Last week, I left you with this question: “How can I make my cells respond better to lower my blood sugar? “ The book that helped me get started on my journey was The 30 Day Diabetes Cure, by Dr S Ripich. This book made so much more sense to me than anything my doctors ever told me.
I have said this many times to myself and my patients; Our body doesn’t fail us; we fail it. Our body is always trying to heal and restore balance… always. We are always bombarding it with something it doesn’t need like cigarettes, drugs, medicines, alcohol, food it doesn’t recognize, etc. How can we expect to stay healthy? When it can no longer do so, we become ill or die. Diabetes is one of those illnesses.
How can I lower my blood sugar?
There are ways to help our bodies heal from diabetes and restore our blood sugar to normal or very near normal levels. I encourage you to work closely with your doctor, as the things I will tell you to start doing may cause your blood sugars to get too low over time and you will need adjustments in your medications. You also need to know if it is safe for you to start an exercise regimen, so make an appointment with your doctor and let him or her know what you are trying to achieve.
Also keep in mind that you may over time, be able to get off the medications all together… over time. When healing the body, it takes time and consistency. Everyone is different. Some people may respond rapidly and others may take 6 months or longer. Don’t become discouraged and please, please don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done, including your doctor. Believe and you shall achieve!!
You Are What You Eat
How can I lower my blood sugar?
First thing you must do is clean up your diet. In the beginning, you must adhere to this diet to allow your body to heal. After healing takes place, occasionally you may have some of these foods on special occasions, but under no circumstances should they ever become part of your regular diet again. NO refined foods, white sugar, processed foods, deli meats, white potatoes, white rice, bacon, hotdogs, sodas, soft drinks, artificial sweeteners, fast food, candy, cakes cookies, alcohol, etc.
You can eat foods such as fresh green, red or purple vegetables, raw fruits, whole grain cereals and bread, pasta that is gluten free, beans, nuts, free range eggs, baked salmon or other fatty fish, hormone free and all natural meat, skinless, boneless chicken. Believe it or not, you will feel very satisfied after eating this way. Once you get over the initial shock, your body will start to respond very nicely.
Of course if you smoke, drug or drink alcohol excessively, you will need to stop.
Water, Water Everywhere
The next extremely important thing is drinking enough water. Dr Batmanghelidj in his book, You’re Not Sick; You’re Thirsty, states ideally we should drink one half our body weight in ounces. So, for instance, if you are 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces of water per day. I’m speaking about free water; water that is plain and not added to anything else. If you have kidney disease as a result of the diabetes, than speak with your doctor regarding how much you can safely drink. Hopefully over time, your kidneys’ function will improve. If you are already on dialysis, hopefully getting better control of your diabetes with make you a better candidate for a kidney transplant. Keep in mind that before thongs get better, they may get worse or not improve. This is a phenomena that I have always noticed since I became a nurse. This can be very discouraging, but keep soldiering on. I believe what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.
MOVE SOMETHING: EXERCISE
The next important thing is exercise. I know many who have diabetes, suffer from all types of aches and pains, myself included. However, understand that the underlying cause is chronic inflammation. When blood sugars are constantly high, and you are on pharmaceuticals, this produces inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation causes pain, making it difficult for you to have a good quality of life. Normalizing your blood sugar naturally, eliminating toxic things from your body can help reduce this constant inflammatory state. Yet again, this takes time. Exercise changes your whole body’s chemistry in a positive way. Our bodies are meant to move for sustained periods. We were not designed to sit 8 hours a day. We were designed to move.
Let’s go back to our early childhood. Remember how the first thing you had planned for the day was to go outside and play? It didn’t matter if it was cold, hot, cloudy, sunny, raining or snowing; you had to be outside. When you were out there, you were running and jumping, climbing and leaping. Your energy was boundless. The biggest interruption in your day was coming in to eat. Yes that was a big interruption. My how our mindsets have changed. That is why we are sick. The biggest interruption to our day now is doing stuff. Cutting the grass, painting the house, walking to the post office… you get my drift. Man, if we were as kids once again, we would be so much better off.
Back to reality. We all think we don’t have time in our day to exercise, but look at how much time we waste. Right now you are surfing the net. That can easily take up several hours of your time. How about this: place your computer on a table at waist height and just start marching in place for 30 minutes. You can easily fit exercise in throughout your day. You just have to make the time. Walking is one of the best exercises to start with… no equipment needed. You don’t even have to have shoes! If you have a bicycle, dust it off, oil it up and get on it. Like to do yard work? Go for it. The bottom line is just do it; do it for 30 minutes a day, whatever it is you like to do. If you enjoy the exercise then you are more likely to stick with it and make it a part of your new lifestyle.
Diabetes is a plague that is costing the medical community and our society. Let’s get a hold of this demon and eradicate it from ourselves and our society. Make a commitment to yourself and your family to improve your health and wellbeing, so you will be able to enjoy what life has to offer and not spend every waking day worrying about your health. Now, you have the answer to this question: “How can I lower my blood sugar?” Remember, knowledge is power.