5 Tips for Naturally Reversing Diabetes
Can the symptoms of diabetes be reversed naturally without pharmaceutical drugs? In some cases, many holistic practitioners believe the answer is yes!
Is there really a DIY holistic approach that works? This is what many health experts across the country are working on when it comes to diabetes and obesity. Diabetes affects more than 100 million Americans, a number that will grow if processed and artificial foods continue to be consumed at the rates they are today. As the number rises at an alarming rate, the search for a better solution to the condition becomes more and more urgent.
One thing to keep in mind when talking about this condition is that there are two different types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas doesn’t make insulin. This condition usually starts in childhood. Type 2 diabetes is something you can develop at any time, and is commonly caused by dietary and lifestyle habits. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is making insulin, but either it’s not making enough, or the body is resistant to it, due to chronically high glucose levels.
This article is focused on type 2 diabetes. Too many young adults and even teenagers are being diagnosed with diabetes at much younger ages as a result of the way modern lifestyles have changed. But new health research is showing that there is hope for those with type 2 diabetes, by looking more closely at the power of dietary and lifestyle changes to better control it, get your blood sugar balanced, and possibly even reverse it!
5 Ways to Help Reverse Diabetes Naturally
#1 Pamper Yourself…Daily
Your adrenal glands take a real hit when you are under chronic stress, and when your body is in a chronic state of fight-or-flight, your body is pumping out cortisol left and right. Too much cortisol can lead to hormone imbalance, and can make it difficult for your body to balance blood sugar levels. So, if you are under a ton of stress, here is your invitation to take time to practice daily self-care. Pamper yourself in some way, every day. Laughter, yoga, getting together with friends, meditation, or even a relaxing Epsom salt lavender bath at night can all help lower cortisol, taking the stress off your adrenal glands, and thus helping you better manage your diabetes.
#2 Get Enough Chromium
Not many people know just how important chromium is when it comes to reversing diabetes. Chromium is a nutrient that plays a big role in carbohydrates, as well as fat metabolism, and may be super useful in helping your body balance overall blood sugar levels. So, up your chromium intake by enjoying foods like broccoli, green beans, and even grass-fed beef.
#3 Jam Out to Your Favorite Music
Who knew dance could be a great way to naturally get your diabetes under control? Not only is it fun, it’s actually an excellent form of exercise that can get the body moving which is an essential part of managing diabetes. Body movement through regular physical activity can help balance blood sugar levels. In fact, physical activity can actually lower your blood sugar for up to 24 hours after a good sweat! And, if working out just isn’t your jam, that’s ok, because there are so many other ways to get your body moving (like dance) that can also help get those blood sugar levels in check. Plus, doing something you love will only help you stick to your exercise commitment. So, turn on your favorite music, and get moving. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
#4 Balance Your Gut
The good bacteria that are living inside of your body, called probiotics, play a larger role in diabetes management than you may think. There have been countless studies looking at the connection between the gut microbiome and type 2 diabetes. The better your gut health, the better you may be able to control your diabetes. So, be sure to feed the healthy bacteria in your gut exactly what they need to help you balance your blood sugar levels and stay healthy. Focus on fiber-rich veggies and fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and unsweetened full-fat coconut milk yogurt.
#5 Switch up How You Eat Your Meals & What You Eat Them on
When it comes to controlling diabetes, there’s more to it than just focusing on what you eat. It’s also important to pay attention to how you are eating. Do you find yourself eating on the go and scarfing down your lunch in ten minutes on your lunch break? If so, then too often mindful eating goes out the window with it. You are more likely to eat too much and too fast, leading to fluctuating blood sugar levels. Try to make it a habit to actually sit down at your dining table and really chew your food.
You may also want to invest in some new dinnerware, as studies have found that plate color can play a big role in how much you eat in one sitting. Red plates are thought to reduce your food intake, and green plates may help you eat healthier foods, so it may be beneficial to pack healthy snacks in green containers and eat meals on red plates. The theory is that the brain responds to the color red by pumping the brakes, and that it will want to eat more of the foods in the green containers. So, give it a try! It may actually be very beneficial for helping you manage your diabetes and reversing the symptoms.
The Bottom Line
Having type 2 diabetes can put you at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney issues, and nerve damage. However, if you catch it early, there are plenty of things you can do to help get it in check and even possibly reverse it.
So, don’t let type 2 diabetes take the reins on your health. Help take control of your health by implementing these five DIY, natural tips. You may find you feel better than you ever have before, so what is there to lose? Getting healthier, balancing blood sugar levels, and ultimately beginning to reverse type 2 diabetes symptoms is all about making one positive lifestyle choice after another.