Blood sugar problems aren’t just a concern for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes. In fact, unstable blood sugar levels can lead to hormonal imbalances. And if that’s a chronic problem, women can end up with reproductive problems, like PCOS and PMS symptoms. No thanks, right? So, to keep blood sugar levels stable and under control, follow these five simple and effective diet tips.
Get more Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem for many women. However, studies show that increasing your Vitamin D intake over three months can help to reduce body fat. And by lowering body weight, it can be easier to keep blood sugar levels under control.
Eat more healthy fats
When you eat sugar, it sends your blood sugar levels skyrocketing. But healthy fats, like avocado and coconut oil, provide a slower and more stable form of energy. Additionally, fish oils, like salmon and cod liver oil, help to convert a lipoprotein linked to diabetes into a less harmful form of lipoprotein.
You probably enjoy a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. But it can be a problem if that’s a daily habit. That’s because every time you eat, your blood sugar levels go up and so do your insulin levels.
To prevent routine snacking, try to consume a well-balanced meal with healthy fats and proteins to keep you fuller for longer. This way, you won’t want – or need – to snack.
Eat more antioxidants
Did you know that some antioxidants can actually help to regulate blood sugar levels? Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) for example, found in spinach, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and yams, can help to improve insulin resistance and stabilize blood sugar levels.