Whether or not you’re diabetic, you’ve heard the words “blood sugar.” But what is blood sugar and how does it affect your day-to-day life? Divine Health from the Inside Out explains the bloodstream can only handle a certain amount of glucose, or sugar. When you have too much, the pancreas produces insulin, which stores excess nutrients and helps transport glucose to the cells. This, in turn, keeps blood sugar at a healthy level. Diabetes is a condition in which insulin is no longer effective at regulating blood sugar.
No matter your health condition, it’s wise to get smart about blood sugar. If your blood sugar is stabilized, you will have more energy, less cravings, better mood, and sharper memory, says Mind Body Green. Here are 8 powerful home remedies to keep your blood sugar level in check:
1. Snack. Never underestimate the power of a healthy snack. Mind Body Green recommends protein-rich snacks such as edamame or cottage cheese to curb cravings and prevent blood sugar from dipping between meals.
2. Proteins with carbs. This should be your mantra. If you eat a piece of toast, slather on peanut butter. If you eat pasta, toss in some shrimp. Doing so will slow the release of energy and keep you fuller longer, says Mind Body Green.
3. Nuts. Everyday Health recommends a few nuts after meals to slow down the body’s absorption of sugar. Almonds, walnuts, and pistachios are particularly effective.
4. Broccoli and carrots. These non-starchy, fiber-rich vegetables are among the best to prevent sugar spikes, says Everyday Health. Cut them up and eat them raw throughout the day.
5. Cinnamon. According to Everyday Health, cinnamon helps stimulate insulin production. Sprinkle a little on your cottage cheese or whole wheat cereal. You can also get in the habit of adding the spice to your morning coffee.
6. Apple cider vinegar. Everyday Health reports some studies show apple cider vinegar improves blood sugar levels. Drinking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with each meal is advised for people with type 2 diabetes. If you don’t have any apple cider vinegar on hand, any kind of vinegar will do.
7. Tart cherries. The Huffington Post says drinking tart cherry juice can improve the body’s ability to lower blood sugar directly after meals.
8. Whole grains. Quinoa, farro, barley, and oatmeal are just a few of the whole grains recommended by The Huffington Post to slow down digestion and prevent blood sugar spikes.
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