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How to Prevent Diabetes, or Improve Existing Blood Sugar Imbalances in the Body
By Liz Barrington, Natural Body Healing

Diabetes Mellitus (otherwise known as ‘Sugar Diabetes’) is a condition in which the body is unable to properly metabolise sugar. The most obvious symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst and frequent urination. Further complications can include blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and circulation problems in the limbs.

In diabetes mellitus, the pancreas fails to produce either effective or sufficient levels of insulin - the hormone responsible for controlling blood sugar levels. This situation results in a condition called ‘hyperglycaemia’ which leaves excessive sugar in the blood stream. Furthermore, the kidneys attempt to excrete the excess sugar along with other fluids, and so urination becomes frequent and excessive. The drop in body fluids is often accompanied by thirst, inflammation, infections and red tongue.

The most common form of diabetes mellitus is ‘adult-onset diabetes’ whereby enough insulin is produced however its utilisation in the body’s cells becomes blocked primarily by the effects of the consumption of a diet rich in fats. Eating refined white sugar and other simple sugars also contributes to diabetes because when consumed in excess, these sugars are converted to fat in the body.

Yet, when a low-fat diet based on complex carbohydrates such as unrefined grains (ie. wholegrain/brown rice, oats, wheat), vegetables and legumes is followed for several weeks, studies show that approximately 80% of diabetics can stop taking insulin and diabetic medication altogether whilst the remaining 20% can reduce their intake.

The other form of diabetes is ‘juvenile-onset diabetes’ which is difficult to cure whereby the insulin-producing part of the pancreas is damaged and the body therefore produces insufficient levels of insulin.  However, studies show that by following a healthy diet with adequate complex starch and fibre can often make possible a reduction of insulin intake by about one-third, as well as reducing the incidence and severity of diabetic complications.

To start on the road to recovery, it’s best for any diabetic to consume less food, especially foods that stress the liver and weaken the spleen and pancreas. Therefore, greasy and fatty foods should be limited (including meat, eggs, cheese, butter, excess oil, nuts and seeds). Unnatural ‘refined’ foods should be completely avoided, such as white flour, white sugar, hydrogenated and synthetic fats such as margarine and shortening, toxins and chemical ingredients, and also try to avoid eating very sweet, salty and spicy foods.

It’s also recommended that late-night eating and complex food combinations (such as eating proteins with carbohydrates together in the same meal) should be avoided.  Small, frequent meals (4-5 per day) can help to stimulate insulin production.

Chromium, zinc and manganese are minerals that can help control blood sugar levels which are incidentally the same minerals that are removed in the refining process of highly-processed foods!  In wholegrain, these minerals are located in the bran layer. Therefore, adding wheat bran to the diet has been shown to lower blood sugar levels. Bran is also a rich source of silicon that can help improve pancreatic function.

To help maximise mineral absorption, liquid chlorophyll helps increase the utilisation of all nutrients within the human body and also encourages cell renewal and repair, also affecting those cellular tissues within the pancreas.

Because diabetes is often triggered by a highly-acidic diet, generally high toxicity levels within the body and also various inflammations, chlorophyll is extremely useful because of its alkalising, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory effects. Foods that naturally contain very high levels of chlorophyll in addition to other important minerals, enzymes and nutrients, include wheat or barley grass, spirulina and chlorella which are often referred to as ‘green foods’ or ‘superfoods’.

Small amounts of specific high-quality oils that are rich in essential fatty acids can quickly assist a diabetic condition. For example, GLA oils, as those found in Evening Primrose, borage, blackcurrant seed oils and also in spirulina can help regulate insulin and protect against heart, eye and kidney damage, whilst Omega-3 oils can assist with cleansing the heart and arteries. Fresh flaxseed oil and also hemp oil are one of the best sources of high quality linoleic and omega-3 fatty acids that you can take.

Important: Extracted Omega-3 rich fish oils that contain concentrated forms of EPA and DHA Omega-3’s must be used sparingly by diabetics (safe dosage 1g/day for the first month) to avoid healing reactions; yet eating the fresh oily fish itself that contain Omega-3 in its natural form is generally more advisable and safer.

One of the simplest recommendations to make concerning the improvement of a diabetic condition is proper chewing, especially that of complex carbohydrates whose digestion commences when mixed with saliva - although chewing food properly is essential for the digestion of all types of foods. The diabetic is less likely to over-eat, especially large meals which aggravate diabetes if the food that they're consuming isn't properly digested and assimilated in the body.

Most diabetics who chose to change their lifestyles and diets to become much healthier and balanced generally show significant improvement within a few months. Those on insulin can usually reduce their dosage gradually (under a doctor’s supervision).

It’s important that the diabetic eats foods that strengthen the pancreas, regulate blood sugar levels, and at the same time improve fluid metabolism. It’s recommended that at least one or more of the following foods are eaten daily as part of a primarily vegetarian diet of wholesome/unrefined grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits and herbs, along with a limited amount of nuts and seeds.

Daily Recommended Foods to Help Treat Diabetes:

Grains & Legumes:
Millet, rice, sweet rice, oats, fresh corn, wholewheat and bran, tofu and soy products, mung bean, garbanzo bean.

Chlorophyll Foods:
Wheat or Barley Grass, spirulina, chlorella, liquid chlorophyll.

Vegetables & Fruits:
String/runner beans, carrot, radish, Jerusalem artichoke, turnip, asparagus, yam, spinach, avocado, pear, plum, lemon, grapefruit, lime, blueberry.

Dandelion root and leaf, cedar berries, yarrow flowers, blueberry leaf, fenugreek, gymnema, bilberry, bitter melon, grapeseed extract.

Liquorice tea, liquorice extract or powder, stevia powder or extract.

Animal Products:
Clams, cow’s milk, yogurt, pancreas of lamb, pork, beef or chicken, lamb’s kidneys, chicken, goose, beef.

Nutritional Supplementation:
Chromium, Zinc, Manganese, Nopal, Liquorice Root, Liquorice & Dandelion Combination, Spirulina, Liquid Chlorophyll, Fibre, Evening Primrose, Flaxseed Oil.

Also of equal importance, vigorous exercise helps lower blood sugar levels and thereby reduces the need for insulin. Exercise also improves the circulation which tends to be poor in diabetics.

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The above information should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional.








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