Are you one of those whose sugar levels keep on fluctuating? Well, we all know what sugar does – it’s an instant energizer. Why do you think we reach out for a bar of chocolate when we feel tired? If you introspect, you will realize that it’s not because you are a chocoholic. When your energy levels hit an all-time low, you feel a sugar rush, and all you want to do is grab that can of coke or munch on a candy or a sweet. So, while it’s critical to have enough sugar in the body, it’s harmful if it were to go down, or high! And we all know how diabetes has taken control of so many lives across the globe. More reason to be careful!
Living with diabetes becomes an ordeal. If left untreated or not controlled, diabetes can lead to a number of conditions that could turn fatal.
If you don’t care about treating diabetes in the initial stages, it could lead to the following conditions:
- Limb amputation
- Damaged nerves
- Kidney failure
- Damaged blood vessels
How many times have we heard the adage – prevention is better than cure? It does hold true for diabetes too. Taking medicines laden with chemicals will not be a sweet experience after all! So, how about we give you a list of easy and natural ways to tackle this deadly disease?
Most organic stores have stocked up on every kind of herbal juice. One of them is the juice of jamun (black plum). The juice, seeds, leaves, and the fruit itself are highly recommended for those with diabetes as they keep the sugar levels under control.
There was a time when sweets were considered to be the major cause of diabetes. So, it was common to see those with a family history of high sugar levels being asked to cut down on sweets, just to be on the safer side. However, of late, stress is being seen as the primary cause of this deadly disease. Your go-to food can be basil leaves, which have the ability to ease oxidative stress that complicates the disease. This herb can also lower the sugar levels in your body.
We know this spice is loaded with goodness. This sweet-spicy bark can effectively bring down the blood sugar levels in the body. Also, having a glass of warm cinnamon water on an empty stomach increases metabolism.
Drumstick (Moringa) Leaves
We all love drumsticks – be it in sambar or a curry, they lend a distinct taste to the foods in which they are added. But did you know that their leaves are equally good, particularly for diabetics? High in fiber, drumstick leaves slow the breakdown of food and increase satiety.
Most models begin their day by gulping down the juice of this wonder veggie. We know it sounds very unappealing, but believe us, its benefits more than make up for its bad taste. And you will thank us for recommending this.
This green veggie contains three substances known to have anti-diabetic properties. It contains insulin-like compounds polypeptide-p, charantin, and vicine – all of which are known to lower the blood sugar levels in the body.
When you have a craving to munch on something crispy, reach out for flaxseeds instead of chips. Doing this will considerably reduce postprandial sugar level.
You could either chew the tender shoot of a neem tree or boil a few leaves in water and have it. Either way, it works wonders.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
A great source of vitamin C, amla ensures proper functioning of the pancreas. You could either eat amla or have its juice – both are equally beneficial.
Most of us swear by green tea and think that it can flush out the toxins after having junk food. But, did you know why this tea is much sought-after? Well, these leaves are high in polyphenol as they are unfermented. Thus, green tea has strong antioxidant and exhibits hypoglycemic effects. Moreover, the polyphenols ensure a controlled release of blood sugar.
Soak a few seeds of methi (fenugreek) in water overnight. Have this water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. You could even add a few methi leaves in your dal or curry to improve your body’s glucose tolerance levels. Rich in fiber, fenugreek can slow down the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates.
In addition to having these easily available ingredients, you must also include exercise and meditation in your routine.
How they help…
Perhaps the name itself spells boredom for many of you. But did you know that meditation can actually bring down the insulin levels in your body? The production of insulin and glucose levels are intensified by the stress hormones like noradrenaline, adrenaline, and cortisol. However, meditation can reduce the secretion of these neurohormones, thereby helping to balance insulin and glucose in the blood.
If you want to bring down your sugar levels without having too many pills, this is the best option. Exercise can keep your diabetes in check without any medication. There have been cases where exercising has reduced the severity of diabetes to a large extent. It increases insulin sensitivity, fighting the root cause of type 2 diabetes. If you are a heart patient and can’t exercise vigorously, even a little bit of activity can be treated as an exercise. Staying active will ensure your cholesterol levels are in check.
It’s always easy to blame your body, saying it just isn’t responding to the treatment. But instead of loading your body with chemical-laden medicines, why not pick something from nature’s bounty? These are not only safe but also effective.
Do you know of any home remedies to treat diabetes? Share them with us in the comments section below.
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