For many, having high blood sugar impacts their lives one way or another. The blood sugar level, also referred to as the blood glucose level is defined to be the approximate concentration of glucose within the blood of an individual. For most people, blood glucose levels tend to be lowest in the morning, and highest in the day. For people facing high blood glucose levels, it all boils down to the difficult question: How can we reduce blood sugar quickly?
First off, let’s take a look at its Importance…
So, Where is glucose stored in our bodies? Well, our bodies store glucose in skeletal muscle and liver cells in the form of “glycogen”. As a part of metabolic homeostasis, the body ensures the regulation of blood glucose levels.
What Blood Sugar Level is Necessary for Proper Function?
For humans, a level of four grams, equivalent to a teaspoon, is essential for proper function in several tissues. For instance, the human brain takes up 60% of glucose during fasting. Rising blood sugar levels leads directly to “glucose toxicity”, which may lead to cell functionality issues and complications of diabetes.
So how can you keep your blood sugar levels under control?
Start writing down and keeping track each day:
- Blood glucose level while fasting
- Blood glucose level before each meal
- The total digestible carbohydrate content of your food each time
- Blood glucose level 1h after eating and 2h after
Healthy Non-diabetic levels:
- Fasting: under 100 mg/dL
- One hour after meal: under 140 mg/dL
- Two hours after a meal: under 120 mg/dL
- Increasing aerobic exercise to at least 30 minutes will make better use of glucose accumulated in the body since glucose is being used for energy by the muscle.
- Calorie restriction to prevent overeating
- Diets higher in healthy saturated fats and whole wheat carbohydrates
- Intermittent fasting and Ketogenic diet helps reduce calorie consumption
- Non-whole wheat items recommended
- Limited fruit intake due to high sugar content
- Stay Hydrated
- Increase Fiber Intake
- Get Adequate Sleep
- Apple Cider Vinegar
What are the causes of High Blood Sugar?
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Insulin Resistance
- Critical Illness
- Hormonal Onset
What are the Symptoms of High Blood Sugar?
- Feeling hungry often
- Feeling thirsty often
- Increase in urination
- Reduced vision
- Dry/Itchy Skin
- Weight Loss
- Poor healing
Exercise helps in two separate ways. For one, if done correctly, it can reduce blood sugar levels after meals. In the long term, regular exercise leads to improved muscle tone and more efficient transport of blood sugar to the muscles and thus reduced insulin resistance.
Is it Easy to Reduce Blood Sugar Quickly?
Short answer, no. But if the right steps are taken in the right direction, results can be seen within weeks. A friend of mine who had been labeled as having high blood glucose began to note down his sugar levels throughout the day, modified his lifestyle by eliminating any potential causes, and changed his diet to reflect an overall decrease in calorie consumption.
Most importantly, he made a set schedule of his day to include the most crucial components of his recovery plan. Exercising properly on a daily basis allowed him to lower his glucose levels after one month. Initially, he would be dealing with headaches, stomach aches, and would tend to feel “sluggish”.
Take a Hot Shower to Reduce Blood Sugar
Researchers from Loughborough University performed a test: ten overweight men after they either sat in a 38°C (100.4°F) bath or rested for an hour. In the test, the researchers took blood samples before and after to test the glucose levels. They also measured heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature every 15 minutes of the test.
The men who had the bath were asked to have ten more hot baths at home over the next two weeks. What the researchers found out was that the hot baths led directly to lower blood glucose levels. This study was later published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The researchers stated that a hot bath would ‘improve aspects of the inflammatory profile and enhance glucose metabolism in sedentary, overweight males’.
Our Journey, Our Mission, Our Health
There are many ways to lower blood sugar, naturally and through effective supplements. Be sure to check out which methods might work best for you. It’s different for everyone. Personally, a combination of natural factors, proper routine, lifestyle modifications, and effective supplements worked wonderfully.
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