How do you support your blood sugar beyond food? Examine other lifestyle habits that help you better manage your levels.
In part one, we were able to navigate the impacts of unchecked blood sugar levels and how food can make a difference. When you use herbs in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, blood sugar balance becomes more manageable, and Sugar Check is the herbal supplement that does just that. Navigate lifestyle components and blood sugar balance in today’s post.
More Tips to Better Manage Blood Sugar
Alter your sweeteners and carb sources.
All sugars have the ability to raise blood sugar levels, but some are more impactful than others.
The first place to start when normalizing your blood sugar is to ditch all added sugars.
When you use sweeteners sparingly from unrefined sources such as fruit or honey, these sugars are less likely to bestow poor blood sugar issues that more refined sources such as cane and beet sugar.
To better bolster blood sugar levels comb food labels meticulously to identify added sugars by its many names.
Avoid cane/beet sugar, dextrose, and high fructose corn syrup. Instead, look for products sweetened with maple syrup, honey, stevia, molasses, or dates.
Ensure you are still watching how much sugar you are using, even if it natural and unrefined because it will still raise your blood sugar if too much is consumed.
If you are a beverage lover, first and foremost start with water and add other drinks throughout the day including herbal teas, coffee, and sparkling/seltzer water. Avoid soda, juice, or any sweetened drinks. Also remember, adult beverages (alcohol) does a number on your blood sugar, so consider healthier alternatives such as tequila or mezcal with seltzer, ice, and lime; whiskey on the rocks; or red wine. The biggest sugar offenders are beverages mixed with juices and other liquors — think margaritas and cocktails.
Get more movement.
Movement is movement whether you are working out five days a week or walking an hour a day — you have to begin somewhere! When you create consistent movement habits you can gradually become more intentional with exercise and add in things such as weight training and yoga.
Regular and consistent movement is also very beneficial to your blood sugar levels. Short-bursts of movement and exercise allow your cells to take up more glucose to use in tissue repair and energy support, effectively lowering your blood sugar levels in the process. Consistent and long-term exercise routines also make your body more insulin sensitive and responsive to better prevent insulin resistance.
30 to 60 minutes of physical activity is recommended and even short-bursts of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) support a better immune system, helps, manage stress, and balance hormones.
Being well-rested greatly impacts your quality of life — from sticking to healthy habits to managing hormone levels — sleep supports many functions. When you suffer from sleep disturbances or do not get enough, it raises both cortisol and ghrelin levels which help control your appetite making it increasingly harder to avoid tempting foods.
Research has pointed out that our natural circadian rhythms can both raise and trigger blood sugar levels when the pattern is disturbed. Not sleeping enough impairs insulin secretion even when you make better eating decisions. Everyone is different with the amount of sleep they require, but work to get seven to nine hours each night to balance key stabilizing blood sugar hormones and to feel energized for the coming day.
Blood sugar levels are impacted by many factors, not just food. Learn to manage your levels better by eating nourishing foods, change up your carb and sugar sources, and get more movement and sleep.