Best Ways to Beat High Blood Sugar
Noticing rise in blood sugar is a precondition of diabetes. Glucose levels go on spiking if not controlled in the initial stages and it ultimately leads to diabetes. However, nothing to worry about here...you can beat high blood sugar by changing your food habits and lifestyle as a whole. We encourage you to bring a change in yourself with the following tips to keep diabetes at the bay.
Beating Diabetes with Food
Glycemic index measures the “amount and the speed at which certain foods affect and increase your blood sugar level”. Foods placed lower in the index are least likely to increase your blood glucose level. If your blood glucose is on the higher scale, then we suggest you to incorporate more of these foods in your diet. Low GI index foods are fish, tofu, cabbage, whole grains, berries, cauliflower, broccoli, melon, pears, carrots, cucumber, lean meat, nuts, seeds, lettuce, apples, etc.
You have to bid adieu to simple carbohydrates. No matter how much you crave for pizzas, donuts, sweets, cakes, and cookies, you are chained from eating them. One bite and you can’t even realize how dramatically it may increase your sugar levels. However, you can moderately consume complex carbohydrates which would include brown rice, whole meal pasta, whole wheat bread and oats. Apart from these, avoid drinking high calorie drinks like canned juices and aerated drinks.
The next modulation in your diet is with protein and unsaturated fatty acids like omega-3-fatty acids and fibres in order to keep your blood sugar at even level. Lean meat, salmon, tuna, and egg whites are excellent sources of protein. They are also rich in unsaturated fatty acids. Include plenty of green leafy vegetables and fruits like guava to supplement the fibre needed to bring down blood sugar level.
Incorporate Magnesium and Chromium
We often miss out the vital minerals from our diet without knowing their health benefits. Well, magnesium and chromium are such minerals that essentially lower sugar levels in the blood. You can purchase chromium supplements from drug stores and have it after consulting your doctor. Similarly, magnesium is also known to reduce Type 2 diabetes and it occurs abundantly in almonds, peanuts, cashews. You can munch on these snacks anytime of the day.
Boost your Metabolism with Exercise
If you are prone to diabetes then exercise is a must for you. Do not go for heavy exercises, instead focus on healing your body. Go for yoga. Practise breathing exercises early in the morning to cleanse your body. Opt for walking or jogging as they are the best ways to enhance metabolism of the body. Other options include aerobics, dance and stretching exercises. Take out at least half an hour everyday to stay fit and energetic.
Beat Stress and Tension
Stress is that monster that eats your body and damages it in several ways. Stress hormones get triggered under stress-like conditions, which further alter blood glucose levels drastically. Thus, you have to beat stress to beat diabetes. How? Take breaks in between your work hours, practice meditation, travel for with family and kids and relax yourself as much as you can.
Last but not the least, closely monitor your blood glucose level and make sure it is controlled. Listen to your doctor and practise healthy living habits for your long term wellness.
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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 01, 2015