Then, I picked up Dr. Mark Hyman’s book Blood Sugar Solution. In it, he explains how common allergens like gluten, dairy, alcohol, and caffeine affect our bodies, even if we’re not technically allergic. Certain foods are more likely to cause inflammation, which is a stress response that the body produces when we are fighting off something. A little inflammation helps you heal and then goes away, a ton of it hurts you and becomes constant. Inflammation and insulin resistance go hand in hand, and one of the ways to combat diabetes is to remove the triggering foods.
Alcohol: Alcohol can dangerously increase blood sugar and lead to liver toxicity. Research published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that there was a 43 percent increased incidence of diabetes associated with heavy consumption of alcohol, which is defined as three or more drinks per day. (8) Beer and sweet liquors are especially high in carbohydrates and should be avoided.
Calorie restriction has been the cornerstone of obesity treatment. Restricting calories in such cases also appears to have beneficial effects on cholesterol levels, including reducing LDL and triglycerides and increasing HDL levels.
Lymphatic vessels are situated intricately alongside blood vessels, relying upon body movement to move the lymph fluid around to collect and drain away toxins and dead bacteria through the lymph nodes and skin (pores).
You never want to be in a food emergency when your blood sugar is dropping and you find yourself in a food desert such as an airport, the office, or in a maze of convenience stores, fast food joints and vending machines. You need an Emergency Life Pak. I have one with me all the time, filled with protein, good fats, and good snacks so I never have to make a bad choice. Here’s what’s in mine. Packets of Artisana nut butters and coconut butter, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, salmon jerky or turkey jerky, a can of wild salmon or sardines and unsweetened wild blueberries.
Traditional herbal remedies for diabetes include bitter melon, cinnamon, fenugreek, and Gymnema sylvestre. Few well-designed studies have examined these herbs’ effects on blood sugar, and there is not enough evidence to recommend them for prevention or treatment of diabetes.
The Diabetes Type 2 Detox Retreat week will run within the structure of our normal Mind / Body detox week but with an additional in-depth workshops to increase your awareness about how YOU can transform your health and reverse your diabetes. Whether the cause is dietary, emotional, weight induced or a hereditary predisposition, we will be discussing your individual health issues and giving advice on diet, lifestyle, and nutritional supplements going forward after the retreat.
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High fiber diet: It has been shown that a high fiber diet works better than the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association in controlling diabetes and may control blood sugar levels with the same efficacy as oral diabetes drugs.
Eating the right amount of food will also help you manage your blood glucose level and your weight. Your health care team can help you figure out how much food and how many calories you should eat each day. Look up how many calories are in what you eat and drink at the USDA’s Food-A-Pedia.
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A recent study I read talked about the positioning of children in areas of high-pollution, and that they were chemically predisposed to contracting diabetes due to the air around them (1). This is shocking stuff, because it takes what we thought of as the cause of diabetes and basically turns it on its head. It’s no longer simply about what’s going on in our bodies, but the factors outside our bodies as well.
Those of us with type two diabetes are like the canaries in the mines, they fall first, and hardest from eating the food that is on every street corner, in all our supermarkets and regrettably sold in our schools.
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Let’s take a car that has not had an oil change or engine tune-up and has been running on cheap fuel for several years. If you switch from the cheap fuel to a higher-octane “super” fuel, the car may run a little better, but it will still run sluggish. Once you change the oil and air filters and tune up the engine, the car will run even better.
Diabetics with chronic constipation tend to show higher blood sugar levels, so colon cleansing can help maintain levels. Blood sugars go up not only in response to eating high-sugar or high-carbohydrate foods, but also when the colon is stretched or distended. The cells that line the part of the intestine closest to the stomach send a signal to the pancreas when a meal has been digested. The pancreas then secretes insulin to prepare to move glucose to cells that need it. The pancreas also secretes glucagons, which activate the liver into releasing enough glucose to keep sugar levels from going too low. Diabetics either do not produce insulin or the cells in their bodies do not respond to it. Diabetics do produce glucagons, which can keep their blood sugars unstable. Bulky foods or large quantities of meat and starchy foods trigger this process, because they do not pass through the intestines quickly. Keeping the colon clear can help to stabilize the blood sugars.
Knowing, and doing are two different things, and if education worked we would have no tobacco industry and everyone would drink only moderate amounts of alcohol, whilst sales of fruits and vegetables would outsell pizza and fried chicken. Being human is a difficult and perhaps dangerous thing when trying to manage your diabetes.
Mint tea may be used occasionally during the lemonade diet as a pleasant change and to assist further in the lemonade cleansing. Its chlorophyll helps as a purifier, neutralizing many mouth and body odors that are released during the cleansing period. Stanley Burroughs states in his book “The Master Cleanser”, that diabetics can do the Master Cleanse, but close monitoring and doctor supervision should be had during the Master Cleanse.
A number of research studies show that it can and this is also our experience with clients. A period of fasting or very low calorie diet increases insulin sensitivity. When insulin levels are kept low, it improves insulin sensitivity.
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Patients with diabetic kidney problems need to limit their intake of protein. A typical protein-restricted diet limits protein intake to no more than 10% of total daily calories. Patients with kidney damage also need to limit their intake of phosphorus, a mineral found in dairy products, beans, and nuts. (However, patients on dialysis need to have more protein in their diets.) Potassium and phosphorus restriction is often necessary as well.
High-fiber supplements, such as psyllium, guar gum, pectin (from fruit) and oat bran have improved glucose tolerance in studies. Positive results have also been reported with the consumption of powdered fenugreek seeds every day. The focus should be placed on fruits, vegetables, seeds, oats and whole-grain products.
Basically, they act as “endocrine disruptors” to our body. This means that they alter the way our bodies respond to its own regulatory hormones. Ironically enough, the cosmetics that we use to look more alluring, attractive or even healthy do a lot of work to block our more “natural hormonal cosmetics”: testosterone diabetic cleanse estrogen.
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Some readers of this blog, the CompostMaster and I recently took on the challenge presented in The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet by Mark Hyman, MD. Dr. Hyman is one of the physicians featured in the recent movie Fed Up.
Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption. Research suggests that fenugreek may also contain a substance that stimulates insulin production and improves blood sugar control. One study concluded that 4-hydroxyisoleucine insulinotropic (insulin stimulating) activity might, at least in part, account for fenugreek seeds’ anti-diabetic properties. (15)
Beta glucan: contains soluble fibers that help to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the elevation in blood glucose levels by delaying gastric emptying so that dietary sugar is absorbed more gradually. Beta glucan is found in the cell walls of baker’s yeast, grains (e.g. oat bran, barley bran, oat/rye sprouts) and mushrooms (e.g. maitake, reishi, shiitake).
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There is also increasing evidence that nuts can improve blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes. In a Canadian study published in Diabetes Care in 2011, researchers found people with type 2 diabetes who ate 2 ounces of mixed nuts daily saw a decrease in blood sugar levels and LDL (bad) cholesterol. The study was funded in part by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research Foundation and the Almond Board of California, among other supporters.
Patients with type 2 diabetes who take metformin (Glucophage) should be aware that this drug can interfere with vitamin B12 absorption. Calcium supplements may help counteract metformin-associated vitamin B12 deficiency.