1 out 2 Americans has imbalanced blood sugar levels, a truly astonishing number. So whether you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or are looking to improve your health, it’s a good idea to know what you can do to balance your blood sugar level.
The sugar concentrations in your blood are regulated by the metabolic process from your body and glucose is the primary energy mechanism for cells and blood lipids. Sugar is found in the foods we eat while glucose found in some foods, it is also produced by our bodies when our digestive systems are breaking down carbohydrates. Glucose is the primary source of energy for our bodies and can be stored for later use, but all forms of sugars become monosaccharides and are absorbed into the bloodstream. That means when we eat anything with glucose, fructose, or galactose, our blood sugar levels increase.
Therefore having a balanced level is essential to a healthy body. Having either low or high blood sugar levels can result in mild to severe symptoms from feeling tired to blurry vision to constant food cravings.
If you’re concerned about your blood sugar levels then the first thing to do is to see you health professional to get tested. Depending on the severity some medication might be required.
However, if you’re looking for ways to support healthy the blood sugar level in your body or looking for natural ways to balance them out, here are some tips.
The polyphenol EGCG found in green tea and matcha has shown to have a stabilising effect on our blood, in both diabetic and healthy patients and can help reduce the amount of fat in your body. It does this by inhibiting amylase by up to 87% which is the enzyme our body uses to break down carbohydrates
Gut health has been a buzzword for a while now, now that we know that an imbalanced gut can contribute to autoimmune diseases, depression, skin issues, and digestive problems. So many experts advise getting a healthy amount of probiotic-rich foods to support the good bacteria in your system. Another reason to ensure you’re eating sauerkraut, yogurt, miso, or pickled foods is because it can reduce and stabilise blood sugar levels.
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements have been shown to aid glucose and lipid control in our bodies, however, if you suffer from diabetes it’s possible that it might have the opposite effect so before adding it to your diet speak with your health care professional.