Diabetes-Friendly Foods – What to Eat to Lower You Blood Glucose Level

Are you familiar with the term pre-diabetes? It’s a warning sign that tells you to slow down on the sugar because its level in the blood has risen slightly, but not so much to cause type-2 diabetes. It’s important to make some big changes in your diet to bring back the blood sugar level to normal.

Once you develop type-2 diabetes, you cannot turn back the clock on this with drinks, herbs, or foods. Relief can only be found with exercise and medication. However, if you are pre-diabetic, there’s still hope. The problem is that there are no symptoms of pre-diabetes. When you are borderline diabetic, you might experience the following four changes in your body:

  • Increased thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision

Let’s have a look at some of the food items that you can include in your daily diet to bring the blood sugar level down:

Avocados

Monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids are two of the most important components when it comes to creating a healthy eating plan with moderate amounts of sugar. Such diet plans can improve insulin sensitivity, induce a satiated feeling, and curtail inflammation and blood pressure. This makes avocado the best fruit to consume when fighting pre-diabetes. Here are a few suggestions on how to incorporate avocados in your diet plan:

  • Avocado chocolate pudding (made with Stevia)
  • Guacamole
  • Avocado smoothie

Fishes Containing Omega-3 Fatty Acids

One of the best benefits that protein offers is that it allows the body to repair and maintain itself. Protein does not affect your blood sugar levels. Moreover, protein-rich foods make you feel more satiated than pasta, rice, or bread. When it comes to fish, you have to pick the one that contain the lowest amount of unhealthy fats. A few good options include:

  • Halibut
  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Mackerel
  • Albacore tuna

Season the fish with a little pepper, salt, and lemon, slide it into the oven for 20 minutes, and you have got yourself a juicy, flaky fish filet.

Sour Cherries

The good thing about sour cherries is that they have a low GI score. The chemical anthocyanins in sour cherries protect the body from diabetes. If you like eating fruits with your morning oatmeal bowl, then replace the bananas and strawberries with sour cherries.

Leafy Greens

Add any leafy green to your meal and you will bring your blood sugar level right down to normal. Nutrients like Vitamin A and magnesium help maintain the sugar level, which is why leafy greens can be consumed in any way.

A few leafy greens that you can include in your diet are:

  • Lettuce
  • Collards
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnip greens
  • Kale

The good thing about leafy greens is that you can add them to your morning smoothie.

Now that you have an idea about how diabetes can be controlled with the food you eat, you can get in the clear by doing some exercises too. A healthy diet and exercise plan will prevent you from ever using any medication.

Top Rated Professional Supplements (Part 1)

Sometimes, keeping up with a healthy diet is not enough. There comes a time when your body requires more nourishment, which can only be achieved through supplements. There are thousands of supplements available online but choosing the right one is crucial to your health.

In the past years, the required intake of vegetables and fruits recommended by professionals has changed. According to CDC, one in only ten adults meets the required federal vegetable or fruit recommendations. This makes supplements a natural and cost effective way to boost the immune system and keep yourself healthy.

To help you get the best out of your supplements, we have found the top rated professional supplements that will help you live longer and healthier:

XYMOGEN

Founded in 2003, XYMOGEN has been transforming the lives of people. The company uses exclusive professional formulas to distinguish its supplements from other supplement brands. Provided to healthcare professionals, XYMOGEN is mostly prescribed, as they are a new generation of supplements and care must be exercised when choosing one for any illness. One of the reasons XYMOGEN is highly praised in the healthcare industry is because it not just provides supplements for the body but for the brain too through its line of supplements created specifically for neurological disorders. Following are a few of the supplements that offer support for:

  • Detoxification
  • Cell-Life Regulation
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Immune System
  • Relaxation and Sleep
  • Bone
  • Health
  • Blood Sugar

MARCO PHARMA

MARCO PHARMA was established in 1983 by a German Naturopath, Dr. Marx. He conducted seminars and lectures to teach healthcare practitioners how to administer German therapies. By 1991, MARCO PHARMA was well known in the US and thus began distribution of its supplements internationally. The supplements provided by MARCO PHARMA are advised by trained professionals who are leading authorities in acupuncture, homeopathy, Electro-acupuncture, herbal medicine, natural modalities, clinical ecology and a few other naturopathic disciplines. The company has 4 lines of different supplements, which include:

  • Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies: Supplementing and healing
  • Pacific Island Herbals: Allows you to produce vegetation in nutrient-rich soil, which gives you potent medicinal benefits
  • Ionized Trace Minerals: Development and normal growth, repairs and heals wounds and regulates the body’s absorption mechanism
  • Additional Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies: Proteolytic enzymes and other products that support the body’s functionality

Metagenics

Established in 1983, Metagenics has a unique approach to healthcare supplements. They came up with the revolutionary idea that genes are not the only driving force behind our health. This led them to create nutritional supplements that increase people’s quality of life. The company uses pure ingredients, which are gluten-free, non-GMO and vegetarian products. The six areas/functions of the body that their supplements help improve are:

  • Immune health and function
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Cardio metabolic health
  • Healthy blood glucose
  • Muscle, bone and joint health
  • Neurological

Along with health supplements, Metagenics also offers nutritional supplements, some of which are for:

  • Detox
  • Enzymes
  • Omega 3s
  • Probiotics
  • Ketogenic

Healthcare supplements provided by these companies are quite potent and therefore, are only offered to healthcare professionals. So, if you are playing to get on a healthy track to keep yourself fit, then visit the nearest healthcare professional and take advantage of these supplements.

5 Worst Food Items That Diabetics Should Avoid

Your body is a temple and so, you should worship it like one. One of the most dangerous health problems that can make your life dull is diabetes. Though there is no cure for diabetes, with balance in your diet and lifestyle habits, and exercise, it can go into remission. Meaning, even though the body doesn’t show any signs of diabetes, it is still present but dormant.

What Causes Diabetes?

Most of our health problems are associated with eating fatty foods and being obese. The high amount of fatty acids in our body leads to an increase in blood sugar level. This sugar level is controlled by insulin, a hormone that is created by the pancreas. With the help of insulin, glucose enters the cells, where it is broken down for producing energy. However, when you have diabetes, the insulin either becomes sugar resistant or is not produced enough to provide the energy needed by the body.

Many people think that if they have diabetes, they won’t be able to eat their favorite food. However, that’s not the case. Yes, maintaining your diabetes is about avoiding certain food items but you can still enjoy your favorites… just in small amounts.

Following are 5 worst food items that diabetics should avoid:

1.     Fruit Smoothies

A fruit smoothie can be very nutritious, especially when you have a hectic work schedule. However, loaded with sugar and carbs and absolutely no healthy fats or proteins, it will definitely spike your blood sugar level.

2.     White Bread

White bread falls under refined grain, which contains high amount of carbohydrates. This can lead to an increase in blood sugar level, so better swap it for whole grain bread.

3.     French Fries

Yes, French fires are a big no-go for diabetics. You can eat potatoes but the reason why French fries must be avoided is because they are high in fats and carbs. Both of them increase the blood sugar level and keep it elevated for awhile because the fat takes longer to digest.

4.     Sports Drinks

For diabetics, cold water is their best friend. Even if you are highly active and go to the gym on a regular basis, you should avoid drinking sports drinks. They are high in added sugars, sodium and calories, which is basically a dangerous concoction for diabetics.

5.     Frozen Dinners

A diet is not just about cutting back on sugar and carbs. You need to have a long, hard look on your salt intake too. Salt helps lower blood pressure, which in turn reduces the risk of stroke or heart attack. Since frozen dinners are swimming in sodium, preservatives, and flavor enhancers, it is best to avoid them.

Today, according American Diabetes Association, more than 9.4% of the US population has diabetes. A high percentage of this population is adults and teenagers. With people being more interested in fast food rather than eating home meals, this number is expected to rise in the future. In order for people to avoid getting this life threatening disease, they need to focus on their diet, as well as their lifestyle. It’s time to start monitoring what you eat, so that you can live a healthy life.