Having high blood sugar levels can be discomforting and many people wish to know what they can do to help to bring down high blood glucose levels. We look at some of the options for lowering blood glucose in the natural way.
Cinnamon: Researchers are finding that cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels naturally when taken daily. If you absolutely love cinnamon you can sprinkle the recommended six grams of cinnamon on your food throughout the day to achieve the desired effect. If you are not that big a fan of cinnamon there is another alternative…cinnamon capsules. This gives you the recommended cinnamon dose all in one tidy capsule.
Chromium: To help your body’s cells respond properly to insulin you can use Chromium. There are studies that are finding that people with diabetes have lower Chromium levels that people without the disease. Foods rich in chromium are onions, tomatoes, brewer's yeast, oysters, whole grains, bran cereals.
Zinc: The mineral Zinc plays a huge role in your body’s production and storage of insulin. It is now being brought to light that people with diabetes have a Zinc deficiency. You can go about increasing the Zinc in your diet by either taking a supplement or by eating foods that are high in Zinc. This would include lamb, oysters, pecans, almonds, chicken and sardines.
Water: Drink about four or more 8-ounce glasses of water a day to protect against the development of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Water dilutes the blood and flushes out the sugar from your bloodstream.
Apple Cider Vinegar: The effect of vinegar on blood sugar levels is perhaps the best researched and the most promising of apple cider vinegar's possible health benefits. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels. A daily (or up to thrice daily) ACV tonic can steady your stomach's rate of digestion. This increases the amount of time the body has to process new sugars and keeps your blood sugar levels more consistent.
Start with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water with meals. Then increase the dose to as much as 2 tablespoons per glass.
Ginseng for Hypoglycemia:
Hypoglycemia is characterized by low blood sugar levels in the body. While high sugar levels are bad for the body, low sugar levels are equally bad. All organs of the body need sugar for proper functioning. The brain depends on sugar almost exclusively. When sugar level in the body drops, it affects the functioning of the brain most.
Management of hypoglycemia involves increasing the sugar content in the blood by maximizing the absorptive capacity of the body. The Chinese herb ginseng stimulates sugar absorption by the body and in course of time regulates the blood sugar levels in the body. Fatigue and depleting stamina are symptoms associated with hypoglycemia. Ginseng provides the required energy and immunity required by the body.
Exercise: Studies have shown that bursts of high intensity exercise are more beneficial to a diabetic than lower intensity exercise. Muscles use glucose (blood sugar) to burn energy while exercising. Lower intensity exercise burns more fat and less glucose, whereas high intensity exercise burns more glucose.
Examples of high intensity exercise include walking up a hill or up a flight of stairs quickly, jogging or running, riding a bike up a hill and lifting weights. Aerobic exercise will also help reducing sugars.