The elevated high sugar levels in the body are what we call diabetes. Diabetes is a world health issues affecting millions of people across the world. In India alone, over 50 million people have diabetes. Diabetes is a common medical complication caused when the body stops producing insulin or when our bodies fail to respond to insulin.
There are usually two types of diabetes; these are the diabetes type I which is rare and common in young people and diabetes type II which is the most common and one that occurs to older people above 40 years old. Type II diabetes is caused by insulin resistance where the body produces insulin but fails to respond to it.
Common causes of diabetes are usually stress, hormone imbalance, poor diet and certain medical conditions. However, this type of diabetes can be permanently reversed through simple home remedies. You must know what to eat and what not to it. Here are the simple home remedies to implement and lead a healthy life with diabetes.
Foods and herbs to include in your diet
Holy Basil Leaves
The leaves of holy basil and full of antioxidants and essential oils that help produce caryophyllene, methyl eugenol and eugenol. These compounds collectively work to make the pancreatic beta cells work properly. The pancreatic beta cells store and release insulin. They further help improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
Another advantage with holy basil leaves is that they help reduce the effects of oxidative stress one of the factors that cause diabetes. Take two basil leaves a day which is equivalent to one tablespoon juice.
Green tea is the preferred choice because it is high in polyphenol content and unfermented. Polyphenol is one of the strongest antioxidants. It works with the hypo-glycaemic compound all of which helps control the release of sugars and better use of insulin. You steep a bag of green tea in a hot cup of water for 2-3 minutes and drink it every morning.
Cinnamon which is also known as dalchini works efficiently in improving the sensitivity of insulin and lowering the blood glucose levels. Try and consume a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon every day to control weight and improve your insulin sensitivity. You can also choose to include a gram of cinnamon in your diet every day to experience its benefits.
Flax seeds have a high content of fiber which goes a long way in helping with digestion and proper absorption of sugars and fat. Consuming more of the flax seeds will help reduce blood sugar levels in diabetic people by almost 28.
Aloe Vera is another great bitter plant found in most Indian Households. Despite being bitter, this plant uses its anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce blood sugar levels in people. You can mix it with buttermilk to reduce the bitterness.
What not to remove from your diet
Refined sugars should be avoided as they spike blood sugar levels. Foods like soda, juice and surgery beverages enter the bloodstreams very fast and elevate the blood sugar levels in minutes. Natural options like honey and maple syrup though good should also be avoided for diabetic people.
You should avoid grains with gluten as they have been known to spike diabetes. Grains like wheat usually contain a huge amount of carbohydrates that are easily broken down leading to high blood sugar levels. Gluten further causes intestinal inflammations which affect the leptin and cortisol hormones. Make sure you eliminate gluten from your diet for over 90 days as you monitor your diabetes levels.
Alcohol directly affects people with diabetes by affecting the liver and also attacking the pancreases that produce insulin. Most people who drink alcohol 2-3 glasses a day are more likely to suffer from diabetes. Beer is the worst of all alcohol as it has lot carbohydrates.
Cow’s milk should also be avoided as it’s known to spike inflammation just like whole grains. Instead, try and go for milk from goats and sheep which help to maintain the blood sugar levels.
GMO foods have been associated with diabetes along with causing diseases to the liver. Buy GMO-free labeled foods instead that are considered healthy and diabetic friendly.
Dealing with diabetes type two is a lot easier when you know what to eat and what to avoid. Make sure you’re informed a lot about a diet and stay away from stress. Have enough rest and sleep at least 8 hours a day to prevent diabetes. For those already with diabetes, learn about ways to control it and keep the blood sugar level within range.