You may have asked others for their opinion on how you could improve your diet. The quality of feedback you will receive from your peers will vary. Some advice may benefit you, while some will not. Through trial and error, you will discover what works best for you.
Here are a few changes you could make, choices you may not have considered before. Below are five additions you could make to improve your diet and digestive health…
1. Consume probiotics. To the uninitiated, taking in any form of bacteria would not sound like a good idea. But probiotics happen to be not only beneficial to your body but also essential. Bacterial cultures in the form of probiotics are needed for optimal digestive health.
Eating yogurt or taking a probiotic supplement are the most common ways to supply your gut flora with what it needs to enhance your ability to absorb the nutrients you consume.
2. Eat more protein. Protein is not just for “gym rats” or meat lovers. Protein is indispensable for a variety of reasons. It is often overlooked as most attention, both positive and negative, is given to carbohydrates and fats.
As a bonus, increasing your protein intake will help with satiety. Tempering your cravings is the first step to lowering your blood sugar levels or losing weight.
3. Drink plenty of water. This might be considered the least unusual addition on the list, but it is arguably the most important. Most people are chronically dehydrated as the habit of drinking enough water daily is not a common one.
By drinking more water, you will avoid snacking which people often do instead of hydrating themselves.
4. Eat more fiber. Fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain sources are the most abundant sources of fiber. Unfortunately, these foods are overshadowed in most diets. A low-fiber diet poses a host of problems.
Eating more fiber will help you normalize the function of your digestive system. It will also help with portion control. Berries and all vegetables are the best sources available.
5. Lactase. Lastly, include lactase as a supplement to your diet: unless you are sure your body cannot easily digest lactose. Most people cannot process dairy as efficiently as they think, so it’s not just those who are clearly intolerant that are affected. Even mild indigestion is to be avoided, as it gives rise to inflammation within the body.
If you drink milk or consume any dairy product like cheese and yogurt daily, consider adding lactase to your daily regimen. Lactose-free milk is also available and is a viable alternative.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.