If your blood sugar levels are out of whack, it can have a significant impact on various aspects of your life. It can contribute to frequent hunger, frequent urination, fatigue, blurred vision, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Not only can it complicate your day-to-day life, it can decrease the quality and duration of your life as well.
Poor glucose levels can be caused by a variety of factors, but perhaps most commonly are brought on by poor health habits. Lack of exercise, incorrect diet choices, and other poor habits—over the course of a lifetime—can result in poor blood sugar levels and the subsequent related disorders.
The good news is not only can you prevent poor blood sugar levels, but you can also help improve your glucose levels if you are starting to experience some of these negative symptoms.
Regular exercise will help your body regulate its glucose levels—this is in addition to the other benefits that come along with consistent exercise. While you may want to start with walking, light jogging, or hiking, the greatest benefit to your blood sugar levels will be through consistent, intense workouts. Getting your heart rate up through sustained cardiovascular exercise will have the biggest positive impact on your glucose levels.
You can also improve your glucose levels through including weight training along with your aerobic training. This will help improve your overall metabolism and blood sugar absorption.
A proper diet with healthy foods can also help control your glucose levels. There is no magic food; but when combined with other efforts, a proper diet can help you improve your overall blood sugar levels. For instance, white bread converts quickly into sugars, causing a spike in your glucose levels—while foods like brown rice provide a more gradual source of energy.
Some foods which you should consider including in your diet are oatmeal, lean meats and salmon, and non-starchy vegetables. These foods will help you slim down—which will automatically help with blood sugar levels—but they provide additional benefits. These high-fiber foods will help with digestion, help you feel full longer, and may improve your cholesterol as well.
And even if you’re looking to have a sweet snack, a cup of strawberries are going to be a better choice than a candy bar or handful of chips.
Perhaps the biggest way to improve glucose levels in your body is by getting more fiber in your diet. There are two types of fiber—soluble and insoluble—and both can have a positive impact on your blood sugar levels.
Insoluble fiber doesn’t absorb water, so it passes through your digestive system quite easily. Fortunately, while it passes through it will absorb some of the toxins in your body and help with overall digestion. Soluble fiber, on the other hand, does absorb water which provides the same benefit as those low-carb foods.
It stays in your system longer, helping prevent spikes in glucose levels as well as helping you feel full longer (so there’s less temptation to snack between meals) and helps your body to stay slim with better glucose levels.
So whether you’re concerned about your future health or trying to improve your current health, these three steps can help you improve your body’s glucose levels.