The “modern diet” is something we talk a lot about, I talk to more and more people who are becoming increasingly ill, due to a lack of nutrition and over reliance on carbohydrates, flavorings, processed foods and sugars. Due to these habits we see a great increase in metabolic disorders and heart disease in the US and Europe.
This is an update to an article that was first published in 22nd March 2018
Despite BILLIONS of dollars spent on pharmaceutical research, diabetes rates continue to rise. There are MORE THAN 70 diabetes drugs being prescribed in the U.S. alone — NONE of these actually address the root causes, or stops the progression of the disease.
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Among many other health issues like magnesium deficiency and lack of other vital minerals that your body needs, this style of convenience food consumption throws off our bodies blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels need to remain stable and not too high or too low. High blood sugar drives up inflammation, throws off our hormone balance and reduces our health and overall vitality.
It also attracts and feeds fungus/candida, one of the route causes of cancer.
Taking steps to balance blood sugar is one of the first things I focus on when working with people to improve their health. This strategy alone has a tremendous impact on overall health and certain foods are fantastic for this purpose. Incorporating certain foods and herbs into your daily nutrition diet plan that are high in vital nutrients and minerals.
Blood sugar control is vital for overall health.
The best diet to follow is the Advanced Gerson diet, with added nuts, for a good natural cleanse. The best Gerson clinic we have found is run by Dr Vickers at his clinic in Tijuana Mexico, called the Northern Baja Gerson Center, where he has actually advanced the Gerson therapy to achieve greater results in treating cancer and other ailments, with great success, by adding Hyperbaric Oxygen, Ozone therapy, immunotherapy, as well as much more and at a budget that is more affordable than any other clinic we have found. Please see here for more information on Recipes
Add Herbs to your diet to lower Blood Sugar
It’s not just easy, but also tasty to add spices and herbs that lower blood sugar to your diet. Most of these can be used in everyday recipes. Here is a list of the foods that will reduce your sugar levels:
Coconut is an all-around super-food and one of the best things to make a staple in your diet. There’s coconut oil, butter, flakes, milk, and even flour. Each of these provide unique benefits and uses for helping to balance blood sugar.
First of all, coconut is an excellent source of healthy fats, particularly medium chain triglycerides (MCT). MCTs are types of fat that your body easily converts into a source of energy called ketones. When you burn ketones for energy instead of sugar, you naturally stabilize blood sugar and improve fat burning. These fats are found in most coconut products but are more prominent in coconut-based oil, butter, and milk.
Coconut also contains healthy fiber which is excellent for stabilizing blood sugar when combined with other sources of carbs. Coconut flour, butter (or manna), and coconut flakes are all excellent for this.
Coconut flour is also extremely low in carbs, making it an excellent alternative for baking.
You could also try supplementing your diet with MCT oil which is a more potent extraction from coconut oil.
Turmeric amazes me in its benefits. I especially love turmeric for blood sugar stability as I detailed in this article. In fact, I believe turmeric should be a staple for balancing blood sugar in ALL diets.
The compounds in turmeric have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity which allows the body to deliver glucose to cells more effectively and prevent massive fluctuations in the blood.
Additionally, turmeric has been shown to act on the liver to regulate epigenetic (activation of genes) and enzymatic factors that all work together to stabilize blood sugar and triglyceride levels in people with diabetes.
Finally, turmeric is excellent for targeting and lowering inflammation throughout the body. Chronic inflammation can be a contributor to blood sugar imbalances, as it can stimulate cortisol release and spike blood sugar. All around, turmeric is an excellent addition to stabilize blood sugar whether you use it in cooking, or simply use it in supplemental form.
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Considered more precious than gold at some points in our history, cinnamon is currently an underrated super-food. Not only is it one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on the planet, but it tastes amazing and is excellent for stabilizing blood sugar. Cinnamon may also be helpful for fighting candida, which can be another consequence of a high sugar in take.
Similar to turmeric, cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity and allows glucose to be transported from the blood and into the cells much more efficiently. This effect reduces the need for as much insulin to be released and creates a more stable rise and fall in blood sugar that is not as detrimental to health as the rapid rise and fall found with high-sugar diets, or diabetes.
There are generally two types of cinnamon that can be found in stores; cassia and Ceylon. Ceylon Cinnamon is considered to be more effective for stabilizing blood sugar. Additionally, Ceylon contains drastically lower amounts of a compound called coumarin, which is suspected to have undesirable effects on the liver when consumed in large amounts on a regular basis.
Raw Chocolate/ Cacao
I bet you never would have guessed that chocolate can help to stabilize your blood sugar. In, fact chocolate in its raw form is otherwise known as Cacao and is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. It is packed with antioxidants, minerals like magnesium and chromium, and can even be a decent source of vitamin C and dietary Zinc which can also help to improve blood sugar stability.
Selenium and Chromium
Are powerful minerals that most of us simply do not get enough of, they help to improve the function of insulin to stabilize blood sugar and can also help reduce sugar cravings. When adequate amounts of both are present in the body (in bio-available form), they work with the pancreatic and liver enzymes and keep blood sugar levels low.
The effect is actually quite dramatic. Yet, this does not lead to the low energy symptoms that someone with an unstable blood sugar problem is likely to experience. Give a person with type II diabetes high doses of selenium and chromium and see how very quickly their blood sugar stabilizes to a healthy level and the type II diabetes appears to be completely resolved. As well as their blood insulin levels become normal.
Please see this article for the further benefits of selenium and chromium including their role in the fight against cancer
Carbohydrates break down into glucose in the small intestine, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream. Spices like Cayenne pepper stimulate glucose absorption from the small intestine. Add a bit to cayenne pepper to your home-cooked meals to stabilize your blood sugar levels naturally.
Cayenne Pepper is also a fantastic way to quickly stop bleeding when applied to a wound.
Warning: if you suffer from Arthritis and joint paint, then be sure to eliminate peppers from your diet as they are part of the nightshade group. Nightshades induce joint pain and inflammation through a specific chemical known as solanine. Researchers now believe this chemical may actually irritate the gastrointestinal tract. When it’s absorbed into the bloodstream, it can cause destruction of the oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
An aromatic herb that is commonly used to add flavor and aroma to meats and soups, Rosemary also helps normalize blood sugar levels naturally. It promotes weight loss as well, which is a double boon for many diabetics who struggle with weight issues, but it takes time and is not an instant fix.
As research conducted in Jordan to study the effects of rosemary on the lipid profile in diabetic rats, proved that it had no significant effect at first, but after 4 weeks, their blood sugar levels reduced by 20%, cholesterol levels by 22%, triglyceride levels by 24%, and LDL by 27% while HDL increased by 18% respectively.
The study was published in African Journal of Plant Science Vol. 6 in 2012.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a cheap way of balancing blood sugar that can be used in many ways. It contains acetic acid which helps to control fluctuations in blood sugar when combined with meals. Additionally, using apple cider vinegar may improve fat burning, digestion, and reduce carbohydrate cravings.
I recommend that people either consume a small amount of apple cider vinegar before meals, or find ways to incorporate it into their meals. For example, I follow a cyclic ketogenic diet where I will consume higher carbohydrate meals once a week. Sometimes I will make a rice dish that incorporates coconut oil, grass-fed butter, turmeric, black pepper, and a slash of apple cider vinegar. This combination decreases the glycemic load of the meal drastically.
Lemons and Limes
Similar to apple cider vinegar, lemons and limes provide a blood sugar stabilizing effect due to their naturally occurring citric acid. Citric acid behaves similarly to acetic acid by helping to lower the glycemic load of meals.
Many people simply prefer the citrus taste above the taste of vinegar in their meals and I will recommend using whichever you prefer.
Lemon juice can be squeezed fresh, or bought bottled from an organic source. Simply sprinkle this on your foods or sip on lemon water throughout the day to acquire these benefits.
Please also see a further list of the other many benefits of lemons
A popular ingredient in the Indian spice rack, curry leaves help to stabilize blood glucose levels and impact carbohydrate metabolism.
An Indian study published in International Journal of Development Research studied in detail the effects curry leaves have on diabetes type 2. According to the research data, curry leaves contain a phytochemical that can help control blood sugar level in patients with Diabetes type 2 by reducing fasting and postprandial blood sugar levels.
Diabetic rats given a dose of about 12gm /day for a month revealed that curry leaves may treat diabetes by influencing carbohydrate metabolism and improving liver and kidney functions.
Also, the amazing antioxidant properties of curry leaves can boost pancreatic cell production, thereby improving insulin function.
Olives & Olive Oil
Many of the side effects associated with poor blood sugar imbalance are due to chronic inflammation. Sources of antioxidants will help to mitigate these side effects by protecting tissues from inflammation.
Olives and olive oil are an underestimated source of antioxidants that have been shown to protect the body from the damaging effects of diabetes such as neuropathy and heart disease and hence the healthy Mediterranean diet.
Olive oil contains oleocanthal which is a powerful anti-inflammatory that acts on the COX enzyme system that has been associated with helping to reduce cancer risk, heart disease, and many other chronic diseases.
Cloves protect the heart, liver and lens of the eye of diabetic rats, according to studies. This spice contains 30% of the antioxidant phenol in dry weight, along with antioxidants anthocyanins and quercetin. As a result, cloves have antiseptic as well as germicidal properties. It also offers anti-inflammatory, analgesic and digestive health benefits for diabetics.
Another study done with 36 participants with T2D divided into four groups wherein they were given 0, 1, 2 or 3 g of cloves/day for 30 days followed by a 10-day washout period had the following results.
Serum glucose decreased from 225 ± 67 to 150 ± 46 mg/dL
Triglycerides decreased from 235 ± 63 mg/dL to 203 ± 86 mg/dL
Serum total cholesterol decreased from 273 ± 78 mg/dL to 239 ± 47 mg/dL
LDL decreased from 175 ± 73 mg/dL to 145 ± 44 mg/dL
Okra is fast gaining a reputation as a so-called ‘superfood’ for people with, or at risk of diabetes or cancer. Okra is a tall-growing vegetable that traces its origin from ancient Ethiopia (Abyssinia) through to Eastern Mediterranean, India, the Americas and the Caribbean.
Commonly referred to as ladyfingers, or by its biological names Abelmoschus esculentus and Hibiscus esculentus, okra is known to have a positive effect on blood sugar control, among many other health benefits.
Begin incorporating these foods into your life and see the benefits they provide. If you are interested in beginning the advanced Gerson with added nuts, to take these benefits to the next level.
What we’re doing now must change, because it isn’t working. With the right education and action, it’s ABSOLUTELY possible to change and save the lives of those on a path toward diabetes.
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