With more than 30 million people in the US having type 2 diabetes (and that number is growing rapidly), people are now looking for alternative ways to fight this deadly disease. It is important for those with type 2 diabetes to understand the disease, how it affects the body, and what you can do to combat it naturally.
Here is what you must know – every living thing needs energy. Our energy (fuel) comes from the food we eat. The food we eat is converted into glucose (fuel), which is used throughout our body for many functions, such as brain power, building muscles, and allowing other organs to function properly. Glucose is meant to work as follows – when you ingest your food, the glucose is transformed into ATP (the energy we use for everyday functions). Unused glucose is immediately converted into fat (triglycerides) and stored in fat cells, which can be used later. Insulin is a hormone that is created in the pancreas and is responsible for converting excess glucose into fat, as well as act as the gatekeeper to creating ATP.
When you eat an unhealthy diet, consisting of foods that are high in sugar or carbohydrates, the higher your blood sugar (glucose) will rise, which leads to more insulin release from your pancreas – thereby creating elevated sugar levels. Eventually your organs, especially your pancreas will have trouble handling all of the excess glucose.
This is the very reason why a healthy diet and exercise are so very important in combating type 2 diabetes. When you give your body the food (fuel) it needs, it will naturally heal itself. Foods that have been shown to help regulate and heal type 2 diabetes include: asparagus, green beans, okra, celery, watercress, parsley, alfalfa, whey powder, garlic, onions, berries, beets, and green leafy vegetables. In addition, cinnamon is great for diabetes.
Juicing is a great way to get these food items in one shot. Most people find that it is hard to include all of the above foods into their diet, which is why juicing can be very beneficial not only for combating diabetes, but for weight loss as well. You need the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from these foods to give your body what it needs to get back to normal, and do not forget to add in some exercise to use up that glucose!
Here is a great juicing recipe you can try:
½ stalk of celery
1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
Handful of spinach
3 slices of cucumber
2 frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon of flaxseed
½ cup of frozen blueberries
3 tablespoons of organic rolled oats
1 tablespoon of raw cacao
6 ounces of unsweetened almond milk
Mix together in your juicer and enjoy! (Makes about 8-10 ounces)