6 Natural Ways for Effective Diabetes Control
There are 2 types of diabetes- type 1 and type 2. In either case, the body does not produce sufficient insulin or is unable to utilize it properly. As a result, your blood sugar level keeps rising alarmingly. This causes a myriad of health conditions. Since diabetes cannot be cured, the only choice left with the patients is to continually monitor their blood sugar level and keep it low and try restoring increased insulin production.
This can be done with various natural remedies and dietary changes. Here are 6 different ways to naturally control your diabetes levels.
1. White radish
White radish which is commonly known as Daikon radish (it’s Japanese name) is a natural blood sugar reducer. Eating white radish regularly will unleash a great many health benefits and is a good source of Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and C
How to eat it: make a salad out of it. Cut the radish into thin long strips, add carrots and ginger strips, mix it and eat it fresh daily.
Cinnamon contains a bioactive compound that can help to fight and prevent diabetes. Cinnamon is known to stimulate the insulin activity and thus regulate the blood sugar level. As excess of anything is bad, likewise cinnamon if taken in excess can increase the risk of liver damage due to a compound called coumarin present in it. The true cinnamon, not the one buy from shops (Cassia cinnamon) is safer to have.
How to consume cinnamon
– Mix half or one teaspoon of grounded cinnamon with warm water and have it once daily.
– Boil raw cinnamon in 2 glasses of water. Let it cool for 30 minutes and have it daily.
3. Ginger tea
Everyone knows ginger to be a great cold remedy but did you know it also has an ability to reduce blood sugar levels? Ginger is considered a superfood as it can reduce up to 35% blood sugar levels and increase the insulin production by 10%.
How to prepare: Take ginger root and peel it. Slice it thinly and soak it in boiling water. You can add raw honey for sweetness but that’s optional. Drink this ginger tea daily.
4. Aloe Vera drink
This drink is especially beneficial for type 2 diabetes patients. They can notice the drop in glucose levels after consuming this Aloe Vera drink.
How to prepare: wash aloe Vera leaf and squeeze its juice and gel into a jar. Add water to dissolve the gel. Now to cut the bitter taste, add some raw honey or lemon juice and consume the mixture daily.
5. Broccoli and other greens
Once diagnosed with diabetes its best to stick with a well-regulated diet in a disciplined manner to control blood sugar levels and keep the production of insulin well regulated. Incorporating a lot of greens in your daily diet reduces glucose levels and boosts insulin production getting it back on track. Add up a lot of greens such as broccoli and spinach in your diet.
How to consume: take 1 cup frozen broccoli and add with 1.5 cup frozen pineapples, 1 whole peeled banana, 1 cup fresh spinach and add unsweetened milk or almond milk. Blend all the ingredients into a smoothie and drink on.
6. Green banana juice
Green or unripe bananas have pectins which reduce the rise in blood sugar levels right after you have had a heavy meal. Consumption of green banana juice is very beneficial for a diabetic person.
How to prepare: Take a green or unripe banana, peel it and slice it. Now put the slices in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain the water and blend the slices. You can add cold water to make it a smooth mixture. This drink must be consumed daily on an empty stomach or immediately after a meal.