Dehydration and diabetes…
I vividly remember THIRST being the biggest symptom leading up to my diagnosis.
I craved anything and everything cold and refreshing.
Ice cream, orange juice, almond milk, & GO-GURT'S were my go-to’s. I remember one night getting up at 2AM and chugging an entire carton of orange juice—it tasted so HEAVENLY!
"How does everything taste so good? Almond milk is good, but it’s not that good."
My body was really just needing WATER to flush out the sugar saturating my blood. Little did I know I was doing the opposite! #scary
If you aren’t keeping hydrated throughout the day, your blood sugars will range higher and if your blood sugars are ranging high, it will naturally dehydrate your body.
When your blood is saturated with glucose (sugar) your body requires more fluids to balance out the concentration and to flush out the excess glucose.
When your sugars have been consistently high, symptoms of dehydration like thirst, fatigue, blurred vision and headache tend to be the norm.
This is a simple, yet crucial discipline to greatly improve your blood sugars and how you feel after a “higher” day.
AVOID CARBS (simple/refined).
What’s the biggest trigger in a blood sugar spike? Simple carbohydrates!
Simple carbs are the biggest no-no when it comes to normalizing your blood sugars and recovering from hyperglycemia.
Simple carbs = sugar.
Cereal, white bread, soda, juice, cookies, etc. They are empty calories, low in fiber, and have a high glycemic index.
Complex carbs are much better for you. They are typically minimally processed and contain nutrients and fiber that will spike much much you less.
Sweet potato, oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, nuts, vegetables, etc.
If I have a day of pesky high blood sugars I typically just focus on leafy greens, veggies, and protein. They will not cause a spike and require minimal insulin.
Remember: the less insulin needed to cover your meal, the less likelihood of high blood sugars.
INCREASE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS.
Having an auto-immune disease means that our body is in a stressed state and higher than normal blood glucose levels cause inflammation.
They even say: “unchecked and persistent low grade inflammation may destroy, insulin producing beta-cells in pancreas”…ahem type 1 diabetes…ahem.
This is also the cause for many other disease(s).
While we don’t know the cause of why we have this chronic disease, we do know our body was under stress and stress = inflammation!
The more inflammation we have occurring within our body (which is for sure triggered by high blood sugars), we must be mindful of our food choices and supplements to support and love our bodies more!
My go-to list of anti-inflammatory foods and supplements:
- Green leafy veggies (kale, chard, spinach, basil, arugula).
- Bone Broth
- Coconut butter
- Fish Oil
- Alpha-Lipoic Acid
- Vitamin D
How do you recover from high blood sugars?