Cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and many of today’s modern diseases can be attributed to living a lifestyle that promotes disease. A faulty diet is a contributing factor along with the lack of physical exercise, a polluted environment and high stress levels.
America, Europe and even China are all experiencing dramatic rises of this devastating disease and many seem powerless to do anything to prevent nor treat it effectively.
Disease prevention begins at home and not at the nearest fast food restaurant. What’s being eaten at the dinner table affects every area of the body. If the pantry is stocked with canned and boxed foods laden with sugar, fats and sodium, there’s likely to be a number of overweight diners at home.
What’s required is to alter convenient foods with healthy alternatives that help maintain health.
High Fiber Foods – Diabetes Prevention
Beans, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables are not the first choice for many Americans, yet they are the foods the body is meant to have. Fiber, both soluble and insoluble, play an important part in the regulation of glucose in the body. Unlike many of today’s high carbohydrate foods, fiber insures that blood sugar doesn’t spike, which causes rapid production of insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal. Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, collards, mustard greens, romaine lettuce and others come loaded with antioxidants that help prevent disease from taking a foothold. Broccoli, peppers, cabbage and cauliflower are often consumed, but should be.
Fruits, especially berries, are healthy as they contain antioxidants that prevent the proliferation of free radicals that damage the organs and nerves of the body. But fruits to be effective must be organic as many fruits found on store shelves come loaded with so many pesticides that they cannot be washed away. Apples, peaches and strawberries are recognized as three of the dirty dozen that come with so many chemical residues as to be unhealthy.
Meat, Seafood and Fish – Diabetes Prevention
Meat, seafood and fish are high in protein and the body needs them, but not in the amounts people have become accustomed to. Protein takes time to be digested and slow the absorption of the carbohydrates eaten during the meal. But meats, like fruits, must be organic. Grass-fed beef as opposed to grain-fed is far healthier, leaner and devoid of growth hormones and other chemicals.
Fish is not a major staple of the American diet, but wild-caught salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines contain a good amount of omega-3 oils that counterbalance the over consumption of omega-6 oils.
The Importance of Spices – Diabetes Prevention
Not only do spices add flavor to any dish, many common spices have been shown to be useful for the prevention and treatment of many diseases including diabetes. Cinnamon ranks high in the control of blood sugar. Garlic helps for better digestion and controls blood pressure which is common among diabetics. Cloves and turmeric have been shown to help regulate blood sugar. Cayenne pepper helps improve circulation and the health of the heart.
Spices are cheap and can be a useful substitute for the sodium and sugars liberally used at every meal.
Diabetic or not, everyone can benefit from eating healthy at the kitchen table. No one needs to suffer the consequences of disease once a new healthy diet is implemented. Along with an active lifestyle, avoidance of pollutants and stress, diabetes could become past history.