With over 1.6 million new cases each year, diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the US. What’s even more concerning is that the rates are constantly on the rise. Even the rates of pre-diabetes (higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes) are alarming.
According to health experts, type 2 diabetes is preventable because in most cases, it’s acquired rather than inborn. In other words, most people are not born with a faulty pancreas, but its function is constantly undermined with an unhealthy diet high in processed food, sugar and unhealthy fats.
As diabetes medications bring a lot of profit to drug manufacturers, there’s no wonder why these are strongly recommended by health experts when there are natural alternatives that can restore pancreatic function and reverse diabetes.
It was only last year that the Food and Drug Administration issued a new warning for several diabetes drugs that have been sold for many years.
Then, there’s the synthetic insulin supplementing the natural insulin the pancreas cannot produce. As stated in the 2014 joint study on the efficacy and impact of diabetes drugs to overall health and well-being, conducted by the University College of London, University of Michigan, and Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital:
“In many cases, insulin treatment may not do anything to add to the person’s quality life expectancy. Ultimately, the aim of a treatment is not to lower blood sugar for its own sake but to prevent debilitating or deadly complications. If the risk of these complications is suitably low and the burden of treatment correspondingly high, treatment will do more harm than good.”
We decide on conventional therapies to avoid lifestyle change and to afford us the ability to eat whatever we choose to eat.
According to T.H. Chan of the Harvard School of Public Health:
“If type 2 diabetes was an infectious disease, passed from one person to another, public health officials would say we’re in the midst of an epidemic. This difficult disease, once called adult-onset diabetes, is striking an ever-growing number of adults.
Even more alarming, it’s now beginning to show up in teenagers and children. The good news is that type 2 diabetes is largely preventable.
About 9 cases in 10 could be avoided by taking several simple steps: keeping weight under control, exercising more, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking.”
In type 2 diabetes, the body becomes insensitive to insulin. This is different from type 1 diabetes in which the pancreas stops producing insulin and gestational diabetes, which is typically temporary and attributes to natural hormone changes during pregnancy.
As insulin insensitivity is acquired, there are ways to reverse the condition by changing the environment inside the body and promoting healing of the pancreas. This can easily be achieved by simple dietary changes.
What To Eat
A number of foods can control blood sugar, support insulin production, and stimulate chemical reactions to make cells more sensitive to insulin. These are some:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Bitter melon juice
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Green tea
What Not to Eat
- Artificial sweeteners – it’s a common misconception that they’re safer for diabetics than refined or natural sugar;
- Coffee drinks with syrups or sugar
- Fried foods
- Frozen meals
- Processed meat
- Store-bought baked goods
Another important thing to have in mind is the order in which certain foods are consumed as this also affects how your body can regulate blood sugar levels. Vegetables and proteins should be consumed before any complex carbohydrates.
These two juice recipes are highly recommended for people suffering from diabetes.
Spinach and Celery Juice
Ingredients (all organic):
- 3 handfuls of spinach
- 1 green apple
- 1 cucumber
- 2 celery stalks with leaves
- 1 carrot
Directions: Wash the ingredients thoroughly. Peel the carrot and core the apple. Using as food processor, mix everything together until well-blended.
Why it works: For one thing, spinach is rich in magnesium, which regulates blood sugar levels. Celery is abundant in potassium, essential for carbohydrate metabolism.
The fiber in green apple doesn’t break down as fast as the fiber in other apple varieties, which promotes flushing out toxins, supports the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, and promote weight loss.
Grape and Orange Juice
Ingredients (all organic) – this recipe makes 4 servings. To make one serving, simply quarter the recipe:
- ½ cup fresh black grape juice
- ¾ cup apples, finely chopped
- 1 cup orange pieces, finely chopped (try including the rind for additional nutrition)
- 2 lemon juice
- club soda (this is optional, but if you add it, make sure it’s true club soda—containingonlywater and sodium bicarbonate [baking soda])
Directions: Blend all the ingredients on high until smooth. Divide the mixture into 4 tall glasses. Fill glasses with soda.
Why it works: Red grapes’ skins is rich in anthocyanin, a flavonoid anti-oxidant that has been found to reduce the risk of diabetes. The remaining ingredients are abundant in fiber and vitamin C, which prevents sugar buildup in the kidneys.
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