You have probably heard of someone or you know someone who is suffering from diabetes. This is metabolic disorder characterized by your body not secreting enough insulin or poor utilization of the same. This causes an increase in blood sugar levels .which if left uncontrolled can cause major systems damage that can be disastrous if not life threatening.
My family has a history of diabetics and for years I have witnessed what this condition can do that is why I can boldly declare juicing helps. Juicing has the ability to help lower blood sugar levels due to nutrients like antioxidants and photo chemicals. This is contrary to believes that sugars contained in juices are harmful. All you need to understand is which fruits and vegetables you can use for the best results.
To make your work easier here are ten of the healthiest juicing recipes you can use as a diabetic.
1. The Carrot Juice for Diabetics
When you are a diabetic there is something called the glycemic index that you should always pay attention to. This can be simply defined as the amount of sugar a fruit or a vegetable contains as some have high sugar levels though naturally derived. Carrots contain vitamin A, B and C, potassium and calcium, however they nearly the same glycemic index as sugar. The only advantage is carrots can take long before they increase the blood sugar levels.
When carrots are taken moderately and when mixed with other vegetables like string beans and Brussels sprouts which naturally contain insulin, they can greatly improve pancreatic function.
- 1 peeled carrot
- lemon juice
- 1blanched tomato
- 2sprigs of celery
- ½ peeled beetroot
- 1 small peeled cucumber
- pinch of Himalayan salt
N:B: For better results consider drinking daily
2. The beet root juice for diabetics
The advantage diabetics have when drinking this juice is that it has a moderate glycemic index of 64. This makes it impossible to cause increase in blood sugar levels. Besides the glycemic index beet roots have a betaine content that helps reduce fatty deposits in the body which is vital to prevention of type ll diabetes which is associated with excess fats.
It can be consumed for breakfast in different forms other than in juice form as it can be grated and even boiled. The main advantage however lies in the ability to reduce the absorption rate of glucose into the blood stream. Hence it should be served before or after meals.
- 1 medium sized beetroot chopped into cubes( probably frozen)
- 1 sliced and cored apple
- 2 chopped celery stalks
- ½ a cup spinach juice
- 1 small lemon juice
To prepare mix all the ingredients in a juicer .Frozen beetroots are recommended because they help preserve the temperature of the juice.
3. The Orange Juice for Diabetics
It’s no hidden fact that oranges contain a lot of natural sugars. However recent researches have shown that a four ounce serving is beneficial to the body and carries no risk of increasing the blood sugars. Oranges contain a lot of vitamin C which helps in healing of cells and improvement of blood vessel functions.
It also has antioxidants that help in protecting the body tissues and cells from oxidative damage by free radicals in the body a process that worsens the diabetic process. The juice can be taken plainly but to make the juice more enjoyable here is a recommended recipe.
- 2 ½ cups of fresh grape juice
- 1 ½ cups of fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 cup of water
- 4 medium sized frozen banana (chopped into small pieces)
- 12 pieces of un sweetened frozen strawberries
To prepare, mix all the ingredients in a juicer and process. The resulting juice can serve four people.
4. The Pomegranate Juice for Diabetics
According a research conducted by Rappaport Family Institute of Research in Medical Sciences and the Rambam Medical Center in the Israeli city of Haifa. Pomegranate fruit sugars do not influence blood glucose levels unlike other natural sugars in fruits. Instead the sugars are attached to antioxidants which make them protect you against diseases like atherosclerosis which is common in diabetics.
To make your juice more appetizing you can mix the fruit with other fruits such as apples, carrots and baby spinach. Consider adding ice cubes to improve the flavor.
5. The Raw Potato Juice for Diabetics
Until recently everyone knew that the only way to prepare a potato was through boiling, baking and roasting. No one ever imagined that potatoes would be a source of a health juice not just to everyone but diabetics as well. Although the taste may be starchy and vegetal it has some of the best nutrients like thiamin, niacin, vitamin C and potassium.
To prepare, wash the fresh potatoes and cut out any undesired spots. However leave the skin on as it contains nutrients. To improve the flour of the juice you can add apples, carrots, peaches and bananas. Honey is also recommended to improve the taste.
6. The Bitter Gourd Juice for Diabetics
This juice is known to help control type 1 and type ll diabetes due to its abilities to control blood sugars. It does this due to its properties that influence glucose metabolism across the body instead of limiting the process to one organ. This vegetable helps the pancreas increase insulin secretion and also helps prevent insulin resistance. This vegetable is found all over the globe and was used by ancient doctors in treatment of diabetes.
- 2 bitter gourds ( seeds removed )
To prepare put the seedless bitter gourd into the juicer and extract the juice. When done mix it with some water to your preference and take on an empty stomach preferably in the morning. This should be repeated for several months for better results.
7. Cranberry Juice for Diabetics
One of the most common infections that diabetics struggle with are UTIs. Besides helping in its treatment the juice can help treat peptic ulcers and many anti-inflammatory conditions that diabetics are prone to. This is mainly due to it high content of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The juice however has a high glycemic index and should be consumed in moderation.
Always prepare your own and make sure that it contains fewer sweeteners and calories.
- fresh kale
- a cup of clean water
- a cup of cranberries
- 2 bananas
- 2 peeled oranges
- ice cubes
To prepare mix all the ingredients in a juicer and process. You can consider using frozen cranberries to retain more antioxidants and also preserve the water content.
8. The Lemon Juice for Diabetics
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), lemons are some of the foods that diabetics must consume. This should help you figure out that lemons are important. Lemon juice contains little carbohydrates which in turn gives it a lower glycemic index. This automatically makes it impossible to spike blood sugar levels.
Due to its not so good taste many people rarely take it but you can help improve its consumption by adding fruits that share its property of lower glycemic index. This will make it less boring and advantageous to you. The juice contains soluble fiber content which helps in stabilizing blood glucose level by reducing the absorption rates .it also helps improve liver function by aiding in production of bile which is used in digestion.
Besides this lemon contain antibiotic and diuretics properties that help protect the body from infections which are too common with diabetic sand helps eliminate accumulated wastes.
9. The Green Juice for Diabetics
The juice is called green because it is derived from raw vegetables and smoothies. They have for long been popular with diabetics who aspire to leave a happy prosperous life due to its nutritional benefits. Most vegetables have a lower glycemic index and contain nutrients like vitamins, fiber and antioxidants which mean you blood glucose level remains in check while your body benefits from these nutrients.
To prepare green diabetes’s juice you need the following; broccoli, celery, bitter melon, asparagus, spinach, green apples and some ice cubes. All you need to do is mix them in a juicer process. When ready pour in a glass and add some ice cubes and you can enjoy. Remember to drink severally for better results
Proper diet has always been part of diabetes management for ages without any disappointing results. However it is important that you consult your doctor for management of other complications that could arise with diabetes. It is also important your doctors knows about your juicing diets so as he can guide you accordingly.
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