World Diabetes Day

Did you know that there are 11 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes? It is a serious metabolic condition defined by the body’s inability to produce, or manage, insulin. If untreated or unmanaged, diabetes can lead to debilitating, and sometimes fatal, complications. Following a nutrient-dense diet centred on whole foods rather than processed products is one the best things anyone can do for their health and wellness – particularly those suffering from types of diabetes or prediabetes.

In honour of World Diabetes Day, we’re uncovering how several products carried in our store can work towards stabilizing your blood glucose levels.

1.Coconut oil
• Using this MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil in dressings or smoothies will keep your blood sugar from spiking, and will keep you feeling satiated longer
Helps increase energy levels without spiking blood glucose levels
Slows sugar absorption in the bloodstream
Improves circulation, helping combat the common diabetes side effect of poor circulation/numbness in the legs and feet

2. Cacao butter

• A great fat pressed from the cacao bean; cacao butter can be used in smoothies, coffee or deserts, and will help stabilize blood sugar
• Has a heavenly rich chocolate smell and adds depth anything you add it to
• Raw cacao products are high in magnesium and chromium and can contribute to improved regulation of blood glucose levels
• Looks and tastes similar to white chocolate and can be easily transformed into satisfying treats that help curb sugar cravings
• Artificial, manipulated oils like hydrogenated vegetable oil are unsaturated fats (trans fats), which interfere with the body’s insulin receptors – raw cacao butter is one of many healthier, all natural alternatives

 

3. Ayurveda herbs

Turmeric
o Comprehensive research has shown the active polyphenol in turmeric (curcumin) has powerful benefits for those with type 2 diabetes; including:
– Reduces liver glucose production
– Stimulates insulin secretion from pancreatic tissues
– Stimulates increased glucose uptake

Tulsi (Holy Basil) Leaf
o Animal studies have shown tulsi can protect the liver and kidneys from metabolic damage caused by heightened blood glucose levels

Shatavari
o Studies have shown its promise in treating kidney damage caused by mismanagement of diabetes

Ashwagandha
o A 2009 study showed that oral consumption of ashwagandha combined with shilajit significantly reduced fasting blood sugar in diabetic patients

Amla
o Studies have demonstrated amla’s ability to prevent complications in those with type 2 diabetes, including diabetic neuropathy and diabetes-induced heart dysfunction

Real, whole foods from the earth can naturally support the health of those with diabetes and prediabetes. The above are only a few examples of the nutritionally potent superfoods we encourage you to explore! World Diabetes Day is the perfect time to examine your dietary habits for opportunities to accelerate your health and wellness. Even making simple switches like choosing Lakanto organic sweetener over refined sugar, or Bare Organic Mixers instead of conventional sugar-laden mocktail/cocktail mixers, are small but important tweaks you can make to your diet today!

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