5 tips to manage your sugar level
If we want to live healthy, it is of the utmost importance to eat healthy and balanced meals to get all the nutrients from food and ward off disease. Every year, National Nutrition Week is celebrated from September 1 to 7 to raise awareness about nutrition and its health benefits. This year’s theme for Nutrition Week is “Celebrating the World of Flavors,” but that doesn’t mean we’re overdoing those flavors. Last week we were talking about diabetes and some tips for managing blood sugar. Let’s learn a little more in today’s article.
We’ve all seen that fiber helps improve overall gut health, helps control constipation, and more. But do you know that fiber helps control our sugar levels? Fiber is not digested and absorbed by our body (used by our gut micro-biome for fermentation). This helps in the slow release of blood sugar levels. However, fiber should be consumed in limited amounts, as larger amounts of fiber can cause intestinal irritation and make you feel bloated or gassy. Eat a cup of salad or cooked vegetables with each meal to manage sugar levels.
Not many people have heard of this powerful ingredient that helps improve sugar levels naturally. Jamun vinegar helps us manage sugar levels by converting sugar and starches into energy for our body. One can mix a teaspoon to a tablespoon of jamun vinegar in a glass of water and take it 30 minutes before a meal for a month to manage the sugar levels of that particular meal. But that doesn’t mean you can eat it all, jamun vinegar will help control your sugar levels. However, you must think about eating healthy to stabilize your daily sugar level.
I always get this question from my clients: is fruit good for me? Should I avoid them to control my sugar level? And I tell them it’s about balancing your meal to manage the sugar. A serving of fruit taken with nuts and seeds will provide you with antioxidants and an alkaline boost. But eating too much fruit will cause your sugar levels to rise because when you eat more fruit, you can suffer from fructose malabsorption, which can lead to gut problems and raise blood sugar.
Fasting helps rest your entire digestive system and body and has worked best for managing sugar levels. You have to be careful and check if it suits them or not because for a few, fasting can lead to hypoglycemia. Use it as a powerful tool to lower blood sugar levels, but with a clear conscience.
We know that stress is the main reason why everyone develops problems or illnesses. With chronic stress and emotional issues, our cortisol levels begin to rise, leading to excess adrenaline production. This, in turn, activates the sympathetic nervous system and blood sugar remains high in this situation. Try meditation, deep breathing, hobbies, spending time with family, friends or nature, etc. to distract the mind and manage stress. Use your body’s intelligence and work to prevent or delay diabetes and manage your sugar levels with these lifestyle changes.