12 Foods That Reverse Type 2 Diabetes And Do Not Spike Blood Sugar
Nutrition is the only way to reverse Type 2 diabetes because Type 2 Diabetes is a diet-related disease that affects the liver.
An astounding 50% of Americans are diabetic, according to the Center for Disease Control. Sadly, diabetes is the seventh cause of death in the United States. Many who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are told their pancreas isn’t working correctly, causing sugar to build up in the blood stream. This is partially true. They’re also told their pancreas isn’t making enough insulin on its own when in truth, they have full function of the pancreas. Last but not least, they’re told diabetes is incurable. Never once is the liver mentioned in talks of treating this diagnosis.
Insulin resistance has become the center of discussion when diagnosing pre-diabetes, but not when Type 2 diabetes treatments are discussed. Like pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes is a diet-related disease that has continued from a pre-diabetes diagnosis. It is not genetic.
Therefore, it only makes sense that liver function, which is the cause of insulin resistance, and in turn, pre-diabetes, is a focus of treatment. Type 2 diabetes is completely reversible when you understand where the focus needs to be for healing. As luck may have it, you are blessed with a regenerative organ called the liver that is willing to work hard to reverse your Type 2 diabetes when given the proper support.
The Cause Of Type 2 Diabetes Is Fatty liver
Your liver has many jobs. Its most important job is to filter your blood before it goes to your heart. A healthy liver will filter and neutralize pathogens as well as toxins from the environment, like pesticides, plastics, and viruses that house there, to purify your blood.
Another of the liver’s main jobs is storage. The liver stores B12, vitamins and glucose or natural sugar in its reserves. It stores glucose from foods like sweet potato, fruit, and raw honey. In fact this is how you stay alive, since your muscles and most importantly, your brain, runs on glucose.
Your liver also desperately needs glucose to help your pancreas. This is another of the liver’s important jobs. These glucose stores are meant to protect you. In fact -- that’s another of the liver’s very important jobs – to project your pancreas. Your liver releases glucose stores to the pancreas as a backup when you don’t eat for a few hours, to protect you from a pancreas crash. This is known as hypoglycemia.
However, when the liver takes in too many toxins, and gets overburdened, protective scar tissue builds up. As a result the liver becomes stagnant and cannot hold glucose anymore, releasing it into the bloodstream, causing your body to store fat and eventually you’re diagnosed with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.
Understand your liver starts storing fat to protect you from the buildup of pathogens and toxins, which causes all kinds of problems: The liver stops storing glucose, and also stops storing vitamins and B12 and you begin to see deficiencies.
When the diet is too high in fat the liver produces excessive bile because it can’t handle the toxins and the fat. In time you’ll start seeing problems with the pancreas, the adrenals, and the heart.
You Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes With Nutrition
Research shows Vitamin C and l-lysine work to break up scar tissue that accumulates on the liver. Additionally B12 with the co-enzyme adenosylcobalamin helps to bring the liver back, as well as eating the following liver-boosting foods everyday.
- Oranges are low on the glycemic index. They score a mere 45 with 5 on the glycemic load. Oranges when eaten versus juiced, are not likely to spike blood sugar.
- Broccoli also has a good amount of high in Vitamin C plus calcium, so you’ll want to eat broccoli liberally. It’s especially good steamed with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
- Dandelion greens are phenomenal for cleansing the liver. When eaten they cause a histamine reaction that breaks up toxins in the liver. Just 1-2 dandelion leafs in your salad each day makes a major difference in healing.
- Artichoke hearts are an amazing “liver food.” The hearts can be steamed and are essential for cleansing the liver.
- Berries – are loaded with antioxidants. You can’t go wrong eating any berry but the wild blueberry is the most healing for the liver. Wild blueberries scored 53 on the glycemic index scale, making them a permissible low GI food.
- Kale is not only highly nourishing, it also works to draw toxins out of the liver
- Spinach is great for cleansing both the gallbladder and the liver.
- Butternut squash is loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are great for both supporting and clearing out a stagnant fatty liver.
- Asparagus is simply a liver saving food! Eat it daily if you can. Juice it. It’s amazing for bring back the liver.
- Red apples fly under the radar for the nourishing gem that they are. It’s a little known fact that red apples are potent liver cleansers and are also high in Vitamin C. They score low on the glycemic index (38) so if you like apple, feel free to have three a day “to keep the doctor away.”
- Grapes are simply one of the most healing and nourishing foods for the human body. They have a curing ability that’s second to none to other fruits and are a great choice for clearing junk from the liver. Eat organic seeded grapes whenever possible for the ultimate liver healing effect.
- Healing herbal teas are medicinal and help speed up the process of clearing out a fatty liver. Burdock root tea, dandelion root tea, and nettle leaf tea all have powerful healing effects on the liver. Incorporating these teas into your day help to boost healing significantly. Additionally alpha lipoic acid, is found in studies to support the liver as well as lower blood glucose in diabetics.
Monitor Fat Intake
The one most important thing to remember about a fatty liver is the last thing it needs for healing is more fat in the diet. Therefore limit your daily fat intake as much as possible. You can do this by eliminating dairy from the diet, eating baked or broiled foods like sweet potatoes and white potatoes, and keeping animal protein low. If you can, it’s ok to eliminate animal protein during liver healing, otherwise limit animal protein to once a day, preferably for the evening meal. Generally, a plant-based, whole foods diet is always best for keeping fat low and restoring liver function.
Exercise Lowers Blood Sugar
Exercise, no matter how you get it is unquestionably good for lower blood sugar levels in the blood, according to research. Exercise is also undoubtedly excellent for circulation, which is also a liver issue. Making exercise a part of your day, especially outdoors in the sunshine, engages the liver to regenerate, heal and let go of the fat.
When you incorporate the above-mentioned foods into your diet daily, tighten up the diet, and stay on course with daily exercise, you will find your blood glucose levels begin to lower and your symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes reverse. Always work closely with your practitioner during this time of progress.
— Stefanie R Dougherty (@GreenSageBlog) February 11, 2016
— Patia Diabetes (@PatiaDiabetes) October 23, 2017