Prevent or Manage Type 2 Diabetes

The world of natural medicine has many proven remedies to help prevent or treat  diabetes. In addition to your low sugar diet, here are some top natural approaches for diabetes:

AVOID ANTIBIOTICS

Antibiotic use has been linked to type 2 diabetes. According to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the more antibiotics you take the greater the disease risk. Of course, if your doctor suspects a bacterial infection, you should always follow his or her instructions, particularly if you already suffer with diabetes since bacterial infections can have life-threatening ramification for diabetics.

VITAMIN A DEFICIENCY

D deficiency in  vitamin A is particularly important to address. That’s because research has found that the nutrient is required for healthy beta cells in the pancreas. These are the cells that produce insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. While vitamin A is found in fish and its precursor beta carotene is found in many orange-colored vegetables like squash, carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes, you may need to supplement with this nutrient as many diabetics lack the ability to convert beta carotene into vitamin A.

CINNAMON

Now there is more reason than ever to enjoy a sprinkling of cinnamon on your beverage or food. A daily sprinkling of this delicious spice can help regulate blood sugar levels. Sprinkle cinnamon on your unsweetened lattes, apple, breakfast cereal or add to your favorite curries for a delicious, exotic flair.

COQ10

This essential nutrient often decreases in volume with age. Fortunately, it is readily available in unsweetened or low-sugar lozenge form as well as tablets to help you benefit from the nutrient’s ability to protect and treat pre-diabetes or diabetes. It works by boosting energy in the cells and has been found to help balance glucose levels in the body.

VITAMIN D

A vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The reality is that most people simply do not get sufficient vitamin D in northern climates this time of year. Supplement with a drop or two (about 1000 to 2000 IU daily) of vitamin D3 to reap the benefit of this happy vitamin.

GINGER

Adding more ginger to your daily diet could help to ward off insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes in which the body stops responding properly to insulin or makes insufficient insulin) or diabetes. A study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine,  daily consumption of 3 one-gram capsules of ginger powder for 8 weeks is useful for patients with type 2 diabetes! You can add fresh ginger to soups, curries or make a batch of tea with it.

PROBIOTICS

Probiotics may help improve blood markers linked to diabetes according to research on this subject. Choose a probiotic supplement that contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. casei, L. rhamnosus, L. bulgaricus, Bifidobacterium breve, B. longum and Streptococcus thermophilus for best results.

COMMERCIAL MOUTHWASHES

How can mouthwash be linked to diabetes? According to a study published the Nitric Oxide regular mouthwashes use destroys beneficial bacteria in the mouth that are needed for our health, which may increase our diabetes risk. Gargle with cooled peppermint or chamomile tea instead or make your own mouthwash.

PLANT-BASED DIET

We all know we should eat more fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, it’s easy to add a large daily salad, enjoy vegetable-based soups, or make the focal point of your meals fruits and vegetables. Avoid high sugar fruit like pineapples and bananas if you are diabetic.

SKIP THE SODA

Drinking even one can of soda daily has been linked to a 22 percent increased risk of diabetes! Choose water or, if you must have something fizzy, choose carbonated water with a splash of fruit juice or a squeeze of lime juice and a touch of the natural herbal sweetener stevia.

MILK THISTLE

Research has found that taking an extract of milk thistle on a daily basis improved blood sugar levels, as well as other markers for diabetes. The medicinal properties are best extracted in alcohol extracts so be sure to consult your physician prior to taking this natural remedy. Follow package directions. If you are diabetic, choose capsules or glycerin-extracts instead.

BROCCOLI SPROUTS

Broccoli sprouts, like broccoli, contains the potent nutrient known as sulforaphane, although it is found in higher levels in the sprouts. Sulforaphane can improve blood sugar levels and it’s an easy addition to salads, sandwiches and wraps.

FERMENTED FOODS

A growing body of research shows that fermented foods and the probiotics they contain can prevent unhealthy spikes in blood sugar. Try adding sauerkraut kimchi, plant-based yogurt and other delicious fermented foods. Just be sure you choose ones with “live cultures” from the refrigerator section of your grocery or health food store.
Here are a few ways to use the ultra healthy Kimchi:

Add Kimchi to Scrambled Eggs
Layer Kimchi On Grilled Cheese
Whip Kimchi Into Deviled Eggs
Put Kimchi In Tacos
Stir Kimchi Into Fried Rice
Stuff Kimchi into a Quesadilla
Top A Rice Bowl With Kimchi