If you have a pre-diabetic condition or have hypoglycemia there is good news. There are certain foods that you can add to your diet to help maintain your blood sugar levels. If your blood sugars drop rapidly you could have hypoglycemia and experience weakness and shaky hands. I know this because I use to experience these symptoms as well. You don’t have to sacrifice taste at all to eat healthy foods that prevent diabetes. Here are some tips on types of foods you can add to your everyday diet.
Even though it is a melon it does taste bitter. This melon is about the same size as a cucumber and has a ridged skin. This melon is known in the far east to prevent diabetes and even beat it. This melon actually produces an inhibiting insulin like effect that absorbs glucose and raises insulin levels. This particular melon can be found in Asian markets and it also can be found in supplement form.
This sweet tasting herb is found in South America and its about 20 to 30 times sweeter than your average normal sugar. Not only does this herb help regulate sugar levels it also regulates blood pressure and fights physical fatigue. This can be used to sweeten your beverage instead of using the every day sugars you use now. It’s best to get this herb in its raw form instead of getting it already processed with other types of sweeteners. Here is another benefit of Stevia, it helps fight dental bacteria as well. This powerful herb helps prevent diabetes and it taste sweet.
This is a very popular spice that is found in India and in the Middle East. Fenugreek can be often found in curry. This is best for diabetics who don’t depend on insulin shots as it helps regulates sugar levels. This spice can also be consumed in tea form. You could also substitute this in salads and sandwiches instead of using alfalfa sprouts.
Sunflower and Root Vegetables
Did you know that sunflower root relatives contain a natural fructose called inulin? This is a powerful weapon for diabetics to lower their blood sugar levels. Some of these relatives include the Jerusalem artichoke, salsify, chicory and scorzonera. These can be find in natural food stores.
Onion Family Power
Garlic, leeks, Onions and other onion family members all help regulate blood sugar. They also help regulate blood pressure. It is best to add these to your every day eating habits and don’t cheat by taking supplements when it comes to garlic. Consuming these everyday can greatly reduce your chances at becoming diabetic and it even helps those who are already diabetic.
Vince Bryant is an experienced health and nutrition writer. To receive a diabetes report visit: http://www.monsterdiet.net/diabetes/health
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Warm Potato Salad with Goat Cheese
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