How to lower your blood sugar levels naturally
Our blood sugar levels can dramatically affect the way we feel and how our bodies function. Too low, and we can feel tired, sluggish and irritable. Too high, and we can feel sick, urinate more frequently and have blurred vision.
So, how do we get the balance right? For most of us, the fluctuation in levels isn’t a massive problem. However, for those with diabetes, it can be a major issue, with insulin and drugs required to treat the effects day-to-day.
If you feel your blood sugar levels are too low, the best thing to do is eat a sugary drink or snack. But what if they’re too high? This is a more difficult problem to solve, and for diabetes sufferers, long bouts of high blood sugar can lead to eye, nerve and kidney damage.
High blood sugar occurs when the body can’t effectively transport sugar from blood into cells.
It can be caused by a number of factors including stress, taking medication, illness, poor diet and lack of exercise.
Here are some ways to help keep blood sugar low, naturally:
Any form of physical activity is great for your overall health, but by increasing your heart rate and breathing a little harder, your body will use up more glucose (the sugar in your bloodstream) and therefore lower blood sugar levels. Try incorporating exercise into your daily routine - even a brisk walk at lunch will help!
Drink plenty of water
Dehydration can cause blood sugar levels to rise, so it’s essential to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluid.
Avoid consuming too much sugary food and drink
This is the most simple advice, but not always the easiest to follow, especially if you have a sweet tooth! Try to limit your intake of added sugar as much as possible, and be careful not to forget about hidden sugar in processed foods and ready-made sauces. You can easily consume more than your daily recommended limit without even realising!
Drink Pata de Vaca tea after meals
There are several botanical extracts that can help to balance blood sugar levels, including Pata de Vaca. Available in a tea infusion, the leaves of this small tree native to tropical rainforests in South America, have been used in Brazilian medicine for over 60 years to balance blood sugar levels.
Simply steep a tea bag in hot water for 3-5 minutes and enjoy this tropical, fragrant infusion after meals to benefit from its herbal properties.
Supplement your diet with Cinnamon
Cinnamon is by far one of our favourite aromatic cooking spices, but did you know it has medicinal properties too?
Studies have shown that supplementing your diet with Cinnamon may contribute to normal blood sugar levels as part of a healthy lifestyle, by helping to increase glucose transportation into cells.
Our Cinnamon is harvested in Brazil and is Coumarin-free. It’s available in vegicaps that can be taken before food 1-3 times per day.