Robab Taghizadeh, a certified naturopathic practitioner at GreenAcres Market, provides customers with guidance on a variety of health topics, including diabetes prevention and reversal. This month, Taghizadeh shares a few holistic diabetes prevention and management tips with Natural Awakenings readers:
For those with diabetes, completely staying away from refined sugar is a must. Sugar comes in many forms and is in most foods. It also feeds many diseases, including cancer.
Candida is a common form of yeast infection found throughout the body. Processed and refined sugars grow candida, which in turn makes people crave more sugar and processed carbs. This can lead to leaky gut, a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to leak through the intestines and flood the bloodstream. This ultimately affects glycemic and insulin regulation and immunity.
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar with “the mother”—a naturally occurring pectin and apple residue that contains enzymes and minerals—is a powerful blood sugar regulator and pH balancer. Add it to salad dressings, or sip an 8-ounce cup of hot water with a tablespoon of Braggs, honey and lemon in between meals.
In addition, avoid alcohol, processed carbohydrates and grains.
Candida cleanses like Candex, by Pure Essence Labs, rids the body of candida and strengthens immunity. North American Herb & Spice oregano oil is a powerful antifungal to help with candida. Chromium picolinate, by Bluebonnet, helps with blood sugar regulation and can prevent sugar cravings.
Alpha-lipoic acid, a sulfur-containing fatty acid that performs vitamin-like roles in the body, may also help improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, improve blood vessel tone, and decrease inflammation and oxidative stress. Research includes large clinical trials supporting its role in treating neuropathy. Recommended brands include Doctor’s Best.
GreenAcres Market is located at 7301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., in Oklahoma City. For more information, call 405-681-6060 or visit GreenAcres.com.