When it comes to managing blood sugar levels within the body, most people just think limiting carbohydrates is the answer – but that is just one piece of the puzzle.
How to manage blood sugar levels naturally:
Not only can regular exercise can help you lose weight, but it can also increase insulin sensitivity (meaning that your cells are better able to use the sugar in your bloodstream).
Ensure balanced blood sugar levels through nutrition
Increase your fibre intake and control your refined sugar and carb intake.
Eat balanced snacks and meals that include whole foods containing high quality protein, fibre, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats as this will slow the rate of digestion and moderate blood sugar levels.
Do your best to avoid eating excessively large portions of refined sugars/carbohydrates (especially without a high quality protein and healthy fat source)
Drink enough water and stay hydrated
Staying hydrated can reduce blood sugar levels and help prevent imbalanced blood sugar levels.
Not only does drinking enough water prevent dehydration, but it also helps your kidneys flush out the excess blood sugar through urine.
I also recommend limiting your caffeine and alcohol consumption. Not only does most alcohol (and specialty coffees) have added sugars, but they also dehydrate the body.
Manage stress levels
Stress can affect negatively impact your blood sugar levels.
During times of stress – glucagon and cortisol are two hormones that are secreted, causing blood sugar levels to rise.
Controlling stress levels through stress relieving techniques and supplementing with adaptogens will help you control blood sugar levels.
Focus on getting quality sleep
Poor sleeping habits and a lack of rest can also negatively impact blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.
Not only does sleep deprivation increase cortisol levels, but it also decreases the release of growth hormones (both of which play an important role in blood sugar control)
Ensure you are meeting your nutrient requirements
Meeting your nutrient requirements improves your body’s ability to use insulin. B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and eating foods rich in chromium and magnesium on a regular basis can help prevent deficiencies and reduce blood sugar issues.