Do you or someone you love suffer from diabetes? Did you know that diet is definitely a critical factor in being a risk factor for diabetes? So in order to reduce your chances of prediabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes it is imperative that the diet be completely free of refined, packaged and processed foods full of dubious ingredients.
Type 2 Diabetes is typically treated with a long list of impossible to pronounce medications. But none of them address the real, underlying causes of type 2 diabetes or the environmental factors that lead to blood sugar problems in the first place. These include poor diet, lack of exercise, too much sitting and poor sleep, among others. Furthermore, these drugs have a huge long list of side effects. While there is no doubt that some people do actually require medications, drugs should only be used when safer and (often) more effective treatments fail. One such treatment is simply consuming a bountiful of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, nuts, seeds, some properly prepared grains and some organic dairy if tolerated. In most cases this begins to help the body use glucose efficiently, but in severe cases an individualised diet is required. However, it isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also about how you live.
What else can help?
- Avoiding and managing stress levels
- Getting in nature
- Good quality sleep is essential
- Healing your gut
- Taking regular breaks throughout the day
- Use a standing desk- the less sitting you do the better
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes
Is usually diagnosed at a young age, however there are some adults diagnosed with this autoimmune condition. In this disease, the body makes little or no insulin. Daily injections of insulin are needed. The exact cause is unknown but according to medical research; genetics, epigeneitics, viruses, and autoimmune problems may play a role – more on this later.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes makes up most of diabetes cases. It usually occurs in adulthood, but young people are increasingly being diagnosed. The pancreas does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal, often because the body does not respond well to insulin due to insulin resistance. Many people with type 2 diabetes do not know they have it, although it is a serious condition.
Is high blood glucose that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who doesn’t have diabetes. Women who have gestational diabetes are at high risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life. It is usually detected during a routine screening test, which is performed at around 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Leaky Gut and Diabetes
Many people are unaware that the health of their gut also plays a huge role in diabetes.
If the gut is not functioning well, our liver becomes overworked because it floods it with additional toxins. When the liver can’t cope with the increased level of toxins, it expels it into the bloodstream. These toxins are then pushed into the body’s fat cells and connective tissue because the liver doesn’t get the chance to go back and rid the body of these toxins. With the bombardment of these toxins, the body becomes even more toxic, the intestinal lining becomes weaker and the immune system activates antibodies to fight foreign invaders. In doing that, toxic oxidants are produced which attacks the body’s tissues causing allergic reactions, pain and inflammation. These virus’s (that have been linked to Type 1 diabetes) enter the body via leaky gut, and if the virus has some of the same antigens as the beta cells that make the insulin in the pancreas then the T cells start to attack the pancreas rendering the beta cells useless.
The reason why we have compromised gut health in the first place is becoming clearer all the time. There is strong evidence pointing to:
- The quality of the food we eat
- A lack of Vitamin D
- Contraceptive Pill
- Unfiltered water
- Substance abuse and much more
Changing Habits recommends
- Adding nourishing and healing foods into your daily diet (eat cultured vegetables and dairy like kefir, yoghurt, sour cream etc and broth)
- Cleaning up your home environment (removing toxic cleaning products and personal care products)
- Eating seasonal, fresh, spray free and preferably organic whole foods
- Take steps to manage stress levels (yoga, meditation, exercise)
- Managing blood sugar levels using real foods
- Always consume breakfast, lunch and dinner with quality fats and proteins to slow down the absorption of glucose into the blood stream and to prevent sugar highs and crashes
- Put an emphasis on quality sleep
- Avoid alcohol
- Use a glucose meter to monitor and to allow you to discover which foods work best for your own blood sugars (Please place a picture of a glucose metre)
- Supplement your diet with the Changing Habits Colloidal Minerals, Probiotics and Greens and Nopal Cactus powder to help reduce inflammation within the body
- Begin on the Changing Habits 21 Step Reset Program
- Then move onto either the 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol or the Hunter Gatherer Protocol if you are ready for a real foods diet that helps to cleanse and heal your body
- Get some additional guidance from our Changing Habits nutritionists
These are all important steps you can take to help prevent and manage Type 2 Diabetes, increase your overall energy, mood, have clearer skin and improved digestion.
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