Glucose (Dextro Monohydrate)

What is Glucose?

Every cell in your body requires fuel in order to carry out their metabolic function. Glucose is essential in powering your muscles, brain and other cells. It is your body's preferred source of energy. That's why glucose is actually on the World Health Organization’s “List of Essential Medicines”, the most important medicinal ingredients needed in a basic health system! Lift contains a type of glucose known as d-glucose (the 'd' denotes the chemical name and structure known as dextrose monohydrate or simply dextrose / dextro). This is the form of glucose that is most widely found in nature. The glucose in Lift products is in a 'ready to use' form. This means it doesn't need to be digested before it gets to work. Lift is often absorbed through your gums and cheeks. This is how it gets to work fast!

Glucose and managing diabetes

A significant drop in blood glucose typically causes symptoms of hypoglycemia (also known as a 'hypo') relatively quickly, because of the brain's dependence on a constant glucose supply.

HYPO

The combination of low blood glucose and/or too much insulin often leads to signs and symptoms, including:

  • shakiness,
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • fatigue,
  • confusion &
  • weakness.

 The risk of Hypoglycemia is generally said to be higher in those people taking medication to lower blood glucose levels (e.g. people who inject insulin or take other medication).
Glucose supplements play a really important roll by providing a fast acting, measured dose to help quickly increase blood glucose levels in a controlled predictable way.

HYPER

A high blood glucose level, or hyperglycemia (also known as a 'hyper'), may or may not cause obvious symptoms.
In people with diabetes, the combination of high blood glucose and lack of insulin often leads to signs and symptoms, including: excessive thirst and hunger, unintentional weight loss, lack of energy, increased urination.

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Glucose and your brain

"The brain normally relies almost exclusively on glucose to fuel its energy needs. Because of its high energy demands and inability to store glucose, the brain requires a constant supply of the sugar. The body possesses multiple mechanisms to prevent a significant drop in blood glucose, or hypoglycemia. Should such a drop occur, however, brain functions can begin to fail. Common brain-related symptoms of hypoglycemia include headache, dizziness, confusion, lack of concentration, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, slurred speech and poor coordination."

- Sourced from Livestrong.com (https://www.livestrong.com/article/133891-the-importance-glucose/)

Muscle Fuel

"The skeletal muscles normally constitute approximately 30 to 40 percent of total body weight, although this varies based on sex, age and fitness level. The skeletal muscles utilize large amounts of glucose during exercise. Unlike the brain, the skeletal muscles store blood sugar in the form of glycogen, which is quickly broken down to supply glucose during physical exertion. Muscle tissue also normally absorbs large amounts of glucose from the bloodstream during exercise. Although skeletal muscles can utilize fat-derived molecules for energy production, depletion of glucose stores during prolonged exercise can lead to sudden fatigue -- commonly known as bonking or hitting the wall."

 

- Sourced from Livestrong.com (https://www.livestrong.com/article/133891-the-importance-glucose/)