Blood sugar is a major concern around the world and especially in the United States where there is an obesity epidemic and diabetes’ rates are high. There are three great ways that I know of to balance blood sugar. One involves drinking more water, another way is to focus on eating the right amount of protein, and thirdly employing a metabolic type theory can produce good results. You would think these are common sense, but they aren’t really to most people for many reasons. One of those reasons is low self worth. I talk about that in other posts.
Why Drink More Water?
For one, God’s gift called water, doesn’t carry any negative side effects. I advise you to learn how to enjoy water. Be in the moment and pay attention to how it feels when you drink a nice glass of water. It is refreshing if you can be in the moment and foster gratitude.
Water also carries nutrition around the body, flushes toxins from the body, aids digestion, and reduces inflammation. Those are all incredibly powerful benefits and yet how many doctors tell you to drink more water? Not many.
If your urine is light in color, you are drinking enough water. Urinating every two to three hours is ideal for most people. Again, everyone is different and there isn’t a one size fits all so monitoring your urine is a good way to know what amount is right for you. Gradually increase your amounts of water each day. Please don’t chug copious amounts of water, drink it naturally and consistently throughout the day.
You may notice that you are visiting the bathroom very often in the beginning when you increase water intake. This is an adjustment period that should modify after the initial adjustment. If you struggle with digestion issues, try drinking your water in between meals so your water intake doesn’t interfere too much with stomach acid while digesting food. I normally only drink after a meal and I try to wait as much as I can afterwards.
Too Little Protein
Adding some protein to your diet combats sugar cravings. If you have too little protein in your diet, it can lead to sugar cravings, fatigue, hair loss, and being unfocused.
Too Much Protein
Conversely, too much protein can engender constipation, less efficient kidney function, bad breath, body odor, weight gain, feeling tight or stiff, sweet cravings. The body also becomes too acidic.
What Type of Protein Should You Eat?
Everyone is different in regards to the most beneficial foods for their body. Considering this, we need to perform constant experimentation. The experiment is easy. How do you feel twenty minutes later? After you eat fish, do you have more energy twenty minutes later or less? Write down which foods add energy twenty minutes later. These are the protein foods your body is excited about eating.
For me, whenever I eat a kale or spinach salad with beans, I get a really nice push of energy shortly afterward. It works every time. My body simply loves beans for some reason while they may not work so well for others. In addition, consuming a nice amount of spinach or kale always gives me a source of energy that I feel acutely.
Metabolic Type Theory
You can also experiment with the Metabolic Type Theory, which focuses on your specific types of cravings and fatigue levels. This theory also requires experimentation to find out which set of foods works best for your type of body system. A metabolic type A person loves salty food, is prone to anxiety, has a strong appetite, and experiences fatigue often. They would require lots of healthy proteins to satisfy their body type and provide ample amounts of energy.
All three of these methods can help balance blood sugar, which is key to developing healthy homeostasis within your body. You might notice this post reflects upon the virtue of self-awareness similar to many of my other posts. Increased stillness, meditation, and prayer lead to deeper self awareness and this manifests many healthy outcomes including the insight to know which foods are helping me or harming me.