Keeping one’s blood sugar balanced is imperative to one’s health, weight and prevention of many dangerous health conditions. Chronically high blood sugar causes systemic inflammation and scarring of body tissues, substantially increasing one’s likelihood of developing diabetes, nerve damage, eye damage, heart disease and more, and goes hand-in-hand with weight gain and the inability to lose weight.
Keep reading to see which healthy foods work overtime to lower and keep your blood sugar levels stabilized for optimal health, wellbeing and healthy weight maintenance.
* If you are taking ANY type of diabetic medications, always check with your healthcare practitioner before adjusting your medication in any way, and if including blood sugar lowering foods for the first time into your diet, you’ll want to be extra-vigilant on monitoring your blood sugar levels during this time.
Chia Seeds – A potent anti-inflammatory, chia seeds are loaded with essential minerals, amino acids and healthy dietary fiber and are proven to help improve insulin sensitivity, thus reducing one’s risk of diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
Organic Cinnamon – Multiple studies prove the extraordinary benefits of regularly including organic cinnamon to your healthy dishes in the prevention of blood sugar spikes that often occur after eating a meal. Just 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon a day can help improve insulin response and lower high blood sugar by as much as 20% in less than a month.
Avocados – This fruit is loaded with healthy essential fatty acids that slow the release of sugars into the bloodstream, helping to prevent blood sugar spikes thus helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels as well as optimal insulin sensitivity.
Cherries – This sweet delicious fruit is brimming with a unique compound called ‘anthocyanins’, which has been shown to help lower blood sugar levels in people who are already diagnosed with diabetes. Additionally, other studies show that this unique compound can actually reduce insulin production by as much as 50% in some individuals, making it a potent dietary food to protect against heart disease, heart attack, stroke and even cancer.
Apple Cider Vinegar – This seems to have heightened benefits for those who are either pre-diabetic vs. those with normal insulin sensitivity, but either way, real apple cider vinegar with the “mother” enzyme is proven to help blunt blood sugar and insulin release as well as increase satiety after eating a high carbohydrate meal. Just add 2 tablespoons of real apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water 20-30 minutes before each meal for optimal results.
So, when it comes to the reversal and reduction of high blood sugar related health maladies, weight loss and the prevention of heart disease, cancer and other age-related health conditions, keeping one’s blood sugar balanced is ever important, yet easy to do with the regular consumption of blood sugar lowering foods.
Bon Veggie Apptetit!
Gina “The Veggie Goddess” Matthews