Natural Remedies To Regulate Blood Sugar And Prevent Diabetes
Do you know of any other ways to naturally regulate blood sugar?
Erin Russell
08.04.17

Blood sugar is the amount of glucose traveling to the cells to supply energy that is present in the blood at a given moment. Having high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, is a concern for diabetic and pre-diabetic people because insulin is responsible for managing healthy blood sugar levels. Over time, hyperglycemia may cause damage to the organs and nerves, so here are a number of steps you can take to lower or regulate your blood sugar naturally.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Flickr/Mike Mozart

Studies have shown that drinking apple cider vinegar can increase insulin sensitivity, meaning that the body is better at regulating blood sugar levels. Try mixing 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water to make it easier to drink.

Avocados

Avocados are high in fatty acids, which improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the factors that can put you at risk for developing diabetes. They’re also high in fiber, meaning that your blood sugar won’t spike and you’ll feel fuller longer

Cinnamon Extract

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Cinnamon has all kinds of benefits that can help lower blood sugar, including increasing insulin sensitivity, lowering blood sugar, and preventing blood sugar spikes. Taking a cinnamon extract supplement is the easiest way to incorporate more cinnamon into your diet.

Exercise

Exercising regularly can improve insulin sensitivity, and the activity utilizes the blood sugar already in your body as energy. However, exercising when your blood sugar is already low can be dangerous, so make sure you never exercise on an empty stomach.

Green Leafy Vegetables

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Eating more green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, lettuce, and kale provides a boost of nutrients and fiber to your diet. The fiber helps prevent blood sugar spikes

Nuts

Eating nuts like almonds, pistachios, or walnuts can help prevent blood sugar spikes because of their high protein content. Studies have also shown that almonds may increase insulin sensitivity and lower fasting blood sugar levels, which is the blood sugar after not eating or drinking for at least 8 hours.

Sleep

Getting enough sleep is very important in controlling blood sugar levels. Insufficient sleep results in increased appetite, which can cause blood sugar spikes. It also causes the release of stress-inducing hormones like cortisol, which raises blood sugar.

Water

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Drinking enough water throughout the day can help regulate the blood sugar. Water lowers blood sugar by flushing out any excess blood sugar through the urine.

Having high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, can be dangerous to your health, as it causes lasting damage to the organs and nerves. Following these natural methods may help lower your blood sugar and increase your overall health.

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Sources:[American Diabetes Association, Authority Nutrition, Diabetes UK, Everyday Health, Healthline, Medical News Today, PubMed, WebMD]

By Erin Russell
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Erin Marissa Russell is a contributing writer at Shareably. She is based in Denton, TX, and can be reached at [email protected]
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