Lowering Blood Sugar – More than 20 million Americans suffer from diabetes and the rate is growing fast.
When someone has diabetes it’s important to maintain a proper blood sugar level. It’s sometimes difficult, due to the typical western diet. Many of the foods we eat are highly processed or contain various amounts of sugar. Breakfast cereals, bread, canned soups and even some condiments, such as ketchup and mayonnaise contain high amounts of sugar.
Common Symptoms of High Blood Sugar:
- Blurry Vision
- Frequent Thirst
- Tingling in the hands and feet
Three Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar:
Diet and Nutrition
Better food choices will help you maintain a healthier lifestyle. One of the best breakfast foods is oatmeal. Steel cut oats are much better for you than the instant oats. When in doubt, check the nutrition label and look for the amount of dietary fiber. Most breakfast cereals contain less than 2% dietary fiber.
Dark green leaf vegetables also assist in lowering blood sugar. These include spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, arugula, kale, green beans, collard greens and chicory. In addition to being high in fiber, they’re also a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
Some of the best fruits include apples, bananas, blackberries, peaches, strawberries, cantaloupe and oranges. Other less common fruits, such as mangos and pomegranates are also beneficial.
Diabetics require protein in their diet, and the American Diabetes Association recommends eating less saturated fat. This means reducing the amount of meats and whole milk dairy products, such as cheeses with a high fat content. Poultry and fish are good choices in this area. In addition, soy is often recommended. Nuts are another good source of protein.
Some recommended spices include cinnamon, black pepper, ginger and garlic. Even the caffeine in tea and coffee has been reported to have a positive metabolic effect on the body.
It’s often challenging to change your diet, and many experts recommend food swaps. This is simply swapping healthy choice items, such as fresh fruit over a bowl of ice cream.
Physical activity is important to maintain good health. Walking 30 minutes a day is enough to help keep you in shape. In the beginning start out slow. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park the car at the end of the parking lot and force yourself to walk. You’re never too old to start. The goal is to work within your limitations. Three options for more sedentary folks include yoga, swimming and Tai Chi.
Many holistic approaches to lowering blood sugar include herbal supplements. Here are some of the most common:
Some studies have indicated that taking cinnamon may lead to better blood sugar levels. It may reduce blood sugar by lowering insulin resistance.
Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) is a tropical and subtropical vegetable which has very bitter fruit. Traditional Asian medicine systems have utilized this vegetable for many years. Four bioactive compounds have been discovered in Bitter Melon, which active a protein called AMPK. This protein is responsible for assisting in glucose uptake, and regulation of fuel metabolism, which are challenges for diabetics.
Guggul is an herb native to India, and has been used for over two thousand years in traditional Indian medicine. Guggul is made from the sap (gum resin) of the Commiphora mukul tree.
Gymnema Sylvestre is an herb native to the tropical forests of southern and central India and Sri Lanka. Gymnema leaves have been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a natural treatment for diabetes since the 6th century B.C.
Herbal supplements are an important ingredient in a holistic approach to treatment, and have been used for over four millennium. Please consult your health care provider before using supplements, especially if you are pregnant or are taking any medications. Some supplements may best be taken under the direct supervision of a medical professional.