Here are a few easy ways to naturally lower your blood sugar levels
1. Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise can not only help with weight loss, it helps increase your insulin sensitivity. Increased insulin sensitivity means your cells are better able to use the available sugar in your bloodstream.
2. Control Your Carb Intake
Your body breaks down carbs into sugars (mostly glucose), and then insulin moves the sugars into your cells. When you eat too many carbs your blood sugar levels rise.
3. Increase Your Fiber Intake
Fiber slows carb digestion and sugar absorption. For these reasons, it promotes a more gradual rise in blood sugar levels. There are two kinds of fiber: insoluble and soluble. While both are important, soluble fiber specifically has been shown to lower blood sugar levels
4. Drink Water and Stay Hydrated
In addition to preventing dehydration, drinking enough water helps your kidneys flush out the excess blood sugar through urine, therefore, may help you keep your blood sugar levels within healthy limits.
5. Implement Portion Control
Portion control helps regulate calorie intake and can lead to weight loss. The more control you have over your serving sizes the better control you will have over your blood sugar levels.
6. Choose Foods With a Low Glycemic Index
Foods with a low glycemic index include seafood, meat, eggs, oats, barley, beans, lentils, legumes, sweet potatoes, corn, yams, most fruits and non-starchy vegetables.
7. Control Stress Levels
Hormones such as glucagon and cortisol are secreted during stress. These hormones cause blood sugar levels to go up. Exercises and relaxation methods like yoga and mindfulness-based stress reduction can also correct insulin secretion problems.
8. Get Enough Quality Sleep
Sleep deprivation decreases the release of growth hormones and increases cortisol levels. Both of these play an important role in blood sugar control. Furthermore, good sleep is about both quantity and quality. It is best to get a sufficient amount of high-quality sleep every night
9. Eat Foods Rich in Chromium and Magnesium
Eating foods rich in chromium and magnesium on a regular basis can help prevent deficiencies and reduce blood sugar problems. Chromium-rich foods include egg yolks, whole-grain products, high-bran cereals, coffee, nuts, green beans, broccoli and meat. Magnesium-rich foods include dark leafy greens, whole grains, fish, dark chocolate, bananas, avocados and beans.
10. Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has many benefits for your health. It promotes lower fasting blood sugar levels, possibly by decreasing its production by the liver or increasing its use by cells. What's more, studies show that vinegar significantly influences your body's response to sugars and improves insulin sensitivity
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