If you’re a pre/diabetic who’s trying to lose weight, learning to control blood sugar dips and spikes is a necessity to healthy eating. Here are a couple of foods that can help.
Having both of my parents diagnosed with diabetes, knowing how to control blood sugar was always in my thoughts. As a result, I developed an interest in understanding more about foods that lower blood sugar naturally and found out how two surprising elements could help in the process
How Cinnamon Can Lower Blood Sugar
I always liked cinnamon as a spice and added it to a variety of sweet and savory dishes (it’s really great in some chicken dishes) so it was always a staple in my kitchen. But when I started using Herbalife products, I checked out the ingredients for a couple of products designed to control blood sugar and saw cinnamon as an ingredient.
In addition to reducing inflammation, cinnamon helps the body use less insulin to produce the same effect. When the body needs to counteract the affects of sugar, the pancreas secretes insulin. The more insulin the pancreas need to pump to lower blood sugar, the more stress on the organ. When you need less insulin to control blood sugar, you reduce pancreatic stress. There are different types of cinnamon out there but the key is the smell. The stronger the smell, the more potent. Some prefer to use powdered cinnamon which is common in supermarkets. I have found that the cinnamon bark is more aromatic and I can keep it longer.
The one thing many people don’t know about cinnamon is that it has courmarin which is a blood thinner so ingesting too much cinnamon is not good, especially if you’re on blood thinner already.
Control Blood Sugar Naturally with Chromium
Chromium is definitely not a staple in my kitchen and I had no idea that it had anything to do with the human body much less blood sugar. Basically Chromium is a metal that is known as an essential trace element. It is necessary to the human body in small amounts because it improves the way the body uses insulin.
In people with diabetes, Chromium levels are typically low because of the body’s inability to control blood sugar. Research shows that bringing Chromium levels back to optimal could help control blood sugar in diabetics and pre-diabetics. The caveat here is that it can interact with some medications and can lower blood sugar too low in certain circumstances so it’s always good to check with a doctor before taking a chromium-containing supplement.
Learning how to control blood sugar is essential for some who may be going through weight loss programs. If what we eat can help us be healthier, it’s worth doing the research and finding good foods to supplement weight management goals
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