Just because you have been diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t mean that your life needs to be put on hold. Sure, there’s a bunch of expensive medications out there that you can take to help manage your diabetes, but there are also natural, less invasive ways to improve your condition. Luckily, we are here to pull back the cover on natural diabetes helpers for your everyday life.
Switch Up Your Plate
If you’re fighting diabetes, namely Type 2, it’s most likely food that got you into this mess to begin with. Because of this, you might want to start eliminating these foods from your diets:
Refined Sugars – These rapidly spike blood glucose levels.
Cow’s Milk – We are the only mammals to not only drink milk past nursing but to drink another species’ milk. Casein in milk triggers inflammatory responses.
Alcohol – Alcohol increases blood sugar levels almost 50%.
Hydrogenated Oils – Like refined sugars, these oils have been treated and stripped of their nutritional value. In addition, in their wake lies much LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol behind diabetes.
Instead, you want to add natural diabetes helpers into your diet. That means you should incorporate these types of foods into your meals:
Healthy Fats – The truth of the matter is you need cholesterol. Healthy fats have high levels of HDL Cholesterol, which will balance out the LDL Cholesterol that leads to diabetes. A lot of these are oils. Just make sure the words “partially hydrogenated” and “refined” are nowhere on the bottle. Healthy fats include:
Fruit Oils like Avocado and Coconut
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Foods Rich in Fiber – High fiber foods slow down glucose absorption. Therefore, your blood sugar won’t spike. Foods rich in fiber include:
Whole or Sprouted Grains
Seeds like or
Low Glycemic Foods – Foods with high glycemic indexes convert nutrients into sugar quicker than their lower glycemic counterparts. Try incorporating these natural diabetes helpers instead:
Organic, Grass-Fed, Lean Meat
Changing up the plate is the easiest way to invite more natural diabetes helpers into your daily routine.
Even though food is the easiest and most effective of the natural diabetes helpers out there, sometimes what we consume on the plate is not enough. Taking supplements derived from natural ingredients is a great way to ward off diabetes. Some of the best supplements out there that act as natural diabetes helpers include:
Cinnamon – Lowers blood sugar while improving insulin sensitivity
Chromium Picolinate – Reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Fish or Flax Oil – Chock full of Omegas and HDL Cholesterol
These are called supplements for a reason. You must take them in accordance with a diet outlined above to get the most out of these natural diabetes helpers.
Get Out And Exercise
The best natural diabetes helpers live within ourselves. Exercise has been shown over and over in studies to reduce chronic diseases such as diabetes. By getting up and going out, we can improve blood glucose control, preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Also, exercise helps facilitate a healthy metabolism. This is done through burning fat while simultaneously packing on lean muscle. If running and lifting weights isn’t your thing, give yoga or spin class a try. Finding what you like best is the easiest way to introduce exercise into your daily routine.
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