Diabetes Awareness Month
Here are some natural suggestions that we suggest;
1. Avoid toxins as much as possible:
There is no doubt that we live in a polluted world, and it is next to impossible to avoid all toxins, however, recent research suggests that environmental toxins such as pesticides in our food and drinking water can be factors in causing or worsening Type 1 Diabetes. To lessen the number of toxins that enter the body, try to buy “green” cleaners, organic fruits and vegetables, and dairy that is from organic or grass-fed cows. Although these items may be a bit more expensive, the health benefits are well-worth the higher price tag.
2. Try a Fasting-mimicking diet:
A recent study article published in Science Daily suggests that a fasting-mimicking diet may be helpful in reversing the effects of Type 2 Diabetes. The diet works, in part, by allowing the pancreas to regenerate and produce new insulin cells, and is an important step in the ongoing fight against diabetes.
3. Ginseng Tea:
Ginseng is helpful for lowering blood sugar levels. It also increases energy and stamina and has a pleasant taste. Caution: do not take Ginseng if you suffer from high blood pressure.
4. Incorporate spirulina into your diet:
This potent superfood is packed full of vitamins and minerals and has been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels. It does have a strong taste and is best added to a smoothie or green drink. Here are some yummy recipes for spirulina.
5. Take Chromium Picolinate:
A combination of the mineral chromium and the amino acid picolinate, this nutritional supplement has proven to be beneficial in stabilizing blood sugar levels by aiding in insulin absorption and facilitating the movement of glucose from the bloodstream into cells. The recommended dosage is 400-600 mcg daily.
6. Eat a diet high in fibre and complex carbohydrates:
Fibre-rich foods help reduce blood sugar surges and can contribute to the body feeling full, which can stop the urge to overeat. Complex carbohydrates are foods that have a complex chemical structure and break down slowly in the body, providing a steady release of sugars into the bloodstream. Foods that are both high in fibre and rich in complex carbohydrates are brown rice, whole grains, vegetables, beans, and legumes.
7. Choose a real food diet:
Sugary, processed foods are mainly simple carbohydrates and when ingested cause spikes in blood sugar levels and are all-around unhealthy for the body. Make sure you steer clear of refined sugars, sweets, fizzy, sugary drinks, snacks like crisps ad biscuits, starches like white rice and potatoes, and processed “quick meals.” Though natural sugars such as honey and maple syrup are better, you still need to limit them because they can cause sugar spikes. Fruit should be eaten in moderation as well and kept to the lower sugar varieties. Additionally, gluten, cow’s milk, alcohol, refined oils like canola oil, and GMO’s should be avoided. Stick with whole foods from healthy sources instead.
8. Get your protein from vegetable sources, fish, and dairy:
Plant-based proteins have a balanced nutritional profile (providing fibre, fat, and protein) and are low in saturated fats. Some saturated fats, like those that are heavily processed or from unhealthy animals, can be dangerous, as they raise cholesterol levels and contribute to heart disease. Dairy from pastured animals (such as yogurt) that is low in sugar provides protein, carbohydrates, and beneficial probiotics, and non-mercury contaminated, wild-caught fish is a great source of protein that is low in saturated fat and high in amino acids and fatty acids like Omega-3. Avoid cows milk!
Moderate to vigorous exercise that includes both cardio and strength building components are great ways to keep the body fit. Exercise can also contribute to a more positive outlook on life, which can boost the immune system, provide capacity for healthier coping strategies, and decrease stress. Yoga, hiking, and jogging are all good options. To boost your metabolism, make sure your work-outs incorporate strength training. It is also far more effective to incorporate high-intensity interval workouts to your regime, such as sprinting and HIIT workouts.