When you put food into your mouth, you are not really eating.
Because most food has very little nourishment..
How this came to be is a story for another time. However it is important for you to realize that what passes for food in the United States is sugar and a bunch of chemicals to give you a taste, but very little actual nourishment.
As a result, managing blood sugar levels is something that everyone needs to do. The quality of much of our food is that bad. And given the amount of sugar in American food, managing blood sugar levels is going to be a challenge for the foreseeable future.
The Easiest Way To Manage Blood Sugar Levels
By far the easiest way to handle the blood sugar issue is to not have the problem. Depending on where you live and what types of food you have access to, it can be a challenge to put together a diet that is healthy: consisting of mainly vegetables, grains, fruits and legumes. Even those who have access to high quality food often find that having time to cook is difficult and healthy eating habits are difficult to achieve on a consistent basis.
Having said that, there is no question that making healthy eating an important long term priority is worth doing. I would suggest starting with some good reading material:
- one excellent resource is The Three Season Diet by Dr. John Douillard, which discusses the right way to eat for each season. His book includes helpful recipes.
- another is Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra. This book is an excellent introduction to Ayurveda health practices including diet. It includes food lists for each body type and can help you understand what is right for you.
While you are learning about and developing healthier eating habits herbs can come to the rescue to help you feel better.
Herbs that Reduce Blood Sugar
There are a number of natural herbs that are very helpful for managing blood sugar.
- gymnema silvestre. By all accounts, gymnema is the most useful herb for improving blood sugar levels. The herb’s Hindu name refers to its function: “the sugar destroyer”. According to WebMD, “Gymnema contains substances that decrease the absorption of sugar from the intestine. Gymnema may also increase the amount of insulin in the body and increase the growth of cells in the pancreas, which is the place in the body where insulin is made.”
- neem. Neem is an herbal remedy made from various parts of the neem tree grown primarily in southeast Asia, although it can be found in Florida in the US. Neem is an herb that provides a lot of support to the immune system, treats a variety of illnesses and improves blood sugar levels according to WebMD. It’s comprehensive benefits make it a worthwhile addition to a daily health regimen.
- ginseng. Some studies have indicated that ginseng can reduce blood sugar levels. According to Science Daily, American ginseng improves blood sugar levels, although apparently ginseng root is not as effective.
In addition fenugreek and turmeric are two herbs that can be taken with as supplements or as spices which also have a beneficial effect. Fortunately, these herbs and spices are relatively inexpensive and worth considering to avoid the pain and expenses of difficult chronic diseases like diabetes. I have used them and I have found them to be safe.