Everyone can agree that good nutrition is at the center of optimal health and disease reversal and prevention. If you have diabetes, however, what you eat becomes even more vital. Your body is constantly managing everyday pressures: stress, pollution, metabolic activity, and restoration. Because of this, it is always in a state that allows it to readily repair any damage. High blood sugar can exacerbate this, as it prompts the production of free radicals, which cause cell and tissue damage throughout your body. This is often called oxidative stress. This damage means that your body will need to work extra hard to repair itself.
That being said, you can use nutrition to aid your body in this process.
Add these six superfoods to your diet to help your body repair and decrease the inflammation that’s causing your diabetes.
1. All About Berries
Berries are great for diabetics because they have a low sugar content, they have tons of antioxidants, and they’re packed with fiber. Antioxidants are especially important for diabetics because they scavenge for and neutralize free radicals that damage your tissues. Berries, which are chock-full of vitamins and minerals, will help your body balance blood sugar, slow the digestion process, stabilize glucose levels, and help you feel full for a longer period of time due to the fiber content.
2. Get You Fish Fix
Filling up on fish and shellfish will do diabetics a lot of good. Fish have a ton of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats that will bring balance to your immune system. Not only that, but also these fats will be a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. You should generally look for wild fish that are low in toxins: salmon, mussels, rainbow trout, sardines, and Atlantic mackerel.
Do make sure to avoid fish that are known to have high levels of mercury and are exposed to pesticides.
These types of fish include tuna, king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, tuna, shark, swordfish, and tilefish.
3. Nutty for Nuts
Nuts and seeds are a great snack or topping for salads and other meals. Nuts and seeds are high in fiber; they’re filling, and they’re a great source of protein, unsaturated fats, and carbs. What this means is that you’re pushing away hunger as you fill up on important nutrients that will help you stop disease progression and balance your blood sugar. There are certain nuts that are especially helpful for those with diabetes, and those are almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and cashews. You may be wondering about peanuts, as they are the most popular “nut.” However, it’s important to realize that you should stay away from peanuts, as these are legumes, not nuts, and are usually a source of inflammation.
4. Lots of Leaves
Greens like Swiss chard, kale, spinach, and salad greens are full of nutrients. They have a ton of vitamins like K, A, C, and E, which help regulate your immune system and your blood sugar. They are also loaded with minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium, and choline, which are great for regulating your blood sugar and insulin sensitivity. Greens are also a great source of fiber, which means you can feet the healthy microbes in your gut while also getting rid of pesky toxins.
5. Crack a Coconut
Coconut– both the milk and oil– are great sources of medium-chain triglycerides, which are special fats that help improve metabolic activity and brain function. Diabetics can really benefit from cracking open a coconut, as its properties can improve their glucose metabolism, which will lead to better blood sugar regulation and, as a result, more energy.
6. Popping Pepper
Peppers are great, and you can indulge in a variety. Orange, yellow, and red sweet peppers are specifically great sources of vitamin A, B6, and C. Diabetics can see the benefits of peppers in the way that they can help provide antioxidants and lower blood sugar. I usually recommend adding raw sweet peppers to your diet a few times per week.
Nutritional experts say that we should be consuming 9-13 servings of fruits and veggies per week and that we should be getting our fish fix at least two times a week.
These superfoods will help you enhance your diet in a way that will support healing. If you’d like to learn more about reversing your diabetes, make sure to find a functional medicine doctor who can create a treatment plan for you to meet your specific health goals.