There is one aspect of diabetes that can be both the cause and the cure: Diet.
Diet controls almost every aspect of our overall health, so it makes sense that you could treat any medical condition, even diabetes, through healthier eating choices. The standard American diet is one that is heavy in fatty, processed, salty, and sugary foods.
By cutting out these food choices, and focusing on eating healthier meats, organic vegetables, and natural food alternatives to processed foods is the first step to treating diabetes. Also, cutting thinks like soft drinks, concentrated fruit juices, and alcohol from our daily routines is essential to maintaining good health.
In reality, there is nothing that your body needs more than good nutrition and regular exercise. All around us, we are surrounded by processed, un-natural, readily available junk food that is destroying our bodies. Taking the time to buy the right foods, and prepare it correctly, and healthily is really the only thing has been proven to not only cure diabetes, but to reverse it. You owe it to yourself if you have type 2 diabetes to focus on diet and exercise regularly. Taking insulin alone is never going to fix diabetes, only make it manageable.
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Cabbage: Scientific studies have proven that cabbage can be as effective as insulin. This should be eaten several times per week. (Do not stop taking your prescribed anti-diabetic medication and/or insulin).
QUINOA: Has both more and better protein than most grains. With 8 grams of quality protein per cup, quinoa is an excellent plant-based protein source for vegetarians and vegans. Bottom Line: It is high in protein compared to most plant foods. It also contains all the essential amino acids that we need. It is a fantastic "starch" like ingredient that can be used in anything. A hot cereal, in soups, salads, casseroles....in place of rice, potatoes and pasta. Has almost a ZERO GLYCEMIC INDEX!!!!
Onions: Onions can be effective in controlling the onset of type 2 diabetes, a condition that is caused by the retention of sugar in the blood. Sugar in the blood is metabolized by the hormone insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas. Most cases of diabetes are caused by the pancreas's inability to produce enough insulin. Onions contain chromium, an element that vastly improves the functioning of the pancreas. The chromium in onions can naturally treat insulin deficiency in diabetics.
In addition, onions have a low glycemic index of 10, which means that they contain a low amount of carbohydrate sugars. It is, therefore, safe for diabetics to eat onions, all while bringing down their blood sugar levels as well.
Beans are high in carbohydrate and fiber and stimulates the production of insulin. It should be eaten liberally to keep diabetes under control.
Mung beans (sprouted)
Mung Beans are low on the glycemic index at 25 and have a low glycemic load of 4 making them a smart food choice for diabetics. Diabetics can safely eat Green Mung Beans. The low glycemic index, fiber and protein help to regulate blood sugar.
Alkalizes the whole body. Lowers cholesterol. Boosts the Immune System. Helps in Diabetes.
A well-known liver tonic, its regular use tones up the hepatic-biliary system and regulates sugar & fat. Preliminary research suggests that intake of aloe vera juice can help improve blood glucose levels and may therefore be useful in treating people with diabetes. Aloe also have following positive effects due to the presence of compounds such as lectins, mannans and anthraquinones.
Garlic: Allicin is having anti-diabetic effect. NOTE: Wait 10 minutes to use or cook garlic after you have cut, diced, minced, etc. This gives the healing property of Allicin in the garlic time to release.
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SPICE IT UP!
Heavy research supports that cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) is an important spice to help reduce blood sugar levels. In a 2013 meta-analysis published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine, researchers found that cinnamon reduced fasting blood sugar. The cinnamon also displayed cardiovascular effects.
It reduced total cholesterol, "bad" LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, and it increased "good" HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol. The meta-analysis included 10 randomized controlled trials with 543 diabetic patients, taking between 120 milligrams to six grams per dose of cinnamon for a four- to 18-week duration.
What about turmeric (Curcuma longa)? It has been used in Ayurvedic herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is known as a detoxification herb for liver protection, and it also famously contains potent anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric contains a bioactive compound, curcumin, which is responsible for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ability.
According to research published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research in 2013, curcumin reduces inflammation and prevents insulin resistance-associated problems like liver disease and atherosclerosis. Curcumin and turmeric supplementation have also lowered oxidative stress in diabetic rats within other studies.
How can you incorporate turmeric and cinnamon into your anti-diabetic meals? The spice is perfect for many Indian-oriented dishes, scrambled eggs or tofu, brown rice dishes, and vegetable soups, or you can sauté them with some vegetables. Cinnamon is a great breakfast spice to sprinkle over fruits or low-glycemic buckwheat and blueberry pancakes. Turmeric or cinnamon are also ideal spices for great anti-diabetic tea or smoothie options.
Want to add other anti-diabetic spices to your meal?
Fenugreek, ginger, garlic, cumin, ginseng, bilberry, and cayenne pepper are other herbal remedies for diabetes.
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