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Blood Sugar Management

Blood sugar or glucose is the primary source of energy for daily life. Balanced blood sugar levels affect every part, organ and system in your body that are vital for life. Blood sugar management also affects your mood, mobility and overall energy levels. Chronically high or low blood sugar levels leads to increased health risks like heart disease, kidney disease and vision loss.

Having low or high blood sugar can be very dangerous. Low blood sugar leada to symptoms including:

  • feeling hungry or anxious
  • sweating
  • confusion
  • seizures
  • rapid heartbeat
  • nausea
  • blurred vision
  • headaches

If you have high blood sugar you may experience the following symptoms:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • confusion
  • shortness of breath
  • increased thirst
  • frequent urination  

To prevent chronic disease and optimize your health, or if you have Type II Diabetes. Changing some lifestyle habits and utilizing new health strategies can keep your blood sugar in balance.

Natural Blood Sugar Management

High blood sugar levels over a long period of time, damages blood vessels, organs, tissues and nerves. Damaged blood vessels affect the blood flow to the heart, brain and other organs. Leading to stroke, heart attack, blindness, nerve damage and potential amputations. Lowering blood sugar is one of the more popular reasons patients seek holistic medical care, to avoid taking prescription medications and improving overall health.

Daily Blood Sugar Balancing Tips

Lifestyle choices play an important role in keeping your blood sugar in healthy zones. Maintaining a consistent blood sugar level will help with energy regulation and focus. The following recommendations are a great place to start:

  • Choose high fiber foods: Increasing your vegetable intake, particularly with high fiber veggies including collard greens, kale, artichokes, cauliflower. High fiber carbohydrates include whole grain breads, oatmeal, lentils, nuts and seeds. When eating fruit, always choose the real fruit over juice, apples with skin on and berries.
  • Exercise regularly, physical activity utilizes glucose stored in our muscles. Strength training and cardiovascular exercise like walking and biking are great choices.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Avoid highly processed foods. Foods like potato chips, white bread, and highly processed snack foods are designed by food scientists to make you want to eat more so they can sell more. Choose your food wisely.
  • Stay hydrated, drinking water with meals will stabilize blood sugar.
  • Keep a consistent meal schedule will help keep sugar levels stable throughout the day.
  • Try to keep stress levels under control. Different techniques will work for different people, yoga, journaling, prayer, time away from technology. Find something that works for you and make a practice of it.
  • Prioritize sleep. Not getting enough sleep affects insulin levels, and creates a hard to break cycle.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Do not use tobacco products.

Supplements that May Help

A supplement protocol may help manage blood sugar levels, although taking supplements should be done under the supervision of a trained holistic doctor. As part of a holistic consultation with your provider you should discuss any supplements you are currently taking, any medications or insulin you are taking for diabetes. Some supplements may interact with medication and raise or lower blood sugar too much.

Supplements that are used to manage blood sugar may include:

  • Ginseng
  • Berberine
  • Vitamin D
  • Magnesium
  • Chromium

Author Info

Arthur Cushing