When your blood sugar is not balanced, your body stops functioning like it is supposed to. Medical interventions (such as prescription medications) come with side effects, and do not get to the root of the problem. So first and foremost is the obvious- cut out sugar! And anything that impacts blood sugar levels, such as refined grains and artificial sweeteners. Also, I encourage my clients to ensure that each meal contains a little protein, fiber, and fat which also helps regulate blood sugar.
In addition, there are some natural supplements for regulating blood sugar that are available at your local grocery store, if not right in your kitchen. If you have trouble managing your blood sugar, try adding some of these natural supplements to your diet and in your daily routine.
Cinnamon is made from the bark of Cinnamomum trees. It is a very popular spice that can help manage the body’s insulin and blood glucose levels. It contains a lot of antioxidants that help regulate blood sugar by enhancing your insulin sensitivity and slowing your stomach’s process of emptying after each meal. Throw it in your morning coffee (but no sugary creamers!), add it to some fruit, or toss it in a smoothie.
Ginseng is a root with Chinese origins that is often used to manufacture organic and herbal medicines. The primary health use of ginseng is to help lower blood sugar levels. Consuming ginseng on a daily basis after each meal can help balance blood sugar levels. According to a study conducted by an American university, daily consumption of ginseng helped approximately 20% more patients with blood sugar issues as compared to those who took the placebo pills.
Fenugreek is an aromatic plant that can help regulate your blood sugar level by slowing down the process of digestion and carbohydrate absorption. Its abundance of amino acids can also stimulate the production of insulin in your body. Unsure of how to consume them? Toss them in salads or sprinkle on top of veggies.
Banaba Leaf Extract
Banaba is a tree is found in the Asian tropical forests. The extract of its leaves has been found beneficial for regulating blood sugar levels. It contains corosolic acid, which assists your body in transforming the glucose in your blood into energy. People have seen drastic changes after consuming Banaba leaf extract daily for two weeks. This guy you won’t find in the grocery store unfortunately, but can get it in the supplement aisle.
It is in common knowledge that the sun can provide our bones and body an abundance of vitamin D. This vitamin is nearly always found to be deficient in patients who are dealing with blood sugar issues. Ten to 15 minutes of exposure of vitamin D on a daily basis (with NO sunscreen or sunglasses) will assist your body in regulating your blood sugar and will help your body function on less insulin by improving insulin sensitivity in your body.
Balanced blood sugar levels are important to your overall health and, even mood (yes, an imbalance can drastically impact your emotions). In addition to small, necessary changes in your diet, these foods and supplements can make a profound impact on your levels.
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