Natural Food Remedies for Diabetes

Can Diabetes be Reversed with Common Foods?

We hear so much about how the American diet affects our health in a negative way by contributing to the ever-rising epidemic of type 2 diabetes.  But food (the right food) can also help in a positive way by controlling and, in some cases, reversing diabetes.

The human body naturally moves towards a state of balance and health.  Supporting your body with good nutrition and regular activity provides the proper environment for healing to take place.

Even for conditions such as diabetes that are deemed incurable and regularly treated with pharmaceuticals, the body can heal and thrive when nurtured and supplied with the appropriate nutrition.

See below for a short list of food and drinks that can help keep your diabetes in check.

Bitter Melon

Bitter melon can do wonders for your metabolism. You can make your own juice from melons at the supermarket, or buy bitter melon juice at Asian food markets. It is also known as bitter gourd or bitter squash.

Oatmeal

Unsweetened oatmeal, although it is a carbohydrate, can help control blood sugar.  Due to the slower digestion rate, oatmeal is a steadier source of energy than bread and can help us feel full longer. It is a great addition to the diet of anyone looking to lose weight, which is a major factor for controlling diabetes.

Strawberries

If you crave something sweet, strawberries are a perfect snack. A cup of strawberries will not alter blood sugar and are low in calories and carbohydrates, and chock full of fiber and water.

Sparkling Water With Lemon Juice

Soda is one of the worst things for a person with diabetes (and anyone else, for that matter). Sugary sodas put insulin levels in the danger zone, and even sugar-free sodas have been shown to alter metabolism in a negative way. Sugar-free sparkling waters are a great replacement if you crave something sweet and fizzy. For a bit of extra flavor, try adding lemon juice, or a sweeter fruit juice like strawberry or pineapple juice (with no added sugar).

Cinnamon

Adding a bit of cinnamon to your diet can help reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Research has proven that cinnamon extract is especially beneficial for patients who have trouble controlling blood sugar.

Vinegar

If you accidentally over-indulged in carbohydrates during a meal, there is evidence that vinegar may lower your blood sugar levels back to a relatively safe area. The acids in vinegar slow down gastric emptying, which means a slower absorption of nutrients and a slower rise in blood sugar levels.

Coffee

While you should keep your coffee intake at two cups or less per day, there is evidence that people who drink coffee regularly are 34% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-coffee drinkers.  As long as you keep it controlled, a bit of coffee every day is a good thing.

By Gina Tucker, Oct 8, 2012

Thank you to: www.informationaboutdiabetes.com

 

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