Diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, has become increasingly prevalent as our consumption of refined sugars and junk foods have increased dramatically in the past few decades.
Over the years I have learned how to heal high blood sugar using a natural approach without the use of medications. Heal yourself? Yes. I believe that the human body knows how to heal itself of anything, if given the correct and necessary ingredients and environment to do so. Natural remedies for diabetes help restore the right environment for the body to heal itself of diabetes. I’ve witness this! Along with my family, I have seen so many of my patients be successful with the management of their diabetes sans medication.
Five Basic Steps of How to Manage Diabetes Naturally
Eat more non-starchy vegetables.
Eating these vegetables is a great way to fill up on fiber and hydration without extra calories or carbs weighing you down. Vegetables offer a ton of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemical “booster shots” that offer protection against high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems.
- Most all vegetables are considered non-starchy EXCEPT potatoes, corn, peas and winter squash (butternut squash and acorn squash).
Make sure to include non-starchy vegetables with most meals. I advise to aim for at least 2 cups with lunch and dinner.
Eat wild-caught fish.
Having chronic high blood sugar puts your body in an inflamed state. Eating foods high in anti-inflammatory will help with the healing process, naturally.
Choose oily fish, high in omega-3 fatty acids to get the best benefits with anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy 4-5 ounces wild-caught fish at least twice weekly and try to choose salmon, tuna, sardines, herring, Atlantic mackerel, Arctic char, and rainbow trout.
A regular exercise routine is extremely important to manage your blood sugar. Exercise is invisible insulin – in that it improves the bodies utilization of blood sugar. Aim for moderate physical activity 30 minutes per day 5 days per week at minimum. You can break up your activity and still reap all the cardiovascular benefits: 3 ten minute walks would be perfect to get started.
If you are overweight, the American Diabetes Association says that you can lower your risk of complications by losing 7-10% of your body weight (or 15-20 lbs if you weigh 200 lbs). For weight loss it is recommended to increase physical activity to 60+ minutes per day 5-6 days per week.
Season with cinnamon.
Cinnamon may significantly help people with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to respond to insulin, thus normalizing their blood sugar levels. Cinnamon slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating. Cinnamon may be a promising supplement for people with diabetes.
Cinnamon is a relatively safe supplement when consumed at a dose of a few grams per day (1 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon is about 4 grams). No significant adverse events have been reported. However, it’s good to be reminded that “natural” substances aren’t necessarily any safer than medication. One component of cinnamon, cassia cinnamon contains a compound called coumarin, which is toxic to the liver and can cause potentially irreversible damage. Definitely, anyone who has liver disease or liver problems should avoid taking this type of cinnamon.
I suspect many readers take cinnamon in varying forms. Certainly, adding cinnamon to your food or drinking a cup of cinnamon tea should be fine. But my advice is this:
• Always check with your health-care provider before taking this or any type of supplement.
• Check your blood sugars regularly to see what the effect is on your own blood sugars. (And don’t necessarily go by what your neighbor or a fellow gym-goer tells you — everyone is different! What works for others may not work for you.)
• If you have any adverse reaction to cinnamon, stop using it.
Mental conditioning and lifestyle changes is essential in managing your blood sugar. Stress increases your blood sugar. When we have chronic stress, this wreaks havoc on your circulatory system.
Part of holistic healing includes stress management. It’s treatment for your soul. Find something that works for you that you can dedicate a minimum of 10 minutes per day to.
Examples of healing treatments include acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic treatments, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation exercises, herbal remedies, massage, and many others.
Above all else, protect yourself and your family: eat healthfully and exercise. Together we can make a difference and stop diabetes!
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