During the past few days I’ve shared some respected cleansing strategies from around the world, which are used at renowned cleansing retreats. Now I want to share strategies for diabetics and for those who are better off chewing than drinking their food. While I enjoy drinking “high nutrient drinks,” such as vegetable and fruit juices or smoothies from time to time, they are not a primary feature of my diet. When I do enjoy these drinks I sip and savor them over two or three hours, interchanging with drinking water as well.
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.
The best source of potassium is from the fruits and vegetables that contain them. Potassium-rich foods include bananas, oranges, pears, prunes, cantaloupes, tomatoes, dried peas and beans, nuts, potatoes, and avocados.
Also, make sure that you are eating sulfur-rich foods (e.g. organic eggs, fish, cruciferous vegetables, allium vegetables), because sulfur helps your cells to absorb nutrients, fight bacteria and build your connective tissues. This is especially important when you have reached “the wall” — that is, you have lowered your blood sugar, but, you can’t lower it any further or you can’t keep your blood sugar stabilized without increasing your exercise regimen.
There is also a growing body of evidence that the antioxidants found in cranberries may reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol, maintaining or improving HDL (good) cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure.
Shrimp salad bowl: Mix ⅓ c cooked brown rice and 2 Tbsp crumbled feta cheese. Scoop onto 2 c mixed greens, and top with 3 oz grilled or sautéed shrimp and 2 Tbsp reduced-fat dressing. Serve with 2 whole grain rye crispbread crackers, spread with 2 Tbsp low-fat ricotta or cottage cheese.
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There has been long history of dietary treatment of diabetes mellitus. Dietary treatment of diabetes mellitus was used in Egypt since 3,500 BC and was used in India by Sushruta and Charaka more than 2000 years ago. In the 18th century, John Rollo argued that calorie restriction could reduce glycosuria in diabetes.
All carbohydrates (either from sugars or starches) will raise blood sugar to a similar degree, although the rate at which blood sugar rises depends on the type of carbohydrate. In general, 1 gram of carbohydrates raises blood sugar by 3 points in people who weigh 200 pounds, 4 points for people who weigh 150 pounds, and 5 points for 100 pounds.
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In fact, there is a huge difference between sugar which has been refined and added in huge quantities to almost every packaged and processed food in the supermarket and natural occurring sugar in fruit.
Glutathione: is a powerful antioxidant that protects you from heavy metal damage. Glutathione also supports liver enzymes that break down mold toxins and heavy metals. Unfortunately, your digestion will destroy normal glutathione, so consider using a liposomal glutathione supplement that makes it through your stomach. You can also supplement with pre-cursors such as N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), which your body can use to build glutathione on its own.
We can also find them in our food. Fish are especially at risk for collecting PCBs. Overall, there is definitely a reason why PCBs were banned: they are bad for your health. Yet, we can still find them in our environment.
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 diabetes detox 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.
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Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and unlike type 1 diabetes, it usually occurs in people over the age of 40, especially those who are overweight. Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance, which means that the hormone insulin is being released, but a person doesn’t respond to it appropriately. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that’s caused by high blood sugar. The body can keep up for a period of time by producing more insulin, but over time the insulin receptor sites burn out. Eventually, diabetes can affect nearly every system in the body, impacting your energy, digestion, weight, sleep, vision and more. (5)
The amount and type of these exchanges are based on a number of factors, including the daily exercise program, timing of insulin injections, and whether or not an individual needs to lose weight or reduce cholesterol or blood pressure levels.
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If you use certain diabetes medicines or insulin and you skip or delay a meal, your blood glucose level can drop too low. Ask your health care team when you should eat and whether you should eat before and after physical activity.
The holidays are over. You survived Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s… Perhaps you indulged yourself a bit too much and now your waistband is a smidge too tight. Or maybe you just feel tired and bloated from too much rich, fatty food and holiday spirits. Perhaps your blood glucose levels are running higher than usual.