By now you know that your diet plays a vital role in combating type 2 diabetes, but it’s not the only player. You need a team of healthy habits to promote optimal health.

Beyond Nutrition: The 5 Healthy Habits to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Providing your body with the adequate foundations, like those listed below, will help support your body and reverse the years of damage done to it.

1. Sleep

Remember the last time you barely got a wink of sleep? You felt tired and groggy, but let me tell you what happens beneath the surface. Sleep time is when the body goes through physical restoration, the repairing and rejuvenating of tissues and nerves. When you don’t get adequate sleep, your body does not perform these important tasks that are vital for optimal health. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep is connected to an abnormal glucose metabolism and an increased risk of insulin resistance and diabetes!

2. Exercise

Exercise is a standard prescription for anyone struggling with his or her health. For individuals with type 2 diabetes, increasing physical activity can have a positive impact on their health, but beware; adding a high-intensity workout regimen too fast can have the opposite effect.

Beyond Nutrition: The 5 Healthy Habits to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
My advice is to start slow and work your way up as your fitness level increases.

If you’ve been relatively inactive, adding a mild walking program into your daily routine can be beneficial. Knowing how much is too much can be confusing at times when starting your fitness journey. A skilled functional medicine provider can help you create an exercise plan perfect for your needs.

3. Microbiome Balance

Gut health has become increasingly important in the pursuit of healthy living. The disruptions of healthy gut microbiota have been linked to inflammation and obesity. What is a microbiome? A microbiome is a colony of microbes found in your digestive tract located in your mouth all the way through to your colon, where the highest amount of microbes live. Within this microbiome, there is a constant balancing act of healthy microbes and dangerous microbes.

Beyond Nutrition: The 5 Healthy Habits to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
If you are not eating the right foods to support healthy microbes, you could be experiencing an overabundance of toxic microbes.

To help promote healthy microbes and reduce the toxic microbes, add whole, organic foods and foods with prebiotics and probiotics into your nutrition plan.

4. Oral Hygiene

Don’t forget that the mouth is also home to healthy and unhealthy microbes which can help prevent or promote gum disease. Research has shown that people with gum disease have an increased risk of developing insulin resistance, inflammation, and type 2 diabetes! I recommend using a probiotic or charcoal-based toothpaste as a healthy option to support a healthy mouth.

5. Stress Management

Beyond Nutrition: The 5 Healthy Habits to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Stress is the new norm in today’s society. But stress left unchecked can cause serious damage to your system. Chronic stress increases inflammation, destroys your immune system, and reduces your glucose metabolism. Stress management techniques like deep breathing, meditation, Qigong, and yoga have all been shown to help you better deal with everyday stressors and reduce their adverse effects on your body.

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