Wellness Wednesday by Nurse Fiona- Natural ways to balance blood sugar level
Insulin resistance is a growing public health problem and an increasing burden on the UK health system costing the NHS almost £8.8 billion per year! Insulin resistance is the name given when cells of the body don’t respond properly to the hormone insulin.
The role of insulin is to allow cells of the body to take in glucose to be used as fuel or stored as body fat. Blood sugar is raised by glucose, which is the sugar we get from eating many different types of foods that contain carbohydrates. Poorly managed blood sugar can lead to fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, chronic inflammation and fertility problems.
There are many nutritional and lifestyle changes that can help to balance blood sugar levels and regulate the way your body responds to insulin. Nurse Fiona shares her tips on compounds you can easily add to your diet to balance blood glucose levels.
Natural ways to balance blood sugar levels
1) Cinnamon: Research has demonstrated that this ancient spice can help to balance blood sugar levels, delay gastric emptying and enhance insulin sensitivity. Add 1tsp cinnamon to your morning smoothie, porridge or coffee.
2) Chromium: This is a vital micronutrient involved in carbohydrate metabolism. Deficiency of Chromium can lead to raised blood sugar levels. Soil levels of Chromium are believed to be low.
3) Magnesium: This mineral plays an important role in the regulation of blood sugar levels as it is a co-factor in glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity.
4) Biotin: Biotin plays a major role in carbohydrate and fat metabolism. It regulates insulin secretion from the pancreas. Research has shown that Biotin decreases blood glucose levels and can also increase chromium absorption
5) Morning exercise: The best time to exercise to balance blood sugar levels is first thing in the morning. Insulin sensitivity is increased, so your cells are better able to use any available insulin to take up glucose during and after activity.
6) Manage stress: Stress increases cortisol, which in turn increases blood sugar levels. Research has found that introducing daily meditation, mindfulness or yoga can help with insulin resistance