When is water not good for you? In this episode of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
In the past 10 days or so since I jumped back on the right track, I have had blood glucose levels go past 200 mg/dl on only one occasion. Which is quite an accomplishment that I am very proud of. While getting on the right track was a psychological high, seeing the results of corralled blood sugar levels on a consistent basis is a near euphoric experience for me.
It says that my diabetes management is working successfully and that motivates me to keep going.
My Insulin Sensitivity has also improved dramatically which points directly to both the changed Insulin regimen and my workout program. Usually many of me included pay attention to the majority effects of a good d management program and forget the minority effects. An effective diabetes management routine will give you both and one just need to pay attention to all the positive indicators as part of the big picture.
I do believe a pat in the back is warranted don’t you
On Thursday last week I woke up feeling like a pregnant woman but more on that in a min its tied to my next chapter.
When the symptoms did not go away on Friday, I decided to pay a quick visit to my Endo to see her take on the matter. While I was there she had an opportunity to update me on the results of my latest blood work.
We had an appointment set up for later in the month to see how the new Insulin regimen was working out for me and she was comfortable waiting until then to go over my labs so this is not something she is overly cautious about but she said both my kidney and liver tests showed some abnormalities.
She would not go into specifics when I pushed her but she wants to do another test in 30 days to see if the abnormalities are consistent before choosing a cause for action.
Prayers and Fingers Crossed that it was probably just an anomaly.
I am not one to rush to the hospital every time there is an Injury so I told myself, If nothing changed by Friday, I would go see my Endo then.
24 hours later and they still were swollen so a trip to the Endo I went and all she said was it could be because I had eaten an exorbitant amount of salt.
I informed her that short of licking table salt by the mouthful, which I didn’t I couldn’t remember adding that much salt to my diet in the recent days. So she gave me some water pills and recommended a no or low sodium diet. I had no problem following that but I was very curious to find out the culprit responsible for this.
Hunting I went and discovered the culprit in the most unusual of places.. Water
Propel fitness water to be exact. I like some flavor in my water when I work out especially when I am doing cardio or running, I find that it helps me get the taste of sweat out of my mouth better than ordinary water. I was using the Propel for that but recently having found a bunch of propel on sale, I stocked up and naturally I found myself drinking the propel more and more instead of regular water.
Here is the problem. Every propel bottle contains 160mg of sodium/salt so multiply that by the 6-8 bottles I drink a day ans you have pretty much a big infusion of sodium into the system.
We pay a lot attention to the big three: carbs, protein and fats that we forget the little extra ingredients can be quite as harmful, I have to admit I never thought twice about it, I may have even just glossed over it.
Propel calls itself just flavored water but this experience more than anything else has magnified the importance of reading labels and not just on food but everything that crosses our lips.