguette): 93
Basically wheat and rice products have high GI values.
When you eat foods with high GI value, you can prevent blood sugar spikes by changing the order of what you eat. It is recommended to eat vegetables which have low GI value such as broccoli (25), maitake mushroom first, and then eat meats, fishes and eggs.
Miso is good for the blood vessel.
Miso soup seems like containing a lot of salt and not being good for the blood vessel, but the amount of salt contained in a cup of miso soup is only 1.4 grams on average.
Peptide contained in miso lowers blood pressure and protects the blood vessel.
In a study using a mouse with high blood pressure, the blood pressure of the mouse started going down 6 hours after extract of miso was injected to the mouse. It has turned out that peptide contained in miso inhibits the function of enzyme that elevates blood pressure.
Therefore, because the effect of peptide is stronger than the effect of salt, drinking miso soup doesn’t elevate blood pressure.
There is no relation between the consumption of miso and the elevation of blood pressure.
Red miso keeps blood vessels young
The substance of the color of red miso has the power to suppress the absorption of sugar.
The substance of the color of red miso called melanoidin suppresses the absorption of sugar in the intestine and slows down the elevation of blood sugar after meals.
The more aged the red miso is, the more melanoidin is contained and is more effective.
What ingredient for miso soup is effective to lower blood pressure?
That is Wakame.
Wakame is rich in potassium that excretes salt from the body with urine so wakame is expected to lower blood pressure.
If your blood pressure is high, adding Tofu as another ingredient is more effective because Tofu is made of soy beans and also contains soy peptide (Fig. 1).
When should miso be added to the soup?
5 minutes after shutting off the heat.
Miso is fermented food containing koji mold, lactic acid bacteria and a yeast fungus, but they will die if boiled. 5 minutes after shutting off the heat, the temperature of the soup becomes about 50 degrees C (122 degrees F). If you add miso at this timing, living bacteria can reach the intestine.
Even if you boil soup with miso, dead bacteria can be feed of intestinal bacteria.
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