High blood pressure is associated with an uncomfortable number of chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, dementia, and many more. We are told by many sources that lowering your blood sugar can be done by cutting out sugary foods and carbohydrates. Additionally, instead of just cutting out foods there are foods you can eat, that also lower blood sugar.
5 Foods that Lower Your Blood Sugar
Some studies have shown that cinnamon imitates the effects of insulin and increases glucose transport into the cells which can help lower blood sugar and reduce the risk of diabetes. Other studies show that cinnamon can help to balance blood sugar. It does this by increasing the sensitivity of your body cells to insulin. Cinnamon can be added to foods and beverages.
Fiber is great at helping to reduce blood sugar. It does this because it has the effect of slowing down the rate at which food is broken down in the stomach. This is particularly helpful in that your blood sugar is less likely to spike from the meal you just ate. Chia seeds can be added to salads, smoothies, your water, etc but we particularly like making chia pudding with them. Flax seeds and leafy greens are also great sources of fiber.
Nuts are a great snack that are full of both healthy fats and protein. Almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, etc help to slow down the release of sugars into the bloodstream due to their nutrients. They are also ranked low on the glycemic index (GI), which any food listed low on the glycemic index will help in keeping your blood sugar low and sustain your energy longer instead of a quick spike and crash.
This one might be a bit surprising, but yes onions can help lower your blood sugar. It is believed that it is the sulfur compound (allyl propyl disulfide) that helps to increase insulin production thus lowering glucose levels.
Maybe not technically a food, but water is great at helping to keep your blood sugar under control. Drinking enough water may help you keep your blood sugar levels within healthy limits. Water not only helps in preventing dehydration, but it also helps your kidneys flush out the excess blood sugar through urine. Keep drinking and let your body keep flushing out the excess blood sugar.
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